"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.



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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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 :)

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der Abwasch, abwaschen, waschen, Pfanne, Topf

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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 :)

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

Ausrede, die

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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 :)

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bald, kahl, glatt, die Glatze

bald vs bald

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Bar

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Blatt, das

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A fun look at the German word for glasses and how to properly use it. The word, I mean. Also: its various compounds that range from dreams to toilets.

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

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craft vs Kraft

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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 :)

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

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der Vogel

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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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Drang, der

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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,

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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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fähig

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

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German anfallen

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German ansprechen

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German anstehen

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German aufkommen

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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.

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German eingehen

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

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German zustehen

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gießen

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A fun look at the family of the German word "der Grund" and the connection between ground and reason.

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der Grund, aufgrund, grundsätzlich, gründen,begründen

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gönnen

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haft

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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 :)

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die Hose, der Stall, der Reißverschluss, auf sein

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kehren

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kippeln

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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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A fun look at Kostehäppchen - an awesome little treat before a meal. Also: the weird double meaning of “kosten” and the difference to “probieren”.

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kosten, kostbar, kostenlos, probieren, der Bissen

Kostehäppchen

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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 :)

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der Kummer, Liebeskummer, sich kümmern um

Kummer, der

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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

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lauter

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Languages are full of onomatopoeia. Today, we’ll look at the German word for that, which is much more poetic, and we’ll learn a few German ono-thingies :)

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laut, der Laut, der Klang, die Malerei

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lenken

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

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locken, verlockend, die Locke, locker, auflockern

locken

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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

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der Lohn, sich lohnen, belohnen, das Gehalt

Lohn, der

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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 :).

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die Lücke, lückenhaft, das Loch, gähnen

Lücke, die

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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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nen, die

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nerven

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neugierig

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

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Ohrwurm, der

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peinlich

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pflegen

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rasten

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

rechnen

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regen

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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.

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der Reiz, reizen, gereizt, reizend, Hautreizung

Reiz, der

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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

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sauer

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We’ll look at the word ‘der Schein’ and see what sunshine has to do with appearance and money #mindblow. And we’ll talk about the verb ‘scheinen’, and when to use it.

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

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schenken

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schieben

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schlagen

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schleifen

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

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

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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.

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

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People, their feelings and character are the number one context for sensibel but it's also used in a broader, technical sense, like for the steering of a car.

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sensibel vs sensible

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spenden vs to spend

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spüren

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steigen

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Steuer

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streichen

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Style Special Bad mood

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Style Special Facial expressions

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Style Special Fridge

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Style special noise

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Style special Speaking

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Style special to walk

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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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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 :)

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das Frühjahr, der Frühling, müde, die Müdigkeit

The meaning of Frühjahrsmüdigkeit

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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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unheimlich

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

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vorgehen, der Vorgang, das Vorgehen, hervorgehen aus

vorgehen

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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

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warten prefixed

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wehren

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weich

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weise

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wenden

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Wesen, das

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winken

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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.

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wischen, verwischen, erwischen, entwischen, jemandem eins auswischen

wischen

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Wundertütenspecial

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Wundertütenspecial #2

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Zettel, der

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Zeug, das

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Zukunft, die

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zwingen

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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.

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

Ärger, der