German Vocab

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Es steht mir nicht vs Es passt mir nicht

Hi,  I have seen this sentence "Es steht mir nicht" which I understand means "It doesnt suit me". Is this expression more common than "Es passt mir nicht"? Best, Rex

2 replies - Last post by RexV - October 17, 2019

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

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - October 15, 2019

Wie lange wird es Ihrer Meinung nach dauern

Hi,  I have seen this sentence "Wie lange wird es Ihrer Meinung nach dauern" which I understand means "How long do you think it will take?". Why do we add "nach" in this sentence? Is this because the actual translation is more like "How long will it afte...

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - October 15, 2019

Ich habe mir eine schlimme Erkältung eingefangen

Hi,  I have just seen this sentence. "Ich habe mir eine schlimme Erkältung eingefangen" When I check the word "eingefangen" I can see that it means "to catch". Is it correct that the direct translation would be something like "I have catch myself a ver...

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - October 7, 2019

Tatsächlich

Hi,  I have just seen this sentence in a book with translation: "Du hast tatsächlich recht" "You are right indeed" When I check the word "Tatsächlich" it seems like the more correct translation would be "actual" and "actually" instead. So, would a more ...

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - October 7, 2019

Heurigen

Hi, I have just seen this sentence: "In Österreich sind im heurigen Mai weniger Menschen arbeitslos gewesen als im Mai 2018" I understand that "heurigen" means this years and is written "heurig" in its basic form. When should you add "en" to the end?

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - October 7, 2019

Warum "mit" hier"?

Hi,  I have just seen this sentence; “Sie entscheiden mit über die Politik in Europa“ From this article: https://www.nachrichtenleicht.de/von-der-leyen-gewaehlt.2042.de.html?dram:article_id=454191 Why is ”mit” added into the sentence? I assume the inte...

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - October 7, 2019

Denk vs Denken

Hi, I have seen this sentence: "Ja, denk ich auch". When should you write "denk" instead of "denken"?

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - October 7, 2019

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...

0 replies - Last post by RexV - October 6, 2019

Kriegen

Hi I have just seen this sentence. "Exzellenz-Universitäten kriegen vom Bund und von den Ländern zusätzliches Geld: zwischen 10 und 28 Millionen Euro pro Jahr. Davon können sie teure Forschungs-Projekte bezahlen“ I understand than that “kriegen” means so...

0 replies - Last post by RexV - October 6, 2019

Lieber vs Eher

Hi, I have just seen this sentence with the following translation: "Er würde eher zu Hause bleiben, als nach Hamburg zu fahren" "He would rather stay at home than go to Hamburg" Can I replace the word "eher" with "lieber"? if not, in which situations s...

0 replies - Last post by RexV - October 6, 2019

kümmern sich

Hi,  Is there a section where you put focus on / explain the word "kümmern sich"? I have seen it quite often and see that it can be used to express the following: 1. To take care of someone / something 2. To look after someone / something 3. To care for...

0 replies - Last post by RexV - October 6, 2019

Deshalb and deswegen

When I translated both words I get the same meaning = Therefore / hence / thus. Therefore, when would you write “deshalb” and when would you write “deswegen”?

5 replies - Last post by RexV - October 6, 2019

“Sehr geerhte” vs “Sehr verehrten”

Hi When should you write “Sehr geerhte” vs “Sehr verehrten”? And do you use both for speaking and writing?

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

Gute Nacht. Träum was Schönes

Hi, I have seen this sentence “Gute Nacht. Träum was Schönes“. Is this a common way to say sweet dreams?

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

Gut aus“ vs “prima aus”

Hi, When is it better to use either “Gut aus“ vs “prima aus”? When talking about how something look?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - September 24, 2019

Nehmen vs vornehmen vs einnehmen vs annehmen vs Übernehmen

I have been checking what the different words mean with “https://www.collinsdictionary.com”, as they all appear to be very similar. Nehmen: Meaning: To take, to handle Vornehmen: Meaning: To take, to make, to undertake Einnehmen: Meaning: To take up, earn...

5 replies - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - September 10, 2019

usage of 'auf'

Hi .  'auf' is used as 'for' as in 'auf ein Taxi '.  As well as 'on' as in 'auf dem Weg' .  How do we know when to use it correctly in the sentence? Thanks !

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - September 4, 2019

Jawohl

I understand this word means the following: 1. Yes, sir 2. Yes, I will do 3. Understood 4. Affirmative 5. Yup 6. Yes Questions Is this used even used in practice or is it mainly used in military circles?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 21, 2019

Einige vs Manche

I have just seen these two sentences: “Einige Mitarbeiter sind hier nicht glucklich” “Manche Menschen haben einen sechsten Sinn” I know that “einige” and “manche” in both sentences mean “some”. Am I 100% correct if I say that both words are interchangeable?

5 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 21, 2019

Absagen vs stornieren vs annulieren vs aufheben vs kündigen

I have been checking what the different words mean with “https://www.collinsdictionary.com” plus “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3rzXLMWWaE”. Absagen: Meaning: to cancel, to call off, to revoke Stornieren: Meaning: to cancel, to reverse Annullieren: Mea...

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 21, 2019

Warum gehst du nicht ans Telefon

I just saw this sentence which means “Why are you not answering the phone”. Is this a common way to write this? Personally, I would write “Warum antwortest du nicht dein Telefon”.

6 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 8, 2019

Nachprüfen vs überprüfen vs prüfen vs check

Hi there, I can see that all the words are verbs and can be used to write the following according to “https://www.collinsdictionary.com”. Nachprüfen: To verify, check, to re-examine Alternative meaning: Can also mean re-examine Überprüfen: To check, t...

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - August 7, 2019

Der Typ ist komisch

I have seen this sentence which means “This guy is funny”. Is it correct understood that “typ” is slang and should only be used under informal circumstances?

6 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 7, 2019

Vielen dank

Vielen dank I was thinking about this word which means “Many thanks”. Why is there an “en” added to the word “Viel”? I cannot find out what the grammatical reason is for this, as I would assume “Viele” would be enough to express the plural form.

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 7, 2019

Ich möchte mich an den Strand legen und einfach nichts tune

I have just seen this sentence which means “I want to lie on the beach and simple do nothing”. When should we add “s” to the end of “nicht”?

2 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 7, 2019

Etwa and ungefähr

Etwa and ungefähr I know that “ungefähr” can be used when writing e.g. approximately, circa etc. However, I can see that “etwa” can also be used for this. Is it correct understood that both are interchangeable?

3 replies - Last post by RexV - August 2, 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?

4 replies - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - July 30, 2019

Die Minister arbeiten zusammen an diesem Entwurf

I have just seen this sentence which means “The ministers as working together on this bill”. Can you use “auf” instead of “an”? I am asking, because I know that “an” and “auf” can be used to express “on”.

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - July 30, 2019

Lebe wohl?

I understand this can also mean “take care”. How common is it to used in Germany?

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - July 30, 2019

Da ist schon Butter drauf

I have just seen this sentence which means “There is already butter on it”. Is it common to use “drauf”? I would most likely have used “auf es” instead.

2 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - July 30, 2019

Dieser Hut steht dir wirklich gut

I have just seen this sentence which means “This hat suits you really well”. Is this a normal expression to use when you describe if something looks good on a person? I assume a more common expression is “Dieser Hut passt dir sehr gut”.

2 replies - Last post by RexV - July 17, 2019

Der Schluss war ziemlich unerwartet

I have just seen this sentence which means “The ending was pretty unexpected”. When should you use “schluss” instead of “ende”?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - July 15, 2019

“Das ist wahr” vs “Das stimmt” vs “Das ist korrekt”

I know that the first ones means “it is true” and the two last ones means “it is correct”. In which situations is it most common / most appropriate to use each of them?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - July 15, 2019

Zum glück

I know it means “luckily”. Is there are reason why we write “zum” in front? I know this means “to”

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - July 15, 2019

Du hast ein echtes Talent zum Tanzen

I have just seen this sentence which means “You have a real talent for dancing”. Would it also be correct to use “für” instead of “zum? Personally, I would not have used “zum” if I had written this sentence.

3 replies - Last post by sfpugh - June 27, 2019

“Auf” instead of “zu”

I have just seen this sentence “Bitte ändern Sie die Telefon Sprache auf Englisch” which means “Please change the phone language to English”. Why do we use “auf” here and not “zu”? As far as I have learn “auf” means on and “zu” means to.

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 25, 2019

Haben sie ein neues?

I heard someone say these words today. Is it correct that the reason why “neues” was used was because the word referring to was neuter?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 25, 2019

Der Mord kommt überall in den Nachrichten

I have just seen this sentence which means “The murder was all over the news”. Would it be possible to use “war” instead of “kommt? and in which situations should you use “kommt” instead of “war”?

1 reply - Last post by Leah-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 25, 2019

Es ist mir egal wann wir losfahren

I have seen this sentence which means “Its all the same to me at what time we are leaving”. Can you use “gleiche” instead of “egal”? If not, in which situations can you use each of them?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 25, 2019

“Mehr” vs “Weiter”

I have just seen this sentence “Gibt es noch weitere Fragen” When would you use “Weitere” instead of “Mehr”?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 25, 2019

Ich habe ihn eben angerufen

I have just seen this sentence which means “I just called him”. Would it be possible to use “gerade” instead of “eben”? If not, in which situations should you use either “eben” or “gerade”?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 25, 2019

Ich denke, dass die Jungs noch Fußball schauen

I understand this sentence means “I think the boys are still watching soccer”. When should you use “schauen” instead of “sehen”.

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 25, 2019

Das ist doch völlig verrucht

I have just seen this sentence which means “That’s completely insane”. Is it also possible to use “vollständig” instead of “völlig”? If not, in which situations can you use both of them?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 25, 2019

Schau mal, guch mal, sieh mal

I have seen all of them, but I see not big no big difference when I translate? Am I right?  = Look / take a look

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 24, 2019

Um = In order to..

I have just seen this sentence “Um die Prüfung zu bestehen, musst du viel lernen” which I can see means “In order to pass the exam, you have to learn it” in the translation. I only thought that “um” means around, about etc and not “in order to”. Is ther...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 24, 2019

Nun vs jetzt

Nun vs jetzt Is it correct understood that both words are interchangeable when writing “now”?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 24, 2019

Über vs um

Über vs um I have been spending some time studying prepositions. I understand that “Über” can be used for writing over and about. However, I can see that “um” can also be used when writing about. When should use “Über” or “um” when writing about?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 24, 2019

Hin und zurück Ticket vs rückfahrkarte

I have seen both being used when describing a return ticket. Is there a particular situation where they should be used?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 24, 2019

Nochmal and wieder

I just saw this sentence “Kannst du das bitte nochmal sagen” which I understand means “Can you please say that again”. Is the word “nochmal” full interchangeable with “wieder”? I get the same translation but I assume “wieder” is more common.

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 24, 2019

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