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"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…

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "abgehen" and what stickers have to do with wild parties.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

abhängen

In this episode:

"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.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

abheben

In this episode:

"abheben" means "to lift off". And "to get cash". And "to stand out". Today, we'll explore why the verb has all these meanings and how to use it.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

ablaufen

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

ablaufen, abgelaufen, der Ablauf, der

absehen

In this episode:

The verb "absehen" is not very common. But the noun "die Absicht". Today, we'll find out what it means and how to say "on purpose" in German.

Vocabulary:

absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

absetzen

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:

no vocab snippet (yet)

anfallen
anlegen

In this episode:

We'll explore the different meanings of "anlegen" and the noun "die Anlage" and hopefully understand what taxes have to do with parks and challenges.

Vocabulary:

anlegen, sich anlegen mit, die Anlage, die Veranlagung

anmachen

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

ansprechen

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

Vocabulary:

ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

anstehen

In this episode:

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)

auffallen

In this episode:

"auffallen" looks like an oxymoron - "to fall up". But it's actually a really useful translation for "to notice". Today, we'll learn why. Also: more verbs :)

Vocabulary:

auffallen, auffällig, die Auffälligkeit, unauffällig

aufgehen

In this episode:

We'll look at the various meaning(s) of "aufgehen" and see if and how they all connect. And then we'll talk about prices and how they always go up.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

aufhalten

In this episode:

A quick look at "aufhalten" and what holding a door has to do with staying somewhere.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

aufkommen

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "aufkommen" and what rising has to do with hitting the ground.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

aufnehmen

In this episode:

A fun look at the various meanings of "aufnehmen" and what a recording has to do with giving asylum to refugees and entry exams.

Vocabulary:

aufnehmen, die Aufnahme, die Notaufnahme, die Aufnahmeprüfung, raufnehmen

ausfallen

In this episode:

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

ausgeben

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "ausgeben", a useful verb if you want to spend money, invite a friend for a drink or pretend to be a doctor.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

ausgehen

In this episode:

A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

aushalten

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "aushalten" and its brother "raushalten" and what bearing has to do with not being involved.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

auskommen

In this episode:

"auskommen" looks like "to come out". But it means something completely different. Today, we'll find out why and see how to actually say "come out" in German.

Vocabulary:

auskommen, rauskommen, die Auskunft, das Auskommen

auslegen

In this episode:

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...

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

ausmachen

In this episode:

A fun look at the various meanings of "ausmachen" and what turning something off has to do with agreements, findings and bothering. Also: rausmachen.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

aussetzen

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

ausstellen

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

deuten

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

deuten, deutsch, bedeuten, eindeutig, deutlich

eingehen

In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

einlegen

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "einlegen" and "reinlegen" what mixed pickles have to do with shoe inlays and falling for a prank.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

einsetzen
"ent-" Part I
The Prefix "er-"

In this episode:

The prefix "er-" seems to be very confusing, but there's actually a common underlying theme. Today, we'll find out what that is and check out examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

er-
fallen - All Prefix Versions
Fluss, der

In this episode:

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 ;)

Vocabulary:

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

Function of Prefixes - Part 2

In this episode:

In this article, we'll explore where German separable prefix verbs come from and meet their English cousin that has been hidden in plain sight.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Non Separable Prefixes

In this episode:

We'll take a nerdy look at the origin of German non-separable prefixes and compare them to prefix verbs across other languages like English or Russian.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Prefix Verbs - Intro
regen

In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

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

schätzen

In this episode:

Schatz means treasure. Schätzen means to estimate. Today, we'll find out why and go over the various useful prefix verbs of "schätzen".

Vocabulary:

schätzen, der Schatz, sich verschätzen, schätzungsweise, überschätzen, einschätzen, unterschätzen,

steigen

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "steigen" and it's prefix versions, which are crucial if you want to use transportation in Germany :). Also: steigern.

Vocabulary:

steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

die Taste

In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

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

treiben

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

Vocabulary:

treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

übergehen

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

untergehen

In this episode:

A satirical look at the meaning of "untergehen" :).

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

unterstellen

In this episode:

"unterstellen" is both, separable and non-separable. Today, we'll learn which will help you against rain and which is generally not nice. Also: runterstellen.

Vocabulary:

unterstellen, sich unterstellen, die Unterstellung

vorgehen

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

vorgehen, der Vorgang, das Vorgehen, hervorgehen aus

vorkommen

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "vorkommen" and why "sich vorkommen" actually became a good way to say how you feel.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

zufallen

In this episode:

What do a closing door and random coincidence have in common? They both relate to the German verb "zufallen". Today, we'll find out why.

Vocabulary:

zufallen, der Zufall, zufällig, zufälligerweise

zugeben

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

zustehen

In this episode:

You're in charge of the condition of your vocabulary. Go get what's rightfully yours - mean this article about the meaning of "zustehen" :).

Vocabulary:

zustehen, der Zustand, zuständig