"Prefix Verbs Explained"

In this section we look at the prefix verbs one at a time.


In this episode:

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"

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

"aufheben" means "to pick up". But it has a second really useful meaning. And a third meaning. This word is definitely a keeper (hint, hint).

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "die Stimme" and "stimmen" and its prefix versions and the question why the verb is used in so many contexts.

Vocabulary:

die Stimme, stimmen, die Stimmung, bestimmen, bestimmt, abstimmen, verstimmen,

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

"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.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

das Einkommen, reinkommen

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

umgehen, umfahren, umstellen, umfallen, umziehen, umschreiben

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

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, ...

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "lenken", the difference to "steuern" and how that relates to the German word for "to distract".

Vocabulary:

lenken, der Lenker, ablenken, das Gelenk, das Lenkrad

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

A fun look at the various meanings of "liegen" and how to use the super common phrasing "liegen an".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

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

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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.

Vocabulary:

raten, der Rat, beraten, verraten, erraten, das Rätsel

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "der Raum", because the nouns and verbs based on it fill up a big room. Today, we'll go in and tidy up a that chaos :) (hint, hint)

Vocabulary:

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

A thrilling look at the meanings of "die Spannung" and the related verbs. Also: how to say ‘relaxed’ and ‘excited’ in German.

Vocabulary:

die Spannung, gespannt, spannend, die Anspannung, entspannen

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

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)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

Click the title to read the article...

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

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

A fun look at the "warten" and its prefix versions. We'll learn about the two(!!) meanings of "warten" and see how they tie in with expectations.

Vocabulary:

warten, abwarten, erwarten, die Erwartung, die Wartungsarbeit, der Torwart

Click the title to read the article...

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, ...

Click the title to read the article...

In this episode:

A quick look at the "zunehmen" and why it's the German translation for gaining weight.

Vocabulary:

zunehmen, abnehmen, die Zunahme

Click the title to read the article...

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)

** Click on a word to see the info-box.**