"Broad Vocabulary"

This category gathers all the articles that are about generally useful words or words with interesting families and back stories but that aren’t really essential. If you want to be all efficient and get the stuff that really matters, then this is not the category to pick from. But it’s a rainy day and you need a fun read that broadens your vocabulary – then these articles are perfect. And hey… you can have the essentials down all you want. Having a broad, divers Wortschatz really makes all the difference.


In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "absetzen" and what glasses have to do with taxes, TV shows and high heels and paragraphs.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

The fun world of doing the dishes in German. We'll learn words like pot, pan or plate and more importantly, we'll learn the phrasings for cleaning them :)

Vocabulary:

der Abwasch, abwaschen, waschen, Pfanne, Topf

In this episode:

A fun look at how to talk about anger in German with lots of useful phrasings like Ärger machen or Ärger kriegen. And we'll find the neat little particle arg.

Vocabulary:

der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

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Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

Vocabulary:

ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

In this episode:

A fun look at the various meanings of "anstehen" and what waiting in line has to do with manners and letters on a board.

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:

A quick look at the meaning of "aufkommen" and what rising has to do with hitting the ground.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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:

A good "Ausrede" is what you need if you haven't done your homework. Today, we'll learn what it is, how it's different to Entschuldigung and some more good stuff :)

Vocabulary:

die Ausrede, die Entschuldigung, (sich) entschuldigen, ausreden (lassen), sich rausreden

In this episode:

We'll look at the most important words you need when you are in a bad mood - either angry or sad. With lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

nörgeln, quengeln, muffig, schimpfen, weinen, heulen, trösten

In this episode:

A quick look at the reason why German 'bald' and English 'bald' look alike but have NOTHING in common meaning wise. And a few words for balding men in German :)

Vocabulary:

bald, kahl, glatt, die Glatze

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:

A fun look at the word "das Blatt" and its CRAZY family which ranges from blood to flowers.

Vocabulary:

das Blatt, blättern, der Blätterteig, die Blüte, blühen, die Blume

In this episode:

There's a whole range of noises we can make with our body - sneezing, farting, burping and so on. Today, we'll go over the common ones together.

Vocabulary:

gähnen, schnarchen, pupsen, rülpsen, niesen, Nase hochziehen, hicksen,

In this episode:

A fun look at "die Brille", the German word for glasses, and its various compounds that range from dreams to toilets.

Vocabulary:

die Brille, aufsetzen, absetzen, die Sonnenbrille, die Klobrille,

In this episode:

Decke means cover. And under that cover we … ahem… discover a whole bunch of useful nouns and verbs. Today, we’ll cover all those and more :)

Vocabulary:

die Decke, der Deckel, die Deckung, decken, zudecken, bedecken, entdecken

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 look at the meaning of "dienen", its origin and what earning money has to do with a user manuel and a buttler.

Vocabulary:

dienen, der Dienst, der Diener, bedienen, die Bedienung, die Bedienungsanleitung, verdienen, der Verdienst,

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

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Eingehen - to shrink, arrive, agree, wither - it’s all over the place. Eingehen is also used for being unchallenged/bored or to go in on some sort of deal.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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:

A fun look at why fabric and die Fabrik are false friends and how to translate them. We'll also talk about der Stoff, and learn some word history.

Vocabulary:

die Fabrik, der Stoff, Sauerstoff, Wasserstoff, Rohstoff, Ballaststoff

In this episode:

A fun overview over facial expressions in German. We'll go over all kinds of things that you can do with your face with lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

lachen, lächeln, der Mund, die Augen, blinzeln, hochnäsig, rümpfen, runzeln

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:

The difference between "anfangen" and "beginnen". Preceeded by a lot of cool info about "fangen" and its prefix versions and what WIFI has to do with girth.

Vocabulary:

fangen, der Fänger, das Gefängnis, auffangen, einfangen, abfangen, empfangen, der Empfang, anfangen, der Anfang, beginnen

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:

Vocabulary trainers often group their stuff by categories. Well, here's one of mine: word for rotten food and the effect it can have on us when we eat it :)

Vocabulary:

faulen, schimmeln, ranzig, sauer, schlecht, gammeln, kotzen, sich übergeben, ablaufen

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of Frühjahrsmüdigkeit - an ailment that many Germans suffer from in spring time, but that is rest of humanity has never heard of :)

Vocabulary:

das Frühjahr, der Frühling, müde, die Müdigkeit

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 fun look at the meaning of 'gelten' and why 'gleichgültig' means 'indifferent'. Of course with audio examples :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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:

A fun look at the meaning of "graben" and how it relates to ditch and rumination. And another English word that you would NEVER expect to be related to grave.

Vocabulary:

graben, vergraben, begraben, angraben, das Grab, die Gruft, die Grube, grübeln, ...

In this episode:

"der Grund" is the German brother of "ground". Today, we'll learn where it comes from and how it connects with reason, thoroughness and founding a business.

Vocabulary:

der Grund, aufgrund, grundsätzlich, gründen,begründen

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 German word "der Hosenstall" and why it’s perfect for an April’s fools prank. Also: some more or less useful words :)

Vocabulary:

die Hose, der Stall, der Reißverschluss, auf sein

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:

A quick look at the meaning of "kippeln" - a verb for something quite common in school. Bonus word: menscheln.

Vocabulary:

kippeln, menscheln, der Mensch, kippen, umkippen

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 "Kostehäppchen", the weird double meaning of “kosten” and the difference to “probieren”.

Vocabulary:

kosten, kostbar, kostenlos, probieren, der Bissen

In this episode:

We'll take a look at the false friends "craft" and "Kraft" and how they got so confusing. And we'll explore the family of "Kraft" a bit and learn cool new words.

Vocabulary:

die Kraft, kräftig, die Stärke, die Schwerkraft, KFZ

In this episode:

We'll take a look at the word "der Kummer", its cool compounds and the verb "sich kümmern um" (to take care of). It’ll be cumbersome… I mean, it’ll be fun :)

Vocabulary:

der Kummer, Liebeskummer, sich kümmern um

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:

Vocabulary:

lästern, das Laster, schummeln, schleimen, der Schleim, sich einschleimen

In this episode:

A fun look at the word "lauter", why it is much more than just "louder" and what cool things we can do with it.

Vocabulary:

lauten, laut, der Laut, lauter, unlauter, der Klang, läuten

In this episode:

German is full of onomatopoeia. Today, we'll learn the poetic German word for it and check out some common examples with audio :)

Vocabulary:

laut, der Laut, der Klang, die Malerei

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 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 quick look at the meaning of the verb "locken", what it has to do with curls and which Greek philosopher invented swag.

Vocabulary:

locken, verlockend, die Locke, locker, auflockern

In this episode:

A fun look at the noun "der Lohn" and how to say “It’s worth it” in German. Oh, and a look at the difference between Lohn and Gehalt #boring

Vocabulary:

der Lohn, sich lohnen, belohnen, das Gehalt

In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the German word "die Lücke", its relatives and how they relate it relates to the English word ____ (put your guess here :).

Vocabulary:

die Lücke, lückenhaft, das Loch, gähnen

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:

German has three options for "to like" - mögen, gern and gefallen. Today, we'll find out what the differences are and when to use which one.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

By itself, der Mut means courage. But there are countless useful compounds where this doesn't really fit. Today, we'll find out all about that cool family.

Vocabulary:

der Mut, -mut, übermütig, gutmütig, Unmut, Demut,Armut, vermuten

In this episode:

A quick look at the German verb "nerven" and how to use it in daily life.

Vocabulary:

nerven, nervig, genervt

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "neugierig" and what curiosity has to do with greed.

Vocabulary:

neugierig, die Neugier, vergesslich, neu

In this episode:

Languages are full of onomatopoetical words for noises - hissing, humming, growling etc. Today, we'll look at the German ones and see if they "sound the part.

Vocabulary:

brummen, plätschern, knarren, rauschen, britzeln, quietschen, pfeifen

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 one of those cool German words that made it onto pretty much all BuzzFeed “German words English should import” lists :).

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "peinlich", how to say that you're embarrassed in German and some more words like shame or disgrace :).

Vocabulary:

peinlich, die Pein, der Schmerz, das Schmerzmittel, die Schande, bloßstellen, sich blamieren

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:

A quick fun look at the meaning of "rasten" and why someone who did some "ausrasten" is far from beingy well rested after.

Vocabulary:

rasten, die Rast, ausrasten, der Rest, das Resteessen, restlich-, ausruhen

In this episode:

We'll learn about "raten" and why it is guessing and giving advice at the same time. Also: lots of really useful prefix versions and other nice words.

Vocabulary:

raten, der Rat, beraten, verraten, erraten, das Rätsel

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:

If you think the verb "regen" has something to do with "rain", then this post is for you. Today, we'll learn all about it and all its useful prefix versions.

Vocabulary:

regen, regungslos, sich aufregen, sich abregen, erregen, anregen

In this episode:

We'll look at the meaning of 'Reiz' and 'reizen', see what they have to do with nerves and we'll learn quite a few common phrasings and expressions.

Vocabulary:

der Reiz, reizen, gereizt, reizend, Hautreizung

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 "sauer" and what a lemon has to do with anger.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of ‘der Schein’ and the verb 'scheinen' what sunshine has to do with appearance and money #mindblow.

Vocabulary:

der Schein, scheinbar, Geldschein, Sonnenschein, scheinen, glänzen, leuchten

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "schenken" and its rather odd family that connects ham, presents and drinks. Absolute must have.

Vocabulary:

schenken, das Geschenk, der Schinken, einschenken, verschenken

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 two meanings of "Schild" and its two genders and plurals.

Vocabulary:

der Schild, das Schild, schildern, ausschildern, die Drüse, die Schilddrüse, der Schirm, abschirmen

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 fun look at the meaning of "schleifen" and what dragging has to do with sharp. Also: a few surprise guests like "schleichen" and "schlecht"

Vocabulary:

schleifen, die Schleife, der Schleim, schleichen, die Schleichwerbung, schlichten, schlecht

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of der Schnupfen and other words you need when you have a German cold.

Vocabulary:

der Schnupfen, die Erkältung, schnauben, der Husten, das Tuch, der Rotz

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the super German sounding word die Schranke and what French fries have to do with limits, your closet and your arms.

Vocabulary:

die Schranke, der Schrank, das Regal, schräg, einschränken, beschränken

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:

A fun look at the meaning of "die Schwelle" and what doors have to do with ears and inhibitions. Also: some words for swellings.

Vocabulary:

schwellen, die Schwellung, die Schwiele, die Schwelle, schwül, schwul

In this episode:

The English "sensible" and the German "sensibel" look REALLY similar - but they don't mean the same thing. Today, we'll find out why and how to translate them.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "spalten" and its family and what that has (or doesn't have) to do with splitting a bill and rewinding a song.

Vocabulary:

spalten, der Spalt, die Spalte, die Spule, vorspulen, der Splitter,

In this episode:

There are quite a few modes of speaking - whispering, screaming, mumbling, and so on Today, we'll go over them in German and see if they sound the part.

Vocabulary:

nuscheln, schreien, rufen, flüstern, lispeln, säuseln

In this episode:

German 'spenden' and English 'to spend' are classic false friends. Today, we'll learn what 'spenden' means, and how to say 'to spend' in various context.

Vocabulary:

spenden, die Spende, spendieren, die Speise, die Spesen, ausgeben, verbringen

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "spitz" and the various related words like "die Spitze" and "der Spitzname". A spitzen-way to build vocabulary :)

Vocabulary:

spitz, die Spitze, die Spitzenidee, anspitzen, der Spitzname, Ohren spitzen, der Spitzel, bespitzeln, die Speiche

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 quick look at the various uses of "der Stamm" in German and the mysteries meanings of "Stammtisch" and "Stammbar".

Vocabulary:

der Stamm, der Stammtisch, der Stammbaum, der Baumstamm, der Stammkunde, stammen, stemmen

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 meaning of "die Steuer" and its brother "das Steuer" and the surprise connection between steering can taxation :). Also: a mention of "lenken"

Vocabulary:

das Steuer, die Steuer, steuerbord, die Steuererklärung, die Steuerung, die Mehrwertsteuer

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:

Most of you know what to go and to run means in German. But there are many more "modes" of walking. Today, we'll explore words like sneak, stumble and trod...

Vocabulary:

gehen, laufen, rennen, schleichen, stolpern, schlendern, bummeln

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 meaning of "der Ton" and what music has to do with pottery. And a bit of basic acoustical physics for good measure :)

Vocabulary:

der Ton, der Lehm, betonen, vertonen, die Note, der Klang

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 two words that you definitely need on a flee market: trödeln and das Schnäppchen. We'll learn what they mean and see their cool backstory.

Vocabulary:

trödeln, der Trödelmarkt, das Schnäppchen, schnappen, der Schnabel, der Schnaps

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "umständlich" and the noun "der Umstand" and what pregnancy clothes have to do with circumstances.

Vocabulary:

umständlich, der Umstand, unter Umständen, andere Umstände

In this episode:

Come along with Inspector awesome and discover the meaning of "unheimlich" while solving a case.

Vocabulary:

unheimlich, das Heim, das Altenheim, nach Hause, heimelig, heimisch, heimlich

In this episode:

"Der Vogel" means "bird". And German has quite a few idioms and with it. Today, we'll learn the best ones, including one about... sex.

Vocabulary:

der Vogel, einen Vogel haben, einen Vogel zeigen, der Dreckspatz, der Lockvogel, die Schnapsdrossel, der Pechvogel

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "vorgehen" and why it has the three meanings it has.

Vocabulary:

vorgehen, der Vorgang, das Vorgehen, hervorgehen aus

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 "warten" and its prefix versions. We'll learn about the two(!!) meanings of "warten" and see how they tie in with expectations.

Vocabulary:

warten, abwarten, erwarten, die Erwartung, die Wartungsarbeit, der Torwart

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 fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

Vocabulary:

weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

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

In this episode:

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,

In this episode:

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

In this episode:

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

In this episode:

"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

In this episode:

A fun look at the German verb "wischen" and its sometimes not so obvious prefix versions. Also, we'll learn the proper word for wiping one's butt and listen to classical music.

Vocabulary:

wischen, verwischen, erwischen, entwischen, jemandem eins auswischen

In this episode:

Almost everybody uses "Zettel" every now and then. Today, we'll see what it is and learn a few nice idioms with it.

Vocabulary:

der Zettel, der Denkzettel, sich verzetteln, anzetteln

In this episode:

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

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the German words for future, what "Zukunft" has to do with "kommen" and what other cool useful words with "-kunft" there are.

Vocabulary:

die Zukunft, die Auskunft, die Ankunft, die Herkunft

In this episode:

You're in charge of the condition of your vocabulary. Go get what's rightfully yours - mean this article about the meaning of "zustehen" :).

Vocabulary:

zustehen, der Zustand, zuständig

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "zwingen" and what forcing someone has to do with "two". Also: loads of useful related words :)

Vocabulary:

zwingen, der Zwang, der Gruppenzwang, aufzwingen, die Zwangsstörung, erzwingen, zwängen, reinzwängen, ...