"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.


In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "alle" and how one word can be "empty" and "all" at the same time. And we'll learn when to use "alle" and "ganze".

Vocabulary:

alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

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In this episode:

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 :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meanings of "anhalten", and why one word can be about stopping and continuing at the same time. Also: the difference to aufhören.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

ankommen, ankommen auf, die Ankunft

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

Vocabulary:

die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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In this episode:

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:

Today, we'll learn the difference between "aufwachen" and "(auf)wecken" and see when to use which. Special guest: "erwachen"

Vocabulary:

aufwachen, aufwecken, erwachen, wachen, die Wache

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In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

die Ausnahme, ausnehmen, rausnehmen, ausnahmsweise, ausgenommen

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

ausschlafen, verschlafen, einschlafen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "aussehen" and when to use it as a translation for "to look". Spoiler: it's NOT always and many people make mistakes there :)

Vocabulary:

aussehen, das Aussehen, aussehend

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "ausser" and how to use it. Special guests: "bis auf", "ausserdem" and dumb jokes.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the word "das Bild" and how its core idea formed (hint, hint) all the cool, useful related words - more than just a picture :)

Vocabulary:

das Bild, bilden, sich bilden, ausbilden, die Bildung, die Ausbildung, sich einbilden

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In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "dauern" and how to use it as a translation for "to take time" . Also: some cardio. Condolences :).

Vocabulary:

dauern, die Dauer, dauernd, andauern, die Ausdauer, während, bedauern,...

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In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

die Mühe, mühelos, sich Mühe geben, sich bemühen

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In this episode:

A detailed look at the German preposition "durch". We'll see what it means, when to use it and we'll collect the most important prefix verbs with "durch"

Vocabulary:

durchsetzen, durchhalten, durchmachen, durcheinander, der Durchschnitt, durchdrehen

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the German modal verb "dürfen". We'll learn where it comes from, how it gots the meanings it has today and what related words there are.

Vocabulary:

duerfen, der Bedarf, bedürftig, das Bedürfnis

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In this episode:

"eh" is a really weird word, but it's actually a good translation for "anyway". Today, we'll learn how to use it and its brothers "ehe" and "eher".

Vocabulary:

eh, ehe, eher, die Ehe, ehemalig

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In this episode:

A quick and easy look at the real meaning of "einfach" and how to use it as "easy" and "just". Special guests: a few other fach-words.

Vocabulary:

einfach, mehrfach, vielfach, vervielfachen, vereinfachen

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "einfallen" and why the word for having an idea is the same as for a collapsing building.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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

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In this episode:

"erst" is much more than just "first". Today, we'll explore what it can express, how to use it and why it kind of is the opposite of "schon".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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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In this episode:

"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

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In this episode:

We'll learn about the core meaning of the verb "freuen" and find out how and when to use "sich freuen auf" and "sich freuen über" with lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

freuen, sich freuen über, sich freuen auf

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In this episode:

"fühlen" means "to feel". But there's also "sich fühlen" and "sich anfühlen" and all three have distinct meanings. Today, we'll learn how to use them properly.

Vocabulary:

fühlen, sich fühlen, das Gefühl, spüren, sich anfühlen

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In this episode:

A thorough look at "ganz" - the normal meaning, its super common use as intensifier and the difference between "ganze" and "alle". More than just okay ;)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "gar" and its brother "sogar" and what those have to do with pasta :)

Vocabulary:

gar, sogar, gar nichts, garen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "gegen" and why its many useful related words sometimes seem to have contradictory meanings.

Vocabulary:

gegen, entgegen, dagegen, gegenseitig, der Gegner, begegnen, der Gegenstand, gegenüber, die Gegend, entgegnen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "umgehen" and what "walking around" has to do with "handling". And also a look at the combo "gehen um" and why it's super useful.

Vocabulary:

gehen um, umgehen

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In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

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In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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

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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)

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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)

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In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

We'll take a quick look at the meaning of "vorschlagen" and why the Germans punch their proposals.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

The combination "von.... her" is super common in everyday German. Today, we'll find out what it means and how to use it. Of course that includes "von daher".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "gewöhnen", the difference between "sich gewöhnen an" and "sich angewöhnen" and other useful related words.

Vocabulary:

gewöhnen, sich gewöhnen an, gewöhnlich, die Gewohnheit, sich abgewöhnen, sich angewöhnen, verwöhnen

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the crazy family of "handeln" that connects ideas of trade, treatment, acting and negotiating. And hands :)

Vocabulary:

handeln, der Handel, verhandeln, behandeln, die Hand, der Händler, die Handlung

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the confusing German word "her". We'll see what it means and why and learn how to use it properly with lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the German word "hin". We'll discover its core idea and how to use it and we'll learn about German's secret OCD.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun, detailed look at "irgend-" and how to use it in German. We'll talk a bit about where it comes from and then go over all the irgend-words with examples :)

Vocabulary:

irgendein, irgendwas, irgendwo, irgendwann, irgendwie

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

"klappen" is a really, really common word in colloquial German. And so is the noun "die Klappe". Today, we'll learn what they mean and how to use them.

Vocabulary:

klappen, die Klappe

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "kriegen". We'll learn what it means by itself and look at all the useful prefix versions. A must have for your vocabulary :)

Vocabulary:

kriegen, abkriegen, hinkriegen, mitkriegen, aufkriegen, rauskriegen, der Krieg, ...

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In this episode:

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

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the German verb "lassen". We'll learn its core meanings, see what it has to do with passive voice and explore the various prefix versions.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the meaning of "die Laune" and how to say you're in a good mood in German. Also: the difference to "die Stimmung" and a surprise connection

Vocabulary:

die Laune, gute Laune, die Partylaune, launisch, gelaunt, die Stimmung, die Stimmungsschwankung

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "leiden" and what pity has to do with insults, passion and suffering.

Vocabulary:

leiden, leid tun, leider, die Leidenschaft, die Beleidigung, das Mitleid

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In this episode:

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

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "los", its various useful prefix verbs and the noun "das Los", and what a raffle token has to do with fate and parking lots.

Vocabulary:

los, lose, das Los, los sein, loslassen, losgehen,

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "merken" and "sich merken" and how to use them for "to remember" and "to notice"

Vocabulary:

merken, sich merken, bemerken, merkwürdig

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In this episode:

A fun look at the word "mäßig". It has a meaning on its own, but in colloquial German, it's a really common puzzle piece.

Vocabulary:

mäßig, messen, das Maß, in Maßen, sommermäßig

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "möglich" and some related words and what they have to do with the German modal verb "mögen".

Vocabulary:

möglich, mögen, unmöglich, die Möglichkeit, möglicherweise, möglichst

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In this episode:

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" :)

Vocabulary:

nach, nachmachen, nachlaufen, nachlassen, nachgehen, nach

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "nachdenken", the difference to just "denken" and how to use this verb in everyday German.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

We'll take a thorough look at the meaning of "passen", how to use it and its various cool prefix versions and pass by "passieren". A vocabulary turbo boost :)

Vocabulary:

passen, reinpassen, raufpassen, anpassen, die Anpassung, aufpassen, passieren

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In this episode:

Most of you know that "haben" means "to have". But "haben" also has a lot of really common prefix versions. Today, we'll go over them with lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

haben, anhaben, aufhaben, abhaben, mithaben, vorhaben

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "rufen" and its relatives - their origin, their meanings and what calling has to do with a job and fame.

Vocabulary:

rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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In this episode:

A fun look at the origin and meaning of "ruhig" and why the sentence "Sei ruhig laut." actually makes sense. Also: die Ruhe and German for "Leave me alone!"

Vocabulary:

ruhig, die Ruhe, still, leise

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In this episode:

A fun look at the structural difference between "das" and "dass" and a quick, easy hack on how to know when to use which.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick look at "satt", which we need to say that we're full and /or fed up.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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 :)

Vocabulary:

schade, schaden, schädlich, Schadenfreude, beschädigen

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "schaffen", its various important uses in everyday German and a bunch of really cool related words.

Vocabulary:

schaffen, geschafft, erschaffen, sich verschaffen, abschaffen, anschaffen, das Geschäft, die Wirtschaft, beschäftigt, die Freundschaft

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of ‘der Schein’ and the verb 'scheinen' what sunshine has to do with appearance and money #mindblow.

Vocabulary:

der Schein, scheinbar, Geldschein, Sonnenschein, scheinen, glänzen, leuchten

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

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

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the German "so", its various idiomatic uses in everyday German and the differences to English "so". With lots of audio examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

"sondern" and "aber" are both translations for "but". Today, we'll learn, what idea "sondern" expresses and what the difference is to "aber".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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

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In this episode:

A fun look at the family of "stecken", what a plug has to do with hiding and why Latin people "like your pen".

Vocabulary:

stecken, verstecken, anstecken, das Besteck, der Stecker, die Steckdose

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In this episode:

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...

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

"entweder oder" - A quick look at how to say "either or" in German.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

Today, we'll learn the core idea of "sonst", see how to use it in conversation and explore related words like "ansonsten", "sonstige" or "umsonst".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

"was... für" is a quite common combination in colloquial German because it means like "what kind". Today, we'll learn how to use it with lots of audio examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick look at how to use "weder... noch" ("neither ... nor") in German. And a look at the other translations for "neither". With lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the weird double meaning of "treffen" and the difference between "treffen" and "sich treffen".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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 :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the German word for to disappear and what it has to do with wasting time, lying and vertigo... yup, they're all connected :)

Vocabulary:

verschwinden, Schwund, Geschwindigkeit, verschwenden

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In this episode:

A quick look at "vielleicht", the German word for "maybe". We'll learn why it means what it means, how to use it and what side use it has.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

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

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "vorbei" and an end has to do with visits.

Vocabulary:

vorbei sein, vorbeikommen, vorbeifahren, vorbeibringen

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "weise" and its family and what proving has to do with hints, identity cards and wisdom. #mindblowing

Vocabulary:

weise, weisen, der Hinweis, der Ausweis, ausweisen, abweisen, einweisen, verweisen, beweisen, der Beweis, überweisen, ausnahmsweise, -weise

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In this episode:

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 :).

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

We'll explore why the verb "werden" is used for future AND passive voice and how to do it. Also: a really peculiar feature of German passive voice.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

wenigstens, mindestens, zumindest - they all mean "at least" but they're not the same. Today, we'll learn what the differences are and how to use them.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "wirken" and its related words. We'll learn about the difference to "scheinen" and what work has to do with reality :)

Vocabulary:

wirken, die Wirkung, wirklich, bewirken, die Wirklichkeit

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In this episode:

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 :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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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In this episode:

We'll learn the core meaning(s) of "ziehen" and see why its prefix versions are used for clothes as well as moving apartments. Long but super useful.

Vocabulary:

ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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In this episode:

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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In this episode:

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:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

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

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In this episode:

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:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "überlegen", the surprising logic behind the meaning and the difference to "nachdenken".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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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