German Prepositions Explained – “zu”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of the series German Prepositions Explained, this time with a detailed look at

zu

 

As usual, we’ll first check out what the word means as a preposition, then we’ll see if and how this connects to its use as a verb prefix, and finally, we’ll take a look at the annoying … ahem zoo… of fixed combinations of the  preposition with certain verbs. Which  is kind of special in case of zu because there are many and none. Dun dunn dunnnnn.
So are you ready to jump right in?
Then let’s go….

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Word of the Day – “schlagen”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time, we’ll have a look at the meaning of

schlagen

 

The main translation for it is  to beat. But that’s not all there is. Schlagen has some really nice prefix versions that take us to surprising contexts like reading books and choosing paths. And we’ll also discover that schlagen has awful lot to do with gender.
“Emanuel, that sounds kind of sexist.”
Well, I totally am sexist so that’s not a surpr… oh… oh wait… I meant sexiest. I’m a sexiest.
Gee, what a start… let’s jump right in.

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Word of the Day – “leiden”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time, we’ll have a look at the meaning of

leiden

 

Which is something that can happen when you’re trying to learn German  – unfortunately. But if it happens, then it’s usually because a little “ship” is missing.
And if you’re now like “What ship? And why pink?”
Well, you’ll get all the answer inside, so let’s jump right in :)

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Word of the Day – “schleifen”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day, this time with a quick look at meaning of

schleifen

 

Schleifen is related to der Schleim (slime) and slip. But it’s not as slimy as slime and not as sexy as slip…. uh… I mean, slippery.
Spring is messing with my mind. Though … actually … some slips do have a Schleifen, and they’re quite sexy. I’ll post a selfie later.
But first let’s talk some vocab…

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