"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.

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 :)

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als

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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

ankommen

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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.

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arm

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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

auf

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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

Vocabulary:

deuten, deutsch, bedeuten, eindeutig, deutlich

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.

Vocabulary:

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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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

Drang, der

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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

durch

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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

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" 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".

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erst

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"es" means "it". That's the short story. But that's just the surface. Today, we'll take a thorough look at all its uses and functions. #grammarnerd

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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 ;)

Vocabulary:

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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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

fähig

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"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

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.

Vocabulary:

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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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...

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German auslegen

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German ausmachen

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

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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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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

gießen

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gönnen

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haft

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halt

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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

handeln

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A fun, detailed look at "irgend-" and how to use it in German. We'll talk a bit about where it comes from and then go over all the irgend-words with examples :)

Vocabulary:

irgendein, irgendwas, irgendwo, irgendwann, irgendwie

irgend

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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

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

Vocabulary:

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.

Vocabulary:

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

Kunde

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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.

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lassen

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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

leiden

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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

lenken

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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!

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Let's Build Loooong German Sentences

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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 :)

Vocabulary:

die Mitte, das Mittel, mittel-, vermitteln

Mittel, das

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A thorough look at the meaning of "nach" and how to use it in sense of time and location. And a solid overview over the most common prefix verbs with "nach" :)

Vocabulary:

nach, nachmachen, nachlaufen, nachlassen, nachgehen, nach

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 :).

Vocabulary:

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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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

pflegen

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

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Practice German Cases Feminine

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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 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

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 :)

Vocabulary:

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

Rücken

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

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s and das What's the difference, das

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schaffen

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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

schieben

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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

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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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

schweben

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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

schützen

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

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sondern

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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

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.

Vocabulary:

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

Staub, der

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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

stecken

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steigen

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

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

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.

Vocabulary:

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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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 :)

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The meaning and use of ob

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

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The meaning of vorstellen

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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.

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The Preposition zu Explained Part 2

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

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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 :)

Vocabulary:

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trotzdem

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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.

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Verbs with Prepositions An Exercise

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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

verschwinden

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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.

Vocabulary:

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.

Vocabulary:

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

vor

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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

wachsen

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wehren

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weise

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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

wenden

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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 :)

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wenn

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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

werben

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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" 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

winken

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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

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...

Vocabulary:

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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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

zu

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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

Zweifel, der

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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