"Verbs"


In this episode:

A quick look at the meaning of "abgehen" and what stickers have to do with wild parties.

Vocabulary:

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"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:

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Vocabulary:

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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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A quick look at the meaning of "absetzen" and what glasses have to do with taxes, TV shows and high heels and paragraphs.

Vocabulary:

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Vocabulary:

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

Vocabulary:

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

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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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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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

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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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

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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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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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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"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

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

Vocabulary:

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

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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".

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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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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

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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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)

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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A quick look at the meaning of "aushalten" and its brother "raushalten" and what bearing has to do with not being involved.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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"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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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)

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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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

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

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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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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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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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

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

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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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,...

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

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,

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

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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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)

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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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:

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Vocabulary:

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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

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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'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

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

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

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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"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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Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "graben" and how it relates to ditch and rumination. And another English word that you would NEVER expect to be related to grave.

Vocabulary:

graben, vergraben, begraben, angraben, das Grab, die Gruft, die Grube, grübeln, ...

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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, ...

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)

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,

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

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

In this episode:

"lesen" means "to read" in German. Today, we'll explore its various prefix versions and see some really fascinating connections to English and quality food.

Vocabulary:

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

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)

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

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

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)

In this episode:

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

Vocabulary:

nerven, nervig, genervt

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

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

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

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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Vocabulary:

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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,

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

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, 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

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

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)

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

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

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, ...

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

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

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

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,

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)

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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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:

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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:

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A fun look at the meaning of "überlegen", the surprising logic behind the meaning and the difference to "nachdenken".

Vocabulary:

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

Vocabulary:

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

Vocabulary:

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'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:

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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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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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A quick look at the meaning of "vorkommen" and why "sich vorkommen" actually became a good way to say how you feel.

Vocabulary:

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We'll take a quick look at the meaning of "vorschlagen" and why the Germans punch their proposals.

Vocabulary:

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"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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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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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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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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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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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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"werden" means "to become". And it builds the future. And the passive. OMG. Today, we'll find out all about it. Also: 'become' and 'bekommen' explained :).

Vocabulary:

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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:

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"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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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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'wissen' and 'kennen' both mean 'to know'. Today, we'll learn a really easy way to tell them apart. And no: it's not the kind of knowing as you usually hear.

Vocabulary:

no vocab snippet (yet)

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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,

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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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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A quick look at the meaning of the prefix verb "zugeben" and the noun "die Zugabe" that'll make you go like "Encore!" :)

Vocabulary:

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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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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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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, ...