"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.



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

Abwasch, der

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We'll look at the meaning of "alle", which can be about all and empty at the same time, and we'll talk about when to use "alle" and "ganze".

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alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

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antworten vs. beantworten

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aufhören

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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

Ausrede, die

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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,

Brille, die

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einfallen

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entweder ... oder ...

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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

Faulpelz

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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

Feierabend

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German abheben

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German anstehen

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German ausfallen

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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 :)

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der Kater, der Muskelkater, die Katze, verkatert

German Hangover is a cat the meaning of Kater

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German vorschlagen

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

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gleich

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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

Hosenstall

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komisch

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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.

Vocabulary:

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

Langeweile, die

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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

Lautmalerei, die

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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

Liebling

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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

locken

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nachdenken

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nerven

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neugierig

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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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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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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

Schnupfen, der

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sein

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sondern

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Spoken German Bits 1 Alles gut

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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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The meaning of German ob

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A quick look at the German word der Tisch, its connections to English and its many compound nouns.

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der Tisch, die Tafel, der Nachtisch

The Second Tisch, der

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voll

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vs. dass, das

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weder... noch...

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WitD hinter vs. hinten

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Zukunft, die

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zunehmen

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übrigens