Advent Calendar 19 – Prefix To Hold

Written By: Emanuel Updated: February 22, 2020



Hallo Leute,

welcome back to our Advent Calendar, door number ___ . And today it’s once again your turn.
Yup, we’ll do another exercise. And this time, it is again about vocabulary, specifically … prefix verbs.
Yeah, I know your chest wants to burst with excitement. Go ahead, do it! Whether you’re in your car, in the office or in an elevator. Scream it like you’re on an open field.
We’ll do the same type of work out that we did a few days ago with gehen, but this time we’ll use the base verb


If you haven’t done the first one, here’s the idea:

I’ll give you ten sentences in English and you have to find which prefix version of halten is needed for each of them.
Of course, if you feel like it, you can also try and translate them, but the main point is finding the right verb in German.

Some of them are pretty easy, but there are a few in there that you probably never heard of.
So to make it a little bit less frustrati ..    even more more fun, I’ll give you a list of the verbs that are used in this work out below the work out.
But try to do it on your own first, please.
Solutions are in the audio or just mark the yellow to see them.
Viel Spaß.
Oh, by the way, the whole work out is Christmas themed ;)


  1. The reindeer stops the sledge.
    Das Rentier hält den Schlitten an.

  2. The reindeer sticks to the rules.
    Das Rentier hält die Regeln ein.

  3. The reindeer holds the door open for me. (thanks, bro!)
    Das Rentier hält mir die Tür auf. (“für mich” is also okay)

  4. The reindeer prevents/keeps me from working.
    Das Rentier hält mich vom Arbeiten ab.

  5. If it wants to be on time, the reindeer has to hurry.
    Wenn es pünktlich sein will, muss sich das Rentier ranhalten.


  6. The reindeer is heckling at the comedy show because it couldn’t take/stand the bad jokes anymore.
    Das Rentier ruft bei der Comedy-Show dazwischen weil es die schlechten Witze nicht mehr ausgehalten hat.

  7. When Santa Clause and his elves are fighting, the reindeer stays out of it.
    Wenn der Weihnachtsmann mit seinen Elfen streitet, hält sich das Rentier raus.

  8. The reindeer holds his nose, because Santa is smoking pipe again.
    Das Rentier hält sich die Nase zu, weil Santa wieder Pfeife raucht.

  9. The reindeer talks the whole evening about Gender studies with the elves.
    Das Rentier unterhält sich den ganzen Abend mit den Elfen über Gender-Studies.

  10. When partying, the reindeer drinks very fast. It is hard to keep up.
    Wenn es feiert, trinkt das Rentier sehr schnell. Es ist schwer, mitzuhalten.

verbs used (some are used twice):

aufhalten, zuhalten, sich ranhalten, mithalten,
sich raushalten, aushalten, anhalten, abhalten

And, how’d you do? How many did you know? And do you know other prefix versions of halten? Let me know in the comments and if you dare, you can even make an example.
Schönen Tag euch und bis morgen.

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