"Small Words"


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:

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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:

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

Vocabulary:

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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:

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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:

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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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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:

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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:

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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:

"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:

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"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:

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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:

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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:

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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 German "halt" and an interesting insight into why native speakers use it all the time.

Vocabulary:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

irgendein, irgendwas, irgendwo, irgendwann, irgendwie

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

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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:

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

Vocabulary:

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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:

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 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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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:

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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 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 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:

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

Vocabulary:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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

Vocabulary:

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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:

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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:

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

Vocabulary:

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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:

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:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning(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:

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

Vocabulary:

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

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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In this episode:

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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