German Midsommar (verrückt!!)

Written By: Emanuel Updated: July 14, 2024

 

Hello everyone,

and welcome to German Midsommar Crazyness.
Have you seen this one horror movie from Ikea called Kallax? Where a deranged abomination stands next to people’s beds watching them sl… oh wait… that was the shelf. Sorry. The movie was called Midsommar and it’s some horror flick where a bunch of young people end up with a Swedish death cult sect for the Midsommar fest.
I have not seen that movie (though I did see the shelf, unfortunately).

But you know what… none of this matters, because today’s article has nothing to do with either of those. I just called it German Midsommar for clickbait. And instead of some cultural lore about Germany’s traditions you’re now stuck with…

Some YourDailyGerman Housekeeping

Oh god, so boring. Make it stop!!!!

The thing is, I do have to do some housekeeping on the code side of YourDailyGerman this week. Lots of small things that kind of piled up and most of them you won’t even notice, but there’s also a new feature I am adding that I’d love to get your feedback on.
And also, I have a few little questions that’ll help me make the site even better.
“I don’t know man, it does sound boring.”
I know, but please … I’ll make it brief.
And let’s start with the new feature.

New Feature – Examples 2.0

This has been something that’s kind of been in the back of my head for a long time, and someone suggested it a while ago, as well. And then, recently, someone else brought it up in the comments again and I decided to use the impulse this time and do it.

I’m talking about the option to select language for the examples in the articles.
Right now, both are visible, German and English.

  • Das hier ist ein altes Beispiel.
  • This is an old example.
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

And the new idea is that you can select to only see one of them and try to figure out the other one in your head first before you check the solution.
Or you can blind out both versions and just go with the audio.
Pretty much like this (just click on the sentences to show or hide them):

  • Das hier ist ein Beispiel, wo die neue Funktion schon funktioniert.
  • This is a new example, where the new function is already working.
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

Here, German is blurred, but you can also decide to blur English, or blur both, or of course show both.

The main thing that I still have to do is adding the settings. Like, where you can preselect which configuration you’d like and where you can also switch quickly for all examples on one article.

But yeah… this is my new feature!
I know this is kind of a niche thing and a good portion of you is probably never going to use it, but I also think it doesn’t hurt to have it.

If you have feedback or ideas for it, please let me know in the comment!

But now, let’s get to the boring stuff.

Mid Sommar Poll

Besides actual content, I am working on a number of other things on the site, including reviewing and editing older articles, updating pdfs, adding quizzes, adding words to the dictionary and working on more AI stuff and so on.

I kind of want to do all of these things, but I do need to prioritize, so it’s really useful for me to every now and then check what you all are actually using, so I know where to focus more time.
So if you have a couple of minutes, that would be great!!

How often are you using the PDFs of the articles?

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Most pdfs are still auto-generated and their layout is pretty bad. How much does that bother you?

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How important are the little quizzes after the articles for you?

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About My Dictionary

How often do you use the dictionary portion of the site (the search)?

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How useful you find the family relations in my dictionary?

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How useful do you find the examples in the dictionary?

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Are you using my dictionary chrome browser extension?

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Other Features

How often do you use the AI tools?

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Which of the AI tools do you use regularly (multiple answers possible)?

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Are you using the night mode?

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And then last but not least… you get to pick!

Vote your Verb!

One of my legit side projects is the prefix verb dictionary – basically a dictionary specifically for prefix verbs with a really cool new way of browsing through them.  Right now, it’s a website, but we’ll make it an app eventually and in the meantime, I’m slowly adding more word families.
Last time, the vast majority of you voted that I add the family of “stehen”  aufstehen, anstehen, verstehen and so on. That’s done, and I’m also almost done with the family of lesen.
So now it’s your turn again to choose the next one :).
In the future, I’ll do these types of polls over there, but we still have to setup the blogging portion so I’m doing this here for the time being.

Also, once a verb family is in the Prefix Verb Dictionary, you can also find it in the dictionary here. Just the navigation is much better over there.
Anyway, so yeah… pick the next family now.

Which verb group should I add next to the prefix verb dictionary?

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And that’s it for today :).

Thanks a lot for taking the time, this is really really helpful. Like… I do like having multiple things to work on at the same time, but I sometimes get lost and don’t know where I should focus. So yeah, danke für euern Input!
Oh and please let me know what you think about the upcoming feature where you can switch languages for all the examples.
And if you have any ideas or suggestions in general or some topics you have in mind… today is the perfect time :)

Have a great week and I’ll see you next time.

 

Oh… and in case you want to get the YourDailyGerman dictionary as a Chrome extension (ONLY works on Chrome), you can find that here:

YourDailyGerman – Dictionary Chrome Extension

When you’re logged in there, you can even favorite new words and add notes.

 

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