Prefix Verb Dictionary – It’s done

Written By: Emanuel Updated: March 7, 2024

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of Geletor.
Sounds like a superman villian. Or an ice cream maker.
But what it really is, is it’s short German Learning Tool Reveal.
Hooray.
New tooooooys, let’s gooo!

But seriously, today I am telling you about a new tool that is special in two ways:
First of, it’s a really helpful tool that has been missing for a long time.
And second of all… I made it :)

I am talking about the

Prefix Verb Dictionary

I have been tinkering with this idea for years and originally, it was only meant as a reference for the prefix verb card game that I’m making. And it still is that, but over time, we’ll include more and more verbs until it is a pretty comprehensive resource for all German learners, regardless of whether they have the card game or not.

Anyway, for a long time I didn’t have neither time nor resoruces to make this happen, but I have teamed up with Vítor, a programmer from Brasil and we ran Kickstarter this winter to gauge interest.
And yeah… interest is definitely there :).

So now we have the resources to really make it happen, the card game as well as the dictionary.
And the latter is now officially a thing.
A fledgling still, but the German learning world has officially changed…dunn dunnnn dunnnnnnnn

Wow, sounds great.
Erm… What is it though?

I’ll give you a quick rundown of the project below, but if you’re impatient and just want to check it our for yourself, here’s the link.

German Prefix Verbs – The Dictionary
(But make sure to come back here for a discount code ;).)

So, let’s go.
The Prefix Verb Dictionary is a dictionary specifically for German prefix verbs – you know… aufmachen, angehen, bekommen, verstehen. These verbs are a core part of German, and yet they don’t really get all that much attention. Well, they’re starting to get some attention now by German teaching Youtubers and TikTokers because they need content, but all they do usually is just list a bunch of versions for one verb, and usually it’s neither the complete list, nor do they cover ALL the meanings of each version.

Anyways, of course you can look up all the prefix verbs in a normal dictionary, but there, you just get a bunch of translations thrown at you without any “logic” or coherence.
And also, it’s really not convenient to compare different versions or one verb or see what a prefix does with two verbs.

The goal of the prefix verb dictionary is to solve exactly that.
And here’s how.

 

What makes the prefix verb dictioanay special?

 

 1. Idea Based, handcrafted translations

It uses the handcrafted and idea-based system that I am using already for the dictionary here on YourDailyGerman. So I am grouping up meanings by underlying themes and if there are many possible translations, I pick the ones that I think are most relevant. I do all this by hand (and mind) so I’m not just automatically copying stuff from other sources

2. Usage notes for English speakers

For many of the themes or translations, I am adding some notes about the usage that are relevant to German learners and especially English speakers (native or not). That can be the grammar, the tone or what common English phrasing is NOT covered by the word – all handcrafted so no generic ChatGPT nonsense. Again, you might be familiar with that from the YourDailyGerman dictionary.

3. Designed specifically to browse prefix verbs

So far, there was nothing that you don’t already have by using my dictionary here on YourDailyGerman. What’s completely new though is the interface.
Because the prefix verb dictionary is designed specifically for the purpose of quickly and easly looking up and comparing prefix verbs. With just two clicks, you can get from a prefix verb to its base verb or its prefix and with another click you can reach all prefix verbs with that part.

Here’s a screenshot of our current layout for a prefix verb entry:

 

 

You can expand each meaning and you’ll see the usage note and examples.
And when you click on zu you’ll go to the entry of zu where you find a short explainer of what it can add to a verb (and soon a visualization of that idea). And there’s a list of all verbs with zu that are in the dictionary.
And the same when you click on ziehen… you go to the entry for ziehen, where you can find some useful information about it and a list of all verbs with ziehen.

We actually have some more ideas, like for instance the option to show all prefixes here as a horizontal scroll bar and you can “apply” one to ziehen with just one tap. But that’s for the future. For now, we need to get all the basics sorted and of course add more verbs.
And midterm we want to make it into an app, so you can use it on your phone without opening the browser.

Now… as you browse around, you’ll sooner or later run into restricted sections. That’s because the dictioanary has a premium portion.

What About Premium

Most of the dictionary is free, including all entries, but some parts are premium, like for instance the lists of verbs and probably also asking questions in the comments.
The price currently is $25 (US) for a lifetime membership, but since you’re a reader (and possibly member) of YourDailyGerman, we’re offering a $10 discount, so you can get it for $15. Here’s the code:

YDG-Fan

With that you’ll get lifetime premium access to the dictionary, including all the content and features to come, and also the webapp, once we get to that.

Now….  To those of you who have supported our Kickstarter in winter: 

!! You get a free premium account !!

I have sent all of you a message on Kickstarter with a discount code that gives you 100% off the price. So if you haven’t done so, please check your inbox on Kickstarter.
Also, if you have questions, it’s best to ask me over there, because I’ll also handle the card shipping through Kickstarter later when we’re done with the print.
But you can also ask here in the comments.

Anyway, I think that’s pretty much it for today.
Here’s the link to the dictionary again:

German Prefix Verbs – The Dictionary

Let me know any thoughts or questions in the comments, here or there, wherever you prefer :).
I really hope that you like this tool and that you see the potential and what it can become as we slowly build it.

Have a great week and I’ll see you next time, either with an exercise or with a regular article… I haven’t decided yet :).
But yeah… schöne Woche und bis dann!

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