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"A-Level"

This category gathers all the articles that should be easily understandable at a beginner’s level once you’ve learned the absolute essentials.

You might find that a certain article is too advanced for you. Don’t feel bad or stupid then… I just put it in the wrong category then. It’s not always easy to tell. If you think one really doesn’t belong here… just leave me a comment.


In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "alle" and how one word can be "empty" and "all" at the same time. And we'll learn when to use "alle" and "ganze".

Vocabulary:

alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

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In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the difference between "antworten" and "beantworten" and when to use which one. Including a little quiz for you :)

Vocabulary:

antworten, beantworten, die Antwort

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

Vocabulary:

die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "ausschlafen" and its brothers "verschlafen" and "einschlafen". Also: some grammar... yawn!

Vocabulary:

ausschlafen, verschlafen, einschlafen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "aussehen" and when to use it as a translation for "to look". Spoiler: it's NOT always and many people make mistakes there :)

Vocabulary:

aussehen, das Aussehen, aussehend

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In this episode:

A quick look at the reason why German 'bald' and English 'bald' look alike but have NOTHING in common meaning wise. And a few words for balding men in German :)

Vocabulary:

bald, kahl, glatt, die Glatze

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "Bescheid", how to use "Bescheid sagen" in daily life and what it has to do with being humble.

Vocabulary:

der Bescheid, Bescheid sagen, bescheiden, die Bescheidenheit

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In this episode:

A fun look at the word "das Bild" and how its core idea formed (hint, hint) all the cool, useful related words - more than just a picture :)

Vocabulary:

das Bild, bilden, sich bilden, ausbilden, die Bildung, die Ausbildung, sich einbilden

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In this episode:

A fun look at the word "das Blatt" and its CRAZY family which ranges from blood to flowers.

Vocabulary:

das Blatt, blättern, der Blätterteig, die Blüte, blühen, die Blume

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of 'dabei' and its various uses in spoken German. As usual, lots of audio examples and dumb jokes are dabei ;)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "dauern" and how to use it as a translation for "to take time" . Also: some cardio. Condolences :).

Vocabulary:

dauern, die Dauer, dauernd, andauern, die Ausdauer, während, bedauern,...

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In this episode:

A quick and easy look at the real meaning of "einfach" and how to use it as "easy" and "just". Special guests: a few other fach-words.

Vocabulary:

einfach, mehrfach, vielfach, vervielfachen, vereinfachen

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "einfallen" and why the word for having an idea is the same as for a collapsing building.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at why fabric and die Fabrik are false friends and how to translate them. We'll also talk about der Stoff, and learn some word history.

Vocabulary:

die Fabrik, der Stoff, Sauerstoff, Wasserstoff, Rohstoff, Ballaststoff

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In this episode:

"Feierabend" is one of the best things ever. But English doesn't even have a word for it. A fun look at what it means and how to use it :)

Vocabulary:

feiern, der Feierabend, der Urlaub, die Freizeit

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "gegen" and why its many useful related words sometimes seem to have contradictory meanings.

Vocabulary:

gegen, entgegen, dagegen, gegenseitig, der Gegner, begegnen, der Gegenstand, gegenüber, die Gegend, entgegnen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the various meanings of "aufnehmen" and what a recording has to do with giving asylum to refugees and entry exams.

Vocabulary:

aufnehmen, die Aufnahme, die Notaufnahme, die Aufnahmeprüfung, raufnehmen

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meanings of "ausfallen" and what cancelled meetings have to do with extraordinary dresses and electricity blackouts.

Vocabulary:

ausfallen, ausgefallen, der Ausfall, der Stromausfall, rausfallen

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In this episode:

Aussetzen has an eclectic set of translations: Expose, suspend, plant, criticize, maroon, skip. Placing "outside" in some way is the core idea, though.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

We'll take a quick look at the meaning of "vorschlagen" and why the Germans punch their proposals.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of the prefix verb "zugeben" and the noun "die Zugabe" that'll make you go like "Encore!" :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meanings of "gleich" and why it's "equal" and "immediately" at the same time.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A Hammer is a tool. And in German it's an adjective that'll help you ... ahem... nail the slang :). Today, we’ll find out what hammer means and how to use it.

Vocabulary:

hammer-, Schere, Zange, hammergut, hammerteuer

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In this episode:

A po-etic look at the German word "kacken" and how to harness the full colloquial potential of it and its brothers. With audio examples and visuals.

Vocabulary:

kacken, die Kacke, verkacken, ankacken, abkacken

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "komisch" in German and why something that sounds "komisch" most likely isn't actually funny.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A 110% non-boring look at the German word for boredom, why it's important not to say you're "langweilig" and a couple of glances at die Laune and die Stimmung.

Vocabulary:

die Langeweile, gelangweilt, langweilig, die Stimmung, die Laune

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In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the meaning of "die Laune" and how to say you're in a good mood in German. Also: the difference to "die Stimmung" and a surprise connection

Vocabulary:

die Laune, gute Laune, die Partylaune, launisch, gelaunt, die Stimmung, die Stimmungsschwankung

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In this episode:

A quick and fun look at the word Liebling and at how to say “my favorite” in German. Because there's a very common mistake lurking. Also: some names :)

Vocabulary:

lieb, der Liebling, Lieblings-, der Schatz

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "nachdenken", the difference to just "denken" and how to use this verb in everyday German.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "dienen", its origin and what earning money has to do with a user manuel and a buttler.

Vocabulary:

dienen, der Dienst, der Diener, bedienen, die Bedienung, die Bedienungsanleitung, verdienen, der Verdienst,

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "paar" and it's brother with a captital P and how to use them as translations for "pair" and "couple". Oh and "few".

Vocabulary:

paar, das Paar, das Pärchen, Pärchenabend

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In this episode:

A fun look at the origin and meaning of "ruhig" and why the sentence "Sei ruhig laut." actually makes sense. Also: die Ruhe and German for "Leave me alone!"

Vocabulary:

ruhig, die Ruhe, still, leise

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In this episode:

A quick look at "satt", which we need to say that we're full and /or fed up.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of schade and how to use it like a German. Also: some interesting family members and relations to English. And some Schadenfreude :)

Vocabulary:

schade, schaden, schädlich, Schadenfreude, beschädigen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "schenken" and its rather odd family that connects ham, presents and drinks. Absolute must have.

Vocabulary:

schenken, das Geschenk, der Schinken, einschenken, verschenken

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "die Schuld" and its family, a nice theory why Germans don’t like having debt and a super surprising connection to English. #OMG

Vocabulary:

die Schuld, schuldig, die Entschuldigung, (sich) entschuldigen, Schulden

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In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the meaning of "der Schwarm" and what a flock of birds has to do with your crush. Yup, YOUR cursh.

Vocabulary:

der Schwarm, der Vogelschwarm, der Frauenschwarm, schwärmen

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In this episode:

In the first article ever on this blog, we're taking a look at the origin and the meaning of "sein" and see how to use it.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

"stehen auf" is a pretty common colloquial phrasing in German. Today, we'll learn what it means and how to use it properly to express liking.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at "aufhören" . We'll learn when to use it, what the difference is to "anhalten", and why the heck it means "to stop". And it actually makes sense...

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

"entweder oder" - A quick look at how to say "either or" in German.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick look at how to use "weder... noch" ("neither ... nor") in German. And a look at the other translations for "neither". With lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

Kater is the German word for a male cat. But it also means hangover. In this article we’ll find out why and how to use it. Also: sore muscles :)

Vocabulary:

der Kater, der Muskelkater, die Katze, verkatert

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In this episode:

Let's practice time prepositions in German... ago, before, after, since and so on. With 10% more tricky examples than other exercises :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the German verb "trauen", the difference to "sich trauen" and what confidence has to do with marriage and fidelity. #datingadvice #kidding

Vocabulary:

trauen, sich trauen, vertrauen, treu, heiraten,

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In this episode:

A quick look at "vielleicht", the German word for "maybe". We'll learn why it means what it means, how to use it and what side use it has.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "der Wahnsinn" and how to use it and its relatives in conversation. Special mention: erwähnen :)

Vocabulary:

der Wahnsinn, der Wahn, wahnsinnig, der Verfolgungswahn, wähnen, erwähnen

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In this episode:

A quick and easy look at the difference between "wenn" or "wann" in German. And then: what's really going on - for nerds.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the German verb "wischen" and its sometimes not so obvious prefix versions. Also, we'll learn the proper word for wiping one's butt and listen to classical music.

Vocabulary:

wischen, verwischen, erwischen, entwischen, jemandem eins auswischen

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In this episode:

"Ziel" is the German word for "goal". We'll learn where it comes from and what nice related words we can add to our vocabulary.

Vocabulary:

das Ziel, zielen, ziellos, die Zielgruppe, erzielen

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In this episode:

A quick look at the "zunehmen" and why it's the German translation for gaining weight.

Vocabulary:

zunehmen, abnehmen, die Zunahme

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "überlegen", the surprising logic behind the meaning and the difference to "nachdenken".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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