German Vocab

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Using "Von" instead of "An"

I have seen this sentence in a German newspaper:"Er ist an der Krankheit Ebola gestorben" Would it be wrong to use “von” instead of “an”?

0 replies - Last post by RexV - December 6, 2022

Warum gehst du nicht ans Telefon

How common is this sentence when asking someone why they have not answered the phone?

0 replies - Last post by RexV - December 6, 2022

How common is it to say "Du liegst falsch / Sie liegen falsch"

How common is this sentence in German when saying someone is wrong?

0 replies - Last post by RexV - December 6, 2022

When "Wie" means "When"

Hi there, I have seen this sentence in a book with German sentences translated to English. "Die Enttäuschung war groß, wie die Mannschaft verloren hat" In the book the sentence was translated to the following:"The disappointment was huge when the team los...

0 replies - Last post by RexV - December 6, 2022

Im Zuge von vs. infolge

Hi there, I have been looking up these two words:1. Im Zuge von2. Infolge I have checked out both words with https://www.leo.org/german-english/. The first means “in the course of” and the other means “as a result of”. Is it fair to say that both words ar...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 1, 2022

Bloss

Hi AllWas doing some revision. Was intrigues to see bloss (eszett) means naked, just and only. Made me smile. I guess all about context.Maxie.

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - November 28, 2022

Colour coding nouns for gender

I wonder if anyone has tried colour coding nouns for gender on flash cards. I saw this suggested on a germman learning web site. eg red - feminine, blue - masuline, green - neuter This can be done with Anki and Quizlet appears to have it in the paid versi...

20 replies - Last post by AJ-Rocket-Languages - November 17, 2022

vocabulary lesson 9.2

Hallo nochmalHave looked up the meaning of unheimlich and it says weird, creepy or sinister. Why is it used in theis sentence. “Oh ja, ich ​reise unheimlich gerne.”Cannot finfdmultiple explanation for this word.DankeSebongela

2 replies - Last post by Maxie - September 27, 2022

vocabulary play the part

HiIn Play the part German “Scheiben ” is used for a slice. Can this word be used interchangebly with “Stu(”)ck  ThanksSebongela

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - September 27, 2022

die der das

Hallo ZusammenSomething I have foind useful is highlighting and saving vocabulary. Not so much for remembering what words mean, but when I add the translation I put in the gender of the noun. This helps to to remember what the gender of the nouns are if I...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - August 9, 2022

Der Zug/ Die Bahn

Hallo ZusammenIn the lessons have come across Die Bahn and der Zug.Can either of these be used to refer to the train? DankeSebongela

2 replies - Last post by Maxie - July 14, 2022

1.6 gnädig - indulgent

Leider bin ich informiert das gnädig übersetzt nicht ‘indulgent’ heißt sondern ‘gracious/merciful’ und ist sehr sehr selten benuzt (wirklich nur in Gebeten).

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - July 6, 2022

22.5 read the signs -translation?

From 22.5 read the signs Einfahrt freihaltenStay Clear Shouldn't this be something like “Keep the entrance clear”?

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 29, 2022

lesson 7.2

In lesson 7.2 they use the word “leihen” to rent. Can one also use "mieten. In other words can be used interchangeably.ThanksSebongela

2 replies - Last post by Maxie - May 25, 2022

Die Frau, die Ehefrau

Hi Die Ehefrau vs die FrauDer Ehemann vs der MannIs one more commonly used, is it regional or one more formal than the other?Thanks againSebongela

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 8, 2022

Play the Part "Cash or card"

Hi In Cash or card there are several words for ReceiptDer Beleg, DIe quitting, der Kassenbon and der Kassenzettel. Are these used in different regions of Germany or just in different situationsThanksSebongela

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - March 23, 2022

Series "Jaguar" on Nettflix

Have discovered a searies set in Spain. Has got German subtitles as well as audio. English too. Have bben listening in Italian and then looked at languages availabel- quite the selectionAll bits help, although the German audio is still a bit fast for me, ...

0 replies - Last post by Maxie - March 22, 2022

Buchstabe vs brief

Hallo zusammenMy penfriend explained that BUchstabe has 2 meanings, but did not understand her explanation. Have tried to find an explanation, but have not.Would anyone be able to give me more clarity.Vielen Dank Sebongela

10 replies - Last post by gottahaveajava - February 8, 2022

Kuchen vs torte

Was watching a video on youtube about Pflaumenkuchen. Was interested to see that it was more a pie type than a cake. In Play the Part they talk about erdbeerkuchen does Kuchen refer more to pie/tart type desserts and torte to cakes like a sponge cake or a...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - January 24, 2022

practicality

Hi EveryoneBeen working through the “Play the Part” series. I love the practical applications and if I ever visit Germany again will feel so much more confident going into various situations. In various places in Germany I had to order coffee, lunch, afte...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - January 20, 2022

all bits help

Hi allI use babbel, duolingo, coffee break and have found that all little bits make a bigger picture, well Rocket does too in a big way. When I first came across Zimtschnecken, in Babbel could just not remember it. Then in Play the part Rocket German appe...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - January 12, 2022

Orange versus Apfelsine

Die Apfelsine or der Orange. Which one is more commonly used or is it regional. Am intrigued, have come across Die Apfelsine in books, but not in Rocket German as yet. Thanks and a happy New Year to all with lots of language learning for allSebongela

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - January 3, 2022

compound words

Hi AllAnother question. Do all compound words take the gender of the last word eg Das Mauermuseum, Museum being neuterAs always thank youSebongela

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - November 23, 2021

Vocabulary unterhalten vs sprechen

Another question for the team. Can unterhalten and sprechen be used interchangeably?Unterhalten to talk Sprechen to speak. I know that in English they can in many situationsThanks once again Sebongela

10 replies - Last post by HugoM5 - November 12, 2021

Schnell schnell

Oh My this has taken me years. Am busy on the lesson “ON the Freeway”I was at a Convent in Grade 7 and the nuns were from Austria and when ever we were too slow they used to say "schnell, schnell.They were strict and meted out punishment in humiliating fo...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - September 1, 2021

"O saft"

do people in German speaking countries actually use der O Saft or is this just to the benefit of Noth Amrican leaners. Until I came to North America (Canada) and had an American friend stay over had never heard of “OJ”. So am intriguedSebongela

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - August 16, 2021

all the help i can get

Hi AllAm using Coffee Break German to practice and reinforce what I am learning on Rocket German. The podcasts are free and they have beginner and intermediate podcasts. Several different ones. They have a reading club which is an intermediate one as well...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - July 29, 2021

Frohe Geburtstag

I'm curious. While the lessons present a number of ways to wish someone a happy birthday, "frohe Geburtstag" is not among them. That was what we were taught decades ago in my high school & college German classes. Is that outdated? Regional? Only something...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 21, 2021

word Freund

Is the word  ( Freund) just friend or boyfriend.  Or this word means both?

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 17, 2021

stammen vs. kommen

In lesson 23.4, we are introduced to the verb ‘stammen (aus)’, meaning ‘to come (from)’. In clarifying whether ‘stammen (aus)’ and ‘kommen (aus)’ are synonymous, I found an online explanation that although both mean ‘to come (from)’, ‘stammen (aus)’ means...

2 replies - Last post by PaulS108 - June 8, 2021

Wie

HiNeed some clarification. “Wie” can be used interchageably to mean how or what?I always thought  "was" used for what, as in “was ist das?”ThanksSebongela

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 8, 2021

German synonyms

I came accross an interesting book called “A Dictionary of German Synonyms” by RB Farrell.It discusses the differnce in meaning and usage between words with similar meanings. I would say that it is only of interest to those of B1 level or at least approac...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 1, 2021

At the moment

Hi there!I was looking at these words: Im momentDerzeitZurzeitBased on checking different dictionaries and forums, I have reached the conclusion, that the words are largely interchangeable. However, “Im moment” is most common, then “Derzeit” and then “Zur...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 1, 2021

Gender in plural

I have two questions:Questions 1: Ich habe einen Freund / Ich habe eine Freund When you use these two words they can both be understood in two ways. One is that you have a normal regular friend and the other is that you are in a relationship with this per...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 31, 2021

beschließen v entscheiden

According to the Leo dictionary, beschließen and  entscheiden both mean to decide but is there a difference in meaning/ use? Although entscheiden doesn't appear in the course, Entscheidung does.

6 replies - Last post by RexV - May 25, 2021

Finden

Hi, I have just seen this sentence: “Im Bundes-Staat Florida gab es eine große Veranstaltung mit 20.000 Menschen. Sie finden: Trump ist ein guter Präsident. Sie haben laut gejubelt, als Trump gesagt hat: Ich kandidiere noch einmal” Is it in German norma...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 24, 2021

Vorhaben vs Projekt

I often see these two words “Vorhaben” and “Projekt” when I read German news. After checking the two words with various dictionaries, I have reach the conclusion, that the two words to some extent are very exchangeable, however, Vorhaben is mainly used wh...

4 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 24, 2021

Böse vs. Schlecht

I have noticed that there is some overlap in how these two words “Böse" and "Schlecht” can be used e.g. when checking with https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/boese.Forexample, I can see that “Böse” can be used to describe that something is “bad” e.g. “b...

2 replies - Last post by RexV - May 18, 2021

Keine Ursache = You're welcome

Hi,  I have seen that one of the meanings for "Keine Ursache" is "You're welcome". Is this word fully interchangeable with "Bitte Schön"? Best, Rex

6 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 13, 2021

die Bundeswehr vs. die Armee

Included in lesson 23.7 is the word “die Bundeswehr” with the translation “Army”. It appears that another translation for this German word is “Armed Forces”.  I have referenced a number of sources for clarification because the meaning of Armed Forces incl...

2 replies - Last post by PaulS108 - April 30, 2021

Lesson 6.8

In lesson 6.8, “Ich kann Deutsch” is translated as “I know German”.  I would have expected that “Ich wei´ß Deutsch" or even ”Ich kenne Deutsch" for a beginner could be used. For an English speaker “I can German” is difficult to remember. Is “Ich wei´ß...”...

5 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - March 30, 2021

German word "live" in Unit 11.2

“Ich fühle mich heute nicht so wohl und ihr werdet live dabei sein, wenn ich zu meinem Arzt gehe.”“I don't feel very well today and you will be there when I go to my doctor.”I understand most of this sentence, but have searched for the meaning of the Germ...

5 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - March 4, 2021

du Armer vs du Arme pronunciation

In lesson 11.1, at about 22min 15sec, Sandra & Matthias relate the difference in the words Armer and Arme depending on whether we are addressing a man or a woman.They repeat these several times, but I confess I can hear very little difference. Du Arme is ...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - March 4, 2021

Words used at a Grocery Store

Let's say you're in a grocery store about to check out and you need to put your groceries on this black surface that moves items towards the cashier.What do you call it in German?https://i.imgur.com/py1YPr0l.jpg

4 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - March 2, 2021

Lesson 10.2 Der Besuch

In this lesson the phrase der Besuch is translated as the visitor (masc).My English-German dictionary translates it as the visit, and that the visitor is der Besucher or die Besucherin (fem).Is that correct?

9 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - December 14, 2020

How is hierher different from hier?

In lesson 10.1 Bank AccountThe sentence “Nein, ich bin gerade erst hierher gezogen.  No, I just moved here.” is introduced.  I don't recall hierher ever being introduced or used in any previous lesson so I was expecting some kind of explanation as to why ...

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - November 18, 2020

More blank gaps in the lessons

The next lesson I went to was lesson 11.5 Adverbs.The same thing is happening here with missing paragraphs.  One starts with:"You wouldn't mix up adverbs….The second starts with“To check again we would ask…”Once again there is a peculiar font that doesn't...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - October 27, 2020

Rocket German At the airport Lesson 2.3

The whole of Level 1 has been redone and I'm going through it as before. However I've noticed that in the lesson 2.3  "At the Airport", in the "Write it" questionnaire at the bottom it asks for german (as usual) to be typed in.  However, Rocket German ans...

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - September 14, 2020

Use of "so" in German

In lesson 15.3, we are presented with the sentence: German: Und ich bin gespannt, was Matthias so zu erzählt hat. English: And I'm curious about what Matthias has to say. What function does the word "so" play in this sentence? I assume that it would be p...

7 replies - Last post by sfpugh - August 20, 2020

Austrian Meatloaf

Hi, I'm up to the Level 3 course and noticed in lesson 18.7 (German foods) that the Austrian word for Meatloaf "der Faschierter Braten" has been accidentally typed in it's description as meatballs in english.  Just an oversight in proofreading I think, ot...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - August 4, 2020

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