"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.


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

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

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

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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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bieten, anbieten, das Angebot, der Bote, das Gebiet, verbieten, das Verbot

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dicht, die Dichte, verdichten, dick, die Dicke, dichten, der Dichter

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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"

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

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die Eifersucht, die Sucht, die Seuche, der Eifer, der Neid, neidisch

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

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die Eile, eilen, sich beeilen, eilig, voreilig

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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.

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der Urlaub, der Urknall, der Urmensch, erlauben, erfinden, erhalten...

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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.

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

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

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gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

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

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gelingen, gelungen, misslingen

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"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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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 :)

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

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

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

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"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.

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

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

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

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lösen, die Lösung, auflösen, ablösen, verlieren,

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

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melden, die Meldung, anmelden, abmelden, Meldebescheinigung

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

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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 :).

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schützen, beschützen, der Schutz, der Schütze, schießen

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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.

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schweben, vorschweben, der Schweif, abschweifen, ohne Umschweife

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

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

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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.

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

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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".

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

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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

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streiten, der Streit, umstritten, unstrittig, abstreiten, bestreiten, der Mitstreiter, kämpfen

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tragen, vertragen, ertragen, der Betrag, der Vertrag, der Auftrag, beauftragen, der Antrag, übertragen, träge, eintragen,...

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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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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 :)

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verschwinden, Schwund, Geschwindigkeit, verschwenden

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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

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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.

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wachsen, aufwachse, erwachsen, das Wachs, durchwachsen

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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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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.

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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.

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