Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2014’

Versuchen Vs. Probieren

Probieren vs. Versuchen – Sometimes you just need to try

A few weeks ago at our Stammtisch one of our Stammgäste was ordering a beer from the giant list of speciality brews featured at Fork and Bottle and asked, “Darf ich das Bier bitte versuchen, bevor ich es bestelle?” I

German Animal Expressions

Pig-dogs, Pony Farms, and Monkey Theaters – Expressions in German

When you get to know a language well enough you discover that no matter how boring your teachers may have made them out to be or how simply rediculous à la Eddy Izzard’s “Le singe est sur la branche” they

Tastsinn

Die fünf Sinne Teil 6 Tasten – Touching in German

The final sense that we can all agree on that we have is that of touch (Tastsinn). The verb that you can use the most for to touch is berühren. In Swiss-German we would say aaglänge. Because this word has

Schmecken In German

Die fünf Sinne Teil 5 Schmecken – Tasting in German

Once you’ve smelled a delicious wine, a Riesling or a Pinot perhaps, you can’t wait to taste it. Schmecken is the sense of taste. As we learned above the Swiss-German word for riechen is schmöcke and that same word is

Riechen

Die fünf Sinne Teil 4 Riechen – Smelling in German

Riechen is an interesting verb and sense. Most of our taste (Geschmackssinn) comes from our ability to smell (riechen). That’s why wine enthusiasts spend so much time smelling wine. The verb is not terribly complicated until you move to Switzerland,

Hören

Die fünf Sinne Teil 3 Hören – Hearing in German

Hearing is an important sense when it comes to learning any language. The best thing you can do to improve your listening comprehension is to listen to more German be it TV programs, people in cafés, or radio broadcasts. Check

Sehen Der Erste Sinn

Die fünf Sinne Teil 2 Sehen – Seeing in German

Seeing in German should be simple, but with the verb taking so many potential prefixes (z.B. ansehen, versehen, nachsehen) and synonyms for sehen (z.B. blicken, gucken, kieken, kucken, schauen, lugen usw.) it can get a little confusing. To keep it

Die Fünf Sinne

Die fünf Sinne Teil 1 der Sinn – The five senses in German

Before we even learn to walk let alone speak we learn how to trust our senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing. Because our senses determine so much of how we perceive the world, it’s important for us to be able

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