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Meanings

1.
to select, to choose
(formal, for colloquial choosing "aussuchen" is the better word)
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2.
to elect, to vote
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Opposite: enthalten
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3.
to dial
(for phones)
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The meaning of "wohl"

A fun look at the meaning(s) of "wohl", it's various uses in every day German and why they are so freaking random. Seriously, what a mess this word is...

Vocab:

wohl, wohlhabend, obwohl, wohl wahr, sehr wohl, wohl kaum, wer wohl, zum Wohl


Word of the Day - "die Wahl"

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


Word of the Day - " die Stimme"

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,


The meaning of "suchen" (and its prefix versions)

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


Word Family

Root: *u̯el-

The core idea of this root was:

wanting, choosing

English relatives are will and the Latin branch around volare (to want) with words like voluntary and volition.

In German, both core themes survived, one as wollen (to want) and the other one as wählen (to choose).

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