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Word of the Day – “die Schwelle”

In this episode:

A fun look at the meaning of "die Schwelle" and what doors have to do with ears and inhibitions. Also: some words for swellings.


schwellen, die Schwellung, die Schwiele, die Schwelle, schwül, schwul,...

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day, this time with a look at

die Schwelle


And I’m sure that based on the looks of it, many of you immediately thought of to swell.
But are things really as they seem?
I mean… looks can be deceiving, right?
But then again, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is one.
In fact, I’m curious as to just how suspicious you really are of German, so let’s do a little poll.

Is "schwellen" related to "to swell"? Or are looks deceiving?

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And now, let’s jump right in.