"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.


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

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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

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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:

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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.

Vocabulary:

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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, ...

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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 :)

Vocabulary:

bald, kahl, glatt, die Glatze

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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,

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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

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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.

Vocabulary:

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

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Vocabulary:

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

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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.

Vocabulary:

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

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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

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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

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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.

Vocabulary:

gelingen, gelungen, misslingen

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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

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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

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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, ...

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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

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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

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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.

Vocabulary:

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

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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.

Vocabulary:

locken, verlockend, die Locke, locker, auflockern

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Vocabulary:

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.

Vocabulary:

melden, die Meldung, anmelden, abmelden, Meldebescheinigung

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Vocabulary:

neigen (zu), die Neigung, die Abneigung, die Zuneigung, abgeneigt sein, nicken, das Nickerchen

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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

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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

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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

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

Vocabulary:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Vocabulary:

stoßen, anstoßen, Anstoß, abstoßen, abstoßend, ausstoßen, aufstoßen, studieren, zustoßen, verstoßen

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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.

Vocabulary:

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

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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

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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.

Vocabulary:

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Vocabulary:

wischen, verwischen, erwischen, entwischen, jemandem eins auswischen

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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