"Must have words"

This category compiles all the words that you absolutely, totally, undeniably, 100%edly haaaaave to know because they’re so useful and important.



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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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

alle

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A fun look at the meanings and uses of the German word "als" (time, comparison, that third thing). Complete with audio examples and lots and lots of horses :)

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als

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ankommen

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art vs Art

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aufhören

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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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ausschlafen

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aussehen

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ausser

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Bild, das

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"was... für... " is a super common combination in spoken German. This post takes a fun look at how to use it. With lots of audio examples.

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da

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A fun look at the da-word 'dabei' and its various uses in spoken German. As per usual, lots of audio examples and dumb jokes are dabei ;)

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dauern

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A fun look at the meaning of the umlaut-monster die Mühe and the effort you have to make to say making an effort in German. Also: a really dumb pun with cows :)

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die Mühe, mühelos, sich Mühe geben, sich bemühen

die Mühe

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dürfen

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eh, ehe, eher

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einfach

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einfallen

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entweder ... oder ...

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A fun look at the meaning of "die Erfahrung" and if really has something to do with "fahren" (to drive). Also: the difference between erfahren and erleben.

Vocabulary:

die Erfahrung, erfahren (verb), erfahren (adjective), erleben, das Erlebnis

Erfahrung, die

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erst

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etwa

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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 :)

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feiern, der Feierabend, der Urlaub, die Freizeit

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freuen

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fühlen

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ganz

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gar

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gegen

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gehen um

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A fun look at the meaning of 'gehören' and why it is 'to belong'. Oh, I guess I just spoiled it :). We'll also look at 'sich nicht gehören' and some more stuff. It'll be fun.

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gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

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German abheben

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German absehen

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German ausgeben

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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 einstellen

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German vorschlagen

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German Words Married and in love von ... her...

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German zugeben

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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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handeln

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A fun look at the meaning and use of the word "her" with lots of real life examples.

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her

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irgend

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'Je ... desto' is the German version of English 'the... the...'. We'll look at how to use it with lots of audio examples.

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Je... desto... in German

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klappen

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kriegen

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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.

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

Langeweile, die

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lassen

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Laune, die

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leiden

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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 :)

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lieb, der Liebling, Lieblings-, der Schatz

Liebling

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los

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merken

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mäßig

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möglich

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nach

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nachdenken

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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.

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nämlich

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passen

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A fun look at "rufen" and its various prefix versions (anrufen, abrufen, aufrufen). With lots of audio examples and also some surprising relatives.

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rufen

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ruhig

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satt

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A fun look at the meaning of schade and how to use it like a German. Also: some interesting family members and relations to English. And some Schadenfreude :)

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schade, schaden, schädlich, Schadenfreude, beschädigen

schade

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schaffen

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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

Schein, der

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A fun look at the meaning of "die Schuld" and its family, a nice theory why Germans don’t like having debt and a super surprising connection to English. #OMG

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die Schuld, schuldig, die Entschuldigung, (sich) entschuldigen, Schulden

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so

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sondern

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sonst

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A fun look at the meaning of “der Spaß”, the various idiomatic phrasings like “Spaß machen” or “viel Spaß” and we’ll learn how to say “It was fun.” in German (#notLikeEnglish)

Vocabulary:

der Spaß, Spaß machen, Spaß haben, aus Spaß, Spaß verstehen, bespaßen

Spaß, der

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

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The meaning of mal

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treffen

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A fun look at the meaning and origin of "trotzdem" and a breakdown of when to use "trotz", "trotzdem" and "obwohl". Of course with audio examples :)

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trotzdem

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vielleicht

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We'll take a detailed look at the core meaning of "vor" and see if it helps us make sense of the prefix verbs and fixed combinations.

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vorgehen, vorhaben, vormachen, Angst haben vor, warnen vor, vor Lachen

vor

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vorbei

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vorstellen

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vs. dass, das

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weder... noch...

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weise

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A thorough look at the German verb 'werden'. We'll learn its origins, see why it has the meanings it has and learn how to use it. Also: 'become' and 'bekommen' explained :).

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werden

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werden Future and Passive

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What is the difference mindestens, wenigsten, zumindest

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Looks like a lot of work. No... wait. I mean it looks a lot like 'work'. But what about arbeiten?... It also differs from scheinen in that...

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wirken

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German has two verbs for "to know" - "wissen" and "kennen". Today, we'll learn a new, unconventional way to know when to use which. Of course with audio examples :)

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wissen and kennen

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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...

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

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ziehen

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We'll take a thorough look at the German preposition 'zu', see what it means as a stand alone, talk about the prefix verbs and of course the phrasal verbs with 'zu'. All that while trying to have fun.

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

zu

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zu Part Two

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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" :)

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zwar

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A fun look at how to talk about anger in German with lots of useful phrasings like Ärger machen or Ärger kriegen. And we'll find the neat little particle arg.

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der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

Ärger, der

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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.

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überhaupt

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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

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übrigens