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This dictionary is in beta version :).It doesn’t really crash but it’s unpolished and there are lots of little hiccups, like double entries, missing or inconsistent notes  and of course lots of typos.

If you find mistakes with an entry, let me know in a comment and I’ll fix it. That helps a lot :).

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  • nicht für voll nehmen phrase 1. not taking someone seriously

    A fun look at the menaing of "voll" and why "voll leer" actually makes sense in colloquial German.

    Vocab:

    voll, machtvoll, liebevoll, sinnvoll, komplett

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  • Pfosten, der noun; Plural: Pfosten 1. pillar (often wood)

    Vocab:

    der Trottel, der Schwachmat, der Honk, der Depp

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  • sich angesprochen fühlen phrase 1. to feel addressed or spoken about (it’s pretty common in colloquial German)

    A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

    Vocab:

    ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

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  • -artig adjective 1. -like, -esque (suffix expressing the idea of "like that thing")

    A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

    Vocab:

    die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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  • -los adjective 1. -less (doesn't work as universally as in English)

    A thorough look at the meaning of "los", its various useful prefix verbs and the noun "das Los", and what a raffle token has to do with fate and parking lots.

    Vocab:

    los, lose, das Los, los sein, loslassen, losgehen,

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  • (es) kommt drauf an phrase 1. it depends on

    A fun, detailed look at the super useful meanings of "ankommen" and what arriving has to do with depending and Germans say "It depends".

    Vocab:

    ankommen, ankommen auf, die Ankunft

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  • (k)ein Risiko eingehen phrase 1. to take risk/ to take no risk 2. to accept / to not accept (offer)

    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.

    Vocab:

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  • (nicht) vermittelbar adjective 1. bureaucratic jargon for “(not) fit for any job”

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Mühe, mühelos, sich Mühe geben, sich bemühen

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  • [etwas] mal in Folge phrase 1. [something] times in a row

    '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.

    Vocab:

    folgen, die Folge, infolgedesen,folglich, zufolge, folgenlos

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  • [etwas] zufolge phrase 1. according to [something]

    '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.

    Vocab:

    folgen, die Folge, infolgedesen,folglich, zufolge, folgenlos

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  • 3D-Brille, die noun; Plural: 3D-Brillen 1. the 3-D glasses

    A fun look at "die Brille", the German word for glasses, and its various compounds that range from dreams to toilets.

    Vocab:

    die Brille, aufsetzen, absetzen, die Sonnenbrille, die Klobrille,

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  • abartig adjective 1. disgusting

    A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

    Vocab:

    die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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  • abbilden verb; hat abgebildet, bildete ab 1. depict (capture in pics, sounds somewhat formal)

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    das Bild, bilden, sich bilden, ausbilden, die Bildung, die Ausbildung, sich einbilden

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  • Abbildung, die noun; Plural: ohne Plural 1. the graphic (pictures and so on in books)

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    das Bild, bilden, sich bilden, ausbilden, die Bildung, die Ausbildung, sich einbilden

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  • abblättern verb; ist abgeblättert, blätterte ab 1. to peel off, to flake off (for color)

    A fun look at the word "das Blatt" and its CRAZY family which ranges from blood to flowers.

    Vocab:

    das Blatt, blättern, der Blätterteig, die Blüte, blühen, die Blume

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  • abbringen verb; hat abgebracht, brachte ab 1. to talk sb out of sth

    A thorough, sometimes silly look at the meaning of "bringen" and its various prefix verbs.

    Vocab:

    bringen, beibringen, anbringen, verbringen, umbringen,

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  • abdecken verb; hat abgedeckt , deckte ab 1. to cover something so that others can’t see it (or so that it’s away from the air or the rain) 2. to cover (for topics)

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    die Decke, der Deckel, die Deckung, decken, zudecken, bedecken, entdecken

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  • Abdeckstift, der noun; Plural: Abdeckstifte 1. the concealer

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    die Decke, der Deckel, die Deckung, decken, zudecken, bedecken, entdecken

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  • Abdeckung, die noun; Plural: Abdeckungen 1. the cover

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    die Decke, der Deckel, die Deckung, decken, zudecken, bedecken, entdecken

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  • Abend, der noun; Plural: Abende 1. the evening

    "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 :)

    Vocab:

    feiern, der Feierabend, der Urlaub, die Freizeit

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  • abfeiern verb; hat abgefeiert, feierte ab 1. to really party hard (kind of slang)

    "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 :)

    Vocab:

    feiern, der Feierabend, der Urlaub, die Freizeit

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  • abfließen verb; ist abgeflossen , floss ab 1. to flow away (water in a sink for example, also for funds)

    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 ;)

    Vocab:

    der Fluss, flüssig, überflüssig, der Einfluss, beeinflussen, fließen, fliegen, fliehen,

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  • Abfluss, der noun; Plural: Abflüsse 1. the drain

    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 ;)

    Vocab:

    der Fluss, flüssig, überflüssig, der Einfluss, beeinflussen, fließen, fliegen, fliehen,

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  • Abfluss, der noun; Plural: Abflüsse 1. the drain

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

    Vocab:

    ablaufen, abgelaufen, der Ablauf, der

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  • Abfolge, die noun; Plural: Abfolgen 1. to sequence (rare)

    '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.

    Vocab:

    folgen, die Folge, infolgedesen,folglich, zufolge, folgenlos

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  • Abführmittel, das noun; Plural: Abführmittel 1. the laxative

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    die Mitte, das Mittel, mittel-, vermitteln

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  • abgehen verb; ist abgegangen, ging ab 1. to come off 2. to go crazy 3. to leave the stage or the scene

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

    Vocab:

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  • abgehoben adjective 1. out of touch with the real world (in a negative, stuck up sense)

    "abheben" means "to lift off". And "to get cash". And "to stand out". Today, we'll explore why the verb has all these meanings and how to use it.

    Vocab:

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  • abgelaufen adjective 1. expired (for food)

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

    Vocab:

    ablaufen, abgelaufen, der Ablauf, der

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  • abgelenkt adjective 1. distracted

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • abgesehen adverb 1. besides, aside from 2. apart from X, X aside, except X (abgesehen von X )

    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.

    Vocab:

    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • abgesehen davon adverb 1. apart from that, that aside

    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.

    Vocab:

    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • abgespannt adjective 1. worn out/drawn

    A thrilling look at the meanings of "Spannung" and the verb "spannen" and the answer to how to say ‘relaxed’ and ‘excited’ in German.

    Vocab:

    die Spannung, gespannt, spannend, die Anspannung, entspannen

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  • sich abgewöhnen verb; hat abgewöhnt , gewöhnte ab 1. to give up something (sich (Dativ) abgewöhnen ) 2. to break a habit (sich (Dativ) abgewöhnen )

    A thorough look at the meaning of "gewöhnen", the difference between "sich gewöhnen an" and "sich angewöhnen" and other useful related words.

    Vocab:

    gewöhnen, sich gewöhnen an, gewöhnlich, die Gewohnheit, sich abgewöhnen, sich angewöhnen, verwöhnen

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  • abgießen verb; hat abgegossen, goss ab 1. to drain (for pasta, rice and similar)

    A fun look at the meaning of "gießen" and its prefix versions. With lots of examples and a special guest.

    Vocab:

    gießen, der Guss, eingießen, ausgießen, vergießen, der Erguss

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  • abgucken/abschauen verb; hat abgeguckt/abgeschaut, guckte ab/schaute ab 1. to crib, to peek, to “learn by watching someone” ((sich) abgucken/abschauen bei jemandem )

    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.

    Vocab:

    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • abhaben verb; hat abgehabt , hatte ab 1. to get a small piece or share of something 2. to have a bit

    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.

    Vocab:

    haben, anhaben, aufhaben, abhaben, mithaben, vorhaben

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  • abhandeln verb; hat abgehandelt, handelte ab 1. to fully discuss a topic

    A fun look at the crazy family of "handeln" that connects ideas of trade, treatment, acting and negotiating. And hands :)

    Vocab:

    handeln, der Handel, verhandeln, behandeln, die Hand, der Händler, die Handlung

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  • Abhandlung, die noun; Plural: Abhandlungen 1. a treatment, treatise

    A fun look at the crazy family of "handeln" that connects ideas of trade, treatment, acting and negotiating. And hands :)

    Vocab:

    handeln, der Handel, verhandeln, behandeln, die Hand, der Händler, die Handlung

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  • Abhang, der noun; Plural: Abhänge 1. the slope, drop off

    "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.

    Vocab:

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  • abhängen verb; hat abgehangen, hängte ab/hing ab 1. to depend (abhängen von = to depend on) 2. to lose a pursuer 3. to take down/unhang loundry 4. to chill/to hang out

    "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.

    Vocab:

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  • abhängig adjective 1. dependant, addicted

    "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.

    Vocab:

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  • abhauen verb; ist abgehauen, haute ab 1. to chop off (build Perfekt with haben) 2. to piss off, hastily going away (build Perfekt with sein)

    "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.

    Vocab:

    hauen, reinhauen, abhauen, umhauen

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  • abheben verb; hat abgehoben, hob ab 1. to lift off 2. to lose touch with reality a bit 3. to answer the phone, to pick up the phone 4. to withdraw money 5. to stand out, to distinguish oneself (sich abheben (von) )

    "abheben" means "to lift off". And "to get cash". And "to stand out". Today, we'll explore why the verb has all these meanings and how to use it.

    Vocab:

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  • Abhebung, die noun; Plural: Abhebungen 1. the withdrawal of money (rare)

    "abheben" means "to lift off". And "to get cash". And "to stand out". Today, we'll explore why the verb has all these meanings and how to use it.

    Vocab:

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  • abheften verb; hat abgeheftet , heftete ab 1. to file away (to put away into a folder)

    A fun look at the meaning of "haft" and its family. A ride that'll take us from a jail sentence all the way to a stapler pin. Ernsthaft?! Yup, ernsthaft :)

    Vocab:

    haft, haften, verhaften, die Haft, zwanghaft, zweifelhaft, das Heft, heften, der Hefter, heftig

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  • abkacken verb; hat abgekackt, kackte ab 1. to fail at some kind of activity. (it can be done by people as well as stuff)

    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.

    Vocab:

    kacken, die Kacke, verkacken, ankacken, abkacken

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  • abkriegen verb; hat abgekriegt , kriegte ab 1. to get a share

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    kriegen, abkriegen, hinkriegen, mitkriegen, aufkriegen, rauskriegen, der Krieg, ...

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  • Ablauf, der noun; Plural: Abläufe 1. the process, the sequence of events (sounds a bit technical)

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

    Vocab:

    ablaufen, abgelaufen, der Ablauf, der

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  • ablaufen verb; ist abgelaufen, lief ab 1. to run out (for water running out of sinks or basins, and for time) 2. to expire (for food and offers) 3. to go down (for a sequence of events)

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

    Vocab:

    ablaufen, abgelaufen, der Ablauf, der

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  • ablehnen verb; hat abgelehnt, lehnte ab 1. to lean off

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

    Vocab:

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  • ableiten (aus, von) verb; hat abgeleitet , leitete ab 1. to deduce, to derive, derivate (math) 2. to "lead away" (for electricity or substances)

    "leiten" means "to lead". But what's the difference to "führen"? And what does leading have to do with tap water? This and more is what we'll find out today.

    Vocab:

    leiten, die Leitung, der Leiter, die Einleitung, umleiten, ableiten, begleiten,

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  • Ableitung, die noun; Plural: Ableitungen 1. the derivative (math)

    "leiten" means "to lead". But what's the difference to "führen"? And what does leading have to do with tap water? This and more is what we'll find out today.

    Vocab:

    leiten, die Leitung, der Leiter, die Einleitung, umleiten, ableiten, begleiten,

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  • ablenken verb; hat abgelenkt , lenkte ab 1. to deflect, to distract 2. to divert

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • Ablenkung, die noun; Plural: Ablenkungen 1. the distraction ((both good and bad)) 2. the result of a diversion

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • Ablenkungsmanöver, das noun; Plural: Ablenkungsmanöver 1. the diversion

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • ablesen verb; hat abgelesen , las ab 1. to read off

    "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.

    Vocab:

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

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  • abmachen verb; hat abgemacht, machte ab 1. to put down (for pictures)

    "anmachen" is one of the most useful prefix verbs. Today, we'll explore the various meanings and see what connects them all. Also: ranmachen.

    Vocab:

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  • abmachen verb; hat abgemacht , machte ab 1. to take sth off (bracelets)

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • abnehmen verb; hat abgenommen, nahm ab 1. to lose weight

    A quick look at the "zunehmen" and why it's the German translation for gaining weight.

    Vocab:

    zunehmen, abnehmen, die Zunahme

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  • abraten verb; hat abgeraten, riet ab 1. to advise against sth

    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.

    Vocab:

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

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  • abräumen verb; hat abgeräumt, räumte ab 1. to take away 2. to clear

    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)

    Vocab:

    der Raum, Raum-, das Zimmer, räumen, aufräumen, umräumen

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  • abrücken verb; hat abgerückt , rückte ab 1. to move away from (also for armies)

    A fun look at the meaning of the noun "Rücken" and the verb "rücken" (which is different) all its related words. Special guest: krass.

    Vocab:

    der Rücken, zurück, rückwärts, Rück-, rücken, abrücken, verrückt, krass

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  • abrufen verb; hat abgerufen, rief ab 1. to call from some sort of stack or stock (performance, data, reserves)

    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.

    Vocab:

    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • Absatz, der noun; Plural: Absätze 1. the paragraph 2. the heel

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

    Vocab:

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  • abschätzen verb; hat abgeschätzt, schätzte ab 1. to gauge (rough, often used to talk about the future)

    Schatz means treasure. Schätzen means to estimate. Today, we'll find out why and go over the various useful prefix verbs of "schätzen".

    Vocab:

    schätzen, der Schatz, sich verschätzen, schätzungsweise, überschätzen, einschätzen, unterschätzen,

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  • abschätzig adjective 1. dismissive

    Schatz means treasure. Schätzen means to estimate. Today, we'll find out why and go over the various useful prefix verbs of "schätzen".

    Vocab:

    schätzen, der Schatz, sich verschätzen, schätzungsweise, überschätzen, einschätzen, unterschätzen,

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  • abschieben verb; hat abgeschoben , schob ab 1. to deport

    A fun look at the meaning of "schieben" and what delaying has to do with a drawer and deportations.

    Vocab:

    schieben, abschieben, aufschieben, der Schub, die Schublade, verschieben

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  • Abschied, der noun; Plural: Abschiede 1. the good bye

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Bescheid, Bescheid sagen, bescheiden, die Bescheidenheit

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  • abschlagen verb; hat abgeschlagen, schlug ab 1. to turn down ((for little requests)) 2. to hack off

    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.

    Vocab:

    schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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  • Abschlusszeugnis, das noun; Plural: Abschlusszeugnisse 1. the leaving certificate/diploma

    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.

    Vocab:

    das Zeug, der Zeuge, das Zeugnis, erzeugen, das Flugzeug, das Feuerzeug, das Spielzeug, überzeugen

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  • abschwellen verb; ist abgeschwollen , schwoll ab 1. a swelling decreasing

    Vocab:

    schwellen, die Schwellung, die Schwiele, die Schwelle, schwül, schwul

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  • absehbar adjective 1. forseeable (dry sounding)

    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.

    Vocab:

    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • absehen verb; hat abgesehen, sah ab 1. to see something in the future 2. to refrain from something: usually legal action (it sounds super formal and official); is about not taking something into consideration anymore, not regarding something as an option anymore. (Phrase: von etwas absehen )

    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.

    Vocab:

    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • absetzen verb; hat abgesetzt , setzte ab 1. to take off (+Acc, for glasses, hats and headphones) 2. to cancel, to stop (for tv shows and medicine like antibiotics) 3. to drop off (colloquial) 4. to deduct (for taxes, "etwas absetzen von") 5. to settle, for yeast and other small particles (sich +Acc absetzen) 6. to set oneself apart from ("sich absetzen von")

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

    Vocab:

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  • Absicht, die noun; Plural: Absichten 1. the intention, the intent

    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.

    Vocab:

    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • absichtlich adjective 1. on purpose, intentionally (reproachful sounding)

    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.

    Vocab:

    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • abstauben verb; hat abgestaubt , staubte ab 1. the process of removing dust 2. a colloquial word for making a great deal with little effort, usually in a quick manner

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Staub, Staubsauger, staubig, einstauben, abstauben, stöbern, der Dampf, der Duft

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  • absteigen verb; ist abgestiegen, stieg ab 1. to get off (the bike) 2. to descend (climbing) 3. to be relegated

    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.

    Vocab:

    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • Abstieg, der noun; Plural: Abstiege 1. the descend 2. the relegation

    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.

    Vocab:

    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • abstimmen verb; hat abgestimmt , stimmte ab 1. to coordinate 2. to vote on

    We'll look at the meaning of "stimmen" and what "voice" has to do with being right and voting. And the meaning of the idiomatic German "stimmt".

    Vocab:

    die Stimme, stimmen, die Stimmung, bestimmen, bestimmt, abstimmen, verstimmen,

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  • Abstimmung, die noun; Plural: Abstimmungen 1. the vote

    We'll look at the meaning of "stimmen" and what "voice" has to do with being right and voting. And the meaning of the idiomatic German "stimmt".

    Vocab:

    die Stimme, stimmen, die Stimmung, bestimmen, bestimmt, abstimmen, verstimmen,

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  • Abstrich, der noun; Plural: Abstriche 1. the smear sample (medical) 2. to make concessions (Abstriche machen )

    A fun look at the family of "streichen" and what painting your wall has to do with emphasis, petting your cat and pranks.

    Vocab:

    streichen, durchstreichen, der Strich, der Aufstrich, der Abstrich, streicheln, der Streich

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  • abstützen verb; hat abgestützt, stützte ab 1. variation of stützen (to support), in context of construction (it sounds make-shift)

    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

    Vocab:

    stützen, die Stütze, aufstützen, abstützen, unterstützen, die Liegestütze, der Stützpunkt, ...

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  • absuchen verb; hat abgesucht, suchte ab 1. to search/scan a location completely (it is on the surface and often with the eyes)

    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.

    Vocab:

    suchen, die Suche, versuchen, der Versuch, aussuchen, durchsuchen, untersuchen, besuchen, der Besuch

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  • abtasten verb; hat abgetastet, tastete ab 1. to “go over a surface to gather information” (pat down, frisk, palpate, scan)

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Taste, die Tastatur, abtasten, tasten, anfassen, berühren

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  • Abteilung, die noun; Plural: Abteilungen 1. the department

    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.

    Vocab:

    das Teil, der Teil, der Großteil, das Gegenteil, der Vorteil, vorteilhaft, der Nachteil

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  • abtreiben verb; hat abgetrieben, trieb ab 1. to have an abortion

    A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

    Vocab:

    treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

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  • Abtreibung, die noun; Plural: Abtreibungen 1. the abortion

    A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

    Vocab:

    treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

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  • abwarten verb; hat abgewartet , wartete ab 1. to wait and don´t do anything (till the situation changes)

    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.

    Vocab:

    warten, abwarten, erwarten, die Erwartung, die Wartungsarbeit, der Torwart

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  • Abwarten und Tee trinken. phrase 1. Wait and see.

    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.

    Vocab:

    warten, abwarten, erwarten, die Erwartung, die Wartungsarbeit, der Torwart

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  • Abwasch, der noun; Plural: Abwäschen 1. the pile of dirty dishes 2. the task of doing the dishes

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    der Abwasch, abwaschen, waschen, Pfanne, Topf

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  • abwaschen verb; hat abgewaschen, wusch ab 1. to clean something off with water (mostly used for dishes)

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    der Abwasch, abwaschen, waschen, Pfanne, Topf

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  • Abwehr, die noun; Plural: kein Plural 1. the defense

    A fun look at the meaning of "wehren" and why a damn evolved into all kinds of words for fighting and defending.

    Vocab:

    wehren, das Wehr, die Feuerwehr, die Notwehr, die Bundeswehr, abwehren, das Gewehr, verteidigen

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  • abwehren verb; hat abgewehrt, wehrte ab 1. to fend off

    A fun look at the meaning of "wehren" and why a damn evolved into all kinds of words for fighting and defending.

    Vocab:

    wehren, das Wehr, die Feuerwehr, die Notwehr, die Bundeswehr, abwehren, das Gewehr, verteidigen

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  • abweichen verb; ist aufgeweicht, weichte auf 1. to soak off 2. to deviate

    A fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

    Vocab:

    weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

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  • abweichend adjective 1. divergent, deviant, varying

    A fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

    Vocab:

    weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

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  • Abweichung, die noun; Plural: Abweichungen 1. the deviation

    A fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

    Vocab:

    weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

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  • abweisen verb; hat abgewiesen, wies ab 1. to reject

    A thorough look at the meaning of "weise" and its family and what proving has to do with hints, identity cards and wisdom. #mindblowing

    Vocab:

    weise, weisen, der Hinweis, der Ausweis, ausweisen, abweisen, einweisen, verweisen, beweisen, der Beweis, überweisen, ausnahmsweise, -weise

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  • abwenden verb; hat abgewendet , wendete ab 1. to avert 2. to turn away one’s gaze (seinen Blick abwenden ) 3. to turn away (sich abwenden )

    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

    Vocab:

    wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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  • abwerben verb; hat abwerben, warb ab 1. to poach

    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.

    Vocab:

    werben, die Werbung, sich bewerben, die Bewerbung, erwerben, erwerbslos

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  • abwesend adjective 1. absent 2. absent minded

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    das Wesen, das Lebewesen, wesentlich, abwesend, anwesend, das Unwesen

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  • Abwesenheit, die noun; Plural: Abwesenheiten 1. the absence

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    das Wesen, das Lebewesen, wesentlich, abwesend, anwesend, das Unwesen

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  • abwinken verb; hat abgewinkt/abgewunken, winkte ab 1. to express disinterest/say no

    "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.

    Vocab:

    winken, abwinken, wanken, wankelmütig, zwinkern, der Winkel

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  • abwischen verb; hat abgewischt , wischte ab 1. to wipe off something

    A fun look at the German verb "wischen" and its sometimes not so obvious prefix versions. Also, we'll learn the proper word for wiping one's butt and listen to classical music.

    Vocab:

    wischen, verwischen, erwischen, entwischen, jemandem eins auswischen

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  • Abzug, der noun; Plural: Abzüge 1. the trigger, the retreat

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • ach interjection 1. oh (surprised sounding sound) 2. pff (can be made sound dismissive)

    A quick look at the meaning of "ach" and its various common phrasings.

    Vocab:

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  • Ach echt? phrase 1. Oh really (very common in conversations)

    A quick look at the meaning of "ach" and its various common phrasings.

    Vocab:

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  • Ach Gott! phrase 1. Oh no! (also "Ach je.")

    A quick look at the meaning of "ach" and its various common phrasings.

    Vocab:

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  • Ach komm. phrase 1. Come on.

    A quick look at the meaning of "ach" and its various common phrasings.

    Vocab:

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  • Ach Quatsch? phrase 1. Oh come on, nonsense.

    A quick look at the meaning of "ach" and its various common phrasings.

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  • achso interjection 1. ohhhh, I got it (very common way to express insight)

    A quick look at the meaning of "ach" and its various common phrasings.

    Vocab:

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  • Alkoholpegel, der noun; Plural: Alkoholpegel 1. the alcohol level in the blood

    A quick look at the common colloquial German verb "verpeilen" and what it has to do with targeting and water levels.

    Vocab:

    verpeilen, der Verpeiler, anpeilen, der Pegel

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  • alle adverb 1. every, everyone, all 2. finished (slightly colloquial, for food and resources)

    A fun look at the meaning of "alle" and how one word can be "empty" and "all" at the same time. And we'll learn when to use "alle" and "ganze".

    Vocab:

    alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

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  • alle sein phrase 1. be empty, be out of stock

    A fun look at the meaning of "alle" and how one word can be "empty" and "all" at the same time. And we'll learn when to use "alle" and "ganze".

    Vocab:

    alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

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  • allerdings adverb 1. however, though, but 2. indeed (with an emphasis on "dings", it can re-affirm a statement, also as a stand alone confirmation)

    A thorough look at the meanings of "allerdings" why you can use it to express contradiction AND agreement. Yeah, I know... German :)

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  • Allernötigste, das noun; Plural: kein Plural 1. the absolute basic necessities

    We’ll look at the family of die Not and find lots of necessary words - literally :).

    Vocab:

    die Not, notwendig, nötig, benötigen, der Notfall

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  • alles adjective 1. everything

    A fun look at the meaning of "alle" and how one word can be "empty" and "all" at the same time. And we'll learn when to use "alle" and "ganze".

    Vocab:

    alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

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  • alles in allem phrase 1. all in all

    A fun look at the meaning of "alle" and how one word can be "empty" and "all" at the same time. And we'll learn when to use "alle" and "ganze".

    Vocab:

    alle, ganze, alles in allem, all die

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  • alles Übrige phrase 1. what’s remaining/all the rest/the details

    We'll learn how to use "übrigens" and why it's the German translation for "by the way".

    Vocab:

    übrig, im Übrigen, übrigens

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  • alles Weitere phrase 1. everything else, the rest (formal)

    A fun look at the meaning of "weiter" and what it can express as a verb prefix. Also: a few nice related words and usw. ;)

    Vocab:

    weiter, weit, soweit, weitermachen, weiterschlafen, weitergeben, weiter so, bis auf Weiteres,

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  • Allgemeinbildung, die noun; Plural: ohne Plural 1. general education/knowledge

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    das Bild, bilden, sich bilden, ausbilden, die Bildung, die Ausbildung, sich einbilden

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  • allgemeingültig adjective 1. universally valid

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

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  • als conjunction 1. when (singular past events) 2. than ("unequal" comparisons) 3. as (assigning roles, characteristics) 4. but (ONLY for phrasings like "nothing but")

    A fun look at the meanings and uses of the German word "als" (time, comparison, that third thing). Complete with audio examples and lots and lots of horses :)

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  • als ob phrase 1. as if

    A fun look at the meanings and uses of the German word "als" (time, comparison, that third thing). Complete with audio examples and lots and lots of horses :)

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  • Altenheim, das noun; Plural: Altenheime 1. old peoples home

    Come along with Inspector awesome and discover the meaning of "unheimlich" while solving a case.

    Vocab:

    unheimlich, das Heim, das Altenheim, nach Hause, heimelig, heimisch, heimlich

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  • Altenpflege, die noun; Plural: ohne Plural 1. the elder care

    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.

    Vocab:

    pflegen, die Pflege, die Verpflegung, die Pflicht, verpflichten

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  • Altenpfleger, der noun; Plural: Altenpfleger 1. the geriatric nurse

    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.

    Vocab:

    pflegen, die Pflege, die Verpflegung, die Pflicht, verpflichten

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  • an der Nase herum führen phrase 1. to trick someone

    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

    Vocab:

    die Nase, die Nasenflügel, die Nebenhöhlen, schnauben, rümpfen, der Geruch, der Gestank, die Stupsnase

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  • an die Decke gehen phrase 1. idiom for to go through the roof

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    die Decke, der Deckel, die Deckung, decken, zudecken, bedecken, entdecken

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  • an eine Zigarette ziehen phrase 1. to take a drag off a cigarette

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • anbringen verb; hat angebracht, brachte an 1. to fix

    A thorough, sometimes silly look at the meaning of "bringen" and its various prefix verbs.

    Vocab:

    bringen, beibringen, anbringen, verbringen, umbringen,

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  • andeuten verb; hat angedeutet , deutete an 1. to insinuate, to suggest, to imply, to hint

    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

    Vocab:

    deuten, deutsch, bedeuten, eindeutig, deutlich

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  • Andeutung, die noun; Plural: Andeutungen 1. the insinuation, the hint (can be positive and negative)

    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

    Vocab:

    deuten, deutsch, bedeuten, eindeutig, deutlich

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  • Anfall, der noun; Plural: Anfälle 1. the seizure, the attack or fit

  • anfallen verb; ist angefallen, fiel an 1. to attack (sudden, primal, physical and with some “weight” behind it) 2. to accumulate

  • anfällig adjective 1. susceptible

  • anfordern verb; hat angefordert, forderte an 1. to order, to solicit, to request (usually used for documents and such)

    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.

    Vocab:

    forder, fördern, die Forderung, die Förderung, befördern, erforderm, herausfordern, auffordern, unterfordern

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  • Anforderung, die noun; Plural: Anforderungen 1. the requirement (much more common than the verb anfordern)

    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.

    Vocab:

    forder, fördern, die Forderung, die Förderung, befördern, erforderm, herausfordern, auffordern, unterfordern

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  • sich anfühlen verb; hat angefühlt , fühlte an 1. to feel (is the construction you need when you want to talk about how something feels. Like… how it will be perceived by someone who can actually feel.) (sich anfühlen )

    "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.

    Vocab:

    fühlen, sich fühlen, das Gefühl, spüren, sich anfühlen

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  • Angabe, die noun; Plural: Angaben 1. the information given 2. the serve (for tennis and ping pong) 3. according to ("nach Angaben")

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • angeben verb; hat angegeben, gab an 1. to provide, to enter, to give (formal word for giving information in context of forms, surveys, press conferences, etc.) 2. to show off, to brag

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • Angeber, der noun; Plural: Angeber 1. the showoff, the blowhard

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • angeblich adjective 1. supposedly, people say/so called (expresses that some information is someone’s claim) 2. allegedly, purportedly

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • angehen verb; hat angegangen, ging an 1. to turn on

    A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

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  • angehen verb; ist angegangen, ging an 1. to concern, to be someones business 2. to come/to turn on (for devices of any kind) 3. to approach/ to start solving/dealing with 4. to snap at someone

    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"

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  • angehören verb; hat angehört, gehörte an 1. to belong, to be part of (only in contexts of belonging to a group, like a cult or a political party)

    'gehören' means 'to belong'. But why? What does 'hören' have to do with it? That's what we'll find out today.

    Vocab:

    gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

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  • Angehörige, der noun 1. the member (mainly used for family members; "die" for female; behaves like an adjective, so it gets endings)

    'gehören' means 'to belong'. But why? What does 'hören' have to do with it? That's what we'll find out today.

    Vocab:

    gehören, das Gehör, gehorchen, sich gehören

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  • Angelegenheit, die noun; Plural: Angelegenheiten 1. the issue, the matter

    A fun look at the various meanings of "liegen" and how to use the super common phrasing "liegen an".

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  • angepisst adjective 1. pissed of (colloquial)

    A fun look at the meaning of "sauer" and what a lemon has to do with anger.

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  • angeschlagen adjective 1. a little under the weather, slightly sick

    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.

    Vocab:

    schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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  • angespannt adjective 1. stressed, strained, tense

    A thrilling look at the meanings of "Spannung" and the verb "spannen" and the answer to how to say ‘relaxed’ and ‘excited’ in German.

    Vocab:

    die Spannung, gespannt, spannend, die Anspannung, entspannen

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  • angestellt adjective 1. having a regular contract (as opposed to freelancing)

    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.

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  • Angestellte , der noun; Plural: die Angestellten 1. the employee (not industrial or agricultural jobs) (for female employee is die Angestellte)

    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.

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  • sich angewöhnen verb; hat angewöhnt , gewöhnte an 1. to make a habit of something (sich (Dative) angewöhnen )

    A thorough look at the meaning of "gewöhnen", the difference between "sich gewöhnen an" and "sich angewöhnen" and other useful related words.

    Vocab:

    gewöhnen, sich gewöhnen an, gewöhnlich, die Gewohnheit, sich abgewöhnen, sich angewöhnen, verwöhnen

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  • Angewohnheit, die noun; Plural: Angewohnheiten 1. the habit (a little negative meaning, often in combination with schlecht) 2. the custom

    A thorough look at the meaning of "gewöhnen", the difference between "sich gewöhnen an" and "sich angewöhnen" and other useful related words.

    Vocab:

    gewöhnen, sich gewöhnen an, gewöhnlich, die Gewohnheit, sich abgewöhnen, sich angewöhnen, verwöhnen

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  • angreifen verb; hat angegriffen, griff an 1. to attack (sports, wars, any kind of non physical attacks)

  • Angriff, der noun; Plural: Angriffe 1. the attack

  • ängstlich adjective 1. angsty

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Mut, -mut, übermütig, gutmütig, Unmut, Demut,Armut, vermuten

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  • angstvoll adjective 1. fearful

    A fun look at the menaing of "voll" and why "voll leer" actually makes sense in colloquial German.

    Vocab:

    voll, machtvoll, liebevoll, sinnvoll, komplett

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  • anhaben verb; hat angehabt , hatte an 1. to have (switched) on or to have (located) on/at 2. to wear

    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.

    Vocab:

    haben, anhaben, aufhaben, abhaben, mithaben, vorhaben

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  • anhaben verb; hat angehabt , hatte an 1. to wear

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • anhalten verb; hat angehalten, hielt an 1. to stop (to bring a physical movement to a hold) 2. to continue

    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.

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  • Anhalter, der noun; Plural: Anhalter 1. the hitch hiker

    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.

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  • anheben verb; hat angehoben, hob an 1. to lift up (means that you lift the thing a little… maybe cause you want to check what’s under it)

    "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).

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  • ankacken verb; hat angekackt, kackte an 1. to poop at something (but it’s only used as a metaphor for bitching at someone)

    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.

    Vocab:

    kacken, die Kacke, verkacken, ankacken, abkacken

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  • anklappen verb; hat angeklappt, klappte an 1. to crank open (window)

    "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.

    Vocab:

    klappen, die Klappe, zuklappen, aufklappen, Klappstuhl, klatschen

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  • ankommen verb; ist angekommen, kam an 1. to arrive

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Zukunft, die Auskunft, die Ankunft, die Herkunft

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  • ankommen verb; ist angekommen, kam an 1. to arrive, to come to a place (used for letters, parcels and even e-mails) 2. to depend (ankommen auf + akk) 3. to make an impression (ankommen bei + dative) 4. to stand a chance against, to be a match for sb/sth (ankommen gegen)

    A fun, detailed look at the super useful meanings of "ankommen" and what arriving has to do with depending and Germans say "It depends".

    Vocab:

    ankommen, ankommen auf, die Ankunft

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  • ankündigen verb; hat angekündigt , kündigte an 1. to announce (only when you make announcements about the future)

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Kunde, sich erkundigen,kündigen, ankündigen, die Kündigung, die Urkunde

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  • Ankunft, die noun; Plural: Ankünfte 1. the arrival

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Zukunft, die Auskunft, die Ankunft, die Herkunft

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  • Anlage, die noun; Plural: Anlagen 1. the facility, the sound system

    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.

    Vocab:

    anlegen, sich anlegen mit, die Anlage, die Veranlagung

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  • Anlage, die noun; Plural: Anlagen 1. the attachement

    A fun look at the various meanings of "liegen" and how to use the super common phrasing "liegen an".

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  • Anlageberater, die noun; Plural: Anlageberater 1. the investment consultant

    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.

    Vocab:

    anlegen, sich anlegen mit, die Anlage, die Veranlagung

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  • anlassen verb; hat angelassen, ließ an 1. to leave something on

    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.

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  • anlegen verb; hat angelegt, legte an 1. to land in/to moore at/to arrive 2. to put on 3. to cuff up 4. to lay out, to create 5. to push close to or past some limit (even though you know that it might not be a good idea); to aim at (Phrase: "es auf etwas anlegen") 6. to take on someone, to confront (in the sense of trouble) (sich anlegen mit )

    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.

    Vocab:

    anlegen, sich anlegen mit, die Anlage, die Veranlagung

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  • anleiten verb; hat angeleitet , leitete an 1. to give step by step instructions (not very commonly used, "zeigen" and "vormachen" are more common)

    "leiten" means "to lead". But what's the difference to "führen"? And what does leading have to do with tap water? This and more is what we'll find out today.

    Vocab:

    leiten, die Leitung, der Leiter, die Einleitung, umleiten, ableiten, begleiten,

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  • Anleitung, die noun; Plural: Anleitungen 1. the manual

    "leiten" means "to lead". But what's the difference to "führen"? And what does leading have to do with tap water? This and more is what we'll find out today.

    Vocab:

    leiten, die Leitung, der Leiter, die Einleitung, umleiten, ableiten, begleiten,

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  • Anliegen, das noun; Plural: Anliegen 1. the request

    A fun look at the various meanings of "liegen" and how to use the super common phrasing "liegen an".

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  • anlocken verb; hat angelockt , lockte an 1. to attract (mostly animal kingdom)

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

    Vocab:

    locken, verlockend, die Locke, locker, auflockern

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  • Anmache, die noun; Plural: Anmachen 1. a come-on, an advance

    "anmachen" is one of the most useful prefix verbs. Today, we'll explore the various meanings and see what connects them all. Also: ranmachen.

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  • anmachen verb; hat angemacht, machte an 1. to turn on; (light, radio) 2. to hit on someone 3. to spark interest (be it sexual or general) 4. to aggravate, to tease, to goad 5. to add spices, herbs and stuff like oil or vinegar to raw food (like meet, cheese or salad) 6. to put on (for pictures and other stuff you hang on walls) 7. to light (cigarette, fire)

    "anmachen" is one of the most useful prefix verbs. Today, we'll explore the various meanings and see what connects them all. Also: ranmachen.

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  • Anmachspruch, der noun; Plural: Anmachsprüche 1. the pick up line

    "anmachen" is one of the most useful prefix verbs. Today, we'll explore the various meanings and see what connects them all. Also: ranmachen.

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  • Anmut, die noun; Plural: kein Plural 1. the grace

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Mut, -mut, übermütig, gutmütig, Unmut, Demut,Armut, vermuten

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  • anmuten verb; hat angemutet, mutete an 1. to seem or to appear (rare)

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Mut, -mut, übermütig, gutmütig, Unmut, Demut,Armut, vermuten

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  • Annahme, die noun; Plural: Annahmen 1. the assumption

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

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  • annehmbar adjective 1. acceptable 2. okay/all right/agreeable

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

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  • annehmen verb; hat angenommen , nahm an 1. to assume (another way to express it is with "davon ausgehen" )

    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.

    Vocab:

    warten, abwarten, erwarten, die Erwartung, die Wartungsarbeit, der Torwart

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  • annehmen verb; hat angenommen, nahm an 1. to take on 2. to take something that has been offered to you or simply accepting an offer (gifts, invitations and apologies are the most common things) 3. to assume (a theory), to suppose

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

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  • annehmlich adjective 1. acceptable, agreeable

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

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  • Annehmlichkeit, die noun; Plural: Annehmlichkeiten 1. bits of comfort or convenience ( in context of hotels or cars)

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

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  • anpassen verb; hat angepasst , passte an 1. to modify sth until it fits 2. to adjust, to adapt

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    passen, reinpassen, raufpassen, anpassen, die Anpassung, aufpassen, passieren

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  • anpeilen verb; hat angepeilt , peilte an 1. to (roughly) shoot for/aim for something

    A quick look at the common colloquial German verb "verpeilen" and what it has to do with targeting and water levels.

    Vocab:

    verpeilen, der Verpeiler, anpeilen, der Pegel

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  • anprobieren verb; hat anprobiert, probierte an 1. to try on

    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.

    Vocab:

    suchen, die Suche, versuchen, der Versuch, aussuchen, durchsuchen, untersuchen, besuchen, der Besuch

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  • anregen verb; hat angeregt, regte an 1. to stimulate ((positive, non-sexual)) 2. to suggest (rare)

    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.

    Vocab:

    regen, regungslos, sich aufregen, sich abregen, erregen, anregen

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  • anregend adjective 1. stimulating

    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.

    Vocab:

    regen, regungslos, sich aufregen, sich abregen, erregen, anregen

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  • Anregung, die noun; Plural: Anregungen 1. the idea, the suggestion

    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.

    Vocab:

    regen, regungslos, sich aufregen, sich abregen, erregen, anregen

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  • Anreiz, der noun; Plural: Anreize 1. the stimulus (incentive)

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Reiz, reizen, gereizt, reizend, Hautreizung

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  • anrücken verb; ist angerückt , rückte an 1. colloquial term for “to show up in force”

    A fun look at the meaning of the noun "Rücken" and the verb "rücken" (which is different) all its related words. Special guest: krass.

    Vocab:

    der Rücken, zurück, rückwärts, Rück-, rücken, abrücken, verrückt, krass

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  • Anruf, der noun; Plural: Anrufe 1. the telephone call

    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.

    Vocab:

    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • Anrufbeantworter, der noun; Plural: Anrufbeantworter 1. the answering machine

    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.

    Vocab:

    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • anrufen verb; hat angerufen, rief an 1. to call by phone

    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.

    Vocab:

    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • Anrufer, der noun; Plural: Anrufer 1. the caller

    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.

    Vocab:

    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • ansatzweise adverb 1. to some extent 2. nowhere near enough (nicht mal ansatzweise)

    A thorough look at the meaning of "weise" and its family and what proving has to do with hints, identity cards and wisdom. #mindblowing

    Vocab:

    weise, weisen, der Hinweis, der Ausweis, ausweisen, abweisen, einweisen, verweisen, beweisen, der Beweis, überweisen, ausnahmsweise, -weise

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  • anschieben verb; hat angeschoben , schob an 1. to push 2. to get a project going (figurative) (ein Projekt anschieben )

    A fun look at the meaning of "schieben" and what delaying has to do with a drawer and deportations.

    Vocab:

    schieben, abschieben, aufschieben, der Schub, die Schublade, verschieben

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  • Anschlag, der noun; Plural: Anschläge 1. the terror attack

    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.

    Vocab:

    schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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  • Anschluss, der noun; Plural: Anschlüsse 1. a port, a connector

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • anschwellen verb; ist angeschwollen , schwoll an 1. to swell up, to get swollen

    Vocab:

    schwellen, die Schwellung, die Schwiele, die Schwelle, schwül, schwul

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  • ansehen verb; hat angesehen, sah an 1. to look at sb/sth 2. to keep your gaze at sth (etwas ansehen) 3. to look at the “content”, in a more observing, personal sense (sich (Dative) etwas ansehen )

    A thorough look at the meaning of "ansehen" and how to use it for looking at things, watching movies and reputation.

    Vocab:

    ansehen, sich ansehen, das Ansehen, ansehnlich, die Ansicht

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  • Ansehen, das noun; Plural: ohne Plural 1. renown or reputation

    A thorough look at the meaning of "ansehen" and how to use it for looking at things, watching movies and reputation.

    Vocab:

    ansehen, sich ansehen, das Ansehen, ansehnlich, die Ansicht

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  • ansehnlich adjective 1. quite good, rather decent

    A thorough look at the meaning of "ansehen" and how to use it for looking at things, watching movies and reputation.

    Vocab:

    ansehen, sich ansehen, das Ansehen, ansehnlich, die Ansicht

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  • Ansicht, die noun; Plural: Ansichten 1. inspection or view (view as in opinions)

    A thorough look at the meaning of "ansehen" and how to use it for looking at things, watching movies and reputation.

    Vocab:

    ansehen, sich ansehen, das Ansehen, ansehnlich, die Ansicht

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  • ansonsten adverb 1. other than that (sounds more general and unfocused than "sonst"

    A fun look at the meaning of "sonst". We'll see how to use it in conversation and explore related words like "ansonsten", "sonstige" or "umsonst".

    Vocab:

    sonst, ansonsten, sonstige, umsonst, sonstewo

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  • anspannen verb; hat angespannt, spannte an 1. to flex (the muscles) 2. to tense up

    A thrilling look at the meanings of "Spannung" and the verb "spannen" and the answer to how to say ‘relaxed’ and ‘excited’ in German.

    Vocab:

    die Spannung, gespannt, spannend, die Anspannung, entspannen

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  • Anspannung, die noun; Plural: Anspannungen 1. a tension 2. (inner/emotional) strain (innerer Anspannung )

    A thrilling look at the meanings of "Spannung" and the verb "spannen" and the answer to how to say ‘relaxed’ and ‘excited’ in German.

    Vocab:

    die Spannung, gespannt, spannend, die Anspannung, entspannen

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  • anspornen verb; hat angespornt, spornte an 1. to motivate

    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.

    Vocab:

    spüren, das Gespür, die Spur, spuren, aufspüren, spurlos, verspüren

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  • Ansprache, die noun; Plural: Ansprachen 1. the speech

    A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

    Vocab:

    ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

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  • ansprechbar adjective 1. being approachable

    A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

    Vocab:

    ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

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  • ansprechen verb; hat angesprochen, sprach an 1. to address, to bring up 2. to approach, to start talking to someone (usually a stranger), especially in context of flirting or to appeal to someone (jemanden ansprechen ) 3. to appeal to/attract 4. to respond (only in a sense of systems reacting to some sort of excitement) 5. to bring up something (an issue) (etwas ansprechen) 6. to ask someone about a topic, bring up a topic to someone (jemanden auf etwas ansprechen )

    A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

    Vocab:

    ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

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  • ansprechend adjective 1. appealing 2. attractive

    A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

    Vocab:

    ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

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  • anspruchslos adjective 1. not demanding anything (also: without depth (for movies for instance))

    A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

    Vocab:

    ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

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  • anspruchsvoll adjective 1. demanding/difficult 2. challenging

    A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.

    Vocab:

    ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll

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  • Anstand, der noun 1. decency (it is usually used in contexts where people complain that it’s missing)

    A fun look at the various meanings of "anstehen" and what waiting in line has to do with manners and letters on a board.

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  • anständig adjective 1. good, proper(ly) 2. ethical/civilized

    A fun look at the various meanings of "anstehen" and what waiting in line has to do with manners and letters on a board.

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  • anstandshalber adverb 1. for decency’s sake

    A fun look at the various meanings of "anstehen" and what waiting in line has to do with manners and letters on a board.

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  • Anstandsschluck, der noun; Plural: ohne Plural 1. a courtesy sip

    A fun look at the various meanings of "anstehen" and what waiting in line has to do with manners and letters on a board.

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  • anstecken verb; hat angesteckt , steckte an 1. to stick something to someone 2. to pin 3. to light (in context of fire, but it´s rare, only in a book) 4. to infect someone (or oneself ) with a disease or metaphorical condition ((sich) anstecken ) 5. to get infected with something by someone (sich bei jemandem mit etwas anstecken )

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • ansteckend adjective 1. contagious

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • Ansteckung, die noun; Plural: Ansteckungen 1. the infection/transmission of disease

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • Ansteckungsgefahr, die noun; Plural: Ansteckungsgefahren 1. the risk of contagion/infection

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • anstehen verb; hat angestanden, stand an 1. to wait in line (an der Kasse anstehen)

    A fun look at the various meanings of "anstehen" and what waiting in line has to do with manners and letters on a board.

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  • ansteigen verb; ist angestiegen, stieg an 1. to have an incline 2. to increase 3. to rise

    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.

    Vocab:

    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • anstellen verb; hat angestellt, stellte an 1. to join the end of a line/queue (reflexivesich anstellen)

    A fun look at the various meanings of "anstehen" and what waiting in line has to do with manners and letters on a board.

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  • anstellen verb; hat angestellt, stellte an 1. to turn on (in context for “mid-sized” stuff like a TV, a heater, a washing machine or a car engine) 2. to pull off (also: to do mischief) 3. to join a line, to queue up (reflexive - sich anstellen) 4. to employ (jemanden anstellen ) 5. to go about something in a stupid/smart/… way or to act stupid/smart/… while performing a task (sich dumm/schlau/ anstellen (reflexive)) 6. to make a fuss, act sissy, be a drama queen (sich anstellen (reflexive))

    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.

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  • ansteuern verb; hat angesteuert, steuerte an 1. to head for something

    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"

    Vocab:

    das Steuer, die Steuer, steuerbord, die Steuererklärung, die Steuerung, die Mehrwertsteuer

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  • Anstieg, der noun; Plural: Anstiege 1. the increase (for all kinds of numbers…prices, values etc)

    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.

    Vocab:

    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • anstimmen verb; hat abgestimmt , stimmte ab 1. to intone 2. to begin (a song, ein Lied)

    We'll look at the meaning of "stimmen" and what "voice" has to do with being right and voting. And the meaning of the idiomatic German "stimmt".

    Vocab:

    die Stimme, stimmen, die Stimmung, bestimmen, bestimmt, abstimmen, verstimmen,

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  • anstreichen verb; hat angestrichen , strich an 1. to mark with a line 2. to paint

    A fun look at the family of "streichen" and what painting your wall has to do with emphasis, petting your cat and pranks.

    Vocab:

    streichen, durchstreichen, der Strich, der Aufstrich, der Abstrich, streicheln, der Streich

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  • antasten verb; hat angetastet, tastete an 1. to touch (mostly abstract, not in an affectionate sense)

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Taste, die Tastatur, abtasten, tasten, anfassen, berühren

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  • Anteil, der noun; Plural: Anteile 1. a part ( with a focus on that it belongs to someone, either in sense of possession (share) or in the more abstract sense of belonging to a group (percentage, proportion))

    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.

    Vocab:

    das Teil, der Teil, der Großteil, das Gegenteil, der Vorteil, vorteilhaft, der Nachteil

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  • Anteil nehmen phrase 1. to sympathize with/ to feel for someone

    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.

    Vocab:

    das Teil, der Teil, der Großteil, das Gegenteil, der Vorteil, vorteilhaft, der Nachteil

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  • Anteilnahme, die noun; Plural: kein Plural 1. the sympathy, the commiseration

    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.

    Vocab:

    das Teil, der Teil, der Großteil, das Gegenteil, der Vorteil, vorteilhaft, der Nachteil

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  • Antrag, der noun; Plural: Anträge 1. the application

    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.

    Vocab:

    werben, die Werbung, sich bewerben, die Bewerbung, erwerben, erwerbslos

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  • antreiben verb; hat angetrieben, trieb an 1. to push/motivate/drive (no destination specified)

    A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

    Vocab:

    treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

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  • Antrieb, der noun; Plural: Antriebe 1. generic word for engine (boats and cars mostly)

    A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

    Vocab:

    treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

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  • antriebslos adjective 1. demotivated, without motivation

    A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

    Vocab:

    treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

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  • Antwort, die noun; Plural: Antworten 1. the answer, the reply

    The difference between "antworten" and "beantworten" is: grammar. Hooray! Today, we'll find out when to use which. Including a little quiz for you.

    Vocab:

    antworten, beantworten, die Antwort

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  • antworten (auf) verb; hat geantwortet, antwortete 1. to reply, to respond, to answer (you can NOT (grammatically)"antworten a question", for that you need "beantworten"; "(jemandem+Dative) antworten (auf+Acc)")

    The difference between "antworten" and "beantworten" is: grammar. Hooray! Today, we'll find out when to use which. Including a little quiz for you.

    Vocab:

    antworten, beantworten, die Antwort

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  • anweisen verb; hat angewiesen, wies an 1. to instruct ((giving orders in a work context)) 2. to place an order to wire money 3. to identify oneself (sich ausweisen )

    A thorough look at the meaning of "weise" and its family and what proving has to do with hints, identity cards and wisdom. #mindblowing

    Vocab:

    weise, weisen, der Hinweis, der Ausweis, ausweisen, abweisen, einweisen, verweisen, beweisen, der Beweis, überweisen, ausnahmsweise, -weise

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  • anwenden verb; hat angewandt/angewendet, wandte an 1. to apply, to use in practice

    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

    Vocab:

    wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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  • Anwender, der noun; Plural: Anwender 1. the user (in computer and app context)

    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

    Vocab:

    wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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  • Anwendung, die noun; Plural: Anwendungen 1. the application 2. the use

    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

    Vocab:

    wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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  • anwerben verb; hat angeworben , warb an 1. to hire (notion of making an effort: like extra vacation, special benefits and etc.)

    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.

    Vocab:

    werben, die Werbung, sich bewerben, die Bewerbung, erwerben, erwerbslos

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  • anwesend adjective 1. present

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    das Wesen, das Lebewesen, wesentlich, abwesend, anwesend, das Unwesen

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  • Anwesenheit, die noun; Plural: Anwesenheiten 1. the presence (in the factual sense of being there)

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    das Wesen, das Lebewesen, wesentlich, abwesend, anwesend, das Unwesen

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  • anwinkeln verb; hat angewinkelt/angewinkelen, winkelte an 1. to bend (standard word for arms and legs)

    "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.

    Vocab:

    winken, abwinken, wanken, wankelmütig, zwinkern, der Winkel

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  • anzapfen verb; hat angezapft, zapfte an 1. to tap into (resources) 2. start a new keg of beer

  • anzetteln verb; hat angezettelt, zettelte an 1. to start or to cause, to provoke sth

    Almost everybody uses "Zettel" every now and then. Today, we'll see what it is and learn a few nice idioms with it.

    Vocab:

    der Zettel, der Denkzettel, sich verzetteln, anzetteln

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  • anziehen verb; hat angezogen , zog an 1. to pull on 2. to get dressed (sich anziehen ) 3. to attract

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • Anzug, der noun; Plural: Anzüge 1. a suit

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • anzweifeln verb; hat angezweifelt, zweifelte an 1. to raise doubt

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    zweifel, zweifeln, zweifellos, bezweifeln, anzweifeln, verzweifeln

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  • Arbeitsblatt, das noun; Plural: Arbeitsblätter 1. the work sheet

    A fun look at the word "das Blatt" and its CRAZY family which ranges from blood to flowers.

    Vocab:

    das Blatt, blättern, der Blätterteig, die Blüte, blühen, die Blume

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  • arbeitslos adjective 1. unemployed

    A thorough look at the meaning of "los", its various useful prefix verbs and the noun "das Los", and what a raffle token has to do with fate and parking lots.

    Vocab:

    los, lose, das Los, los sein, loslassen, losgehen,

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  • Arbeitslosengeld, das noun; Plural: Arbeitslosengelder 1. the unemployment benefits

    A thorough look at the meaning of "los", its various useful prefix verbs and the noun "das Los", and what a raffle token has to do with fate and parking lots.

    Vocab:

    los, lose, das Los, los sein, loslassen, losgehen,

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  • Arbeitslosengeld beziehen phrase 1. to be on welfare

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • arg adjective 1. bad, vicious 2. very, really

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

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  • Ärger, der noun; Plural: ohne Pl. 1. the (slight) anger 2. the trouble 3. to have trouble/hassle (Ärger haben ) 4. to “receive”/get trouble/to be scolded from sb (von jemandem Ärger kriegen ) 5. to make trouble (Ärger machen )

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

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  • ärgerlich adjective 1. pissed of

    A fun look at the meaning of "sauer" and what a lemon has to do with anger.

    Vocab:

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  • ärgerlich adjective 1. irritating, annoying, pissed

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

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  • ärgern verb; hat geärgert, ärgerte 1. to irritate, to make angry, to tease (process oriented) 2. to be angry about something (sich über etwas/jemanden ärgern )

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

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  • arglos adjective 1. unsuspecting (without “bad” in mind)

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

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  • Argwohn, der noun; Plural: ohne Pl. 1. the suspiciousness

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

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  • argwöhnisch adjective 1. very skeptical as in “expecting a trap”

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Ärger, (sich) ärgern (über), die Wut, wütend, ärgerlich, verärgern, arg

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  • Armut, die noun; Plural: kein Plural 1. the poverty

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Mut, -mut, übermütig, gutmütig, Unmut, Demut,Armut, vermuten

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  • Arschloch, das noun; Plural: Arschlöcher 1. an asshole

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    die Lücke, lückenhaft, das Loch, gähnen

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  • Art, die noun; Plural: Arten 1. the species 2. the kind, the way

    A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

    Vocab:

    die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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  • Artensterben, das noun; Plural: no plural 1. the exstinction of species

    A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

    Vocab:

    die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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  • artgerecht adjective 1. species appropriate (context of animal farming)

    A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

    Vocab:

    die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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  • artig adjective 1. well behaved

    A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

    Vocab:

    die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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  • Artist, der noun; Plural: Artisten 1. the acrobat

    A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

    Vocab:

    die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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  • Arzneimittel, das noun; Plural: Arzneimittel 1. the drug, pharmaceutical

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    die Mitte, das Mittel, mittel-, vermitteln

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  • Asthmaanfall, der noun; Plural: Asthmaanfälle 1. the asthma attack

  • auch nicht phrase 1. neither ((as in "Me neither."))

    "either or" is "entweder oder" in German. Here's a quick look at how to use it.

    Vocab:

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  • auf die Nase fallen phrase 1. fall flat on one's face (figuratively)

    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

    Vocab:

    die Nase, die Nasenflügel, die Nebenhöhlen, schnauben, rümpfen, der Geruch, der Gestank, die Stupsnase

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  • Auf die Plätze, fertig, los. phrase 1. ready, steady, go

    A thorough look at the meaning of "los", its various useful prefix verbs and the noun "das Los", and what a raffle token has to do with fate and parking lots.

    Vocab:

    los, lose, das Los, los sein, loslassen, losgehen,

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  • Auf einem Bein kann man nicht stehen. phrase 1. "You can't stand on one leg." (An proverb that basically means one beer is not enough - you need to drink two.)

  • aufblättern verb; hat aufgeblättert, blätterte auf 1. to open a book

    A fun look at the word "das Blatt" and its CRAZY family which ranges from blood to flowers.

    Vocab:

    das Blatt, blättern, der Blätterteig, die Blüte, blühen, die Blume

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  • aufbrauchen verb; hat aufgebraucht , brauchte auf 1. to use up (and at least in context of food it puts a slight stress on using as opposed to throwing it away.)

    A fun look at "brauchen" (to need), its prefix versions and how to use "brauchen" with verbs. Also: some really cool relations to English and other languages.

    Vocab:

    brauchen, verbrauchen, der Brauch, der Bedarf, Gebrauchsanweisung

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  • aufbringen verb; hat aufgebracht, brachte auf 1. to upset

    A thorough, sometimes silly look at the meaning of "bringen" and its various prefix verbs.

    Vocab:

    bringen, beibringen, anbringen, verbringen, umbringen,

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  • aufdecken verb; hat aufgedeckt , deckte auf 1. to uncover, to reveal

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    die Decke, der Deckel, die Deckung, decken, zudecken, bedecken, entdecken

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  • aufdrängen verb; hat aufgedrängt, drängte auf 1. to “push something on someone” (not common)

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Drang, der Zwang, eindringen, aufdringlich, dringend, drängeln, abdrängen

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  • aufdringlich adjective 1. intrusive, pushy

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Drang, der Zwang, eindringen, aufdringlich, dringend, drängeln, abdrängen

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  • Aufenthalt, der noun; Plural: Aufenthalte 1. the stay

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

    Vocab:

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  • Aufenthaltserlaubnis, die noun; Plural: Aufenthaltserlaubnisse 1. the residence permit

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

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  • auffallen verb; ist aufgefallen, fiel auf 1. to catch someone’s attention or to be noticed by someone 2. to stand out, to catch the eye, to be noticeable

    "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 :)

    Vocab:

    auffallen, auffällig, die Auffälligkeit, unauffällig

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  • auffällig adjective 1. expresses the idea that something is eye-catching, flashy or striking, suspicious

    "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 :)

    Vocab:

    auffallen, auffällig, die Auffälligkeit, unauffällig

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  • auffordern verb; hat aufgefordert, forderte auf 1. to directly ask

    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.

    Vocab:

    forder, fördern, die Forderung, die Förderung, befördern, erforderm, herausfordern, auffordern, unterfordern

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  • Aufgang, der noun; Plural: Aufgänge 1. the stairway (in stadiums for example)

    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.

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  • aufgehen verb; ist aufgegangen, ging auf 1. to (go) open, to come open (for doors, shoes, zippers etc) 2. to rise, to go up ((for the sun, the moon and dough)) 3. to work out (for plans/tactics) 4. to find (complete) fulfillment (for jobs, activties, hobbies)

    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.

    Vocab:

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  • aufgelegt adjective 1. to be in the mood for something

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

    Vocab:

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  • aufgeregt adjective 1. excited, nervous (NOT the same vibe as the super positive “excited”)

    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.

    Vocab:

    regen, regungslos, sich aufregen, sich abregen, erregen, anregen

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  • aufgießen verb; hat aufgegossen, goss auf 1. to pour something on something 2. to steep (for tea)

    A fun look at the meaning of "gießen" and its prefix versions. With lots of examples and a special guest.

    Vocab:

    gießen, der Guss, eingießen, ausgießen, vergießen, der Erguss

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  • aufgrund adverb 1. due to

    "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.

    Vocab:

    der Grund, aufgrund, grundsätzlich, gründen,begründen

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  • Aufguss, der noun; Plural: Aufgüsse 1. the brew (for tea) 2. the infusion (in sauna)

    A fun look at the meaning of "gießen" and its prefix versions. With lots of examples and a special guest.

    Vocab:

    gießen, der Guss, eingießen, ausgießen, vergießen, der Erguss

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  • aufhaben verb; hat aufgehabt , hatte auf 1. to be open ( in context with stores and other venues) 2. to wear (for things like caps and hats)

    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.

    Vocab:

    haben, anhaben, aufhaben, abhaben, mithaben, vorhaben

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  • aufhalten verb; ist aufgehalten, hielt auf 1. to hold open (mostly for doors, also for hands) 2. to stop someone from doing something, to hold up 3. to get caught up with, to slow down oneself with 4. to be/stay at a place

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

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  • aufhalten verb; hat aufgehalten, hielt auf 1. to stop

    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.

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  • aufheben verb; hat aufgehoben, hob auf 1. to lift up small not too heavy, inanimate objects that are laying on the floor 2. to keep (limited to stuff like books, stones, stamps, pictures, photos, CDs) 3. to cancel

    "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).

    Vocab:

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  • aufhören verb; hat aufgehört, hörte auf 1. to stop, to cease an activity that you yourself were doing

    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.

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  • aufklappen verb; hat aufgeklappt, klappte auf 1. to open (a book)

    "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.

    Vocab:

    klappen, die Klappe, zuklappen, aufklappen, Klappstuhl, klatschen

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  • Aufkleber, der noun; Plural: Aufkleber 1. a sticker

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • aufkommen verb; ist aufgekommen , kam auf 1. to slowly emerge, to evolve (for trends, weather, sentiments) 2. to land, to hit the ground (not for completely controlled landing) 3. to compensate financially for something (pretty formal) (für etwas aufkommen )

    A quick look at the meaning of "aufkommen" and what rising has to do with hitting the ground.

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  • Aufkommen, das noun; Plural: Aufkommen 1. the emergence, the advent, also: the grand total of something

    A quick look at the meaning of "aufkommen" and what rising has to do with hitting the ground.

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  • aufkriegen verb; hat aufgekriegt , kriegte auf 1. to get sth open

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    kriegen, abkriegen, hinkriegen, mitkriegen, aufkriegen, rauskriegen, der Krieg, ...

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  • Auflage, die noun; Plural: Auflagen 1. the edition (books), circulation (newspapers) 2. the condition ((imposed by someone, under the condition))

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

    Vocab:

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  • auflegen verb; hat aufgelegt , legte auf 1. to dj 2. to hang up the phone 3. to re-issue/republish (usually in combination with “neu”)

    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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  • auflockern verb; hat aufgelockert, lockerte auf 1. to loosen up (mostly figurative)

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

    Vocab:

    locken, verlockend, die Locke, locker, auflockern

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  • Auflockerung, die noun; Plural: Auflockerungen 1. the cheer up

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

    Vocab:

    locken, verlockend, die Locke, locker, auflockern

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  • aufmachen verb; hat aufgemacht, machte auf 1. to make open or simply to open (for basic stuff, colloquial) 2. to head out (colloquial), to start going someplace (sich aufmachen )

    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".

    Vocab:

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  • Aufmacher, der noun; Plural: Aufmacher 1. the lead article (rare)

    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".

    Vocab:

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  • Aufmachung, die noun; Plural: Aufmachungen 1. the design, the layout, the look (super rare… very context specific)

    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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  • Aufnahme, die noun; Plural: Aufnahmen 1. the recording

    A fun look at the various meanings of "aufnehmen" and what a recording has to do with giving asylum to refugees and entry exams.

    Vocab:

    aufnehmen, die Aufnahme, die Notaufnahme, die Aufnahmeprüfung, raufnehmen

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  • aufnahmefähig adjective 1. capable of picking up (new information)

    A fun look at the various meanings of "aufnehmen" and what a recording has to do with giving asylum to refugees and entry exams.

    Vocab:

    aufnehmen, die Aufnahme, die Notaufnahme, die Aufnahmeprüfung, raufnehmen

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  • Aufnahmeprüfung, die noun; Plural: Aufnahmeprüfungen 1. the entry/admission exam

    A fun look at the various meanings of "aufnehmen" and what a recording has to do with giving asylum to refugees and entry exams.

    Vocab:

    aufnehmen, die Aufnahme, die Notaufnahme, die Aufnahmeprüfung, raufnehmen

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  • aufnehmen verb; hat aufgenommen, nahm auf 1. to record (music, song) 2. to take a pic 3. to absorb/soak up (information, nutrients for the body)

    A fun look at the various meanings of "aufnehmen" and what a recording has to do with giving asylum to refugees and entry exams.

    Vocab:

    aufnehmen, die Aufnahme, die Notaufnahme, die Aufnahmeprüfung, raufnehmen

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  • aufpassen verb; hat aufgepasst , passte auf 1. to pay attention 2. to be careful 3. to watch over or to keep an eye on something or someone; to take care (auf jemanden/etwas aufpassen )

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    passen, reinpassen, raufpassen, anpassen, die Anpassung, aufpassen, passieren

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  • aufräumen verb; hat aufgeräumt, räumte auf 1. to bring stuff in order 2. to clean up stuff

    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)

    Vocab:

    der Raum, Raum-, das Zimmer, räumen, aufräumen, umräumen

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  • aufregen (sich) verb; hat (sich) aufgeregt, regte (sich) auf 1. to get worked up about something, to be angry, to rant and rave

    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.

    Vocab:

    regen, regungslos, sich aufregen, sich abregen, erregen, anregen

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  • aufregend adjective 1. exciting

    A thrilling look at the meanings of "Spannung" and the verb "spannen" and the answer to how to say ‘relaxed’ and ‘excited’ in German.

    Vocab:

    die Spannung, gespannt, spannend, die Anspannung, entspannen

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  • Aufregung, die noun; Plural: Aufregungen 1. the agitation, the commotion

    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.

    Vocab:

    regen, regungslos, sich aufregen, sich abregen, erregen, anregen

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  • aufreizend adjective 1. sexy, saucy, salacious (mostly for outfits)

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Reiz, reizen, gereizt, reizend, Hautreizung

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  • Aufruf, der noun; Plural: Aufrufe 1. the sort of a call to action

    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.

    Vocab:

    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • aufrufen verb; hat aufgerufen, rief auf 1. to call up (waiting rooms) 2. to call upon to do something (also in tech for calling functions)

    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.

    Vocab:

    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • aufschieben verb; hat aufgeschoben , schob auf 1. to procrastinate 2. official: to delay

    A fun look at the meaning of "schieben" and what delaying has to do with a drawer and deportations.

    Vocab:

    schieben, abschieben, aufschieben, der Schub, die Schublade, verschieben

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  • Aufschlag, der noun; Plural: Aufschläge 1. the service (in tennis)

    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.

    Vocab:

    schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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  • aufschlagen verb; ist aufgeschlagen, schlug auf 1. to open (for books and magazines) 2. to crack open (for eggs) 3. to whip (for cream)

    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.

    Vocab:

    schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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  • aufsteigen verb; ist aufgestiegen, stieg auf 1. to rise ((rare) ) 2. to be promoted 3. to “go up” one series (used in context of sports leagues, but also fog or fatigue, overall not very common)

    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.

    Vocab:

    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • Aufstieg, der noun; Plural: Aufstiege 1. the rise (for people and things climbing the ladder, not prices)

    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.

    Vocab:

    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • Aufstrich, der noun; Plural: Aufstriche 1. the bread spread

    A fun look at the family of "streichen" and what painting your wall has to do with emphasis, petting your cat and pranks.

    Vocab:

    streichen, durchstreichen, der Strich, der Aufstrich, der Abstrich, streicheln, der Streich

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  • sich aufstützen verb; hat aufgestützt, stützte auf 1. to rest some of one’s weight on one’s arms, usually on a table or something (sich aufstützen )

    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

    Vocab:

    stützen, die Stütze, aufstützen, abstützen, unterstützen, die Liegestütze, der Stützpunkt, ...

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  • aufteilen verb; hat aufgeteilt , teilte auf 1. to split up

    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.

    Vocab:

    teilen, verteilen, aufteilen, einteilen, austeilen, mitteilen, die Mitteilung, zum Teil

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  • auftreiben verb; hat aufgetrieben, trieb auf 1. to find (in sense of hunting down, digging up)

    A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

    Vocab:

    treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

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  • auftreten verb; ist aufgetreten, trat auf 1. to put your foot down 2. to appear /to perform (going onto some kind of stage)

    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.

    Vocab:

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  • Auftreten, das noun; Plural: kein Plural 1. the demeanor

    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.

    Vocab:

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  • Auftrieb, der noun; Plural: Auftriebe 1. the push, to force upward under water

    A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

    Vocab:

    treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

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  • Auftritt, der noun; Plural: Auftritte 1. the show

    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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  • aufwachen verb; ist aufgewacht, wachte auf 1. to wake up (yourself)

    Today, we'll learn the difference between "aufwachen" and "(auf)wecken" and see when to use which. Special guest: "erwachen"

    Vocab:

    aufwachen, aufwecken, erwachen, wachen, die Wache

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  • aufwachsen verb; ist aufgewachsen , wuchs auf 1. to grow up (focus on growing and aging, usually for people)

    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.

    Vocab:

    wachsen, aufwachse, erwachsen, das Wachs, durchwachsen

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  • Aufwand, der noun; Plural: Aufwände 1. the total of work, material, money and time put into a task

    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

    Vocab:

    wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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  • aufwarten verb; hat aufgewartet , wartete auf 1. to serve, to come up with and to offer 2. to provide (rare)

    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.

    Vocab:

    warten, abwarten, erwarten, die Erwartung, die Wartungsarbeit, der Torwart

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  • aufwecken (wecken) verb; hat aufgeweckt, weckte auf 1. to wake up somebody

    Today, we'll learn the difference between "aufwachen" and "(auf)wecken" and see when to use which. Special guest: "erwachen"

    Vocab:

    aufwachen, aufwecken, erwachen, wachen, die Wache

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  • aufweichen verb; ist aufgeweicht , weichte auf 1. to weaken 2. to soften up something

    A fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

    Vocab:

    weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

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  • aufweisen verb; hat aufgewiesen, wies auf 1. to show, to have (in context of characteristics or short comings)

    A thorough look at the meaning of "weise" and its family and what proving has to do with hints, identity cards and wisdom. #mindblowing

    Vocab:

    weise, weisen, der Hinweis, der Ausweis, ausweisen, abweisen, einweisen, verweisen, beweisen, der Beweis, überweisen, ausnahmsweise, -weise

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  • aufwendig /aufwändig adjective 1. requiring lots of effort/work/time/… 2. sophisticated

    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

    Vocab:

    wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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  • aufwischen verb; hat aufgewischt , wischte auf 1. to wipe up something

    A fun look at the German verb "wischen" and its sometimes not so obvious prefix versions. Also, we'll learn the proper word for wiping one's butt and listen to classical music.

    Vocab:

    wischen, verwischen, erwischen, entwischen, jemandem eins auswischen

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  • aufziehen verb; hat aufgezogen, zog auf 1. to raise 2. to make fun of/to mocke

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • Aufzug, der noun; Plural: Aufzüge 1. elevator, dress

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • aufzwingen verb; hat aufgezwungen, zwang auf 1. to force something onto someone (jemandem etwas aufzwingen )

    A fun look at the meaning of "zwingen" and what forcing someone has to do with "two". Also: loads of useful related words :)

    Vocab:

    zwingen, der Zwang, der Gruppenzwang, aufzwingen, die Zwangsstörung, erzwingen, zwängen, reinzwängen, ...

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  • Augenmaß, das noun; Plural: kein Plural 1. a good sense of proportion/good judgement

    A fun look at the word "mäßig". It has a meaning on its own, but in colloquial German, it's a really common puzzle piece.

    Vocab:

    mäßig, messen, das Maß, in Maßen, sommermäßig

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  • Augenzeuge, der noun; Plural: Augenzeugen 1. the (eye)witness

    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.

    Vocab:

    das Zeug, der Zeuge, das Zeugnis, erzeugen, das Flugzeug, das Feuerzeug, das Spielzeug, überzeugen

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  • aus der Leitung phrase 1. from the tap

    "leiten" means "to lead". But what's the difference to "führen"? And what does leading have to do with tap water? This and more is what we'll find out today.

    Vocab:

    leiten, die Leitung, der Leiter, die Einleitung, umleiten, ableiten, begleiten,

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  • aus Spaß phrase 1. just for fun

    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)

    Vocab:

    der Spaß, Spaß machen, Spaß haben, aus Spaß, Spaß verstehen, bespaßen

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  • ausarten verb; ist ausgeartet, artete aus 1. to get out of hand (parties, discussions, meeting)

    A fun look at the meaning of the German words "die Art" and "die Kunst" and why only the second one actually means art.

    Vocab:

    die Art, die Tonart, die Tierart, artgerecht, artig, eigenartig, die Kunst, künstlich, der Künstler

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  • ausbilden verb; hat ausgebildet, bildete aus 1. to educate, to train (on the job)

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    das Bild, bilden, sich bilden, ausbilden, die Bildung, die Ausbildung, sich einbilden

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  • Ausbildung, die noun; Plural: Ausbildungen 1. the apprenticeship

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    das Bild, bilden, sich bilden, ausbilden, die Bildung, die Ausbildung, sich einbilden

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  • Auschlag, der noun; Plural: Ausschläge 1. the acne 2. Phrase: “being the determining factor for the decision” ("den Ausschlag geben")

    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.

    Vocab:

    schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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  • auseinanderklappen verb; hat auseinandergeklappt, klappte auseinander 1. to unfold

    "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.

    Vocab:

    klappen, die Klappe, zuklappen, aufklappen, Klappstuhl, klatschen

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  • auserlesen adjective 1. exquisite (for food, wine)

    "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.

    Vocab:

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

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  • Ausfall, der noun; Plural: Ausfälle 1. the failure, the loss, the outage, the default 2. lunge attack (in fencing)

    A quick look at the meanings of "ausfallen" and what cancelled meetings have to do with extraordinary dresses and electricity blackouts.

    Vocab:

    ausfallen, ausgefallen, der Ausfall, der Stromausfall, rausfallen

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  • ausfallen verb; ist ausgefallen, fiel aus 1. to fall out ( for hair and teeth) 2. to cancel (not take place although it was scheduled) 3. to falling out of service (phone or other technical device) 4. to turn out (reviews, financial balance reports, bottom lines, summaries, feedback decisions and tests)

    A quick look at the meanings of "ausfallen" and what cancelled meetings have to do with extraordinary dresses and electricity blackouts.

    Vocab:

    ausfallen, ausgefallen, der Ausfall, der Stromausfall, rausfallen

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  • ausfallend adjective 1. losing “professionality”, getting personally insulting

    A quick look at the meanings of "ausfallen" and what cancelled meetings have to do with extraordinary dresses and electricity blackouts.

    Vocab:

    ausfallen, ausgefallen, der Ausfall, der Stromausfall, rausfallen

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  • Ausgabe, die noun; Plural: Ausgaben 1. the issue (in sense of newspapers and magazines), the counter, the expense (usually in plural)

    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.

    Vocab:

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  • Ausgang, der noun; Plural: Ausgänge 1. the exit 2. the outcome, the result, the ending

    A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

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  • Ausgangslage, die noun; Plural: Ausgangslage 1. the initial/starting situation

    A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

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  • Ausgangssperre, die noun; Plural: Ausgangssperren 1. the curfew

    A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

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  • ausgeben verb; hat ausgegeben, gab aus 1. to spend 2. to buy a drink 3. to pass off as 4. to issue (specific contexts)

    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.

    Vocab:

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  • ausgefallen adjective 1. cancelled 2. unusual, extraordinary (for clothes and style)

    A quick look at the meanings of "ausfallen" and what cancelled meetings have to do with extraordinary dresses and electricity blackouts.

    Vocab:

    ausfallen, ausgefallen, der Ausfall, der Stromausfall, rausfallen

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  • ausgehen verb; ist ausgegangen, ging aus 1. to turn off by itself/be turned off 2. to go out (in town, to go party) 3. to end (in the context of stories) 4. to assume/expect/plan with something (von etwas ausgehen) 5. to run out of something (often money or time) (etwas geht jemandem aus )

    A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

    Vocab:

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  • ausgehend von adverb 1. assuming

    A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

    Vocab:

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  • Ausgehmeile, die noun; Plural: Ausgehmeilen 1. the shopping and party area in a city ( has a “touristy” undertone)

    A fun look at the various meanings of "ausgehen" and what party night has to do with assumptions. Also: what's up with "rausgehen".

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  • ausgeschlafen adjective 1. well-rested, awake 2. clever

    A quick look at the meaning of "ausschlafen" and its brothers "verschlafen" and "einschlafen". Also: some grammar... yawn!

    Vocab:

    ausschlafen, verschlafen, einschlafen

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  • ausgewachsen adjective 1. fully grown (almost exclusively used as an adjective for animals)

    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.

    Vocab:

    wachsen, aufwachse, erwachsen, das Wachs, durchwachsen

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  • ausgießen verb; hat ausgegossen, goss aus 1. to pour out

    A fun look at the meaning of "gießen" and its prefix versions. With lots of examples and a special guest.

    Vocab:

    gießen, der Guss, eingießen, ausgießen, vergießen, der Erguss

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  • ausgleichen verb; hat ausgeglichen, glich aus 1. to compensate or to balance

    A fun look at the meanings of "gleich" and why it's "equal" and "immediately" at the same time.

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  • Ausguss, der noun; Plural: Ausgüsse 1. the drain of a sink

    A fun look at the meaning of "gießen" and its prefix versions. With lots of examples and a special guest.

    Vocab:

    gießen, der Guss, eingießen, ausgießen, vergießen, der Erguss

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  • aushalten verb; hat ausgehalten, hielt aus 1. to bear, to put up with, to withstand, to deal with

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

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  • aushandeln verb; hat ausgehandelt, handelte aus 1. to negotiate with focus on outcome

    A fun look at the crazy family of "handeln" that connects ideas of trade, treatment, acting and negotiating. And hands :)

    Vocab:

    handeln, der Handel, verhandeln, behandeln, die Hand, der Händler, die Handlung

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  • ausklammern verb; hat ausgeklammert, klammerte aus 1. to exclude/to leave aside

    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

    Vocab:

    die Klammer, klammern, ausklammern, klemmen, klettern, kleben

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  • auskommen verb; ist ausgekommen, kam aus 1. to get by, to make do 2. to get along (with people)

    "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.

    Vocab:

    auskommen, rauskommen, die Auskunft, das Auskommen

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  • Auskommen, das noun; Plural: ohne Plural 1. the livelihood (somewhat rare, but definitely used in newspapers)

    "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.

    Vocab:

    auskommen, rauskommen, die Auskunft, das Auskommen

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  • auskundschaften verb; hat ausgekundschaftet , kundschaftete aus 1. to scout

    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.

    Vocab:

    der Kunde, sich erkundigen,kündigen, ankündigen, die Kündigung, die Urkunde

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  • Auskunft, die noun; Plural: Auskünfte 1. the information

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Zukunft, die Auskunft, die Ankunft, die Herkunft

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  • Auslage, die noun; Plural: Auslagen 1. the window display, shop window

    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...

    Vocab:

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  • Auslagen, die noun; Plural: ohne Plural 1. the expenditures

    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...

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  • Auslandsaufenthalt, der noun; Plural: Auslandsaufenthalte 1. the stay abroad

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

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  • auslassen verb; hat ausgelassen , ließ aus 1. to skip (for example lunch)

    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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  • auslegen verb; hat ausgelegt , legte aus 1. to put on display (for information material and possibly poisonous bait) 2. to design (only used in context of specs… not quality of design) 3. to interpret 4. to put down money that you’ll be reimbursed for later

    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...

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  • Auslegung, die noun; Plural: Auslegungen 1. the intepretation

    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...

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  • Auslegungssache, die noun; Plural: Auslegungssachen 1. the question of interpretation

    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...

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  • Auslegware, die noun; Plural: Auslegwaren 1. general term for stuff you can cover your floor with (for Example: carpet, rug, linoleum)

    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...

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  • auslenken verb; hat ausgelenkt, lenkte aus 1. to move something out of the normal position (mainly used in physics ) 2. to displace, to deflect

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

    Vocab:

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

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  • Auslenkung, die noun; Plural: Auslenkungen 1. the displacement, the elongation (for coil for example)

    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

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  • ausmachen verb; hat ausgemacht, machte aus 1. to turn off (for devices)

    "anmachen" is one of the most useful prefix verbs. Today, we'll explore the various meanings and see what connects them all. Also: ranmachen.

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  • ausmachen verb; hat ausgemacht, machte aus 1. to turn off, to switch off 2. to make out (distinguish, recognize) 3. to agree on X with Y (X mit Y ausmachen ) 4. to faze someone, to mind (mir/dir/… etwas ausmachen )

    A fun look at the various meanings of "ausmachen" and what turning something off has to do with agreements, findings and bothering. Also: rausmachen.

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  • Ausnahme, die noun; Plural: Ausnahmen 1. the exception

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Ausnahme, ausnehmen, rausnehmen, ausnahmsweise, ausgenommen

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  • Ausnahmezustand, der noun; Plural: Ausnahmezustände 1. the state of emergency

    You're in charge of the condition of your vocabulary. Go get what's rightfully yours - mean this article about the meaning of "zustehen" :).

    Vocab:

    zustehen, der Zustand, zuständig

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  • Ausnahmezustand, der noun; Plural: Ausnahmezustände 1. the emergency rule, the state of emergency

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Ausnahme, ausnehmen, rausnehmen, ausnahmsweise, ausgenommen

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  • ausnahmslos adjective 1. without exception

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Ausnahme, ausnehmen, rausnehmen, ausnahmsweise, ausgenommen

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  • ausnahmsweise adverb 1. as an exception, by way of exception, for once (NOT exceptionally in sense of outstanding quality) 2. apart from A, except for A, A excluded (A ausgenommen )

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Ausnahme, ausnehmen, rausnehmen, ausnahmsweise, ausgenommen

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  • ausnehmen verb; hat ausgenommen, nahm aus 1. to exclude, to exempt, to gut (rare; only in official language and when hunting or fishing)

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Ausnahme, ausnehmen, rausnehmen, ausnahmsweise, ausgenommen

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  • ausprobieren verb; hat ausprobiert, probierte aus 1. to try out

    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.

    Vocab:

    suchen, die Suche, versuchen, der Versuch, aussuchen, durchsuchen, untersuchen, besuchen, der Besuch

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  • ausrasten verb; ist ausgerastet , rastete aus 1. to snap, to explode, to go crazy (figurative for loosing control)

    A quick fun look at the meaning of "rasten" and why someone who did some "ausrasten" is far from beingy well rested after.

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    rasten, die Rast, ausrasten, der Rest, das Resteessen, restlich-, ausruhen

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  • Ausraster, der noun; Plural: Ausraster 1. the burst of anger, tantrum 2. phrase: something is making you crazy mad (phrase: etwas ist zum Ausrasten)

    A quick fun look at the meaning of "rasten" and why someone who did some "ausrasten" is far from beingy well rested after.

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    rasten, die Rast, ausrasten, der Rest, das Resteessen, restlich-, ausruhen

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  • ausräumen verb; hat ausgeräumt, räumte aus 1. to take stuff out of something 2. to empty

    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)

    Vocab:

    der Raum, Raum-, das Zimmer, räumen, aufräumen, umräumen

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  • Ausrede, die noun; Plural: Ausreden 1. the petty excuse

    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

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    die Schuld, schuldig, die Entschuldigung, (sich) entschuldigen, Schulden

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  • Ausrede, die noun; Plural: Ausreden 1. a white lie, an excuse 2. a lame or good excuse (faule oder gute Ausrede)

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    die Ausrede, die Entschuldigung, (sich) entschuldigen, ausreden (lassen), sich rausreden

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  • ausreichen verb; hat ausgereicht , reichte aus 1. to be enough

    A thorough look at the meaning and grammar of "reichen" and what "handing" has to do with "being enough" and "areas".

    Vocab:

    reichen, ausreichen, erreichen, der Bereich, hinreichend, ausreichend

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  • ausreichend adjective 1. sufficient

    A thorough look at the meaning and grammar of "reichen" and what "handing" has to do with "being enough" and "areas".

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    reichen, ausreichen, erreichen, der Bereich, hinreichend, ausreichend

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  • ausrufen verb; hat ausgerufen, rief aus 1. to exclaim, to declare (rare, context of declaring to the public)

    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.

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    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • Ausrufezeichen, das noun; Plural: Ausrufezeichen 1. the exclamation mark

    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.

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    rufen, der Ruf, anrufen, ausrufen, aufrufen, der Ruhm, berühmt, der Beruf, die Berufung

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  • ausruhen verb; hat ausgeruht , ruhte aus 1. to rest (sense of repose,sich ausruhen)

    A quick fun look at the meaning of "rasten" and why someone who did some "ausrasten" is far from beingy well rested after.

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    rasten, die Rast, ausrasten, der Rest, das Resteessen, restlich-, ausruhen

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  • ausschlafen verb; hat ausgeschlafen, schlief aus 1. to sleep in and to sleep as long as you want

    A quick look at the meaning of "ausschlafen" and its brothers "verschlafen" and "einschlafen". Also: some grammar... yawn!

    Vocab:

    ausschlafen, verschlafen, einschlafen

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  • ausschlagen verb; ist ausgeschlagen, schlug aus 1. to kick (horses) 2. to sprout (trees) 3. to move quickly (fingers of a gauge)

    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.

    Vocab:

    schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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  • ausschlaggebend adjective 1. crucial

    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.

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    schlagen, vorschlagen, einschlagen, der Vorschlag, der Ausschlag, Anschlag, der Umschlag, der Schlaganfall

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  • ausschütten verb; hat ausgeschüttet, schüttete aus 1. to pour out (rough)

    A fun look at the meaning of "gießen" and its prefix versions. With lots of examples and a special guest.

    Vocab:

    gießen, der Guss, eingießen, ausgießen, vergießen, der Erguss

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  • aussehen verb; hat ausgesehen, sah aus 1. to look (in sense of to have the physical appearance) 2. to look like (nach etwas/jemandem aussehen )

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    aussehen, das Aussehen, aussehend

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  • Aussehen, das noun; Plural: kein Plural 1. the appearance or the looks

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    aussehen, das Aussehen, aussehend

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  • Außen hui, innen pfui! phrase 1. (something is looking nice, but under the surface it's shit)

  • ausser conjunction 1. except

    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.

    Vocab:

    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • ausser conjunction 1. except, except for, but (the right case depends on role of the element in a sentence)

    A fun look at the meaning of "ausser" and how to use it. Special guests: "bis auf", "ausserdem" and dumb jokes.

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  • ausser sich sein phrase 1. to be freaked out (can be good an bad, "vor Freude, Angst")

    A fun look at the meaning of "ausser" and how to use it. Special guests: "bis auf", "ausserdem" and dumb jokes.

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  • ausserdem adverb 1. also, besides that, furthermore 2. Phrase: What else? (in stores) (Und ausserdem? )

    A fun look at the meaning of "ausser" and how to use it. Special guests: "bis auf", "ausserdem" and dumb jokes.

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  • aussergewöhnlich adjective 1. extraordinarily

    A thorough look at the meaning of "gewöhnen", the difference between "sich gewöhnen an" and "sich angewöhnen" and other useful related words.

    Vocab:

    gewöhnen, sich gewöhnen an, gewöhnlich, die Gewohnheit, sich abgewöhnen, sich angewöhnen, verwöhnen

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  • aussetzen verb; hat ausgesetzt, setzte aus 1. to skip a turn (mostly in board and card games) 2. to maroon, to plant, to abandon (etwas/jemanden aussetzen ) 3. to expose something/someone to something (etwas /jemanden (akk) einer Sache (dative) aussetzen ) 4. to criticize something about something/someone (etwas an etwas/jemandem aussetzen )

    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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  • aussteigen verb; ist ausgestiegen, stieg aus 1. to get out 2. to get off (for trains, cars and buses, but also in a more figurative sense for projects or processes)

    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.

    Vocab:

    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • ausstellen verb; hat ausgestellt, stellte aus 1. to turn off (not common - you can see it in a user manual. More common are ausmachen and abstellen) 2. to exhibit, to show at an exhibition

    A quick look at "ausstellen" and its two very different meanings. Also: the difference you never knew existed - rausstellen vs herausstellen

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  • Ausstellungseröffnung, die noun; Plural: Ausstellungseröffnungen 1. the vernissage/the gallery opening

    A quick look at "ausstellen" and its two very different meanings. Also: the difference you never knew existed - rausstellen vs herausstellen

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  • Ausstieg, der noun; Plural: Ausstiege 1. the getting out, the exit (for trains and stuff)

    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.

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    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • aussuchen verb; hat ausgesucht, suchte aus 1. to search out 2. to pick, to select or to choose

    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.

    Vocab:

    suchen, die Suche, versuchen, der Versuch, aussuchen, durchsuchen, untersuchen, besuchen, der Besuch

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  • aussuchen verb; hat ausgesucht, suchte aus 1. to choose

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    die Wahl, wählen, wählerisch, die Auswahl

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  • austeilen verb; hat ausgeteilt , teilte aus 1. to hand out, to dish out

    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.

    Vocab:

    teilen, verteilen, aufteilen, einteilen, austeilen, mitteilen, die Mitteilung, zum Teil

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  • austreiben verb; hat ausgetrieben, trieb aus 1. to “drive out” something (usually the devil or devil-like features)

    A thorough look at the meaning of 'treiben', all it's super common prefix versions and the connection to the English 'drive'. (*vocabulary increases)

    Vocab:

    treiben, der Trieb, antreiben, der Antrieb, auftreibe, abtreiben, die Abtreibung, vertreiben, übertreiben, die Übertreibung, der Betrieb

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  • austreten verb; ist ausgetreten, trat aus 1. to leave (in the context of parties, clubs and societies) 2. to take a dump (a tactful option)

    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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  • Auswahl, die noun; Plural: Auswahlen 1. the selection

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    die Wahl, wählen, wählerisch, die Auswahl

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  • auswählen verb; hat ausgewählt, wählte aus 1. to choose, to select, to pick out

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    die Wahl, wählen, wählerisch, die Auswahl

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  • auswandern verb; ist ausgewandert, wanderte aus 1. to emmigrate

    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

    Vocab:

    wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt

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  • auswaschen verb; hat ausgewaschen, wusch aus 1. to wash out

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    der Abwasch, abwaschen, waschen, Pfanne, Topf

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  • ausweichen verb; ist ausgewichen, wich aus 1. to dodge

    A fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

    Vocab:

    weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

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  • Ausweichtermin, der noun; Plural: Ausweichtermine 1. the alternative date/appointment

    A fun look at "weich", why it means soft and what it has to do with dodging a snowball, soaking beans and changing paths.

    Vocab:

    weich, weichen, die Weiche, ausweichen, einweichen, abweichen

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  • Ausweis, der noun; Plural: Ausweise 1. the ID card

    A thorough look at the meaning of "weise" and its family and what proving has to do with hints, identity cards and wisdom. #mindblowing

    Vocab:

    weise, weisen, der Hinweis, der Ausweis, ausweisen, abweisen, einweisen, verweisen, beweisen, der Beweis, überweisen, ausnahmsweise, -weise

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  • ausweisen verb; hat ausgewiesen, wies aus 1. to expel 2. to declare (in sense of label) (ausweisen als )

    A thorough look at the meaning of "weise" and its family and what proving has to do with hints, identity cards and wisdom. #mindblowing

    Vocab:

    weise, weisen, der Hinweis, der Ausweis, ausweisen, abweisen, einweisen, verweisen, beweisen, der Beweis, überweisen, ausnahmsweise, -weise

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  • auswirken verb; hat ausgewirkt, wirkte aus 1. It is similar to the effect-wirken but the aus underlines the idea of result or outcome

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    wirken, die Wirkung, wirklich, bewirken, die Wirklichkeit

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  • Auswirkung, die noun; Plural: Auswirkungen 1. the ramification

    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 :)

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    wirken, die Wirkung, wirklich, bewirken, die Wirklichkeit

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  • auswischen verb; hat ausgewischt , wischte aus 1. to wipe the inside of something 2. to take a jab at someone in a metaphorical way; to score off/to put one over (phrase: jemandem eins auswischen )

    A fun look at the German verb "wischen" and its sometimes not so obvious prefix versions. Also, we'll learn the proper word for wiping one's butt and listen to classical music.

    Vocab:

    wischen, verwischen, erwischen, entwischen, jemandem eins auswischen

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  • ausziehen verb; hat ausgezogen , zog aus 1. to pull out 2. to get undressed, to take off (sich ausziehen )

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • ausziehen verb; ist ausgezogen, zog aus 1. to move out

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • Auszug, der noun; Plural: Auszüge 1. the moving out, the excerpt

    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.

    Vocab:

    ziehen, ausziehen, anziehen, abziehen, umziehen, der Zug, der Anzug, ...

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  • Azubi (Auszubildender) , der noun; Plural: Azubis 1. the apprentice

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    das Bild, bilden, sich bilden, ausbilden, die Bildung, die Ausbildung, sich einbilden

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  • Badezimmer, das noun; Plural: Badezimmer 1. the bath room

    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)

    Vocab:

    der Raum, Raum-, das Zimmer, räumen, aufräumen, umräumen

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  • Bahnschranke, die noun; Plural: Bahnschranken 1. the railway gate, barrier

    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.

    Vocab:

    die Schranke, der Schrank, das Regal, schräg, einschränken, beschränken

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  • Bahnsteig, der noun; Plural: Bahnsteige 1. the train track (at the station, the part where people wait)

    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.

    Vocab:

    steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

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  • bald adjective 1. soon

    A quick look at the reason why German 'bald' and English 'bald' look alike but have NOTHING in common meaning wise. And a few words for balding men in German :)

    Vocab:

    bald, kahl, glatt, die Glatze

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  • Ballaststoff, der noun; Plural: Ballaststoffe 1. the fibre (ONLY in sense of nutrition!! Usually used in plural)

    A fun look at why fabric and die Fabrik are false friends and how to translate them. We'll also talk about der Stoff, and learn some word history.

    Vocab:

    die Fabrik, der Stoff, Sauerstoff, Wasserstoff, Rohstoff, Ballaststoff

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  • Bankwesen, das noun; Plural: no plural 1. the banking sector/industry/branch

    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 :).

    Vocab:

    das Wesen, das Lebewesen, wesentlich, abwesend, anwesend, das Unwesen

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  • Bar, das noun; Plural: Bars 1. the metric unit for pressure

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    bar, in bar, die Bar, das Bargeld,

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  • bar adjective 1. bare, not disguised, naked, pure 2. stripped of, devoid of or simply without (here as preposition)

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    bar, in bar, die Bar, das Bargeld,

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  • Bar, die noun; Plural: Bars 1. the bar

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    bar, in bar, die Bar, das Bargeld,

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  • Bär, der noun; Plural: Bäre 1. the bear

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    lieb, der Liebling, Lieblings-, der Schatz

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  • bar zahlen phrase 1. to pay cash (often also with "in":"Ich zahle (in) bar.")

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    bar, in bar, die Bar, das Bargeld,

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  • barfuss adjective 1. barefoot

    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 :)

    Vocab:

    bar, in bar, die Bar, das Bargeld,

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  • Bargeld, das noun; Plural: Bargelder 1. the cash

    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 :)

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    bar, in bar, die Bar, das Bargeld,

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  • Baumkunde, die noun; Plural: kein plural 1. the dendrology or tree lore

    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.

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    der Kunde, sich erkundigen,kündigen, ankündigen, die Kündigung, die Urkunde

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  • beabsichtigen verb; hat beabsichtigt, beabsichtigte 1. to plan, to intend

    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.

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    absehen, die Absicht, beabsichtigen, absichtlich

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  • beachten verb; hat beachtet, beachtete 1. to heed, to pay attention to , to not ignore (always needs a direct object, best thought of as "opposite of to ignore) 2. to ignore, not heed (nicht beachten)

  • beachtlich adjective 1. considerable, noteworthy

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