German Vocab

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Spelling Help

Does anyone know how to spell the word GRO-BOFF-SKI ? My old girlfriend used to call me this when she got mad at me and I think it means inconsiderate idiot but I don't know exactly how to spell it so I cannot look it up. I tried to do the best phonetic spelling I could but if anyone knows the...

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Nov 12, 2008

Correct forms of address

Recently an elderly woman entered the bookstore where I work and asked about a specific title. I could tell from her slight accent that she was a native German speaker. Without thinking, I asked her woher kommst du? Later I thought a native speaker might view this as rude behavior. What is...

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Nov 11, 2008

A Term of Endearment?

I ran across a German child's book in a bookstore recently and bought it. There's a term in the book that I just can't quite grasp the meaning of. Here is an exerpt: "Die Tauben-Oma stellt den Teller mit den Pfannkuchen auf den Tisch und setzt sich hin." ... "Die sind heute...

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Oct 19, 2008

One German phrase which appears to have two different meanin

Nathalie Many months ago you kindly did me a translation of the English Police caution. As follows "Sie müssen nichts sagen, aber es kann Ihrer Verteidigung schaden, wenn Sie etwas nicht erwähnen wenn Sie gefragt werden, auf das Sie später vor Gericht angewiesen sind. Alles was Sie sagen...

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Oct 5, 2008

Query on lesson 3.3

Query on lesson 3.3 Der is used for Strassenbahn “Ich möchte so gerne mit __der__ Strassenbahn fahren. Geht das?” But this is a feminine word, shouldn’t it be a 'Die' word, Or have I missed something again? (As usual) :?

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Oct 5, 2008

'Gebrauchen' and 'benutzen'

Hallo Nathalie, I am here for the first time and really enjoying 'Raketenartiges Deutsch'! Please explain the difference between 'gebrauchen' and 'benutzen' and when does one use the one or the other. Vielen Dank, Bennie

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Sep 10, 2008

Wie Schade! - Lesson 2.1

In lesson 2.1 - Die Touristeninformation Nik says: "Och nee. Wie schade!" and this is translated into English as: "Oh no, what a shame!" First of all, to me, it doesn´t sound logical to say "What a shame" in this case. When my husband heard the conversation he...

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Sep 10, 2008


Hi, The introduction lesson says that "dir" means "to you." As dir is a dative word, can it also mean "from you"?

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Aug 30, 2008

Wie schade!

According to all three expressions are valid synonyms for Wie schade: Wie schade! What a pity! What a shame! [Am.] What a bummer! [Am.] [coll.] The word die Schande seems to be a bit stronger referring to disgrace, scandal...

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Aug 30, 2008

German Pods

I've been listening to several German podcasts to help with my listening abilities. There has been one word I keep hearing that alludes me. I've looked the infinitive up in the dictionary and it still doesn't "really" give me the common usage. The word is or as I am hearing it is or...

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Aug 22, 2008

Missing words in lesson 6.2

Nathalie If you look at the text for lesson 6.2 at the point where it refers to the uncle, it reads:- Das sind noch lange nicht alle. Das ist mein Onkel. However the english is :- That’s not all yet. The long-haired guy is my uncle. There is no written translation for 'long haired'....

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Jul 17, 2008

Bonus Lesson RG: The City Audio error

Hallo! I hope all is well. I need your help with the spelling of some new words in this lesson. Where are the public bathrooms? Wo sind die offenlinken??? Toiletten? Where is the police station? Wo ist die Polizeiwache??? Where is the pharmacy?Wo ist die Apotheke??? Wo ist das hotel...

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Jul 13, 2008

Limited list in Megavocab game

Hi, Just downloaded Rocket German. Seems like a great product. When I tried playing Megavocab I could not get more than 4 (I think) verbs. The game is supposed to select words randomly from 50 verbs. Is there a setting that I need to activate? Please help! Best Regards, Amitabh

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Jul 2, 2008


Can someone tell me what the words ganz and unterschiedlig mean,i think ive spelled them right?Hope so.

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Jun 24, 2008

die Einführung Rocket German

Hallo Nathalie! Wie geht's? Mir geht's sehr gut. I'm stuck in the introduction because I can't make sense of some of the words, not just in German but also in English! 1.) Nick was in Karlshüre? (Is this how you spell the name of the city?) 2.) Paul says der Arketenartige ??? (spelling...

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Jun 18, 2008

Introduction to Rocket German

Liebe Nathalie, I thought the German word for introduction was Einleitung but the speaker in the introduction to Rocket German says something quite different like Wilkommen zur Einfuhring or is it Einfuren?? Thanks for your time! Loreda

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Jun 15, 2008

wilkommen zur ????? funf punkt vier

Nathalie At the beginning of each new lesson, Paul says something like wilkommen zur ????? funf punkt vier (or whatever lesson number) the word which would replace the question marks sounds a little like 'Einhard' or Einhart' and I can only assume means 'Lesson' because the sentence is...

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Jun 3, 2008

vowel pronunciation when word form changes

Hallo, Nathalie: I am re-reading chapter 0.0, alphabet and pronunciation, and I have a question about short and long vowels. The guidelines explain that usually a vowel followed by one consonant is long and by two consonants is short. My question is what happens when two words (or...

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May 24, 2008

Bedeutung das worte "vorbei"

konnen Sie mir helfen bitte die folgende deutsche Phrase zu verstehen ich komm immer wieder gern mal, vorbei was ist meaning of vorbei in this context in english. Danke Schon bis dann Donald

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May 4, 2008

the word 'bist'?

I think I hear Paul say 'Bist du bereit'? somewhere in one of the lessons. But even if I heard wrong, I can't seem to find the meaning of the word 'bist' in any German-English dictionary. I assume 'bist' in this question means 'are' as in 'are you ready'. Why is 'bist' translated but not defined...

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Mar 2, 2008

Uber's Jahr?

In Englisch Ist "Uber's Jahr" gleiche? same as - Over the years -oder - Through the year? Das Lied ist "Uber's Jahr, Wenn Die Kornblumen Bluhen" Danke Schoen fur deine hilfe Immer musik fur mich Donald

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Feb 4, 2008

das Öhr oder das Ohr

Mein Wörterbuch versetzt das Englische "ear" wie das Öhr und das Ohr. Sind beide Wörter korrekt? Warum ist die Rechtschreibung unterschiedlich? -Danke PS- Beheben Sie bitte meine Grammatik.

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Jan 30, 2008

was ist meaning of word

ich weis nicht what is the meaning of the word ausgereschnicht - is title of song - ausgereschnichts du? The word is calculated in german but have not idea as to the exact meaning in english - what can this title mean so as to be better understood in english? calculated you makes no sense. If...

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Nov 25, 2007

Lesson 2.1

In the audio lesson 2.1 we are introduced to the word to close- 'geshlossen'. Nik goes on to tell the word for 'to open', which I won't attempt to spell. It sounded as if it started with a 'g'. Since it wasn't a part of the written text of the audio lesson, I not sure how to spell it. I have...

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Nov 22, 2007

Ich will or Ich möchte??

Hallo Nathalie, I have a question concerning lesson 3.1. In the one part of the lesson where you talk about renting a car you ask how one would say "I would like to rent a fast car". Paul answers with "Ich will". I thought "Ich will" meant "I want" and...

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Nov 7, 2007

What is your profession?

Hi Guys! First post and new customer. I love the program so far and my German email pals are amazed at my improvement in only a few days. I do have a question. I am a 911 emergency dispatcher so how would I phrase that correctly? Thanks :D

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Oct 19, 2007

SOmething I hear on the radio

When I listen to the German radio station, and the news comes on, I can *almost* figure out the opening comments. They say something like: "Es ist zwanzig Uhr. Schön guten abend." I think! I'm just not sure about the "Schön" word. I thought that it meant...

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Oct 19, 2007

Sie sind - how can you tell between we and they?

Sie sind in der Stadt. This could mean both 'They are in town'. Or 'We are in the town' Is there any way to tell these two parts of the verb apart? Don't things like this get confusing in conversations? Ken

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Aug 9, 2007

2.2 Numbers Part 1 PDF

I think there is an error, or I'm not learning this as well as I thought. In the fill in the blanks, on page 7, number 6, I think the answer is that I'm 26 and my brother is 31 (we both wish we were!) The answers below say that my brother is 33. Doesn't einunddreibig mean 31? Sorry, I...

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May 23, 2007

verb to jump

Hi i am a bit confused with the word jump is it "hupfen" or "spring" can you help thanks

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May 23, 2007

Meaninig of "sich"

Hi, I'm Gabriel from Montevideo, URUGUAY in South America. I'm a native Spanish speaker, trying to learn German through English. I don't understand the meaning of the word "sich". When I used an online dictionary, it come with others words, like "sich vorstellen", but...

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May 15, 2007

What's my profession???

Hey can anyone help. I was trying to explain to my German friend what I did for living an we couldn't come up with a specific answer... could someone please tell me how to say "Marine Biologist". Actually while we are on the subject, could you please also tell me how to say...

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Mar 20, 2007

Lesson 7.2

I am soooo puzzled. Why is Ski pronounced without the "k" sound? Like "Shee" I even checked my dictionary, and it appears to be the only word that starts with "sk" that doesn't pronounce the "k". Confusion reigns!!! Thanks Judy

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Mar 9, 2007

Christmas in Germany

Germans celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December. Most people get together with their families and have a meal together. Here are some phrases you might like to know: Frohe Weihnachten = Merry Christmas Frohes neues Jahr = Happy new year Alles Gute für das...

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Jan 15, 2007


Hey, I'm new here. Guess this is where I should post for help with some German words. I'm having some difficulty with pronouncing the word "need" in lesson 1.2 Sounds like "bra-cha" or "brow-ha" to me, the gentlemen in the lesson repeats it, but I cannot...

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Jan 15, 2007

theological resources

Hello, Does anyone know of a good German theologial dictionary or any other resources to help in this area. Many thanks.

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Jan 4, 2007

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