"German Prefix Verbs"

Learning German without prefix verbs is like drawing with only lines… pointless. Wow, that was bad. But the stuff in this category is awesome. All about prefix verbs and prefixes, what they mean, how they work and the differences between aufmachen and raufmachen and all the others…



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 "angehen" how (or if) its various meanings connect. Also: how to say "That's none of your business." and the super useful phrasing "was... angeht"

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angehen

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A fun, detailed look at the super useful meanings of "ankommen" and what arriving has to do with depending and Germans say "It depends".

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ankommen, ankommen auf, die Ankunft

ankommen

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A fun look at the meanings of "annehmen" and what assumptions have to do with accepting and comfort.

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annehmen

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aufheben

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aufwachen

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We all know, German is full of exceptions. Today, we'll look the German word for it and learn about the prefix verb it comes from.

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die Ausnahme, ausnehmen, rausnehmen, ausnahmsweise, ausgenommen

Ausnahme, die

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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 quick look at the meaning of "ausschlafen" and its brothers "verschlafen" and "einschlafen". Also: some grammar... yawn!

Vocabulary:

ausschlafen, verschlafen, einschlafen

ausschlafen

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aussehen

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A fun look at "brauchen" (to need), its prefix versions and how to use (or not use) "brauchen" with verbs. Also: some really cool relations to English and other languages.

Vocabulary:

brauchen, verbrauchen, der Brauch, der Bedarf, Gebrauchsanweisung

brauchen

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bringen and its prefixes

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A fun look at the verb "deuten" and all the related words like "bedeuten" or "deutlich". And at the surprising origin of the word "deutsch" itself

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deuten, deutsch, bedeuten, eindeutig, deutlich

deuten

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die Stimme

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einfallen

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Enttäuschung is disappointment. Täuschung is deception. Today, we'll learn why this makes perfect sense, how to be disappointed in German and what that has to do with trading.

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die Enttäuschung, enttäuschen, tauschen, täuschen, handeln

Enttäuschung, die

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A fascinating boat ride along the stream of German Fluss-words #usefulAF. Also: surprising connections to English - I’m just saying flood, influence and flight ;)

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der Fluss, flüssig, überflüssig, der Einfluss, beeinflussen, fließen, fliegen, fliehen,

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German abgehen

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German abheben

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"abhängen" is one German translation for "to depend". Today, we'll learn why it means that and how it connects to relaxing and taking down laundry.

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German abhängen

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A fun look at the German prefix verb "ablaufen" and how it connects a sink, a conference and old milk.

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ablaufen, abgelaufen, der Ablauf, der

German ablaufen

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German absehen

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German anfallen

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German anlegen

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"anmachen" is one of the most common and most versatile prefix verbs. Today, we'll explore the various meanings and see what connects them all. Also: ranmachen.

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German anmachen

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German ansprechen

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A quick look at the five (5!!) completely different meanings of "anstellen" and how they all connect. Definitely one of the craziest German prefix verbs.

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German anstellen

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German auffallen

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So stuff opening up and (certain stuff) rising. Those are the two bread and butter meanings of aufgehen. But there are a few others that are also good to know. In combination with plans or tactics, aufgehen can express the idea of working out.

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German aufgehen

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German aufhalten

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German aufkommen

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A fun look at the meanings of "auflegen" and what dj-ing has to do with making phone calls and newspapers.

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German auflegen

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German aufnehmen

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German ausfallen

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German ausgeben

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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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Aushalten (stand, bear, deal, tolerate, put up with) is where all the huge amorphous multidimensional meaning clouds intersect.

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German aushalten

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German auskommen

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What's the meaning(s) of "auslegen"? Does it mean "to lay out"? And what is the difference to "rauslegen"? All this and more in this epic episode...

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German auslegen

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German ausmachen

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Aussetzen has an eclectic set of translations: Expose, suspend, plant, criticize, maroon, skip. Placing "outside" in some way is the core idea, though.

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German aussetzen

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A quick look at "ausstellen" and its two very different meanings. Also: the difference you never knew existed - rausstellen vs herausstellen

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German ausstellen

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Eingehen - to shrink, arrive, agree, wither - it’s all over the place. Eingehen is also used for being unchallenged/bored or to go in on some sort of deal.

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German eingehen

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A quick look at the meaning of "das Einkommen" and why the verb "einkommen" absolutely doesn't mean "to come in" (and what does) :)

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das Einkommen, reinkommen

German Einkommen

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German einlegen

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German einstellen

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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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In this episode, we'll learn about the ideas of the German prefix "um-" and go over the most important prefix verbs together.

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umgehen, umfahren, umstellen, umfallen, umziehen, umschreiben

German Prefixes Explained um

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German Prefixes Explained ver

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German Prefixes Explained ver part 2

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German Prefixes Explained zer

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German unterstellen

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German vorschlagen

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German zufallen

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A quick look at the meaning of the prefix verb "zugeben" and the noun "die Zugabe" that'll make you go like "Encore!" :)

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German zugeben

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German zustehen

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A fun look a the various meanings of "übergehen", the difference between the separable and not separable version and the words "rübergehen" and "drübergehen".

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German übergehen

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kriegen

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lassen 2

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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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A quick look at "lesen", the German word for "to read", and its various prefix versions. Also: some really fascinating connections to English and quality food.

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lesen, vorlesen, die Vorlesung, durchlesen, nachlesen, verlesen

lesen

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liegen

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A fun ride along the prefix verbs with "mit-" in German. Definitely a bunch of verbs to bring with you to a conversation :). Mit lots of audio examples.

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mitnehmen, mitkommen, mitbringen, mitmachen, mitgehen, mithaben

mit

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A thorough look at the meaning of "nach" and how to use it in sense of time and location. And a solid overview over the most common prefix verbs with "nach" :)

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nach, nachmachen, nachlaufen, nachlassen, nachgehen, nach

nach

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passen

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Prefix Special haben

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A quick look at "angeben" and how bragging is connected to bureaucracy, hearsay. And tennis.

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angeben, die Angabe(n), angeblich, der Angeber

Prefix Verb Explained angeben

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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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"Raum" is the German brother of "room" and the nouns and verbs based on it fill up a big room. Today, we'll go in and tidy up a the chaos :)

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der Raum, Raum-, das Zimmer, räumen, aufräumen, umräumen

Raum, der

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If you think the verb "regen" has something to do with "rain", then this post is for you. Today, we'll learn all about it and all its useful prefix versions.

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regen, regungslos, sich aufregen, sich abregen, erregen, anregen

regen

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A thorough look at the meaning and grammar of "reichen" and what "handing" has to do with "being enough" and "areas".

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reichen, ausreichen, erreichen, der Bereich, hinreichend, ausreichend

reichen

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A fun look at the meaning of "schieben" and what delaying has to do with a drawer and deportations.

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schieben, abschieben, aufschieben, der Schub, die Schublade, verschieben

schieben

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schätzen

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sorgen prefixed

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A thrilling look at the meanings of ‘die Spannung’ its many related verbs and the low down on how to say ‘relaxed’ and ‘excited’ in German.Also: surprise relations to English.

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die Spannung, gespannt, spannend, die Anspannung, entspannen

Spannung, die

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steigen

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A quick look at the meaning of "absetzen" and what glasses have to do with taxes, TV shows and high heels and paragraphs.

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Stranger Things absetzen

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suchen prefixed

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A Taste is a key. Boring. But that's not all. Also on the menu: have a riveting look at the family, stunning relations to English and lots of new cool verbs.

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die Taste, die Tastatur, abtasten, tasten, anfassen, berühren

Taste, die

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Teil 2 teilen

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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.

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The meaning(s) of the Prefix Verb anstehen

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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...

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The meaning and use of aufhören

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"vorstellen" means "to introduce" and "to imagine". Today, we'll learn how that makes sense and how to use it for both meanings.

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The meaning of vorstellen

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treiben

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untergehen

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versprechen

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A quick look at the meaning of "vorgehen" and why it has the three meanings it has.

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vorgehen, der Vorgang, das Vorgehen, hervorgehen aus

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vorkommen

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warten prefixed

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A fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

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weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

weich

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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

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ziehen

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zunehmen

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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