and welcome to our German Word of the Day. I have to write about noch. Still. I haven’t done it yet. I keep saying “I’ll do it soon.” whenever someone asks for it and then… well…. It is quite a burden, that word. So I figured the easiest way to deal with this is… to talk about something entirely different and forget about the whole thing for another week. And if you are frowning now… well perfect. Because today, we’ll do another Style Special, that is, we’ll look at lot of new vocabulary that we can forget… uhm… I mean… use….. and our subject this time is
Okay… we’ll not really talk about facial expressions as in what they express… like… anger or surprise. We will look at kind of the tools for that…. at the very basic moves you can do like smiling or blinking. By the way, the German word for facial expressions is die Mimik not to be confused with mimic… they’re false friends… well, actually they are really really good friends, they even work together. They’re just not brothers… but anyway. Let’s get right into it and face what you can do with your … face… yeah… that was lame, I know…
The German word for eye is das Auge and it is one of my favorite German words. Others are Lied , weinen , Tau or Steuerrückerstattung and I really like how they sound. But anyway… Continue reading
and welcome to our German Word of the Day. Winter is coming. But first it’s fall. Autumnnm. Herbst. The weather gets colder, the people grumpier. And as the days get shorter so do the words. Today we’ll have a look at the meaning of
Of course so is related to the English word so. But that is deceiving because the words are actually so different that German so is often NOT a good translation for English so. Today we’ll find out why and when. And we’ll find out what so is used for. But let’s start with a look at the very core of the word…
So is incredibly super hyper mega common. Yes. It is THAT common. At it’s heart, so is the sister of da. And you know how common da is I guess :).
But what does that mean exactly.. being the sister of da?
You see… in every language there are a handful of the same basic questions you can ask about an activity. I am talking about when, where, who, what, why and how.
Now… for each of those questions there is a potropit… tropopytic… uh… basic answer. An empty sound that gets its meaning entirely from context or from a hand gesture or something. Here’s what I mean….
and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time we will have a look at the meaning of
Radio is a visual medium… uh… I mean a visual large. Wait… I am confused… I… I think (like Justin Timberlake) I have a still on my brain… or was it the result of a still on my brain… I don’t know… I think the latter. Anyway… so Steve my producer has been to a seminar in Canada over the weekend called “Holyshit learning” and besides 967 pictures which we all had to look at during the daily meeting he brought back som.. what?… oh it was called “Holistic learning”.. oh okay… I don’t know what that means though… anyway. So Steve thinks, since we’re on the radio here, it would be great to rely a little less on just explaining and work with a acoustical impressions a little more instead… well… he’s the boss so here we go. Here’s our first sound.
and welcome to German Prefixes Explained. And today it is time for the second part of the prefix:
In part 1 (here : ver part 1), we’ve learned a little about the history of ver- and we found the über old Indo-European root *per. The basic idea of that was the going beyond a boundary…. and it is still very much present in ver.
“the essence of ver“
This idea is so vague that it can be interpreted in numerous ways…
Crossing the boundaries of spellyng is wrong, crossing the boundary of friendship after a night out is change and crossing the boundary to another country or continent means being away… at least from the perspective of the ones left behind.
Last time , we already looked at the wrong-ver with its weird grammar so today, we’ll see what we can do with the other two ideas and if they are helpful in anyway. And to do that we’ll basically look at lot of ver-verbs… an a-ver-lanche of ver-bs we could say. Seriously… there are so many ver-words in German. If you wrote them one after the other the resulting chain of words would be 10 times the distance between the ea… oh wait, we have a call, hold on… this is “German is Easy”, you’re on the air.
“Hi my name is Jenny Chopper, great to be on the show…”
Hi Jenny, great to talk to you, what can I do for you…
“So… I am a mother and I made my kid want to learn a language.”
That’s great. All kids should must want to learn a language…
“Yeah… so… I was thinking German because it sounds like Elves singing…”
“Well… the thing is that my son is apparently allergic to ver … we just had to move away Vermont, because his face would be red all the time, you know. Now that you said, that ver is so common in German I was wondering if it is advisable for him to learn German and also I was wondering what you think of soy-ver? Is that any good?“
Great question Jenny… I get asked that a lot. German is indeed very ver-y … much more than Spanish, although it is maybe more visual there, but as you already suggested you soy-ver totally works as an alternative…. you can order it directly from here: Amazon.
“Oh awesome… thank you so much.”
I think… I think I drink too much coffee.
Oh god, this prefix is killing me. Just a warning…. this won’t be a short list today of “ver does this this and this”. I want to try and give you a feeling for the prefix and we’ll look at a lot of words. It’ll be very long… but it’ll also be boring, so it’s okay…
and welcome to another episode of German Prefixes Explained. A few weeks ago I asked you which prefix you want to talk about next. The results were no surprise. And so today we’ll talk about what is maybe the most confusing and yet most common one of them all, the prefix to end all prefixes, the chosen ONE, the last verb-bender, the Higgs-prefix itself…
A prefix so elusive, you cannot ever get a hold of it… you have to just accept. Let it flow. So let’s take a minute, shall we. Get into comfortable position. Turn on some stereotypical new age cra.. uh …meditation music HERE … yeah. So soothing. Let’s just relax. Why explain, what can be best experienced. Breathe innnn… hhhhhhhhhhhh. Breeeeeeeathe …. out. Pfffffffffffffffff. Goooood. We’re relaxed now. All our stress, all our language anxiety …hhhhhhhhhhhh….. we exhale it….. pfffffffffffffffffff…. and it is gone. We’re deeply relaxed now. Our mind is open now… German is our friennnnd. Prefixes… they are our friennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnDs. Ver …. is our very very bestest friend. It is beautiful. Let’s now marvel at it … Continue reading