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Word of the Day - "treffen"

A fun look at the weird double meaning of "treffen" and the difference between "treffen" and "sich treffen".

German Prefix Verbs Explained - "zufallen"

What do a closing door and random coincidence have in common? They both relate to the German verb "zufallen". Today, we'll find out why.


zufallen, der Zufall, zufällig, zufälligerweise

Word Family

Root: *pol-

The core idea of this root was:


It doesn’t have any other relatives besides to fall and fallen (and “to fell” and “fällen”) in German and English and it is notably absent from the Latin branch of the Indo-European family. There, the word for falling was *kadere, which is the origin of words like cadence, incident or case.

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