Word of the Day – “fügen”

In this episode:

In this episode, we'll take a look at "fügen", explore the core meaning and see how it shows up in the related words.

Vocab:   

fügen, verfügen, einfügen, die Fuge, das Gefüge, gefügig, die Befugnis, Unfug,...

Hello everyone,

And welcome to our German Word of the Day, bottom of the barrel edition.

Hooray!
And the word will look at today is

fügen

Many of you are now like “Yeah, I don’t think I can pronounce that.”
And the good news that, that you  probably won’t have to, because chances of you using fügen in daily life are about as high as the chances of the German language getting a girlfriend
“What do you mean? I have game!!! I don’t häve a görlfriend right now because I chose not to. I need space to wörk on myself.”
Oh you mean like reducing endings or cases?
“No, I do cold showers, I journal, I do breathwork, clean eating, listening to Andrew Huberma…”
Okay, wow, fascinating. Never heard that before. Maybe you can tell us more about this some other time.
Oh boy… I feel like this intro is one step from falling apart completely. Why does this keep happeni… oh, it’s the coffee, that’s why.
So yeah, today, we’ll talk fügen. It is true, what I said –  that you won’t need it much as a verb itself. But it’s the base for a whole bunch of words that you’ll definitely see, so if you’re ready then let’s jump in and explore.

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Using “warten” – A quick guide

In this episode:

In this AI speaking exercise, we'll practice all the important phrasings with "warten" - present, past, questions and of course "warten" auf".

 

Hello everyone,

And welcome to a new episode of a series everyone has forgotten about at this point.
No, not prefix Verbs Explained :)

I mean the series A Practical Guide to German Verbs.
In each episode of this series, we take one of the basic important German verbs you need daily and we go over all the basic important phrasings: present tense, past tense, questions and so on. And the verb we’ll tackle today is

warten

But we don’t just go through them in theory. We’ll actually use them in practice.
And by use them I mean, you will MAKE them.
So I give you sentences in English and you’ll say that in German.

Now the beginners among you are like “OMG, I don’t know if I’m at that level yet.”.
But don’t worry! This series is actually MADE for beginners.
We’ll go really slow, the phrasing will be easy, and I’ll slowly guide you, so you always know what you’re doing and why.

But the BEST thing about this exercise is that you don’t just build German sentences – you’ll actually SAY them.
Because we’ll use the awesome pronunciation AI from EF Languages, that they let me use.

For each sentence task, you’ll just have to press record and say the German version and you’ll get a breakdown of how well you said it, word by word.

Let’s do a trial maybe:

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Der Osterhase war da

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How to turn in German – The Quiz

Hello everyone,

and welcome back your favorite German learning resource, this time with a new episode of  “EFTAWDLW”.
Which is short for “Exercise for the article we did last week”. of course. I mean… duh.
Most.Obvious.Abbreviation.Ever.
But seriously, last week, we talked about the different ways of translating to turn, and today, we’ll practice that a little bit.

How to turn in German – The Quiz

Now, originally, I wanted to do this really big comprehensive exercise that covers all fringe instances as well. But as I was preparing that, it felt more and more messy and disjointed. So I actually reduced it a little bit again to a managable size.
If there’s too much stuff, too many different contexts and words, then things get confusing.

So instead of bingeing, we’ll do 15 questions that cover the most important aspects of turning in German.
And with each answer, I’ll give you a some commentary as to what’s going on. So you don’t just test yourself, you can actually LEARN.

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How to “turn” in German

In this episode:

"to turn" has many translations in German - drehen, umdrehen, wenden, abbiegen and more. Today, we'll learn when to use which one and how to use them.

Vocab:   

drehen, umdrehen, rausdrehen, reindrehen, andrehen, aufdrehen, zudrehen, abbiegen, umkehren,...

 

Hello everyone

and welcome to our Word of the Day.
And this time, it’s actually an English word at the center, because today we’ll talk about

How to say “to turn” in German

Because there are quite a few options which are (of course) not to be mixed up, and there are also some usage quirks you absolutely wouldn’t want to miss because they’re so much fun and a great reminder why it’s such a great choice to learn German.
It’s almost as if you’re doing chores, except you don’t even really make progress.
“Emanuel, I think you just said the quiet part out loud.”
Oh… uh… maybe.
But anyway, so today is all about the different translations of to turn. We’ll first talk about the main word drehen and those super fun usage quirks I just mentioned. Then, we’ll explore the various prefix verbs of drehen and after that, we’ll check out some important contexts where to turn DOESN’T translate to drehen, and which words to use instead.

So are you ready to jump in?
Then let’s get it!!

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Prefix Verb Dictionary – It’s done

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of Geletor.
Sounds like a superman villian. Or an ice cream maker.
But what it really is, is it’s short German Learning Tool Reveal.
Hooray.
New tooooooys, let’s gooo!

But seriously, today I am telling you about a new tool that is special in two ways:
First of, it’s a really helpful tool that has been missing for a long time.
And second of all… I made it :)

I am talking about the

Prefix Verb Dictionary

I have been tinkering with this idea for years and originally, it was only meant as a reference for the prefix verb card game that I’m making. And it still is that, but over time, we’ll include more and more verbs until it is a pretty comprehensive resource for all German learners, regardless of whether they have the card game or not.

Anyway, for a long time I didn’t have neither time nor resoruces to make this happen, but I have teamed up with Vítor, a programmer from Brasil and we ran Kickstarter this winter to gauge interest.
And yeah… interest is definitely there :).

So now we have the resources to really make it happen, the card game as well as the dictionary.
And the latter is now officially a thing.
A fledgling still, but the German learning world has officially changed…dunn dunnnn dunnnnnnnn

Wow, sounds great.
Erm… What is it though?

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