"Small Words"



This archive is under construction at the moment (February 2019).So it might be a bit buggy here and there. But I am working on it.

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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

alle

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

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allerdings

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

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als

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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

auf

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Auf 2

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

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ausser

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da

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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 ;)

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dabei

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A fun explanation of the meanings and uses of "doch" and the core idea of the word. Yes, there is one. Of course as usual, with audio examples :)

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doch

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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

durch

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eben... and gerade

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eben and gerade 2

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eh, ehe, eher

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

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eigentlich

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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

einfach

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erst

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"es" means "it". That's the short story. But that's just the surface. Today, we'll take a thorough look at all its uses and functions. #grammarnerd

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es

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etwa

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falls

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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 ;)

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ganz

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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

gar

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halt

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

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her

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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

irgend

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

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Je... desto... in German

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los

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

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mal part 2

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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

mit

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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

nach

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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.

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noch

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A fun look at the meaning of "nämlich". Sounds like "namely" and they are related but in German, it's much more common. Today, we'll learn how to use it properly.

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nämlich

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Only in German erst, nur, einzig

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paar

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

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s and das What's the difference, das

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

Vocabulary:

schade, schaden, schädlich, Schadenfreude, beschädigen

schade

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

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schon

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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.

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so

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sondern

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

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The meaning and use of entweder ... oder ...

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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 :)

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The meaning and use of ob

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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".

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The meaning and use of sonst

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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.

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The meaning and use of weder... noch...

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'denn' - a word Germans throw all over the place. Today, we'll explore the meaning, see what the difference is to 'weil' and learn how to use it like a boss :)

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The meaning of German denn

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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.

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The meaning of mal

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In the second part, we'll go over zu-infinitives, zu and verbs and zu in comparisons. With lots of audio examples and a bit of fun.

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The Preposition zu Explained Part 2

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

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trotzdem

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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.

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vielleicht

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voll

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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

von

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

Vocabulary:

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

vor

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vorbei

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Today, we'll learn a quick and easy way to decide whether to use "wenn" or "wann" in German. And then, we'll explore what's actually going on - for nerds.

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wann or wenn What's the difference

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weiter

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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 :)

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wenn

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What is the difference mindestens, wenigsten, zumindest

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WitD hinter vs. hinten

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A fun look at the meaning(s) of "wohl", it's various uses in every day German and why they are so freaking random. Seriously, what a mess this word is...

Vocabulary:

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

wohl

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A thorough look at the German preposition 'zu' - what's its core idea, how does it work as a prefix and which verbs and phrases want "zu" as a preposition.

Vocabulary:

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

zu

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A fun look at the meaning of "zwar", its origins and how to use it in a sentence like a German. Also: the complete unrelated meaning of "und zwar" :)

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zwar

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zwischen

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A fun look at the meaning of "überhaupt" - one of the German options for "at all". We'll learn how to use it and why it means what it means.

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übrigens