"Quick Reads"

If you need a German quickie then these are the right articles for you. Quick, fun and all around a 1000 words. Perfect for a train ride to work or the morning number 2.


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

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In this episode:

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".

Vocabulary:

alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

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In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the difference between "antworten" and "beantworten" and when to use which one. Including a little quiz for you :)

Vocabulary:

antworten, beantworten, die Antwort

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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 :)

Vocabulary:

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

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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,

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A quick look at the meaning of "einfallen" and why the word for having an idea is the same as for a collapsing building.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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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Faulpelz is a colloquial word for, well, all of us sometimes. Today, we'll learn what it means and that lazy has to do with foul in German :)

Vocabulary:

faul, der Pelz, faulenzen, faulig, verfaulen

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"Feierabend" is one of the best things ever. But English doesn't even have a word for it. A fun look at what it means and how to use it :)

Vocabulary:

feiern, der Feierabend, der Urlaub, die Freizeit

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Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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A quick look at the meanings of "ausfallen" and what cancelled meetings have to do with extraordinary dresses and electricity blackouts.

Vocabulary:

ausfallen, ausgefallen, der Ausfall, der Stromausfall, rausfallen

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In this episode:

We'll take a quick look at the meaning of "vorschlagen" and why the Germans punch their proposals.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meanings of "gleich" and why it's "equal" and "immediately" at the same time.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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A fun look at the difference between "hinter" and "hinten" and a broader look at some basic principles of talking about location in German.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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 :)

Vocabulary:

die Hose, der Stall, der Reißverschluss, auf sein

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A quick look at the meaning of "komisch" in German and why something that sounds "komisch" most likely isn't actually funny.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

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

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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

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In this episode:

A quick and fun look at the word Liebling and at how to say “my favorite” in German. Because there's a very common mistake lurking. Also: some names :)

Vocabulary:

lieb, der Liebling, Lieblings-, der Schatz

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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

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A quick look at the meaning of "nachdenken", the difference to just "denken" and how to use this verb in everyday German.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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

Vocabulary:

neugierig, die Neugier, vergesslich, neu

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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

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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.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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

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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

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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

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In the first article ever on this blog, we're taking a look at the origin and the meaning of "sein" and see how to use it.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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"sondern" and "aber" are both translations for "but". Today, we'll learn, what idea "sondern" expresses and what the difference is to "aber".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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"Alles gut." is a really common expression in colloquial German. Today, we'll explore all the contexts in which we can use it - with plenty of examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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:

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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:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at "aufhören" . We'll learn when to use it, what the difference is to "anhalten", and why the heck it means "to stop". And it actually makes sense...

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

"entweder oder" - A quick look at how to say "either or" in German.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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 :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick look at how to use "weder... noch" ("neither ... nor") in German. And a look at the other translations for "neither". With lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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

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In this episode:

Kater is the German word for a male cat. But it also means hangover. In this article we’ll find out why and how to use it. Also: sore muscles :)

Vocabulary:

der Kater, der Muskelkater, die Katze, verkatert

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

nerven, nervig, genervt

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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 :).

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

The second article on this blog :). The meaning of "Tisch" with some nice family relations.

Vocabulary:

der Tisch, die Tafel, der Nachtisch

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In this episode:

A fun look at the menaing of "voll" and why "voll leer" actually makes sense in colloquial German.

Vocabulary:

voll, machtvoll, liebevoll, sinnvoll, komplett

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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

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In this episode:

A quick look at the "zunehmen" and why it's the German translation for gaining weight.

Vocabulary:

zunehmen, abnehmen, die Zunahme

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In this episode:

We'll learn how to use "übrigens" and why it's the German translation for "by the way".

Vocabulary:

übrig, im Übrigen, übrigens

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