Advent Calendar 22 – “My new App”

 

My new app

Hallo ihr lieben,

and welcome back to our Advent Calendar, door number 22 with the title

My new app

Now, if you’ve been following the calendar you’ll have noticed that the titles are usually somewhat cryptic or even misleading and you might expect this one to be anything…. except a new app.
But in this case, it’s actually true.
I do have a new app. And I need some of you as 

beta testers :)

Wooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooo!
Now you’re of course all wondering, what kind of app.
Well, do you remember those two exercises we did in the calendar where you had to pick the right prefix verb? Turned out that was quite hard because prefix verbs with their many random meanings are pretty damn confusing and they don’t get enough attention.
Sure, we’ve talked about the most important ones here in detail, but what’s missing is a good, quick, comprehensive reference.
And that’s what my app is going to be!
It’s basically basically a cross between my explanations and a dictionary… or as I like to call it…

“Explictionary”

A normal dictionary just gives you all the translations and maybe some examples. But translations are often misleading because you need to know the specific context and sometimes there just isn’t a direct translation.
My app takes a different approach.
It’s not the translations that are in the center, it’s the underlying ideas. Each prefix verb is broken down into distinct core ideas, that each may have several similar translations. Some verbs just have one, others have like three or four.
For each core idea, you get a short description of it, its grammar (if specific) and what it has to do with the prefix and the base-verb.
Once you understand the idea and WHY the verb has it, remembering the translation will be much more intuitive.  Much like I do in the articles of my Prefix Verb Series, just shorter.
For each idea, you also get grammar information, related words and examples with translations and audio, so you can see the idea in practice.
And you also get the r-version (if there is one). So the entry for aufgehen actually CONTAINS the word raufgehen.
And to top it of, you can also look at the base verbs themselves and at the prefixes.
AND you can leave comments for each entry, so we can clear up anything that needs clearing up.

So yeah… it’s basically THE reference for prefix verbs that you’ve always wanted :).
Here’s a screenshot…

Click here, for some more impressions (jpeg)
(view 1 is the prefix view, 2 is the prefix verb and 3 is the base verb)

This is the entry for the verb ausgehen. It’s one of the verbs with the most ideas. But hey, when you look it up on dict.cc you get like 40 translations just for the verb (and phrasings with the verb).
Group “m” list more noteworthy uses and words that don’t fit any of the other groups. And “r” is the entry for rausgehen.

Now… I have only made entries for gehen and nehmen so far, and only for six (I think) prefixes. And the whole thing itself is still very much in beta, so the navigation and the interface and everything needs work.
But that’s mainly why I wanted to get your feedback, so I can actually do it in a way that YOU find useful.
So yeah… I’d like to invite about 20  of you guys as beta testers.
Why not everyone?
Because of server resources, security and also to build up suspense :)!

What do you have to do to apply?

Just leave a comment telling me one random piece of information about you. Can be your hair color. Can be what you had for dinner. Can be what you’re wearing. Can be a story from your life. Can be what kind of toothbrush you prefer. Anything, as long as it’s PERSONAL!
It’s Christmas, god damnit :). 

If you’re a beta tester, I’ll contact you with more details.
So yeah… that was my big surprise for this calendar :). Let me know in the comments if you like the idea and if you would use the app.
I’m really curious for all your feedback!! Schönen Tag euch, und bis morgen.

 

Now… one more thing:
I kept calling the whole thing an app. That is wishful thinking. In actuality it is a wordpress based website at this point. So you need to be online to use it.
Making a native app you can download from the app store is beyond what I can do with my coding skills :).

for members :)

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Amerikanerin
Amerikanerin

Wow! I love this! Instead of the gerillion definitions found in the dictionary, we get an Emfinition, which is a comprehensible definition of how the word is really used.

Brilliant!

Endlich!

Bran
Bran

Sometimes, I put cereals in my coffee. I find that doing both separately takes much longer and it just annoys me having to switch back and forth between the two breakfast “activities”. Or I just eat a banana.

Francesca Greenoak
Francesca Greenoak

Excellent idea. I’d kind of been putting together my own reference from your – in context – sentences. I’m really looking forward to this. By the way
– My phone keeps turning itself off.
You really need the reflexive here.
I’d love to help with your project.
I love apple trees.l
All best
Francesca

Grant Rogero
Grant Rogero

I am a physician married to a first generation (born) German Amerikanerin. Her parents haben aus Deutschland ungefähr 1958 gekommen. She has taught both our grown boys die deutsche Sprache seit sie geboren got. They verstehen ihre Großeltern auf Deutsch but sprachen nur ein bisschen. Vor zwei Jahre, we were in Deutschland. Alle waren Deutsch sprechen außer me. Ich habe left out gefühlt. Ich habe gesacht, ob they do it can, so can I. I have since dedicated my free time to learning her native language. How hard could it be? I went to medical school afterall. Antwort: SEHR SCHWER. I need all the help I can get.

Ubungmachtdenmeister
Ubungmachtdenmeister

Schöne Idee. Ein emanuref wie du willst. Nächste Jahr werde ich zum Chef befördert. Seit lange habe ich schon die Arbeit gemacht. Jetzt werde ich aber endlich direkt dafür bezählt. Schönen Tag noch.

Scott Clark
Scott Clark

I am a 40-year-old, redheaded, father of four who has been to Germany 6 times (and is going again in 2019.) I’ve never had formal training in Deutsch, but can carry on a conversation (broken though it may be) in the language. I have a BA in English composition and a M.Ed. in marriage and family counseling and do a lot of work with international students.

Tonygwien
Tonygwien

oh my god this is brilliant! i gave up my dreary life in London a year ago and moved to Vienna to pursue a life goal of getting to grips with German. To try to really get a deep “feel” for new words have written charts of verbs and prefixes, inspired by your blog! and a new reference and learning Zeug is just what i need for Christmas!

Amerikanerin
Amerikanerin

Oh my god! Vienna! Have you heard the pod “Stammtisch” with Kenneth B. Sweet and his friend Meyerhofer? They hang out at bars in Vienna, as well – 19 podcasts, all about German grammar and vocab – if you like this site, you’ll enjoy Stammtisch. Google Stammtisch Kenneth B. Sweet.

Tonygwien
Tonygwien

Ah super tipp! Danke Amerikanerin

Amy

I’m intrigued. And I love cats!

Ron
Ron

Wow that’s awesome, I am german myself and have the gut-feeling, that this app could be pretty interesting even for a mother-tongueler. So, i love a good chunk of Dresdener Xmas Stollen for this special time of the year and it definitely should have coin-sized marcipan pieces in it. Thanks professor!

patrik.osgnach
patrik.osgnach

Ich melde mich freiwillig dazu. Bin Italiener, wohne in Österreich seit 2016 und vorgestern sagten zu viele Frauen mir, dass ich Deutsch zu gut spreche (d. h. ich habe in 3 Jahren viel gelernt). Das machte mir Angst. Frohe Weihnachten :)

sgreffmn
sgreffmn

I have pink hair. Merry Christmas!

Hanka
Hanka

That’s an amazing idea! I really suck at using prefix verbs, so an “app” like this would be incredibly useful.
I’ve been keeping a diary since I was 15, now I’m 30 and I still do it, in a kind of scrapbooky way, complete with tons of pictures and song lyrics and movie tickets and recipes and stuff. I’ve got a big box full of diaries, one for each year, and next week I’ll be doing the finishing touches on the current notebook and preparing a new one for 2019, which I’m pretty excited about :)

Franzi
Franzi

Herrlich!! Was für eine gute Idee! Ich wäre gerne Beta-Testerin. Ähm, mein Lieblingstier ist der Waschbär. Sie sind schlau, schön, spielerisch, und sie haben den Sinn für Humor!

Jill Roberts Psychic Medium

Hi! I would love to be a beta tester! Besides my love for all things metaphysical and crystals, I have a special affinity for the German language! I grew up and still live in NYC in a neighborhood that was known as Kleindeutschland until the early ’90s. Now it’s just referred to as the Upper East Side. It’s such a shame because growing up in Kleindeutschland was so magical especially during Christmas time. Please consider me as a beta tester because I desperately wants to better my German.

guardiancrescent
guardiancrescent

My eardrums can’t heal on their own and I would love to be a beta tester.

duuuudeZ
duuuudeZ

Ich bin der Größte. Das sage ich zumindest wenn ich ein Brettspiel gewinne.

Kevin
Kevin

Mein Libelingshobby ist Triathlon

alex
alex

I eat the whole apple!

Mimi
Mimi

I need this app!
Random thing about me #1: I have a kitten, named Karl.
#2Favorite color: green
#3 I love poppyseeds. Esp poppyseed cake.

ALISON BORELLI
ALISON BORELLI

The other morning I was trimming fat off of a pork shoulder while listening to German pop songs (thank you, Alexa). I would love to be a beta.