"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.



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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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 :)

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als

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ankommen

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Auf 2

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Bar

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da

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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

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deuten

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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 :)

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die Mühe, mühelos, sich Mühe geben, sich bemühen

die Mühe

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A fun explanation of the meanings and uses of "doch" and the core idea of the word. Yes, there is one. Of course as usual, with audio examples :)

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doch

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Drang, der

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dürfen

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eben... and gerade

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eben and gerade 2

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

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eigentlich

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erst

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es

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etwa

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falls

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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 ;)

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

Fluss, der

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folgen

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folgen Folge 2

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Fordern and fördern are both about moving or bringing something forward, but fordern tells others to do it, while fördern actually actively supports and pushes.

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fordern

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freuen

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fähig

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fühlen

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gehen um

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A fun look at the meaning of 'gehören' and why it is 'to belong'. Oh, I guess I just spoiled it :). We'll also look at 'sich nicht gehören' and some more stuff. It'll be fun.

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gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

gehören

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German anlegen

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So stuff opening up and (certain stuff) rising. Those are the two bread and butter meanings of aufgehen. But there are a few others that are also good to know. In combination with plans or tactics, aufgehen can express the idea of working out.

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German aufgehen

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German aufhalten

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German auslegen

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German ausmachen

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German ausstellen

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German einstellen

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German Words Married and in love von ... her...

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gießen

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gönnen

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haft

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halt

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handeln

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irgend

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kehren

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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

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

Klammer, die

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kriegen

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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.

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

Kunde

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lassen

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leiden

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lenken

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liegen

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los

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

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mal part 2

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merken

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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 :)

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die Mitte, das Mittel, mittel-, vermitteln

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nach

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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.

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noch

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

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die Not, notwendig, nötig, benötigen, der Notfall

Not, die

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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.

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nämlich

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passen

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pflegen

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Prefix Special haben

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

rechnen

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A fun look at "rufen" and its various prefix versions (anrufen, abrufen, aufrufen). With lots of audio examples and also some surprising relatives.

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rufen

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A fun look at the German word ‘Rücken', the verb 'rücken' and why 'verrückt' means 'crazy'. Also: lots of prefix verbs :)

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

Rücken

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schaffen

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schieben

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schlagen

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

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schon

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sondern

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Spoken German Bits DaWords Undone

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spüren

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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.

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

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steigen

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streichen

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stützen

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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.

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

Taste, die

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Teil

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Teil 2 teilen

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The meaning of German ob

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treffen

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treiben

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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.

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treten

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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 :)

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trotzdem

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versprechen

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voll

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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.

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

von

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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.

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

vor

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vorstellen

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vs. dass, das

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A fun look at the meaning of "wachsen" and its prefix versions. Featuring: hair, adults an ingrown toenail and one REALLY big difference between "wachsen" and "to grow".

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wachsen, aufwachse, erwachsen, das Wachs, durchwachsen

wachsen

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wehren

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weise

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wenden

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wenn

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A thorough look at the German verb 'werden'. We'll learn its origins, see why it has the meanings it has and learn how to use it. Also: 'become' and 'bekommen' explained :).

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werden

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werden Future and Passive

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Wesen, das

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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.

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What do darum, daran, davon, danach and all those mean?

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What is the difference mindestens, wenigsten, zumindest

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winken

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Looks like a lot of work. No... wait. I mean it looks a lot like 'work'. But what about arbeiten?... It also differs from scheinen in that...

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wirken

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German has two verbs for "to know" - "wissen" and "kennen". Today, we'll learn a new, unconventional way to know when to use which. Of course with audio examples :)

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wissen and kennen

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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...

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

wohl

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Zeug, das

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ziehen

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We'll take a thorough look at the German preposition 'zu', see what it means as a stand alone, talk about the prefix verbs and of course the phrasal verbs with 'zu'. All that while trying to have fun.

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

zu

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zu Part Two

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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.

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überhaupt