Category Archive for: ‘Vocabulary’

Bad German Words

Seven German words that sound bad, but aren’t

German and English derive from the same base language so they have a great many similarities. I always tell new students that they should seek to make connections between English and German but also other words – especially newer so-called

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Degrees of Friendship and Relationships in German

Because of Switzerland’s strict immigration laws it used to be when you asked non-Swiss why they were in Switzerland the answer would usually be one of two things: 1. work, 2. love. With the Schengen-Dublin agreement that changed and more

Hitze

Heiss, Hitze, Heizen – Words for heat in German

Summer has returned to Zurich and like in so much of the world today seemed to come right after winter, though this year most of us in Northern Switzerland were left wondering, what winter? Of course with summer come the

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

Toll Prima Geil

Supergeiler Artikel – Expressing enthusiasm and admiration in German

The other day my friend was walking her dog in Zurich when a man spray painting a wall along the Limmat yelled after her “geiler Arsch” (nice ass). She was shocked, and I’m surprised that the dog didn’t bite the

Kaufen Vs. Einkaufen

Kaufen vs. Einkaufen — Shopping made easy

The holiday season is again upon us. For many that means parties (Partys), family (Familie), and shopping (shoppen?). I’ve question marked the word shoppen because it’s the idea I want to clarify in todays post. Students always ask me, “When

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Giving Thanks in German — German Thanksgiving Vocabulary

This coming Thursday (Donnerstag) Americans in the United States and all over the world will once again celebrate their Thanksgiving festival (das Erntedankfest; literally festival in thanks of the harvest). Next to Christmas (Weihnachten) this is one of the most

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