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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 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:

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:

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:

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:

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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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 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:

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:

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:

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:

"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:

"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 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 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:

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:

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:

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 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:

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 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 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 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 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:

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:

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:

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 "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:

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 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 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 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 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 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:

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 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 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 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:

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:

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:

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 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 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:

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:

"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 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 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 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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