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"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:

"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)

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

der Ärger

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

die Arbeit
art vs. die Art

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

aufmachen

In this episode:

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".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

auf - part 1

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

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)

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)

die Ausnahme

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

bieten
das Bild

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

dabei

In this episode:

Dabei is not only a common da-word, it's part of some really cool and useful phrasings like "dabei haben" or "dabei sein". Today, we'll find out all about it.

Vocabulary:

dabei, dabei haben, dabei sein, wobei

drücken

In this episode:

In this episode, we'll go over the important prefix verbs of "drücken" and see a surprising parallel in English.

Vocabulary:

drücken, ausdrücken, unterdrücken, beeindrucken, der Eindruck, der Ausdruck, bedrücken

dürfen

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

durch

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

etwa

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

fangen

In this episode:

The difference between "anfangen" and "beginnen". Preceeded by a lot of cool info about "fangen" and its prefix versions and what WIFI has to do with girth.

Vocabulary:

fangen, der Fänger, das Gefängnis, auffangen, einfangen, abfangen, empfangen, der Empfang, anfangen, der Anfang, beginnen

fühlen, sich anfühlen

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

gegen

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

gehören

In this episode:

'gehören' means 'to belong'. But why? What does 'hören' have to do with it? That's what we'll find out today.

Vocabulary:

gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

gemein

In this episode:

"gemein" means "mean" in the sense of "bad". But lots of words with "gemein" in them are about community. Today, we'll find out why.

Vocabulary:

gemein, die Gemeinheit, gemeinsam, die Gemeinde, die Gemeinschaft, allgemein, im Allgemeinen

handeln

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

hin

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)

holen

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning "holen" and its many useful prefix versions and the secret connection between fetching, racing and shouting.

Vocabulary:

holen, rausholen, ausholen, abholen, aufholen, überholen, sich erholen, runterholen

klappen

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, zuklappen, aufklappen, Klappstuhl, klatschen

lassen -part 1

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)

die Laune

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

leiden

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

man

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "man" and how to use it. And a weird way native speakers use it more and more often, that is kind of coy and apologetic.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

die Mühe

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

nämlich

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)

nutzen, benutzen
passen

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

rufen

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

schade

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

die Schuld

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

sparen

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "sparen", what it has to do with German culture, and the various ways to translate "to spare".

Vocabulary:

sparen, sich sparen, sparsam, ersparen, verschonen, übrig

der Spaß

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

stecken

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

tragen
unbedingt

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "unbedingt" and how to use it and what it has to do with the Vikings.

Vocabulary:

unbedingt, die Bedingung, bedingen,

ungefähr

In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "ungefähr" and what estimates have to do with danger and driving.

Vocabulary:

ungefähr, die Gefahr, gefährlich, circa

verschwinden

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

vor

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

weise

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

wissen vs. kennen

In this episode:

'wissen' and 'kennen' both mean 'to know'. Today, we'll learn a really easy way to tell them apart. And no: it's not the kind of knowing as you usually hear.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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)

zu - part 1

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

zu - part 2

In this episode:

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)