Using “aufhören” – a practical guide

In this episode:

Learn and practice all important phrasings and structures with "aufhören" (present, past, questions, ...) - by actually speaking :).

Hello everyone,

and welcome :).morge
First things first… you probably have noticed that the cartoon is exceptionally beautiful this time.
Well, that’s because it was done by an actual artist, instead of me.
Some of you might already know her. Her name is Helen, and in her freetime, she draws really lovely cartoons about German words and her learning journey overall. You can find her on Instagram here:

Helen-Handshoes – Comics about German

And the best thing is… we’re making a book together. About German prefix verbs. Everyone’s favorite topic.

We’re still working on the layout, but we’re about 70% done and we’ve actually set up a little info page about it.
So if you’re interested in prefix verbs, check it out :)

Our Upcoming Book (info page and newsletter)

But now let’s jump into today’s episode and this will be a new episode in our practical guide series for German verbs.
In this series, we take one important German verb and go over the most important phrasings and structures together.
So you will get a feeling for how to use the verb in practice, and ALSO, you’ll repeat various aspects of the core German grammar.
And the best thing is, we’re not just doing this in theory but in actual factual practice.
Because you will have to speak!
Yes, it’s speech AI time again.

The verb we’ll go over today is

aufhören

 

and as usual we’ll practice all the basics that you need to have to communicate in German:

  • present tense (and future)
  • past tense
  • questions and
  • modal verbs

Those are kind of the basics, but each verb has different “needs”, so each verb gives us the opportunity to see a special bit of German grammar in practice.
And for aufhören, we’ll get special focus on:

  • prefix verbs
  • nounified verbs
  • zu-constructions and
  • imperative

And we’ll also get some insights into the placement of nicht and German word order.
Sounds like a lot but don’t worry… it’s not as much as it sounds, and it’s pretty intuitive.
So are you ready to jump in?
Then let’s freaking gooooooooooooooooo……

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German Prepositions Explained – “aus” (part 2)

Hello everyone,

and welcome back to a new episode of the series German Prepositions Explained – the series that makes prepositions suck 30% less.
And today it’s time for the second part of our look at the trials and tribulations of

aus

In part one, we learned that the core theme of aus and is outward and that that can be used to express the idea of leaving, exiting, but also for the idea of emerging and origin.
If you haven’t read part one, or you want to review it again, you can find it here:

German Prepositions Explained – “aus” (Part I)

We also started to talk about aus as a prefix and saw how it bends and twists the two core ideas.
Today, we’ll continue with the prefix, because it actually has a couple of themes that are kind of new… or at least they might seem that way.
So are you ready to jump in?
Then let’s go.

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A New Feature and Updates

Hello everyone,

so I am actually taking a few days of for a small Urlaub (vacation), so there’s no new article this week (I’ll still answer your comments and emails, though, so fire away).

But I still do have something new for you today, because as you might have noticed, I am always working on the site – adding new features, changing designs, changing designs back and so on. I know that might be distracting sometimes, but I strive to make the site more user friendly and intuitive over time :).
Lots to do still, but in recent weeks I have finished a few things that have been on my list for a while. So today, I’ll give you a few

Site Updates

You might have seen some of the design changes already but there’s one feature that’s gets its world premier here, so to speak.
So I want to walk you through the new things today and also do a few poll questions to get a better idea how you use my site and what you’d like to see.

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Prefix Verbs Explained – “einsetzen”

In this episode:

A fun look at the various various meanings of "einsetzen" and the difference to the r-version "reinsetzen".

Vocab:   

einsetzen, der Einsatz, reinsetzen,...

Hello everyone,

and after almost two years of hiatus, today it’s time for the triumphant return of everyone’s favorite series… Prefix Verbs Explained.

 

Are you excited?!
Me neither.
So let’s get this over with quick and take a look at the meaning of

einsetzen

The base verb setzen is the German brother of to set, and on occasion, the two verbs do line up.
But not often enough to call them translations.
In my opinion, it’s better to think of setzen as the third one of the three German translations for to put.

The other two options are stellen, which is roughly “to make stand”, and legen, which is roughly “to make lie”. And those two have the majority of the market share.
But for some instances of placing, neither of those really fit and German uses setzen instead. Or its prefix versions, of course.

Now I know your brain is now like “Need rule, must have rule. Give rule! When rule?” but it’s hard to give one because a lot just comes down to what happened to be idiomatic in a given context.
However …

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Let’s Review – Seedlang

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of ER.
On the previous episode, famous playboy and ER surgeon Dr. Emanuel (played by Robert Pattinson) was faced with a tough decision: get the equipment he needs for the brain surgery or finally stand up to his third ex-wife. Today, the conclusion.
Yeah… some people are going to be really confused now. Especially Jeremy, who’s now asking himself:
“What is this? This is not what I asked for.”
But I’m kidding of course. This ER series is not the famous Emergency Room from two decades ago (feel old yet?).
It is the series

Emanuel Recommends

Which is basically Review of the Day, just with a new name.
In this series, I recommend to you an app or website or book that I think is not only helpful (because all tools have their place), but actually really special in the German language learning space.
And today, I want to take a good look at:

Seedlang

Those of you who have been following me for a while might be like “Wait, you already talked about Seedlang.”
Which is true. I reviewed it a few years ago.
But the app has grown a LOT since then and there are also lots of new people here who maybe haven’t heard about Seedlang before.
And most importantly, the very founder and developer of the app, Jeremy, took some time so I could grill him over some questions and concerns I have about Seedlang.
I mean… just because it’s the best app on the market in my opinion doesn’t mean that it’s without room for improvement :).
So are you ready to jump in?
Then let’s go… oh, and yes… you can win something, so you better read with focus so you don’t miss it ;).

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I was on Joe Rogan!!

OMG everyone,

it’s finally time :D!

You have no idea how hard it was for me to keep this a secret and not tell you anything, not even a hint, but I made it and now I feel SOOO relieved that I can actually say it.

I WAS ON JOE ROGAN!!!

Many of you have probably heard about him, but for those who haven’t he – Joe Rogan is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, podcasts out there.
And what few people know is that Joe Rogan actually speaks very good German, and one of the sources he used was… my blog!!
So a few months back his team reached out to me and asked if I was interested in coming on and I said yes.

In the three hours podcast we talked about life, global politics, German food and of course Joe’s struggles with the German cases.
And there’s a segment in there, where we talk German for five minutes.
So, without any further ado, let’s jump right in.

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German Prepositions Explained – “aus”

In this episode:

"aus" is German for "out". But it's not that simple because like "out" it can be used for a variety of ideas. We'll look at all of them with plenty of examples.

Vocab:   

aus, raus, ausgehen, ausfallen, aussehen, ausziehen, ausstellen,...,...

Hello everyone,

and welcome back to German is Easy – your favextrorite German learning blog ever.
Do you guys know what spaced repetition is?
It’s this algorithm that most vocabulary trainers have that brings back a word right before you forget it.
Well, here at Yourdailygerman, I’m one step ahead of course. I am using an EXTREMELY Spaced Repetition System™.
What’s great about this system is nothing, so that’s pretty cool.
And today, I’ll bring back a series that you were about to forget even existed. Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for

German Prepositions Explained.

Hooray. It is back.
As usual in this series, we’ll take one preposition and look at it from all angles. And today, we’ll take a thorough look at the meaning of

aus

 

First, we’ll look at it as a proper preposition, then we’ll check out how that changes when it is a prefix and finally, we’ll look at the most important VPCs, verb preposition combos and see if there possibly is some inner logic to them.
Lots to do, so are you ready to jump in?
Perfect.

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Word of the Day – “trennen”

In this episode:

"trennen" is the German word for "to separate". In this article, we'll explore how to use it idiomatically and explore its various relatives.

Vocab:   

trennen, die Trennung, trennbar, unzertrennlich, zerren, verzehr, Zorn,...

Hello everyone,

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

trennen

And most if not all of you know this from the infamous German “trennbare Präfixverben”… which sounds incredibly German, by the way.
No wonder Rammstein has made a song about them…

 

The English Separable Prefix Verbs on the other hand is more like an Eminem song…

 

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