"German Particles"

The infamous particles – doch, noch, schon, eben and plenty more of these short little words that Germans throw in all the time but that are hard to translate.


In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

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A fun and thorough look at the word "auf". We'll learn when to use it for location, what it means as a prefix and we'll talk about the common combos, like "warten auf".

Vocabulary:

auf, aufgehen, aufmachen, aufgehen, warten auf, stehen auf, aufhaben

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In this episode:

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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Vocabulary:

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"doch" seems to have many meanings but there's an underlying theme. Today, we'll explore it and see how 'doch' changes a statement.

Vocabulary:

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We'll explore how "eben" and "gerade" are used in context of time and as these weird particles that seem to appear anywhere. Featuring: a really scary cat.

Vocabulary:

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Most of you know that 'etwas' means 'something'. But German also has 'etwa' ohne 's' and it's actually kind of common. Today, we'll learn what it means.

Vocabulary:

etwa, in etwa, etwaig

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A fun look at the meaning of German "halt" and an interesting insight into why native speakers use it all the time.

Vocabulary:

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The second part of our look at the meaning of "mal". This time the focus is on all the idiomatic uses and expressions.

Vocabulary:

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In this episode:

A detailed, fun look at "noch". We'll explore how it relates to its various English translations and see how to use it in practice with plenty of examples.

Vocabulary:

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A fun look at the meaning of "nämlich". Sounds like "namely" and they are related but in German, it's much more common. Today, we'll learn how to use it properly.

Vocabulary:

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A thorough look a the meanings of "schon" and why it is more than "already". With plenty of examples... and audio.

Vocabulary:

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We'll learn the meaning of 'denn', the difference between 'denn' and 'weil' and the real reason why Germans love adding 'denn' to questions.

Vocabulary:

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In this episode:

The first part of our look at the meaning of "mal". Here, we focus on where "mal" comes from and on its more "conventional" meanings.

Vocabulary:

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In the second part, we'll go over zu-infinitives, zu and verbs and zu in comparisons. With lots of audio examples and a bit of fun.

Vocabulary:

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A fun look at the meaning(s) of "wohl", it's various uses in every day German and why they are so freaking random. Seriously, what a mess this word is...

Vocabulary:

wohl, wohlhabend, obwohl, wohl wahr, sehr wohl, wohl kaum, wer wohl, zum Wohl

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A thorough look at the German preposition 'zu' - what's its core idea, how does it work as a prefix and which verbs and phrases want "zu" as a preposition.

Vocabulary:

zu, zugeben, zuhaben, zu sein, zugehen, zuhören, zumachen

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A fun look at the meaning of "zwar", its origins and how to use it in a sentence like a German. Also: the complete unrelated meaning of "und zwar" :)

Vocabulary:

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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.

Vocabulary:

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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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