German Vocab

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Alle vs allem

What is the difference between these two words and in which situations should each of them be used? When I check with a dictionary I get to the same result “All”.

6 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - May 15, 2019

Glauben vs Denken

I understand that “Glauben” can be translated to “to belive” and “denken” can be translated to “to think”. Would you only use “belive” in sentences about assessing whether something is true or not?

3 replies - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 8, 2019

Umfassen vs einschließlich

I understand you can use these two words when you talk about what something contains. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

3 replies - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 8, 2019

Service vs Dienst

I understand you can use these two words when referring to “service”. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

3 replies - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 8, 2019

Was hältst du von

I understand this sentence mean “What do you think of..” but I have not seen it being used very often. How often is it to use this word when asking what people think about something? Personally, it is more likely I would use “denken” when asking such ques...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - May 8, 2019

Ziehen vs umziehen

I have seen both words being used in sentences about moving to another place. What are the difference between the two?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - May 8, 2019

Alternative use for “Aber”

I always thought that “aber” only meant “but”. However, after reading several sentences with the word it seems like it means different things. I have checked with this dictionary (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/german-english/aber) and saw t...

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - May 2, 2019

Wo befindet sich das nächste Hotel

I just saw this sentence “Wo befindet sich das nächste Hotel” which means “where is the next hotel. In speaking, I would most likely say “Wo ist das nächste Hotel” if I wanted to say this. 1. When will you be using “befindet”? 2. Why do you use “sich” in ...

6 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 25, 2019

Dies

I have just seen this sentence “Ist dies der Computer der Zukunft”. I have never seen the word “dies” before but is it an alternative to das?

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - April 24, 2019

“Froh” vs “Glücklich”

These two words appears interchangeable, but I am not sure I am correct. I used “https://www.collinsdictionary.com” to check with.

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - April 24, 2019

Aus vs von

What is the difference between the two? I have seen the words use in sentences like these two “Ich komme aus” and “Ich komme von”.

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Das ist genug vs Das ist reicht

What is the difference between the two? I assume there are interchangeable but not sure.

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Wann ist es zu

Is it correct that this is an alternative way to write “Wann ist es geschlossen”? When it is closed.

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Gern gescheden

I understand that it can be used for “you are welcome”. When is it more appropriate to use “Gern gescheden” instead of “bitte schön”

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Wie viel kostet das vs wie viel macht das

I understand both sentences mean “how much does that cost”. Is there a specific situation for when it is more better / more appropriate to use the other?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Benötigen vs Brauchen

I just checked these two words with a dictionary, but I get to the same meaning. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

“Machts gut”

When I was living in Germany, I sometimes heard these words “Machts Gut” when saying goodbye to someone, which I understands mean “take care”. In my mother tongue (Danish), we do not really have a similar word. When would you use “Machts Gut” in German wh...

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

“Umsatz nach Kunde” or “Umsatz bei Kunde”

I was wondering what is the correct way to write “sales by customer”. Is it “Umsatz nach Kunde” or” Umsatz bei Kunde”?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

“Alles klar” and “Alles Gut”

I have heard these two words often in Germany and Switzerland. What exactly do they mean and in which situations should they be used?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

“Wand” vs “Mauer”

I was checking these two nouns with the dictionary “https://www.collinsdictionary.com”. I get to the same translation “wall”. Is it fair to conclude that both words are interchangeable?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Das Treffen vs Das Meeting

I just checked these two words with a dictionary, but I get to the same meaning. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Das Essen vs Das Lebensmittel

I just checked these two words with a dictionary, but I get to the same meaning. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Nie vs Niemals

I just checked these two words with a dictionary, but I get to the same meaning. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Rentner vs Pensioner

I just checked these two words with a dictionary, but I get to the same meaning. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Immer noch vs noch

In one of your lessons, you have the following sentence “Ich bin Paul und immer noch ledig”. I assume this sentence can also be written as “Ich bin Paul und noch ledig”. Is it correct that writing “immer noch” helps emphasize the word still?

3 replies - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Gucken vs sehen

What is the difference between "Gucken" and Sehen" and in which situation is it correct to used each of them?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Da

Is it correct understood that "Da" means both "There" and "Because"?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 24, 2019

Zuhause vs Haus

I just checked these two words with a dictionary, but I get to the same meaning. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - April 19, 2019

Ledig vs Verfügbar

I just checked these two words with a dictionary, but I get to the same meaning. Are they interchangeable or should one of them be used in a specific situation?

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - April 19, 2019

Translation for "glatt".

In 21.4     Toll, da kann ich doch glatt ein wenig Italienisch hier lernen. Great, so I can learn a bit of Italian here. Why is there no translation for "glatt"?  Does it mean here something like smoothly or easily?

3 replies - Last post by sfpugh - April 16, 2019

Wie geht es dir / ihnen

I have seen this sentence a couple of times “Wie geht es dir / Ihnen”. One thing I am wondering about is why we are using dative case. I assume it is because you are addressing someone directly?

4 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 16, 2019

Sich

I have seen this word quite often. In what section/lesson is it explained? And how does the word change depending on gender and case?

2 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 16, 2019

Er hat kinderlei Freunde

I have just seen this sentence. When would you use “kinderlei” instead of “Keine”? I have never seen “kinderlei” use in any other situations before.

2 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 16, 2019

Junge Frauen wie sie sind selten

I was playing with Duolingo yesterday and I saw this sentence “Junge Frauen wie sie sind selten” which means “Young women like them are rare”. Is it correct that “wie” also means “like”? I only thought the meaning was how and what.

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 16, 2019

das vs dass

When do you write “Das” and when do you write “Dass”. I am not quite sure when to add the extra “s” to the ending.

2 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 16, 2019

Verb Prefixes Changing Meanings and Other Questions

Hi, A few more quick questions. 1. What is the difference between writing “Fahren” and “Gehen”? Is the difference that “Fahren” is only used for driving?   2. What is the difference between writing “Muss ich sofort bezahlen” and “Muss ich bezahlen”? I ge...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 3, 2019

Zu lang vs. Zu lange and Other Questions

Hi, A few more questions 1. What is the difference between “Gibt” and “Schenke”? When I translate it gives the same word “give”.   2. When will you be writing either “zu kurz” vs “zu kurzs” and why?   3. When will you be writing either “zu lang” vs “zu l...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 2, 2019

Mich/Mir, Dich/Dir

Hi, A few more questions. Many thanks beforehand! 1. What is the difference between saying “Ich würde gerne einen Termin abmachen” and “Ich würde gerne einen Termin vereinbaren”. When I translate I get the following “I would like to make an appointment...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 2, 2019

Youtube site that deals with some typical mistakes while learning German

I recently came across the germanskills.com youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-NadPxuSlsJf5G8CT5xSGg It has a lot of videos on the difference between words with similar meanings. It is disarmingly low tech and it is all in German, but sh...

0 replies - Last post by sfpugh - April 1, 2019

similar words

please explain difference

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 13, 2019

Diese / dieser / dieses

Hi everyone, Anyone who knows when to use diese, dieser and dieses?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 13, 2019

Difference between "möchte" and "würde"?

Hi there! What is the difference between "ich möchte gerne" and "ich würde gerne" and when should / could each of them be used?

3 replies - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - March 7, 2019

20.2 Und auch sonst möchte ich nicht in diesem Saustall leben.

From 20.2 Und auch sonst möchte ich nicht in diesem Saustall leben. Besides, I dislike living in such a mess. Wouldn't a more accurate translation be "Besides, I dislike living in this mess." Is there a better way translate "in such a mess" into German?

4 replies - Last post by sfpugh - February 7, 2019

201.1 sich eine leichten Komödie anzusehen.

From 201.1 sich eine leichten Komödie anzusehen. to watch a light comedy. What is the difference between ansehen and sich ansehen? If sich is left out, does the meaning change?

2 replies - Last post by sfpugh - January 29, 2019

New Badge Announcement

For every click on the mouse I get an announcement of a new badge. Can you please fix it as it has stopped me using Rocket German completely Regards  Ron

2 replies - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - January 28, 2019

Add to vocabulary

Should I add words I already know to vocabulary or only those I need to work on.

2 replies - Last post by Dean V - October 30, 2018

Question on "werden immer"

In lesson 3.5, there are several examples using the verb, werden, such as:   Wir werden immer älter. We are getting older. But isn't "Wir werden" = we will  immer = always Obviously, these phrases aren't literal translations to English, but can s...

3 replies - Last post by ToddS12 - October 15, 2018

Why is "Dir" sometimes used in the Accusative?

Hallo Leute, I am confused as to why the phrase, "Can I help you" is Kann Ich Dir helfen?  and not Kann Ich Dich helfen? Help!

3 replies - Last post by RobertR34 - August 28, 2018

Flashcards download for iPhone?

I spend 2 hours on a plane every week.  No internet = no Rocket. Is there a Rocket flashcard app or similar that I can use when offline

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - February 26, 2018

überreden, überzeugen, bekehren

überreden, überzeugen, bekehren seem to have somewhat similar meanings - Persuade, convince, convert. I wonder if Lucia could help with when to use them.

5 replies - Last post by sfpugh - February 5, 2018

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