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"Vocabulary"

This section brings you the German word of the day and a round up on how to use it.


In this episode:

We'll talk about the pair 'eventuell - eventually' and the pair 'prägnant - pregnant' and see what happened and how to actually translate them.

Vocabulary:

eventuell, prägnant, vielleicht, schwanger, die Schwangerschaft, die Prägnanz

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In this episode:

The fun world of doing the dishes in German. We'll learn words like pot, pan or plate and more importantly, we'll learn the phrasings for cleaning them :)

Vocabulary:

der Abwasch, abwaschen, waschen, Pfanne, Topf

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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 thorough look at the meanings of "allerdings" why you can use it to express contradiction AND agreement. Yeah, I know... German :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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 "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)

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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 meanings of "annehmen" and what assumptions have to do with accepting and comfort.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "ansehen" and how to use it for looking at things, watching movies and reputation.

Vocabulary:

ansehen, sich ansehen, das Ansehen, ansehnlich, die Ansicht

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In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the difference between "antworten" and "beantworten" and when to use which one. Including a little quiz for you :)

Vocabulary:

antworten, beantworten, die Antwort

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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:

We'll talk about all the verbs that take "auf" as a preposition and we'll see if there's some logic somewhere. Also: a few really common phrases with "drauf"

Vocabulary:

warten auf, freuen auf, achten auf, drauf, drauf sein, drauf kommen, ...

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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)

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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 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

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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 quick look at the reason why German 'bald' and English 'bald' look alike but have NOTHING in common meaning wise. And a few words for balding men in German :)

Vocabulary:

bald, kahl, glatt, die Glatze

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In this episode:

Did you ever wonder why Bargeld is cash and not bar money. And why a bar is still Bar? And why"wunderbar" is "wonderful". In this post, we'll find out :)

Vocabulary:

bar, in bar, die Bar, das Bargeld,

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "Bescheid", how to use "Bescheid sagen" in daily life and what it has to do with being humble.

Vocabulary:

der Bescheid, Bescheid sagen, bescheiden, die Bescheidenheit

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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:

A fun look at the word "das Blatt" and its CRAZY family which ranges from blood to flowers.

Vocabulary:

das Blatt, blättern, der Blätterteig, die Blüte, blühen, die Blume

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In this episode:

Bock is a male goat. And it's a really useful, super common word in colloquial German. Today, we'll find out why and what "Hast du Bock" and "kein Bock" mean :)

Vocabulary:

der Bock, Bock machen, Bock haben, verbocken, Bockbier, Bock auf Bier

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In this episode:

There's a whole range of noises we can make with our body - sneezing, farting, burping and so on. Today, we'll go over the common ones together.

Vocabulary:

gähnen, schnarchen, pupsen, rülpsen, niesen, Nase hochziehen, hicksen,

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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

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In this episode:

A fun look at "die Brille", the German word for glasses, and its various compounds that range from dreams to toilets.

Vocabulary:

die Brille, aufsetzen, absetzen, die Sonnenbrille, die Klobrille,

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In this episode:

A thorough, sometimes silly look at the meaning of "bringen" and its various prefix verbs.

Vocabulary:

bringen, beibringen, anbringen, verbringen, umbringen,

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In this episode:

We'll take a look at the false friends "craft" and "Kraft" and how they got so confusing. And we'll explore the family of "Kraft" a bit and learn cool new words.

Vocabulary:

die Kraft, kräftig, die Stärke, die Schwerkraft, KFZ

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Vocabulary:

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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:

Decke means cover. And under that cover we … ahem… discover a whole bunch of useful nouns and verbs. Today, we’ll cover all those and more :)

Vocabulary:

die Decke, der Deckel, die Deckung, decken, zudecken, bedecken, entdecken

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In this episode:

"Der Vogel" means "bird". And German has quite a few idioms and with it. Today, we'll learn the best ones, including one about... sex.

Vocabulary:

der Vogel, einen Vogel haben, einen Vogel zeigen, der Dreckspatz, der Lockvogel, die Schnapsdrossel, der Pechvogel

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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

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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 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,

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In this episode:

"doch" seems to have many meanings but there's an underlying theme. Today, we'll explore it and see how 'doch' changes a statement.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "der Drang", the difference to "der Zwang" and the cool related words like "dringend" that we can find in the family.

Vocabulary:

der Drang, der Zwang, eindringen, aufdringlich, dringend, drängeln, abdrängen

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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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Vocabulary:

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In this episode:

We'll explore how "eben" and "gerade" are used in context of time and as these weird particles that seem to appear anywhere. Featuring: a really scary cat.

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:

"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 fun look at the meaning and the soul of "eigenlich" - one of the most misused words ever. Because it is actually NOT "actually"

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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:

Enttäuschung means disappointment. Täuschung is deception. Today, we'll learn why and what it all has to do with trading and barter.

Vocabulary:

die Enttäuschung, enttäuschen, tauschen, täuschen, handeln

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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:

A fun look at the meaning of "erledigen", how to say "Never mind!" and what all that has to do with body parts, memberships and a certain Goethe.

Vocabulary:

erledigen, das Glied, das Mitglied, gliedern, die Gliederung, ledig, lediglich

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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:

"es" means "it" - that's the short story. But there's more to 'es' than that. Today, we'll take a thorough look at all its uses and functions. #grammarnerd

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:

"falls" and "wenn" can both mean "if" in German. Today, we'll find out if there is a difference between the two and how to use "falls" properly.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

Faulpelz is a colloquial word for, well, all of us sometimes. Today, we'll learn what it means and that lazy has to do with foul in German :)

Vocabulary:

faul, der Pelz, faulenzen, faulig, verfaulen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the German verb "fehlen", the different meanings of "ich fehle" and "mir fehlt" and how to properly say "I miss you." in German.

Vocabulary:

fehlen, der Fehler, fehlend

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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:

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,

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In this episode:

'folgen' means 'to follow', but there's much more it than that. Today, we'll explore the family and find a surprising connection to English.

Vocabulary:

folgen, die Folge, infolgedesen,folglich, zufolge, folgenlos

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In this episode:

Today, we'll take a look at the prefix verbs of "folgen"and see how success relates to following. Special guest: folgern.

Vocabulary:

folgen, verfolgen, befolgen, erfolgen, der Erfolg, folgern, die Folgerung

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "fordern" and "fördern" and what demanding has to do with support, challenges and mining. In short: lots of useful words.

Vocabulary:

forder, fördern, die Forderung, die Förderung, befördern, erforderm, herausfordern, auffordern, unterfordern

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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:

A quick, fun look at "fähig", a useful word as a stand alone but even more useful in compounds. Also: die Fähigkeit and a bad poem :).

Vocabulary:

fähig, die Fähigkeit, -fähig

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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:

A quick look at the meaning of "gelingen" and how it is different to "schaffen". Also, a really really weird ending.

Vocabulary:

gelingen, gelungen, misslingen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of 'gelten' and why 'gleichgültig' means 'indifferent'. Of course with audio examples :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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)

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Vocabulary:

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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)

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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

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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:

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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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:

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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

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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

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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 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)

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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:

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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Vocabulary:

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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:

bestellen, bekommen, sich benehmen, behalten, begreifen, anbehalten, beneiden, vorbereiten, beeindrucken

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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

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In this episode:

'ver' is the most common prefix in German and there seems to be no logic to it. In this article, we'll discover its one core meaning and what we can do with it.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

In part one, we discovered the core idea of the prefix 'ver' and saw how we can bend it. Today, we'll go over the most common ver-verbs and make sense of them.

Vocabulary:

verstehen, vergessen, verlieben, verführen, vergeben, vertrauen,

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the "zer-" prefix and the most important verbs with it. Book coming soon, guys :)

Vocabulary:

zerstreuen, zerfließen, zerspringen, zerschlagen, zerreden,

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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

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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:

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

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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:

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

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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)

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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 meaning of "gießen" and its prefix versions. With lots of examples and a special guest.

Vocabulary:

gießen, der Guss, eingießen, ausgießen, vergießen, der Erguss

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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:

"der Grund" is the German brother of "ground". Today, we'll learn where it comes from and how it connects with reason, thoroughness and founding a business.

Vocabulary:

der Grund, aufgrund, grundsätzlich, gründen,begründen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "gönnen", its really useful brother "günstig" and a bit of recent German slang :)

Vocabulary:

gönnen, die Gunst, die Missgunst, günstig, ungünstig

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "haft" and its family. A ride that'll take us from a jail sentence all the way to a stapler pin. Ernsthaft?! Yup, ernsthaft :)

Vocabulary:

haft, haften, verhaften, die Haft, zwanghaft, zweifelhaft, das Heft, heften, der Hefter, heftig

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of German "halt" and an interesting insight into why native speakers use it all the time.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A Hammer is a tool. And in German it's an adjective that'll help you ... ahem... nail the slang :). Today, we’ll find out what hammer means and how to use it.

Vocabulary:

hammer-, Schere, Zange, hammergut, hammerteuer

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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:

"hauen" is overlooked by textbooks and course, but if you want to speak colloquial German. Today, we'll learn all about it and its cool prefix versions.

Vocabulary:

hauen, reinhauen, abhauen, umhauen

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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 look at the difference between "hinter" and "hinten" and a broader look at some basic principles of talking about location in German.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the German word "der Hosenstall" and why it’s perfect for an April’s fools prank. Also: some more or less useful words :)

Vocabulary:

die Hose, der Stall, der Reißverschluss, auf sein

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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:

'irritate' and 'irritieren' do NOT mean the same and mixing them up can actually be really awkward. Today, we'll find out what they each mean.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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:

A po-etic look at the German word "kacken" and how to harness the full colloquial potential of it and its brothers. With audio examples and visuals.

Vocabulary:

kacken, die Kacke, verkacken, ankacken, abkacken

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "kehren" and what cleaning has to do with traffic, mistakes, Jedi knights and ... sex. Yup... all those things :)

Vocabulary:

kehren, umkehren, der Verkehr, verkehrt herum, die Rückkehr, bekehren

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "kippeln" - a verb for something quite common in school. Bonus word: menscheln.

Vocabulary:

kippeln, menscheln, der Mensch, kippen, umkippen

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In this episode:

Today, we’ll climb to the top of Mount Klammer together. The higher we get, the more useful related words we can see :). Also: surprise relations to English #jawdrop

Vocabulary:

die Klammer, klammern, ausklammern, klemmen, klettern, kleben

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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 quick look at the meaning of "komisch" in German and why something that sounds "komisch" most likely isn't actually funny.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "Kostehäppchen", the weird double meaning of “kosten” and the difference to “probieren”.

Vocabulary:

kosten, kostbar, kostenlos, probieren, der Bissen

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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:

We'll take a look at the word "der Kummer", its cool compounds and the verb "sich kümmern um" (to take care of). It’ll be cumbersome… I mean, it’ll be fun :)

Vocabulary:

der Kummer, Liebeskummer, sich kümmern um

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In this episode:

Kunde means customer. But also knowledge. And kündigen mean to fire someone. Today, we’ll find out what connects all those and learn some more cool words.

Vocabulary:

der Kunde, sich erkundigen,kündigen, ankündigen, die Kündigung, die Urkunde

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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:

In the second part of our look at the meaning of "lassen", we'll focus on the meanings of its many prefix versions - with a special focus on "verlassen".

Vocabulary:

lassen, überlassen, ablassen, einlassen, erlassen, verlassen,

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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 word "lauter", why it is much more than just "louder" and what cool things we can do with it.

Vocabulary:

lauten, laut, der Laut, lauter, unlauter, der Klang, läuten

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In this episode:

German is full of onomatopoeia. Today, we'll learn the poetic German word for it and check out some common examples with audio :)

Vocabulary:

laut, der Laut, der Klang, die Malerei

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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 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

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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

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick, fun look at the meaning of "das Lob" and what it has to do with getting engaged and lobsters.

Vocabulary:

das Lob, loben, verloben, der Verlobte, die Verlobung, das Gelöbnis, das Gelübde,erlauben

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of the verb "locken", what it has to do with curls and which Greek philosopher invented swag.

Vocabulary:

locken, verlockend, die Locke, locker, auflockern

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In this episode:

A fun look at the noun "der Lohn" and how to say “It’s worth it” in German. Oh, and a look at the difference between Lohn and Gehalt #boring

Vocabulary:

der Lohn, sich lohnen, belohnen, das Gehalt

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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 quick, fun look at the German word "die Lücke", its relatives and how they relate it relates to the English word ____ (put your guess here :).

Vocabulary:

die Lücke, lückenhaft, das Loch, gähnen

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In this episode:

The second part of our look at the meaning of "mal". This time the focus is on all the idiomatic uses and expressions.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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 ride along the prefix verbs with "mit-" in German. Definitely a bunch of verbs to bring with you to a conversation :). Mit lots of audio examples.

Vocabulary:

mitnehmen, mitkommen, mitbringen, mitmachen, mitgehen, mithaben

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In this episode:

We travel to the core of "das Mittel" and see what on earth the word middle has to do with remedy and learn loads of useful words with "Mitte" in them :)

Vocabulary:

die Mitte, das Mittel, mittel-, vermitteln

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In this episode:

By itself, der Mut means courage. But there are countless useful compounds where this doesn't really fit. Today, we'll find out all about that cool family.

Vocabulary:

der Mut, -mut, übermütig, gutmütig, Unmut, Demut,Armut, vermuten

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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:

We'll talk about anything 'nose' :). So words for the parts, verbs that relate to nose, and a whole bunch of nice idioms with "die Nase". #vocab-galore

Vocabulary:

die Nase, die Nasenflügel, die Nebenhöhlen, schnauben, rümpfen, der Geruch, der Gestank, die Stupsnase

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "dienen", its origin and what earning money has to do with a user manuel and a buttler.

Vocabulary:

dienen, der Dienst, der Diener, bedienen, die Bedienung, die Bedienungsanleitung, verdienen, der Verdienst,

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "neugierig" and what curiosity has to do with greed.

Vocabulary:

neugierig, die Neugier, vergesslich, neu

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In this episode:

A detailed, fun look at "noch". We'll explore how it relates to its various English translations and see how to use it in practice with plenty of examples.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

Languages are full of onomatopoetical words for noises - hissing, humming, growling etc. Today, we'll look at the German ones and see if they "sound the part.

Vocabulary:

brummen, plätschern, knarren, rauschen, britzeln, quietschen, pfeifen

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In this episode:

We’ll look at the family of die Not and find lots of necessary words - literally :).

Vocabulary:

die Not, notwendig, nötig, benötigen, der Notfall

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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:

'Only' has three translations in German - nur, erst and einzig-. Today, we'll explore what the differences are between them and see when to use which one.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "paar" and it's brother with a captital P and how to use them as translations for "pair" and "couple". Oh and "few".

Vocabulary:

paar, das Paar, das Pärchen, Pärchenabend

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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:

A fun look at the meaning of "peinlich", how to say that you're embarrassed in German and some more words like shame or disgrace :).

Vocabulary:

peinlich, die Pein, der Schmerz, das Schmerzmittel, die Schande, bloßstellen, sich blamieren

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning and use of "pflegen" and its related words a surprise reveal about an annoying brother that's all about duties.

Vocabulary:

pflegen, die Pflege, die Verpflegung, die Pflicht, verpflichten

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

Vocabulary:

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

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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)

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In this episode:

A quick fun look at the meaning of "rasten" and why someone who did some "ausrasten" is far from beingy well rested after.

Vocabulary:

rasten, die Rast, ausrasten, der Rest, das Resteessen, restlich-, ausruhen

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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

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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

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In this episode:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

rechnen, die Rechnung, abrechnen, ausrechnen, difference Abrechnung Rechnung

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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

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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

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In this episode:

We'll look at the meaning of 'Reiz' and 'reizen', see what they have to do with nerves and we'll learn quite a few common phrasings and expressions.

Vocabulary:

der Reiz, reizen, gereizt, reizend, Hautreizung

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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 meaning of the noun "Rücken" and the verb "rücken" (which is different) all its related words. Special guest: krass.

Vocabulary:

der Rücken, zurück, rückwärts, Rück-, rücken, abrücken, verrückt, krass

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "rühren" and what stirring your coffee has to do with emotions.

Vocabulary:

rühren, sich rühren, berühren, die Berührung

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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 "sauer" and what a lemon has to do with anger.

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 "schenken" and its rather odd family that connects ham, presents and drinks. Absolute must have.

Vocabulary:

schenken, das Geschenk, der Schinken, einschenken, verschenken

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "schieben" and what delaying has to do with a drawer and deportations.

Vocabulary:

schieben, abschieben, aufschieben, der Schub, die Schublade, verschieben

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "schlagen" and its various prefix versions that range from making propositions to acne. A turbo boost for your vocabulary.

Vocabulary:

schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "schleifen" and what dragging has to do with sharp. Also: a few surprise guests like "schleichen" and "schlecht"

Vocabulary:

schleifen, die Schleife, der Schleim, schleichen, die Schleichwerbung, schlichten, schlecht

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of der Schnupfen and other words you need when you have a German cold.

Vocabulary:

der Schnupfen, die Erkältung, schnauben, der Husten, das Tuch, der Rotz

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In this episode:

A thorough look a the meanings of "schon" and why it is more than "already". With plenty of examples... and audio.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of the super German sounding word die Schranke and what French fries have to do with limits, your closet and your arms.

Vocabulary:

die Schranke, der Schrank, das Regal, schräg, einschränken, beschränken

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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 quick, fun look at the meaning of "der Schwarm" and what a flock of birds has to do with your crush. Yup, YOUR cursh.

Vocabulary:

der Schwarm, der Vogelschwarm, der Frauenschwarm, schwärmen

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "schweben", where it comes from and what it has to do with imagination and blabbering.

Vocabulary:

schweben, vorschweben, der Schweif, abschweifen, ohne Umschweife

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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,

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In this episode:

In the first article ever on this blog, we're taking a look at the origin and the meaning of "sein" and see how to use it.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

People, their feelings and character are the number one context for sensibel but it's also used in a broader, technical sense, like for the steering of a car.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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 "sorgen" and its prefix version and what worry has to do with getting some beer.

Vocabulary:

sorgen, die Sorge, versorgen, besorgen, besorgt

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "spalten" and its family and what that has (or doesn't have) to do with splitting a bill and rewinding a song.

Vocabulary:

spalten, der Spalt, die Spalte, die Spule, vorspulen, der Splitter,

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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

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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:

German 'spenden' and English 'to spend' are classic false friends. Today, we'll learn what 'spenden' means, and how to say 'to spend' in various context.

Vocabulary:

spenden, die Spende, spendieren, die Speise, die Spesen, ausgeben, verbringen

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In this episode:

"stehen auf" is a pretty common colloquial phrasing in German. Today, we'll learn what it means and how to use it properly to express liking.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

In this episode, we'll explore the word "spüren". We'll see where it comes from, what the difference is to "fühlen" and which nice related words there are.

Vocabulary:

spüren, das Gespür, die Spur, spuren, aufspüren, spurlos, verspüren

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In this episode:

A fun look at the family of "der Staub", which goes all the way from air pollution to bargains. We’ll learn lots of cool, useful words and see some crazy connection to English.

Vocabulary:

der Staub, Staubsauger, staubig, einstauben, abstauben, stöbern, der Dampf, der Duft

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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 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

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "die Steuer" and its brother "das Steuer" and the surprise connection between steering can taxation :). Also: a mention of "lenken"

Vocabulary:

das Steuer, die Steuer, steuerbord, die Steuererklärung, die Steuerung, die Mehrwertsteuer

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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)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the family of "streichen" and what painting your wall has to do with emphasis, petting your cat and pranks.

Vocabulary:

streichen, durchstreichen, der Strich, der Aufstrich, der Abstrich, streicheln, der Streich

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In this episode:

We'll look at the most important words you need when you are in a bad mood - either angry or sad. With lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

nörgeln, quengeln, muffig, schimpfen, weinen, heulen, trösten

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In this episode:

A fun overview over facial expressions in German. We'll go over all kinds of things that you can do with your face with lots of examples.

Vocabulary:

lachen, lächeln, der Mund, die Augen, blinzeln, hochnäsig, rümpfen, runzeln

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In this episode:

Vocabulary trainers often group their stuff by categories. Well, here's one of mine: word for rotten food and the effect it can have on us when we eat it :)

Vocabulary:

faulen, schimmeln, ranzig, sauer, schlecht, gammeln, kotzen, sich übergeben, ablaufen

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In this episode:

There are quite a few modes of speaking - whispering, screaming, mumbling, and so on Today, we'll go over them in German and see if they sound the part.

Vocabulary:

nuscheln, schreien, rufen, flüstern, lispeln, säuseln

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In this episode:

Most of you know what to go and to run means in German. But there are many more "modes" of walking. Today, we'll explore words like sneak, stumble and trod...

Vocabulary:

gehen, laufen, rennen, schleichen, stolpern, schlendern, bummeln

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "stützen", a word that can "support" your vocabulary (hint, hint). Also: a bit of horse vocabulary that is totally related #random

Vocabulary:

stützen, die Stütze, aufstützen, abstützen, unterstützen, die Liegestütze, der Stützpunkt, ...

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In this episode:

Today, we'll take a look at the meaning of "suchen" and go over all its useful prefix versions and see what visiting, trying and choosing has to do with search.

Vocabulary:

suchen, die Suche, versuchen, der Versuch, aussuchen, durchsuchen, untersuchen, besuchen, der Besuch

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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

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In this episode:

The German word "Teil" has two genders. Today, we'll find out why and what they mean and we'll go over the most useful compound nouns with Teil.

Vocabulary:

das Teil, der Teil, der Großteil, das Gegenteil, der Vorteil, vorteilhaft, der Nachteil

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the meaning of "teilen", how that shows in the different prefix versions and why an SMS is also called "Kurzmitteilung" in German.

Vocabulary:

teilen, verteilen, aufteilen, einteilen, austeilen, mitteilen, die Mitteilung, zum Teil

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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)

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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:

A quick look at the meaning of "ob", a quick hack to know if it's a translation for "if" and a longer analysis, for nerds :)

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:

A quick look at the meaning of Frühjahrsmüdigkeit - an ailment that many Germans suffer from in spring time, but that is rest of humanity has never heard of :)

Vocabulary:

das Frühjahr, der Frühling, müde, die Müdigkeit

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In this episode:

We'll learn the meaning of 'denn', the difference between 'denn' and 'weil' and the real reason why Germans love adding 'denn' to questions.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

Kater is the German word for a male cat. But it also means hangover. In this article we’ll find out why and how to use it. Also: sore muscles :)

Vocabulary:

der Kater, der Muskelkater, die Katze, verkatert

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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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In this episode:

A quick look at the German verb "nerven" and how to use it in daily life.

Vocabulary:

nerven, nervig, genervt

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In this episode:

A quick look at one of those cool German words that made it onto pretty much all BuzzFeed “German words English should import” lists :).

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

"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 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)

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In this episode:

The second article on this blog :). The meaning of "Tisch" with some nice family relations.

Vocabulary:

der Tisch, die Tafel, der Nachtisch

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In this episode:

A fun look at the German verb "trauen", the difference to "sich trauen" and what confidence has to do with marriage and fidelity. #datingadvice #kidding

Vocabulary:

trauen, sich trauen, vertrauen, treu, heiraten,

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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 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

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In this episode:

A fun look at the German verb "treten" and its family. We'll learn the origins and loads of useful related nouns and prefix verbs.

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 quick look at the meaning of "umständlich" and the noun "der Umstand" and what pregnancy clothes have to do with circumstances.

Vocabulary:

umständlich, der Umstand, unter Umständen, andere Umstände

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In this episode:

Come along with Inspector awesome and discover the meaning of "unheimlich" while solving a case.

Vocabulary:

unheimlich, das Heim, das Altenheim, nach Hause, heimelig, heimisch, heimlich

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A quick look at the common colloquial German verb "verpeilen" and what it has to do with targeting and water levels.

Vocabulary:

verpeilen, der Verpeiler, anpeilen, der Pegel

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In this episode:

All three words are translations for "different" and mixing them up can actually get confusing. Today, we'll learn when to use which, and why :).

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:

"versprechen" has maybe the most ironic double meaning ever. Today, we'll find out what it means and how those two connect.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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:

A fun look at the menaing of "voll" and why "voll leer" actually makes sense in colloquial German.

Vocabulary:

voll, machtvoll, liebevoll, sinnvoll, komplett

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In this episode:

A thorough look at the German word 'von'. We'll find its core idea, learn which locations to use it for, and go over the most common verbs with 'von'. And gifs.

Vocabulary:

von, halten von, denken von, träumen von, abhängen von, von + location

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

Vocabulary:

vorgehen, der Vorgang, das Vorgehen, hervorgehen aus

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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)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "wachsen" and its prefix versions and a REALLY big difference between "wachsen and "to grow". Also: adults an ingrown toenails.

Vocabulary:

wachsen, aufwachse, erwachsen, das Wachs, durchwachsen

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "die Wahl" and the verb "wählen" and the difference to "aussuchen". And a boring look at the German political system :).

Vocabulary:

die Wahl, wählen, wählerisch, die Auswahl

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "der Wahnsinn" and how to use it and its relatives in conversation. Special mention: erwähnen :)

Vocabulary:

der Wahnsinn, der Wahn, wahnsinnig, der Verfolgungswahn, wähnen, erwähnen

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In this episode:

A quick and easy look at the difference between "wenn" or "wann" in German. And then: what's really going on - for nerds.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "wehren" and why a damn evolved into all kinds of words for fighting and defending.

Vocabulary:

wehren, das Wehr, die Feuerwehr, die Notwehr, die Bundeswehr, abwehren, das Gewehr, verteidigen

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In this episode:

A fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

Vocabulary:

weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

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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 fun look at the meaning of "weiter" and what it can express as a verb prefix. Also: a few nice related words and usw. ;)

Vocabulary:

weiter, weit, soweit, weitermachen, weiterschlafen, weitergeben, weiter so, bis auf Weiteres,

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In this episode:

We'll take a thorough look at "wenden" and its family and what turning, using, learning by heart, relatives and walls have to do with one another. #vocabAF

Vocabulary:

wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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In this episode:

In this episode, we'll take a thorough look at the meaning "wenn" and why it is used the way it's used. It's nerdy, it's silly, it's philosophical :)

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning and use of "werben" and its family and why applying for a job in German is about advertising yourself.... literally.

Vocabulary:

werben, die Werbung, sich bewerben, die Bewerbung, erwerben, erwerbslos

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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:

A fascinating, almost philosophical look at the meaning and origin of "das Wesen" and an insight into what being has to do essence and absence :).

Vocabulary:

das Wesen, das Lebewesen, wesentlich, abwesend, anwesend, das Unwesen

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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:

"winken" is "to wink", right? Nope, they're false friends. Today, we'll learn what "winken" really means and what other cool words there are in the family.

Vocabulary:

winken, abwinken, wanken, wankelmütig, zwinkern, der Winkel

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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:

summary coming soon

Vocabulary:

lästern, das Laster, schummeln, schleimen, der Schleim, sich einschleimen

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In this episode:

A fun look at two words that you definitely need on a flee market: trödeln and das Schnäppchen. We'll learn what they mean and see their cool backstory.

Vocabulary:

trödeln, der Trödelmarkt, das Schnäppchen, schnappen, der Schnabel, der Schnaps

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In this episode:

Almost everybody uses "Zettel" every now and then. Today, we'll see what it is and learn a few nice idioms with it.

Vocabulary:

der Zettel, der Denkzettel, sich verzetteln, anzetteln

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In this episode:

Zeug means stuff. And Spielzeug literally means playstuff. But there's much more. Zeuge is witness and überzeugen is to convince. Today, we'll find out why.

Vocabulary:

das Zeug, der Zeuge, das Zeugnis, erzeugen, das Flugzeug, das Feuerzeug, das Spielzeug, überzeugen

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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:

"Ziel" is the German word for "goal". We'll learn where it comes from and what nice related words we can add to our vocabulary.

Vocabulary:

das Ziel, zielen, ziellos, die Zielgruppe, erzielen

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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 the German words for future, what "Zukunft" has to do with "kommen" and what other cool useful words with "-kunft" there are.

Vocabulary:

die Zukunft, die Auskunft, die Ankunft, die Herkunft

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

zunehmen, abnehmen, die Zunahme

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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 the origin and meaning of "der Zweck" and its related words.

Vocabulary:

der Zweck, die Zweckehe, die Reißzwecke, bezwecken, zwecks, zwecklos

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In this episode:

A fun look at "Zweifel" and what the number two has to do with "doubt". Also, we'll learn about how to properly doubt something and how to despair in German :)

Vocabulary:

zweifel, zweifeln, zweifellos, bezweifeln, anzweifeln, verzweifeln

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "zwingen" and what forcing someone has to do with "two". Also: loads of useful related words :)

Vocabulary:

zwingen, der Zwang, der Gruppenzwang, aufzwingen, die Zwangsstörung, erzwingen, zwängen, reinzwängen, ...

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In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "zwischen" and some related words, particularly "zwischendurch" and "inzwischen" and how that's different to "während".

Vocabulary:

zwischen, dazwischen, inzwischen, zwischendurch, der Zwischenstop, während, derweil

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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.

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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".

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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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