"Verbs"



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angehen

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anhalten

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ankommen

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annehmen

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ansehen

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antworten vs. beantworten

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aufheben

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aufwachen

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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.

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die Ausnahme, ausnehmen, rausnehmen, ausnahmsweise, ausgenommen

Ausnahme, die

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ausschlafen

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aussehen

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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.

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brauchen, verbrauchen, der Brauch, der Bedarf, Gebrauchsanweisung

brauchen

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bringen and its prefixes

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dauern

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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

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deuten

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dürfen

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Eclipse gehen um

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einfallen

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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.

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fehlen, der Fehler

fehlen

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folgen

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folgen Folge 2

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Fordern and fördern are both about moving or bringing something forward, but fordern tells others to do it, while fördern actually actively supports and pushes.

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fordern

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freuen

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fühlen

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gehen um

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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.

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gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

gehören

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

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gelten

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German abgehen

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German abheben

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German abhängen

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A fun look at the German prefix verb "ablaufen" and how it connects a sink, a conference and old milk.

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ablaufen, abgelaufen, der Ablauf, der

German ablaufen

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German absehen

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German anfallen

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German anlegen

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German anmachen

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German ansprechen

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German anstehen

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German anstellen

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German auffallen

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So stuff opening up and (certain stuff) rising. Those are the two bread and butter meanings of aufgehen. But there are a few others that are also good to know. In combination with plans or tactics, aufgehen can express the idea of working out.

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German aufgehen

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German aufhalten

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German aufkommen

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

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German auflegen

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German aufnehmen

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German ausfallen

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German ausgeben

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A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and why "to go out" is actually "rausgehen".

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German ausgehen

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Aushalten (stand, bear, deal, tolerate, put up with) is where all the huge amorphous multidimensional meaning clouds intersect.

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German aushalten

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German auskommen

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German auslegen

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German ausmachen

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Aussetzen has an eclectic set of translations: Expose, suspend, plant, criticize, maroon, skip. Placing "outside" in some way is the core idea, though.

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German aussetzen

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German ausstellen

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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.

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German eingehen

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

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das Einkommen, reinkommen

German Einkommen

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German einlegen

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German einstellen

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German Prefixes Explained be

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German Prefixes Explained um

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German Prefixes Explained ver

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German Prefixes Explained ver part 2

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German Prefixes Explained zer

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German unterstellen

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German vorschlagen

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German zufallen

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German zugeben

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German zustehen

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German übergehen

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gewöhnen

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gießen

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gönnen

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handeln

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"Abhauen, reinhauen, umhauen,..." - if you want to speak real colloquial German you need the verb "hauen". Find out how to use it with audio examples.

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hauen

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irritieren vs. irritate

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kacken (explicit)

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kehren

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kippeln

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klappen

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kriegen

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lassen

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lassen 2

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leiden

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

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

lenken

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lesen

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liegen

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

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locken, verlockend, die Locke, locker, auflockern

locken

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merken

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nachdenken

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nen, die

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nerven

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passen

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pflegen

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Prefix Special haben

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

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

Prefix Verb Explained angeben

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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".

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Prefix Verb Explained aufmachen

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rasten

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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.

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

raten

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

rechnen

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regen

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reichen

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A fun look at "rufen" and its various prefix versions (anrufen, abrufen, aufrufen). With lots of audio examples and also some surprising relatives.

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rufen

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schaffen

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schenken

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schieben

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schlagen

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schleifen

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

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schweben, vorschweben, der Schweif, abschweifen, ohne Umschweife

schweben

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schätzen

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sein

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sorgen prefixed

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spenden vs to spend

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Spoken German Bits stehen auf

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spüren

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A fun look at the family of "stecken", what a plug has to do with hiding and why Latin people "like your pen".

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stecken, verstecken, anstecken, das Besteck, der Stecker, die Steckdose

stecken

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steigen

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streichen

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Style special Speaking

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Style special to walk

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stützen

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suchen prefixed

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Teil 2 teilen

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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...

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The meaning and use of aufhören

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trauen

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treffen

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treiben

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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.

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treten

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untergehen

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verpeilen

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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 :)

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verschwinden, Schwund, Geschwindigkeit, verschwenden

verschwinden

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versprechen

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

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vorgehen, der Vorgang, das Vorgehen, hervorgehen aus

vorgehen

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vorkommen

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vorstellen

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A fun look at the meaning of "wachsen" and its prefix versions. Featuring: hair, adults an ingrown toenail and one REALLY big difference between "wachsen" and "to grow".

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wachsen, aufwachse, erwachsen, das Wachs, durchwachsen

wachsen

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warten prefixed

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wehren

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wenden

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werben

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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 :).

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werden

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werden Future and Passive

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winken

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Looks like a lot of work. No... wait. I mean it looks a lot like 'work'. But what about arbeiten?... It also differs from scheinen in that...

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wirken

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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 :)

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wissen and kennen

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ziehen

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zunehmen

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zwingen

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A fun look at the meaning of the super common German word "überlegen" and how to use it. With loads of every day examples.

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überlegen
angehen anhalten ankommen annehmen ansehen antworten vs. beantworten aufheben aufwachen Ausnahme, die ausschlafen aussehen brauchen bringen and its prefixes dauern deuten dürfen Eclipse gehen um einfallen fehlen folgen folgen Folge 2 fordern freuen fühlen gehen um gehören geltenGerman abgehenGerman abhebenGerman abhängenGerman ablaufenGerman absehenGerman anfallenGerman anlegenGerman anmachenGerman ansprechenGerman anstehenGerman anstellenGerman auffallenGerman aufgehenGerman aufhaltenGerman aufkommenGerman auflegenGerman aufnehmenGerman ausfallenGerman ausgebenGerman ausgehenGerman aushaltenGerman auskommenGerman auslegenGerman ausmachenGerman aussetzenGerman ausstellenGerman eingehenGerman EinkommenGerman einlegenGerman einstellenGerman Prefixes Explained beGerman Prefixes Explained umGerman Prefixes Explained verGerman Prefixes Explained ver part 2German Prefixes Explained zerGerman unterstellenGerman vorschlagenGerman zufallenGerman zugebenGerman zustehenGerman übergehen gewöhnen gießen gönnen handeln hauen irritieren vs. irritate kacken (explicit) kehren kippeln klappen kriegen lassen lassen 2 leiden lenken lesen liegen locken merken nachdenken nen, die nerven passen pflegen Prefix Special habenPrefix Verb Explained angebenPrefix Verb Explained aufmachen rasten raten rechnen regen reichen rufen schaffen schenken schieben schlagen schleifen schweben schätzen sein sorgen prefixed spenden vs to spendSpoken German Bits stehen auf spüren stecken steigen streichen Style special Speaking Style special to walk stützen suchen prefixed Teil 2 teilenThe meaning and use of aufhören trauen treffen treiben treten untergehen verpeilen verschwinden versprechen vorgehen vorkommen vorstellen wachsen warten prefixed wehren wenden werben werden werden Future and Passive winken wirken wissen and kennen ziehen zunehmen zwingen überlegen