Archive for: "What is the Difference"

On this section we look at words that seem to be the same and yet there is a clear difference…


alle


allerdings


als


anhalten


ansehen


aufheben


aufwachen


ausgehen


ausser


bringen and its prefixes


Decke, die


denn


die Stimme


Erfahrung, die


falls


freuen


fühlen


ganz


gehen um


German Prefixes Explained be


irgend


Langeweile, die


lenken


merken


mögen, gern, gefallen What is the difference


ob


paar


Prefix Verb Explained aufmachen


raten


reichen


ruhig


schätzen


sondern


steigen


suchen prefixed


Teil


Teil 2 teilen


Time 4 gleich, bald, später, nachher and other important words.


Time 6 Actions


trotzdem


Wahl, die


wann vs wenn


warten prefixed


werben


What is the Difference antworten vs. beantworten


What is the difference mindestens, wenigsten, zumindest


What is the Difference verschieden, anders, unterschiedlich


What is the Difference verwirren vs. verwechseln


What is the Difference vs. dass, das


What is the difference wissen and kennen


wirken


WitD hinter vs. hinten


WitD Special erst, nur, einzig


Zweck, der


Zweifel, der


zwischen


überhaupt


überlegen


Word of the Day – “fühlen”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time, we’ll take a closer look at

fühlen

 

It’s not a big reveal that fühlen is to feel.
The problem is that you can’t just translate them one to one and mistakes with fühlen are actually super common. I mean, in a grammatical sense.
Here’s the thing: there are three somewhat distinct uses for the English to feel. The first one is talking about what we feel (perceiving something), then there’s the one about how we feel (perceiving ourselves)  and last but not least the one that’s about how something feels (something is perceived). 
Here’s an example for each one:

  1. I feel an itch.
  2. I feel happy.
  3. The towel feels soft.

Now, why are we making these three groups? Well, because they are different. At least different enough for German to be like “Oh, oh, oh, hooooold up. I soooooo need three different verbs here.”
People all around the globe were like “What the hell man?”.
God and all the Gods were like “What the hell, man?!”.
“What the hell, ‘man?” howled the wind
“What the hell, ‘man?” growled the bear.
“What the hell, ‘man?” sang the birds, high up in the air.
And finally German sighed and said
“Fine. I’ll try, I’ll try it with one. But I need three structures, a prefix and a reflexive to get it done.”
And that’s the mess we’ll look at today,
so follow me. I know the way.
“Uh… will that all be in rhymes now, Emanuel?”
Nah, don’t worry. Just old fashioned ‘splaining. 

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What is the Difference- “verschieden, anders, unterschiedlich”

anders-verschieden-differenHello everyone,

and welcome to something we haven’t had in a loooong time… a  “What is the difference”-special. And today’s special is especially special , because we’ll look at the differences between the different German words for different.

anders, verschieden and unterschiedlich

How does that sound to you, studio cat?
“Mrrreeeeow!”
Studio cat approves. Perfect.
And before I confuse you more, let’s dive right in into the world of differences Continue reading

Word of the Day – “schätzen”

schaetzen-schatz-meaningHello everyone,

and welcome to our German word of the Day. This time we’ll have a look at the meaning of

schätzen

 

We’ll look at the verb itself, the most common related words, the prefix version and we’ll also learn something interesting… uh… I mean something else. The crazy career of Schatz and how it changed from a word for your goat to a word for your lover.
Sounds good? Then let’s jump right in. Oh and speaking of sound… there’s a super special surprise waiting for you. Continue reading

Word of the Day – “der Zweck”

zweck-meaningHello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time we’ll take a look at the meaning of

der Zweck

Back in the 8th century a Zweck was something like a small nail or pin.  to be a small nail and in the 14th century is was especially often used in context of fixing your target on a tree or a wall for archery training. Not everybody was a good shot. One king in particular had a really bad aim. And so one day, at target practice, this happened: Continue reading