Word of the Day – “lassen”

lassen-meaning-germanHello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time we’ll, finally… at long last :),  have a look at the meaning of

lassen

Lassen is very important verb and it is just as confusing for many learners. Sometimes it’s to let, sometimes it’s to leave sometimes andsometimes is used for some kind of passive or something. Oh and then there are the prefix versions of lassen, for example the infamous verlassen which means to leave - except when YOU are trying to  use it in a sentence. Then it’s usually wrong.
So… we have lots to talk about. We’ll start with lassen and we’ll see that all the meanings actually boil down to one very simple idea. Then we’ll look at two peculiar uses of lassen and talk about the most important prefix versions  and at the end of all that we’ll have a masters degree in Lassenology…. and maybe a slight headache :).
So… are you ready to dive in and find out just what is up with lassen? Then let’s goooo. Continue reading

Word of the Day – “lesen”

lesen-germanHello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time we’ll have a look at the meaning of:

lesen

Now you’re like “Hey … I think there’s a typo. You want to talk about lassen, right?”
No, I don’t… well… yes I do, but not today.
“But come on…we know what lesen  means. Lesen is boring.”
I know. It does sound like a boring word. Heck, reading itself is quite boring to begin with. So reading about reading must be super mega boring. But let’s not think of it as boring, let’s think of it as … uhm… relaxing. Soothing. And hey… even on a slow walk in the park one might find a most beautiful flower…. that’s from my new aphorism book by the way.
But seriously, last week we talked about a book and about etymology and lesen kinda sorta fits right in. So are you ready to dive right in at full bore?
I mean full speed?
Cool.

The English word  to read is related to  riddle and reason as well as to the German  verb raten (I’ll add a link to the WotD – “raten” below). The core of this very old family is some sort of reasoning. The word to read fits right in there because in essence it describes the process of interpreting or making sense of weird signs… be it coffee ground, musical notes or the scribbles that your loved one referred to as a “shopping list”… gee, I got buller and mulk but I have no idea what “flonr” is. Continue reading

German Review of the Day – “Intuitive vocabulary”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a review special. In these specials I review something that has to do with language learning, be it an app or a website or a book. Today it’s a book and it deals with… learning vocabulary. Ugh.
Learning vocabulary. That brings back memories…

“And on Thursday we’ll do a little vocabulary quizz, so make sure you to
learn the words on page 121.”

“WHAAAAT? 20 French words in 3 days is too much… oh and why are we speaking English in French class.”

I really hated it in school. And I think few people really enjoy it.  Learning vocabulary – the mega chore of language learning.
But just like the Super Micro Pore space tested Sponge can clean out burnt milk just without detergent and water the book we’ll look at today can make learning new words as easy as eating… almost. Continue reading

Word of the Day – WitD – “verwirren vs. verwechseln”

verwirren-verwechseln-diffeHello everyone,

and welcome to another Word of the Day, or to be more precise a What is the difference special. And today we’ll look two words that both mean to confuse. Today, we’ll look at the difference between

verwirren and verwechseln

And since that difference isn’t a big deal at all we’ll also take a look at how to say confusing and confused because there’s a lot of …  confusion.
So… are you ready to untangle some hair, to descramble some eggs, to unravel some Debussy?…. (man… that was so clever)….
Are you ready for all this?
Cool. Continue reading

Word of the Day – “mit”

mit-prefix-meaning-germanHello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time we’ll have a look at the meaning of

mit

Mit means with. Let’s do an example.

  • Kaffee  mit Vollmilch.
  • Coffee with whole milk.

And that’s that. Just good ol’ literal translation. Hooray. And what’s even better is that we don’t have to worry about what case to use because… they all are equally correct with mit… okay they’re not. Mit needs Dative. But at least it’s easy to remember.. mit dem…  starts with “em” and ends with “em”. So, bottom line… mit  – simple, honest, literal.
Best preposition ever!
Now, of course mit wouldn’t be a Word of the Day if there wasn’t anything interesting to say about it. Mit is a really really cool prefix. There are so many uber common mit-verbs that are used every single day, and yet all those dumb text books miss out on them. Hey… hey beginners-book, I don’t care what bell pepper means!
Anyway…so, today we’ll take a look at some of the most common mit-verbs and along the way, we’ll discover the 2 main aspects mit can add to a verb. Sounds good?
Cool.

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