"B-Level"

All the posts in this category are best if you’re already at an intermediate level. They’re not all super advanced but they usually contain at least some stuff that’ll sound intimidating if you’re really just a fledgling. Still, you can give a go of course :).
Also, all the stuff in here (words and grammar) is stuff you should know well at the end of a B level course.


In this episode:

A fun look at the meanings and uses of the German word "als" (time, comparison, that third thing). Complete with audio examples and lots and lots of horses :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun, detailed look at the super useful meanings of "ankommen" and what arriving has to do with depending and Germans say "It depends".

Vocabulary:

ankommen, ankommen auf, die Ankunft

In this episode:

We'll explore the different meanings of "anlegen" and the noun "die Anlage" and hopefully understand what taxes have to do with parks and challenges.

Vocabulary:

anlegen, sich anlegen mit, die Anlage, die Veranlagung

In this episode:

In this post, we'll learn the different ways to translate "anyway" to German.

Vocabulary:

trotzdem, jedenfalls, wie dem auch sei, wie auch immer, naja, sowieso, eh

In this episode:

There are five (main) ways of translating "anyway" in German. Today, we'll practice when to use which.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the word "arm" and its various meanings in German and English. Also: what do waffles have to do with atomic weapons.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

We'll look at the various meaning(s) of "aufgehen" and see if and how they all connect. And then we'll talk about prices and how they always go up.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A quick look at "aufhalten" and what holding a door has to do with staying somewhere.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun and thorough look at the word "auf". We'll learn when to use it for location, what it means as a prefix and we'll talk about the common combos, like "warten auf".

Vocabulary:

auf, aufgehen, aufmachen, aufgehen, warten auf, stehen auf, aufhaben

In this episode:

We'll talk about all the verbs that take "auf" as a preposition and we'll see if there's some logic somewhere. Also: a few really common phrases with "drauf"

Vocabulary:

warten auf, freuen auf, achten auf, drauf, drauf sein, drauf kommen, ...

In this episode:

What's the meaning(s) of "auslegen"? Does it mean "to lay out"? And what is the difference to "rauslegen"? All this and more in this epic episode...

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the various meanings of "ausmachen" and what turning something off has to do with agreements, findings and bothering. Also: rausmachen.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A quick look at "ausstellen" and its two very different meanings. Also: the difference you never knew existed - rausstellen vs herausstellen

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

Did you ever wonder why Bargeld is cash and not bar money. And why a bar is still Bar? And why"wunderbar" is "wonderful". In this post, we'll find out :)

Vocabulary:

bar, in bar, die Bar, das Bargeld,

In this episode:

In this exercise, we'll practice various aspects of German cases (articles, pronouns

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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Vocabulary:

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Vocabulary:

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of the German "da" and why it seems to mean "here" and "there" at the same time.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the structural difference between "das" and "dass" and a quick, easy hack on how to know when to use which.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the German da-words .... davon, damit, dabei and so on. We'll learn what they are, how they work, how to use them and why they're actually cool.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

The da-compounds sure take a while to master. But it doesn't stop there. Because in spoken German, da-words often get split up. Today, we'll learn all about it.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the verb "deuten" and all the related words like "bedeuten" or "deutlich". And at the surprising origin of the word "deutsch" itself

Vocabulary:

deuten, deutsch, bedeuten, eindeutig, deutlich

In this episode:

A fun explanation of "doch" and what it's used for that'll clear it up once and for all. With lots of audio examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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Vocabulary:

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "der Drang", the difference to "der Zwang" and the cool related words like "dringend" that we can find in the family.

Vocabulary:

der Drang, der Zwang, eindringen, aufdringlich, dringend, drängeln, abdrängen

In this episode:

A fun look at the word der Druck and the difference between the verbs drucken and drücken. Featuring also: a big let down.

Vocabulary:

der Druck, der Händedruck, der Luftdruck, der Blutdruck, drucken, der Drucker, die Druckerei, ausdrucken, bedrucken, der Abdruck

In this episode:

In this episode, we'll go over the important prefix verbs of "drücken" and see a surprising parallel in English.

Vocabulary:

drücken, ausdrücken, unterdrücken, beeindrucken, der Eindruck, der Ausdruck, bedrücken

In this episode:

A thorough look at the German modal verb "dürfen". We'll learn where it comes from, how it gots the meanings it has today and what related words there are.

Vocabulary:

duerfen, der Bedarf, bedürftig, das Bedürfnis

In this episode:

A detailed look at the German preposition "durch". We'll see what it means, when to use it and we'll collect the most important prefix verbs with "durch"

Vocabulary:

durchsetzen, durchhalten, durchmachen, durcheinander, der Durchschnitt, durchdrehen

In this episode:

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

We'll explore how "eben" and "gerade" are used in context of time and as these weird particles that seem to appear anywhere. Featuring: a really scary cat.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning and the soul of "eigenlich" - one of the most misused words ever. Because it is actually NOT "actually"

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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Vocabulary:

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "erledigen", how to say "Never mind!" and what all that has to do with body parts, memberships and a certain Goethe.

Vocabulary:

erledigen, das Glied, das Mitglied, gliedern, die Gliederung, ledig, lediglich

In this episode:

"erst" is much more than just "first". Today, we'll explore what it can express, how to use it and why it kind of is the opposite of "schon".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

"es" means "it" - that's the short story. But there's more to 'es' than that. Today, we'll take a thorough look at all its uses and functions. #grammarnerd

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

Most of you know that 'etwas' means 'something'. But German also has 'etwa' ohne 's' and it's actually kind of common. Today, we'll learn what it means.

Vocabulary:

etwa, in etwa, etwaig

In this episode:

A quick, fun look at "fähig", a useful word as a stand alone but even more useful in compounds. Also: die Fähigkeit and a bad poem :).

Vocabulary:

fähig, die Fähigkeit, -fähig

In this episode:

"falls" and "wenn" can both mean "if" in German. Today, we'll find out if there is a difference between the two and how to use "falls" properly.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fascinating boat ride along the stream of German Fluss-words #usefulAF. Also: surprising connections to English - I’m just saying flood, influence and flight ;)

Vocabulary:

der Fluss, flüssig, überflüssig, der Einfluss, beeinflussen, fließen, fliegen, fliehen,

In this episode:

'folgen' means 'to follow', but there's much more it than that. Today, we'll explore the family and find a surprising connection to English.

Vocabulary:

folgen, die Folge, infolgedesen,folglich, zufolge, folgenlos

In this episode:

Today, we'll take a look at the prefix verbs of "folgen"and see how success relates to following. Special guest: folgern.

Vocabulary:

folgen, verfolgen, befolgen, erfolgen, der Erfolg, folgern, die Folgerung

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "fordern" and "fördern" and what demanding has to do with support, challenges and mining. In short: lots of useful words.

Vocabulary:

forder, fördern, die Forderung, die Förderung, befördern, erforderm, herausfordern, auffordern, unterfordern

In this episode:

We'll learn about the core meaning of the verb "freuen" and find out how and when to use "sich freuen auf" and "sich freuen über" with lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

freuen, sich freuen über, sich freuen auf

In this episode:

"fühlen" means "to feel". But there's also "sich fühlen" and "sich anfühlen" and all three have distinct meanings. Today, we'll learn how to use them properly.

Vocabulary:

fühlen, sich fühlen, das Gefühl, spüren, sich anfühlen

In this episode:

In this article, we'll explore where German separable prefix verbs come from and meet their English cousin that has been hidden in plain sight.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "umgehen" and what "walking around" has to do with "handling". And also a look at the combo "gehen um" and why it's super useful.

Vocabulary:

gehen um, umgehen

In this episode:

'gehören' means 'to belong'. But why? What does 'hören' have to do with it? That's what we'll find out today.

Vocabulary:

gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "gelingen" and how it is different to "schaffen". Also, a really really weird ending.

Vocabulary:

gelingen, gelungen, misslingen

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "gewöhnen", the difference between "sich gewöhnen an" and "sich angewöhnen" and other useful related words.

Vocabulary:

gewöhnen, sich gewöhnen an, gewöhnlich, die Gewohnheit, sich abgewöhnen, sich angewöhnen, verwöhnen

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "gießen" and its prefix versions. With lots of examples and a special guest.

Vocabulary:

gießen, der Guss, eingießen, ausgießen, vergießen, der Erguss

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "gönnen", its really useful brother "günstig" and a bit of recent German slang :)

Vocabulary:

gönnen, die Gunst, die Missgunst, günstig, ungünstig

In this episode:

Most of you know that "haben" means "to have". But "haben" also has a lot of really common prefix versions. Today, we'll go over them with lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

haben, anhaben, aufhaben, abhaben, mithaben, vorhaben

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "haft" and its family. A ride that'll take us from a jail sentence all the way to a stapler pin. Ernsthaft?! Yup, ernsthaft :)

Vocabulary:

haft, haften, verhaften, die Haft, zwanghaft, zweifelhaft, das Heft, heften, der Hefter, heftig

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of German "halt" and an interesting insight into why native speakers use it all the time.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the crazy family of "handeln" that connects ideas of trade, treatment, acting and negotiating. And hands :)

Vocabulary:

handeln, der Handel, verhandeln, behandeln, die Hand, der Händler, die Handlung

In this episode:

A fun look at the German word "hin". We'll discover its core idea and how to use it and we'll learn about German's secret OCD.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning "holen" and its many useful prefix versions and the secret connection between fetching, racing and shouting.

Vocabulary:

holen, rausholen, ausholen, abholen, aufholen, überholen, sich erholen, runterholen

In this episode:

"irgend-" is the German word for "some". So it seems. But it's not that simple. Today, we'll explore irgendwo, irgendwas, irgendwen and so on.

Vocabulary:

irgendein, irgendwas, irgendwo, irgendwann, irgendwie

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "kehren" and what cleaning has to do with traffic, mistakes, Jedi knights and ... sex. Yup... all those things :)

Vocabulary:

kehren, umkehren, der Verkehr, verkehrt herum, die Rückkehr, bekehren

In this episode:

Today, we’ll climb to the top of Mount Klammer together. The higher we get, the more useful related words we can see :). Also: surprise relations to English #jawdrop

Vocabulary:

die Klammer, klammern, ausklammern, klemmen, klettern, kleben

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "kriegen". We'll learn what it means by itself and look at all the useful prefix versions. A must have for your vocabulary :)

Vocabulary:

kriegen, abkriegen, hinkriegen, mitkriegen, aufkriegen, rauskriegen, der Krieg, ...

In this episode:

Kunde means customer. But also knowledge. And kündigen mean to fire someone. Today, we’ll find out what connects all those and learn some more cool words.

Vocabulary:

der Kunde, sich erkundigen,kündigen, ankündigen, die Kündigung, die Urkunde

In this episode:

A thorough look at the German verb "lassen". We'll learn its core meanings, see what it has to do with passive voice and explore the various prefix versions.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "leiden" and what pity has to do with insults, passion and suffering.

Vocabulary:

leiden, leid tun, leider, die Leidenschaft, die Beleidigung, das Mitleid

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "lenken", the difference to "steuern" and how that relates to the German word for "to distract".

Vocabulary:

lenken, der Lenker, ablenken, das Gelenk, das Lenkrad

In this episode:

A fun look at the various meanings of "liegen" and how to use the super common phrasing "liegen an".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the meaning of "das Lob" and what it has to do with getting engaged and lobsters.

Vocabulary:

das Lob, loben, verloben, der Verlobte, die Verlobung, das Gelöbnis, das Gelübde,erlauben

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "los", its various useful prefix verbs and the noun "das Los", and what a raffle token has to do with fate and parking lots.

Vocabulary:

los, lose, das Los, los sein, loslassen, losgehen,

In this episode:

The second part of our look at the meaning of "mal". This time the focus is on all the idiomatic uses and expressions.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "merken" and "sich merken" and how to use them for "to remember" and "to notice"

Vocabulary:

merken, sich merken, bemerken, merkwürdig

In this episode:

wenigstens, mindestens, zumindest - they all mean "at least" but they're not the same. Today, we'll learn what the differences are and how to use them.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

We travel to the core of "das Mittel" and see what on earth the word middle has to do with remedy and learn loads of useful words with "Mitte" in them :)

Vocabulary:

die Mitte, das Mittel, mittel-, vermitteln

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the umlaut-monster die Mühe and the effort you have to make to say making an effort in German. Also: a really dumb pun with cows.

Vocabulary:

die Mühe, mühelos, sich Mühe geben, sich bemühen

In this episode:

"nach" can mean "to" and "after". Today, we'll explore the common core of this, and explore the various uses of "nach", both alone and as a prefix.

Vocabulary:

nach, nachmachen, nachlaufen, nachlassen, nachgehen, nach

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "nämlich". Sounds like "namely" and they are related but in German, it's much more common. Today, we'll learn how to use it properly.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A detailed, fun look at "noch". We'll explore how it relates to its various English translations and see how to use it in practice with plenty of examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

We'll take a nerdy look at the origin of German non-separable prefixes and compare them to prefix verbs across other languages like English or Russian.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

We’ll look at the family of die Not and find lots of necessary words - literally :).

Vocabulary:

die Not, notwendig, nötig, benötigen, der Notfall

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "ob", a quick hack to know if it's a translation for "if" and a longer analysis, for nerds :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

We'll take a thorough look at the meaning of "passen", how to use it and its various cool prefix versions and pass by "passieren". A vocabulary turbo boost :)

Vocabulary:

passen, reinpassen, raufpassen, anpassen, die Anpassung, aufpassen, passieren

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning and use of "pflegen" and its related words a surprise reveal about an annoying brother that's all about duties.

Vocabulary:

pflegen, die Pflege, die Verpflegung, die Pflicht, verpflichten

In this episode:

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "rechnen" and the differences between all the various prefix versions.

Vocabulary:

rechnen, die Rechnung, abrechnen, ausrechnen, difference Abrechnung Rechnung

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the noun "Rücken" and the verb "rücken" (which is different) all its related words. Special guest: krass.

Vocabulary:

der Rücken, zurück, rückwärts, Rück-, rücken, abrücken, verrückt, krass

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "rühren" and what stirring your coffee has to do with emotions.

Vocabulary:

rühren, sich rühren, berühren, die Berührung

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "rufen" and its relatives - their origin, their meanings and what calling has to do with a job and fame.

Vocabulary:

rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "schaffen", its various important uses in everyday German and a bunch of really cool related words.

Vocabulary:

schaffen, geschafft, erschaffen, sich verschaffen, abschaffen, anschaffen, das Geschäft, die Wirtschaft, beschäftigt, die Freundschaft

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "schieben" and what delaying has to do with a drawer and deportations.

Vocabulary:

schieben, abschieben, aufschieben, der Schub, die Schublade, verschieben

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "schlagen" and its various prefix versions that range from making propositions to acne. A turbo boost for your vocabulary.

Vocabulary:

schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

In this episode:

A thorough look a the meanings of "schon" and why it is more than "already". With plenty of examples... and audio.

Vocabulary:

schon, schon wieder, schon mal

In this episode:

A fun look at the word "schützen", the difference to "beschützen" and the connection between protection and the ground floor of a building :).

Vocabulary:

schützen, beschützen, der Schutz, der Schütze, schießen

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "schweben", where it comes from and what it has to do with imagination and blabbering.

Vocabulary:

schweben, vorschweben, der Schweif, abschweifen, ohne Umschweife

In this episode:

"sondern" and "aber" are both translations for "but". Today, we'll learn, what idea "sondern" expresses and what the difference is to "aber".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "sparen", what it has to do with German culture, and the various ways to translate "to spare".

Vocabulary:

sparen, sich sparen, sparsam, ersparen, verschonen, übrig

In this episode:

In this episode, we'll explore the word "spüren". We'll see where it comes from, what the difference is to "fühlen" and which nice related words there are.

Vocabulary:

spüren, das Gespür, die Spur, spuren, aufspüren, spurlos, verspüren

In this episode:

A fun look at the family of "der Staub", which goes all the way from air pollution to bargains. We’ll learn lots of cool, useful words and see some crazy connection to English.

Vocabulary:

der Staub, Staubsauger, staubig, einstauben, abstauben, stöbern, der Dampf, der Duft

In this episode:

A fun look at the family of "stecken", what a plug has to do with hiding and why Latin people "like your pen".

Vocabulary:

stecken, verstecken, anstecken, das Besteck, der Stecker, die Steckdose

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "steigen" and it's prefix versions, which are crucial if you want to use transportation in Germany :). Also: steigern.

Vocabulary:

steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

In this episode:

A fun look at the family of "streichen" and what painting your wall has to do with emphasis, petting your cat and pranks.

Vocabulary:

streichen, durchstreichen, der Strich, der Aufstrich, der Abstrich, streicheln, der Streich

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "stützen", a word that can "support" your vocabulary (hint, hint). Also: a bit of horse vocabulary that is totally related #random

Vocabulary:

stützen, die Stütze, aufstützen, abstützen, unterstützen, die Liegestütze, der Stützpunkt, ...

In this episode:

A Taste is a key. Boring. But that's not all. Also on the menu: have a riveting look at the family, stunning relations to English and lots of new cool verbs.

Vocabulary:

die Taste, die Tastatur, abtasten, tasten, anfassen, berühren

In this episode:

The German word "Teil" has two genders. Today, we'll find out why and what they mean and we'll go over the most useful compound nouns with Teil.

Vocabulary:

das Teil, der Teil, der Großteil, das Gegenteil, der Vorteil, vorteilhaft, der Nachteil

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "teilen", how that shows in the different prefix versions and why an SMS is also called "Kurzmitteilung" in German.

Vocabulary:

teilen, verteilen, aufteilen, einteilen, austeilen, mitteilen, die Mitteilung, zum Teil

In this episode:

A fun look at the weird double meaning of "treffen" and the difference between "treffen" and "sich treffen".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

Vocabulary:

treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

In this episode:

A fun look at the German verb "treten" and its family. We'll learn the origins and loads of useful related nouns and prefix verbs.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning and origin of "trotzdem" and a breakdown of when to use "trotz", "trotzdem" and "obwohl". Of course with audio examples :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "überhaupt" - one of the German options for "at all". We'll learn how to use it and why it means what it means.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun exercise about some of the most important German verbs and the prepositions they so desire :). Special guests: da- and wo-compounds and some really really dumb puns.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the German word for to disappear and what it has to do with wasting time, lying and vertigo... yup, they're all connected :)

Vocabulary:

verschwinden, Schwund, Geschwindigkeit, verschwenden

In this episode:

"versprechen" has maybe the most ironic double meaning ever. Today, we'll find out what it means and how those two connect.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the menaing of "voll" and why "voll leer" actually makes sense in colloquial German.

Vocabulary:

voll, machtvoll, liebevoll, sinnvoll, komplett

In this episode:

A thorough look at the German word 'von'. We'll find its core idea, learn which locations to use it for, and go over the most common verbs with 'von'. And gifs.

Vocabulary:

von, halten von, denken von, träumen von, abhängen von, von + location

In this episode:

The combination "von.... her" is super common in everyday German. Today, we'll find out what it means and how to use it. Of course that includes "von daher".

Vocabulary:

von X her, von daher, was X angeht

In this episode:

We'll take a detailed look at the core meaning of "vor" and see if it helps us make sense of the prefix verbs and fixed combinations.

Vocabulary:

vorgehen, vorhaben, vormachen, Angst haben vor, warnen vor, vor Lachen

In this episode:

"vorstellen" means "to introduce" and "to imagine". Today, we'll learn how that makes sense and how to use it for both meanings.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "wachsen" and its prefix versions and a REALLY big difference between "wachsen and "to grow". Also: adults an ingrown toenails.

Vocabulary:

wachsen, aufwachse, erwachsen, das Wachs, durchwachsen

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "wehren" and why a damn evolved into all kinds of words for fighting and defending.

Vocabulary:

wehren, das Wehr, die Feuerwehr, die Notwehr, die Bundeswehr, abwehren, das Gewehr, verteidigen

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "weise" and its family and what proving has to do with hints, identity cards and wisdom. #mindblowing

Vocabulary:

weise, weisen, der Hinweis, der Ausweis, ausweisen, abweisen, einweisen, verweisen, beweisen, der Beweis, überweisen, ausnahmsweise, -weise

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A fun look at the meaning of "weiter" and what it can express as a verb prefix. Also: a few nice related words and usw. ;)

Vocabulary:

weiter, weit, soweit, weitermachen, weiterschlafen, weitergeben, weiter so, bis auf Weiteres,

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We'll take a thorough look at "wenden" and its family and what turning, using, learning by heart, relatives and walls have to do with one another. #vocabAF

Vocabulary:

wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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In this episode, we'll take a thorough look at the meaning "wenn" and why it is used the way it's used. It's nerdy, it's silly, it's philosophical :)

Vocabulary:

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A fun look at the meaning and use of "werben" and its family and why applying for a job in German is about advertising yourself.... literally.

Vocabulary:

werben, die Werbung, sich bewerben, die Bewerbung, erwerben, erwerbslos

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"werden" means "to become". And it builds the future. And the passive. OMG. Today, we'll find out all about it. Also: 'become' and 'bekommen' explained :).

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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We'll explore why the verb "werden" is used for future AND passive voice and how to do it. Also: a really peculiar feature of German passive voice.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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A fascinating, almost philosophical look at the meaning and origin of "das Wesen" and an insight into what being has to do essence and absence :).

Vocabulary:

das Wesen, das Lebewesen, wesentlich, abwesend, anwesend, das Unwesen

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"winken" is "to wink", right? Nope, they're false friends. Today, we'll learn what "winken" really means and what other cool words there are in the family.

Vocabulary:

winken, abwinken, wanken, wankelmütig, zwinkern, der Winkel

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A fun look at the meaning of "wirken" and its related words. We'll learn about the difference to "scheinen" and what work has to do with reality :)

Vocabulary:

wirken, die Wirkung, wirklich, bewirken, die Wirklichkeit

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'wissen' and 'kennen' both mean 'to know'. Today, we'll learn a really easy way to tell them apart. And no: it's not the kind of knowing as you usually hear.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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A fun look at the meaning(s) of "wohl", it's various uses in every day German and why they are so freaking random. Seriously, what a mess this word is...

Vocabulary:

wohl, wohlhabend, obwohl, wohl wahr, sehr wohl, wohl kaum, wer wohl, zum Wohl

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In this exercise, we'll puzzle together short German sentences into one long one. It's hard even for native speakers, but it's mad fun and you'll learn a LOT!

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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Zeug means stuff. And Spielzeug literally means playstuff. But there's much more. Zeuge is witness and überzeugen is to convince. Today, we'll find out why.

Vocabulary:

das Zeug, der Zeuge, das Zeugnis, erzeugen, das Flugzeug, das Feuerzeug, das Spielzeug, überzeugen

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We'll learn the core meaning(s) of "ziehen" and see why its prefix versions are used for clothes as well as moving apartments. Long but super useful.

Vocabulary:

ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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A thorough look at the German preposition 'zu' - what's its core idea, how does it work as a prefix and which verbs and phrases want "zu" as a preposition.

Vocabulary:

zu, zugeben, zuhaben, zu sein, zugehen, zuhören, zumachen

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In the second part, we'll go over zu-infinitives, zu and verbs and zu in comparisons. With lots of audio examples and a bit of fun.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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A fun look at "Zweifel" and what the number two has to do with "doubt". Also, we'll learn about how to properly doubt something and how to despair in German :)

Vocabulary:

zweifel, zweifeln, zweifellos, bezweifeln, anzweifeln, verzweifeln