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The Yourdailygerman Dictionary

Hello everyone,

and welcome to the final surprise for our E-May-L-Special.
Are you ready? Are you?!
Well, then here it goes… this site now has its own

Yourdailygerman Dictionary

Some of you might remember this from last year’s Advent Calendar. Well, there you go… I actually finished a project I am teasing for once :).
Unlike that book about non separable prefixes that I promised years ago. It’ll come though. I’ll finish it, so don’t you worry.

Anyway, so this idea of a glossary has been in the back of my head for a long time. There are so many words hidden in the articles and my goal was always to make them more accessible. But for the glossary, I didn’t know how.
And then, a little over a year ago, I found a really amazing person to help me with the programming part, me and my girlfriend could focus on entering all the dates… I… I mean data.

And now it’s actually ready to be used as a beta version :) :) :) 

Here’s what you can do:

  • Look up any word we ever talked about.  And I mean ALL the words, not just the actual topics. 
  • Get the meaning or meanings right away
  • See important grammar info like plural or the verb forms
  • The translations are “handmade” by me and I added usage notes to give you a better sense of the meaning
  • It’s about 2.700 entries so far, most of them really useful words

and

  • you can actually also search for English words, not just German

And as if that wasn’t enough, you also get a reference to the article in which we talk about the word AND you can even show the mini info about that article. So you can see the little about snippet, an overview over which words are covered and the cartoon.

And we won’t stop here!
We haven’t finishing entering yet, we’re actually at about two thirds. But once that’s done, what I’ll do next is add audio for the entries, so you can click play.
And then, we also want to give an example sentence for each entry, with the translations, just like in the article. And theeeeeen… maybe, at some point, you’ll have your own…

Flashcards 

 Let’s … let’s keep this on the hush hush though. There’s lots to do before that :).

Now, I said the whole thing is still in beta phase, so it’s not perfectly polished. And the load time initially is a bit long.
Like… once it’s loaded, it’s actually quite fast and also instant, so you can just type and see results immediately without hitting enter.
But yeah… it takes a  few second to load.

Anyway… I think this really is kind of a milestone, for me personally at least. And I absolutely can’t wait for your feedback :).
So head right over and let me know what you think:

 

Get to the Dictionary

 

Oh… and last but not least:

Big thank you to Daniel and Anji. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible!!

 

German Irregular Verbs – An overview

 Hello everyone,

and welcome to the third surprise of our little E-May-L-Special week. Which turned into more like an E-May-L-special fortnite.
But anyway… a few weeks back, I posted an email of Excel-Man who had done some data mining on noun gender and has found some interesting patterns (find it here).
Well, the comment section revealed there was another unsung hero out there – Excel Woman. And she had done a similar analysis for another really messy topic

German Irregular Verbs

And she didn’t only share her Excel-Sheet with me… she actually sat down in her superhero chair and wrote a whole article about it, to make the tables a little more clear.
And that’s what I’m gonna share with you today, so here you go :).
Oh and just so you know… this article is not part of the payed portion, so your view will not count to your two post per week quota :).
And now… Excel-Woman… I pass the mic on to you…

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New Function, a question and a small request :)

Hello everyone,

and welcome back to our little EMayl-Special.
And today’s surprise is all about

improving the comment section

And I also have a little favor to ask you, but we’ll get to that later.
So, I have added a new feature to the comments this week that might be a very cool addition.
But before we get to that, I want to talk another new feature… something that has to do with formatting.

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German Prefix Verbs – Book Sneak Peek

Hey everyone,

and welcome to the first little surprise of our little

EMayl-Special

Man, that looks sooo weird. Like one of those new startup apps, where they had to use weird letters for the name because the real ones were already taken…. like Lyft. Or Shyftplan. Or Amazon.
Anymay, if you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that I am working on two projects about prefix verbs. A book about non separable prefixes and an app for separable ones.
Well… this year, I added a third one.
And that one is actually making real progress.
I mean… not like the other ones are not making progress. They’re making tremendous progress.
But yeah, this one might actually be the first to finish, because it’s not just me… it’s a collaboration with a friend.

And it is… drum roll…

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