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1.
to sense, to feel
(tactile, intuition, more primal, raw, direct side of "to feel")
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Word of the Day - "spüren"

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


The meaning and use of "(sich) fühlen"

"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


Word Family

Root: *spere-

The core idea of the root (according to English sources) was:

ankle

German sources have the meaning for focused on motion and describe it as

twitching with the foot, unrest

In German, it shifted toward a sense of tracking (by foot) and then kept going toward the sense of perceiving.

English doesn’t have many relatives – spur, spoor, spurn.
They haven’t shifted their meaning as much, so they’re still somewhat close to ankle or to a broad sense of twitching.

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