"What is the Difference"

“Verschieden vs. anders”, “wenn vs. falls”, “kennen vs wissen” – these and other pairs make almost every learner at some point wonder “What the hell is the difference.”
This category collects them all.



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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A fun look at the meaning of "alle" and how one word can be "empty" and "all" at the same time. And we'll learn when to use "alle" and "ganze".

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alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

alle

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A thorough look at the meanings of "allerdings" why you can use it to express contradiction AND agreement. Yeah, I know... German :)

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allerdings

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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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anhalten

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ansehen

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antworten vs. beantworten

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aufheben

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aufwachen

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A fun look at the meaning of "ausser" and how to use it. Special guests: "bis auf", "ausserdem" and dumb jokes.

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ausser

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bringen and its prefixes

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die Stimme

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A fun look at the meaning of "die Erfahrung" and if really has something to do with "fahren" (to drive). Also: the difference between erfahren and erleben.

Vocabulary:

die Erfahrung, erfahren (verb), erfahren (adjective), erleben, das Erlebnis

Erfahrung, die

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falls

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freuen

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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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A thorough look at "ganz" - the normal meaning, its super common use as intensifier and the difference between "ganze" and "alle". More than just okay ;)

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ganz

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gehen um

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A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

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German ausgehen

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An enlightening look at the German non-separable verb prefix "be-". We'll find out how it modifies a verb and talk about the most common be-verbs.

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German Prefixes Explained be

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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 110% non-boring look at the German word for boredom, why it's important not to say you're "langweilig" and a couple of glances at die Laune and die Stimmung.

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die Langeweile, gelangweilt, langweilig, die Stimmung, die Laune

Langeweile, die

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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".

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lenken, der Lenker, ablenken, das Gelenk, das Lenkrad

lenken

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merken

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Only in German erst, nur, einzig

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paar

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A quick look at "aufmachen" and why it doesn't only mean "to open". Also: a look at the secret behind the r-verion and the super useful "raufmachen".

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Prefix Verb Explained aufmachen

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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.

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

raten

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reichen

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A fun look at the origin and meaning of "ruhig" and why the sentence "Sei ruhig laut." actually makes sense. Also: die Ruhe and German for "Leave me alone!"

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ruhig, die Ruhe, still, leise

ruhig

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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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schätzen

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sondern

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suchen prefixed

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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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'denn' - a word Germans throw all over the place. Today, we'll explore the meaning, see what the difference is to 'weil' and learn how to use it like a boss :)

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The meaning of German denn

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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 :)

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trotzdem

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All three words are translations for "different" and mixing them up can actually get confusing. Today, we'll learn when to use which, and why :).

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verschieden, anders, unterschiedlich the difference

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Wahl, die

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Today, we'll learn a quick and easy way to decide whether to use "wenn" or "wann" in German. And then, we'll explore what's actually going on - for nerds.

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wann or wenn What's the difference

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warten prefixed

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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.

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werben, die Werbung, sich bewerben, die Bewerbung, erwerben, erwerbslos

werben

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What is the difference mindestens, wenigsten, zumindest

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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 :)

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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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WitD hinter vs. hinten

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A fun look at the origin and meaning of "der Zweck" and its related words.

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der Zweck, die Zweckehe, die Reißzwecke, bezwecken, zwecks, zwecklos

Zweck, der

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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 :)

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zweifel, zweifeln, zweifellos, bezweifeln, anzweifeln, verzweifeln

Zweifel, der

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zwischen

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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

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A fun look at the meaning of the super common German word "überlegen" and how to use it. With loads of every day examples.

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überlegen