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"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:

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

How to translate "anyway"

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

anyway in German - Exercise

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)

arm vs. Arm

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)

aus - Part I
aus - Part II
bekommen vs become
bieten
Collocations (guest post)
dicht
Exercise for "doch"
der Drang

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

der Druck

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

drücken

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

durch

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

die Eifersucht
die Eile

In this episode:

A fun look at die Eile, how to say "hurry up" in German and the surprising origin of the words.

Vocabulary:

die Eile, eilen, sich beeilen, eilig, voreilig

"ent-" Part I
ent- explained - part two
The Prefix "er-"

In this episode:

The prefix "er-" seems to be very confusing, but there's actually a common underlying theme. Today, we'll find out what that is and check out examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

er-
erledigen

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

gehören

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

gelingen

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

gemein

In this episode:

"gemein" means "mean" in the sense of "bad". But lots of words with "gemein" in them are about community. Today, we'll find out why.

Vocabulary:

gemein, die Gemeinheit, gemeinsam, die Gemeinde, die Gemeinschaft, allgemein, im Allgemeinen

handeln

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

hin

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)

holen

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

leiten

In this episode:

"leiten" means "to lead". But what's the difference to "führen"? And what does leading have to do with tap water? This and more is what we'll find out today.

Vocabulary:

leiten, die Leitung, der Leiter, die Einleitung, umleiten, ableiten, begleiten,

liefern
das Lob

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

lösen
melden

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "melden" and why it is so common in colloquial daily life. Also: a long awaited foe appears.

Vocabulary:

melden, die Meldung, anmelden, abmelden, Meldebescheinigung

Practice German and Speaking - New Version :)
rechnen

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

rüehren

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

die Schicht
schuetzen

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

schweben

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

sparen

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

stecken

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

streiten
tragen
trennen
Verbs with Prepositions - An Exercise

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)

verschwinden

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

von

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

wachsen

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

Let's Build - Loooong German Sentences

In this episode:

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)

zu - part 2

In this episode:

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)