Category Archives: Word of the day

This section brings you the German word of the day and a round up on how to use it.

Word of the Day – “die Taste”

tasteHello everyone,

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

die Taste

And I have to say… I’m don’t have degree in seeing but to me Taste looks a LOT like taste. However, most of you probably know that the German word for taste is der Geschmack … or at least you know it’s something with smack or shmack or something.
Die Taste on the other hand means the key. Not in sense of lock, but in sense of buttons. A piano, a computer  keyboard, the new iPhone Press® … they all have Tasten.
Looks like German was dancing again. It has done the twist… haha… or has it? Let’s find out :)

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Prefix Verb Shorts – “Einkommen”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to another episode of our mini series about German Prefix Verbs. Today we’ll look at the meaning of

einkommen

and this verb is super special because… it has zero meanings. Tadah. Okay, I can’t rule out that it’s part of some regional dialect or that it has some other niche uses but in daily life it means nothing. Case closed. See you next week.
Nah… of course there’s a reason why we’re talking about this. For one thing there’s the noun das Einkommen which does mean income…  but the main reason why einkommen is worth a look is the fact that it’s a really really great example for the whole “prefix verb vs its r-version”-stuff. And if you’re now like “Wait, the what?” then this is for you :). Knowing what an r-version is, and having a feel for what it does what the prefix verbs usually DON’T do is really really helpful… or at least I think it is. So let’s take a look at this.  Continue reading

Prefix Verb Shorts – “anstellen”

anstellen-meaning-germanHello everyone,

and welcome to another episode of Prefix Verb Shorts. This time  we’ll take a look at

anstellen

and I can tell you right away… it won’t be that short this time because anstellen has almost ONE MILLION MEANINGS. Five if you want to know the exact number. And they’re about as incoherent as Inception I had rice for lunch my sentence… wait… what? Exactly!
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Word of the Day – “das Wesen”

wesen-meaning-imageHello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. And if you haven’t had an epiphany lately get ready for one because we’ll have a look at the meaning of

das Wesen

Okay… maybe epiphany was a bit too much. But we’ll definitely learn som ecool stuff. 
So, if you’e read fairy tales or fantasy novels in German, you probably know that a Wesen is a  creature or being.

  • Superman kämpft gegen ein Wesen aus Energie.
  • Superman fights a creature made from pure energy.
  • Pflanzen sind auch Lebewesen.
  • Plants are living beings too.

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Prefix Verb Shorts – “auflegen”

auflegen-meaning-germanHello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of German Prefix Verb Shorts. This time we’ll have quick look at the meanings of

auflegen

Auf can add two notions to a verb: on-top-ness and open-ness. And in combination with legen, which is to lay we’re only dealing with the former. Only that? Wouldn’t to lay open make sense, too? Yes, in theory. But the verb for that is offenlegen. So… the auf in auflegen is really just about on-top-ness. Does auflegen just mean to lay something on top of something? Well, if you know German Prefix Verbs a bit then you know that there’s probably a little twist to that. Not crazy one this time, just a bit. So, are you ready to take a look? Great.
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