"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.



This archive is under construction at the moment (February 2019).So it might be a bit buggy here and there. But I am working on it.

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We'll look at the meaning of "alle", which can be about all and empty at the same time, and we'll talk about when to use "alle" and "ganze".

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alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

alle

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antworten vs. beantworten

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art vs Art

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aufhören

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ausschlafen

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aussehen

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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 :)

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bald, kahl, glatt, die Glatze

bald vs bald

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Bescheid

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Bild, das

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Blatt, das

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

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dabei

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dauern

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einfach

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einfallen

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entweder ... oder ...

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"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 :)

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feiern, der Feierabend, der Urlaub, die Freizeit

Feierabend

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gegen

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German aufnehmen

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German ausfallen

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

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German aussetzen

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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 :)

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der Kater, der Muskelkater, die Katze, verkatert

German Hangover is a cat the meaning of Kater

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German vorschlagen

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German zugeben

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

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gleich

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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.

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hammer-, Schere, Zange, hammergut, hammerteuer

Hammer, der

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kacken (explicit)

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komisch

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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.

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

Langeweile, die

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Laune, die

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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 :)

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lieb, der Liebling, Lieblings-, der Schatz

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nachdenken

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nen, die

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paar

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ruhig

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satt

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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 :)

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schade, schaden, schädlich, Schadenfreude, beschädigen

schade

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schenken

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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

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

Schuld, die

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Schwarm, der

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sein

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Spoken German Bits stehen auf

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trauen

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vielleicht

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Wahnsinn, der

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wann or wenn What's the difference

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weder... noch...

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Das Ziel is about working towards a goal, and the verb - literal aiming. For an abstract use, richten an or the ge-form, gezielt (specifically), are your go-to's.

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Ziel, das

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zunehmen

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A fun look at the meaning of the super common German word "überlegen" and how to use it. With loads of every day examples.

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überlegen