German Vocab

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Retiree..

How do I say 'I'm Retired'

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - January 27, 2014

Uploading a pic

Any help available. I'm trying to upload a picture to my profile. I know they can be uploaded because I have sent and emailed as attachment previously. But when trying to upload to Rocket German, I get a window that says 'cannot upload this pic.' ??? Hummmm

4 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - December 23, 2013

how to say happy birthday

How do you say happy birthday in german

11 replies - Last post by Sharai-K - December 3, 2013

Fahrkarte v. Tickets

When is it okay to use "Tickets"? Seems like I've only seen "Fahrkarte" used for the train and tram. Are all other tickets "TIckets"? Is it okay to use "Tickets" on the train or tram?? Thanks

2 replies - Last post by Courtney-F - November 12, 2013

Adding Words to My Vocabulary

I can't add any more words to my vocabulary. Is it not working or is there a limit? I have 305 words. I can go through the motions of adding the word but after I click Save, the word added is not highlighted in the text and the word is not in the vocab...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - November 6, 2013

Arbeit

How do you pronounce arbeit, meaning job. Can you give me the English phonetic spelling of the German word?

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - October 20, 2013

Besonders

Hello, in my understanding, "besonders" means: in particular. So, why I can find sometimes in the menu at the restaurant? Does this also mean something like "dish of the day" or "speciality"?

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - October 4, 2013

When to listen to the Survival Kit lessons

Can anyone recommend when to listen to the Survival Kit lessons? They aren't numbered like the Conversations and Cultural Lessons. I find the speakers much harder to understand (I'm still fairly new) so I'm not sure if I should wait. Danke!

6 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - August 8, 2013

Danke alles bestens.

In lesson 18.4 Danke alles bestens.is translated simply as thank you. Seems like it should mean more than that otherwise why not just say Danke? Is there an English equivalent? The Google translator has it as "Thank you all the Best" but I've never hea...

2 replies - Last post by coolcader - June 17, 2013

a minor mistake

I'm not sure which category to use for this comment: in Lesson 20.7 Falschen Freunde, under the letter F, the words fasten (befestigen) and fee (Gebühr) appear one under the other. Both are pronounced Gebühr.

2 replies - Last post by coolcader - June 11, 2013

"My Vocab"

I saved things in "my vocab" hoping to go back and look at them later and I couldn't.. ?

7 replies - Last post by coolcader - June 11, 2013

FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Can anyone give me really good phrases to say about my family and friends please

2 replies - Last post by coolcader - June 7, 2013

Herr and Herrn

What is the difference between Herr and Herrn

2 replies - Last post by Horne - May 13, 2013

Vocabulary Game for iOS Apps Until ...

Hi!! I found an app in the iTunes store that will help you with vocabulary. It's called "Mindsnacks ". You can learn vocabulary while playing a game. This app is available for free. You get access to 2 games and 3 vocabulary lists. If you want more, you ...

7 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - February 13, 2013

Fast

Is it just me or are the Rocket records Really fast??

6 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 14, 2013

letter

i didn't found any types of letter

2 replies - Last post by libbylos - January 14, 2013

Schicken vs. Verschicken

Can you clarify the difference between the verbs "schicken" and "verschicken." I understand they both mean "to send." In lesson 5.2 Nik explains you would use "verschicken" when sending a person or a thing and &qu...

11 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 8, 2013

Pronunciation Help

Hi, I've been practicing how to say the word "green" in German but I just can't seem to be able to say it correctly. It sounds like something between an "oo" and an "ee". How do I pronounce it? Also, the "r" in t...

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - December 6, 2012

Missing an "etwas"?; using "auch"?

Hi! 1) could you tell me if the word "etwas" is missing intentionally from the sentence in lesson 7.3...Sandra's line, second last to the end. It is there in the English translation and I"m puzzled as to why it is missing in the German. C...

1 reply - Last post by Michele-G - November 29, 2012

Idiom

People in England use the expression "Mutton done up as lamb" to say that someone is trying (not very successfully) to look younger than they are by dressing inappropriately for their age. Is there a German equivalent?

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - October 29, 2012

Language and Culture Lessons

I have been doing several of the audio lessons and like how they explain what each word means and the proper word order. I've ventured out to the Language and Culture Lessons now. I believe 1.7 is 'Talking About People' and has phrases where they teach ho...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - September 29, 2012

Help translating Desiderate

Desiderata is one of my favourite poems and I love the line "It is still a beautiful world". I wanted to know what the german translation of this line would be. I translated it to: Ist es dennoch eine schöne welt. I wondered if anyone could confirm this...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - May 21, 2012

"Ich möchte bitte einen Tisch für zwei Personen bestellen

In Quiz 4.3.1, one of the questions is: How do you say "a table (m) for two" in German? with the possible answers being ein Tisch für zwei Personen eine Tisch für zwei Personen einer Tisch für zwei Personen einem Tisch für zwei Personen ...

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 29, 2012

Extra Vocab tab in course

Where can I find the pronunciation for all the extra vocab. in the lessons?

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - April 10, 2012

to catch up

Hello! I'm playing a game on-line with a German player and I was losing 500-300. Now I've caught up and the score is 500-500. How do I say the following: I've caught up with you! I was losing but now I'm catching up! Please do not answer this if you ...

2 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - April 4, 2012

Teething Issues

Hello, I'm fairly new at this and I'm having a few confusing moments. Firstly, the word schon seems to be used quite a lot, sometimes for "already" and sometimes for "pretty". Is this correct, or am I confusing completely different words? Similarly, h...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 27, 2012

incorrect 4.3 Quiz answer ref. Handynummer

In the question below from Quiz 4.3, is asks for the masculine form. But when I did so, i.e. der Handynummer, I was told it was incorrect and should be "die Handynummer", which is feminine. What is the German word for "cell phone number&q...

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 22, 2012

Mostly sunny

How do you say, "The weather is very nice and mostly sunny" in German? Is it: "Das Wetter ist sehr schön und meist sonnig" oder Is it: "Das Wetter ist sehr schön und meistens sonnigen" Or something else...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 22, 2012

Shopping

How do you say- "I'm just looking, thanks." This is a useful phrase when you enter a store in Germany but don't want to buy anything and the shop clerk comes over to you asking if you need help.

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 22, 2012

MegaGerman question

I give up - I've been trying to figure out what he says when I click the wrong answer. My ear hears "fush", but I can't find anything like that in my dictionary. What is he saying?!?!? Thanks

7 replies - Last post by Allen-H - November 30, 2011

dictionary

No matter how good a program is it may be a good idea to get a hard copy dictionary. Just wondering if someone might have a recommendation. Perhaps some books are better than others. Was also looking for a german hard copy periodical or mag which might ...

9 replies - Last post by mxyloreda - November 13, 2011

einzuholen & einholen

What is the difference between einzuholen and einholen? Dank, Ralph

2 replies - Last post by Ralph-D1 - May 12, 2011

Stop? halten - anhalten

Is there a difference in the meaning of halten and anhalten? eg. Der Bus hält nur an, wenn man vorher auf dem Knopf gedrückt hat. versus Hält der Bus vor dem Kino?

1 reply - Last post by dpritchett - March 4, 2010

Das

I think I am confused. It seems I have seen DAS as being, The, they, that. Is that correct or do I need to do some review. Thanks!

1 reply - Last post by mikeguy - July 4, 2010

Quiz 7.4.1 Schmerzen

In the question: What is the word for "pain"(M)? there is a problem. When I chose (M) der Schmerzen, it was marked INCORRECT. The dictionary entry reads: der Schmerz and pl. der Schmerzen. What is the correct answer to the question: What is the word for...

1 reply - Last post by Davida-S - March 26, 2011

Unter, unten and darunter

What's the difference between unter, unten and darunter and when do I use each perspectively? Many thanks.

1 reply - Last post by Kyle-T - March 31, 2011

beide/sowohl?

what is the difference between beide and sowohl if any? I know both are supposed mean "both" but are they interchangable? Examples in sentences would be helpful. Any information is much appreciated, thank you.

1 reply - Last post by Prussian-Turtle - March 22, 2011

"Just Looking"

Is there a polite expression to tell a helpful store clerk that you are just browsing and don't want help? We've learned all sorts of ways a store clerk may ask if they can help us, and numerous ways to communicate that we need or want something. But, su...

3 replies - Last post by Mitschuler - February 9, 2011

I need help with "sich"

I often hear a "word" in German sentences, the word is "sich". I do not have a total understanding of what this means and how it is used. I have a dictionary and can read the "definitions", but I don't quite get it. thx.

1 reply - Last post by Prussian-Turtle - January 22, 2011

Aircraft "hanger"

What is the German word or phrase for an "Aircraft Hanger" thanks

1 reply - Last post by Clifton-P - November 27, 2010

spoken German

hi, i would like to tell you that over a period of 2 years learning German, i have learnt to write sound gramatically correct German but i make a lot of mistakes when i speak the same esp.with the articles and the cases. :lol: Kindly advise as to how i ...

1 reply - Last post by Mags - September 29, 2010

Verb Conjugations??

I have only finished lesson 1.5 and am taking it rather easy so that I absorb all that is included in each lesson. I only wish I had had a resource like this when I tackled Spanish. Unlike Spanish I know no one who actually speaks German, so I have little...

1 reply - Last post by pancho - September 25, 2010

Ich habe einen schlampenschlepper.

Der schlampenschlepper is my favorite German word and I use it every day. By now all of my friends, not just the foreign exchange student from Germany, know this and refer to my car as such. I think you (Paul Weber or anyone who is making these lessons) s...

1 reply - Last post by Bambi - July 30, 2010

bitte

May the word "bitte" be used at the start and /or at the conclusion of a sentence? i.e. In engish we might say: Please pass the butter or we might say: Pass the butter please. Danke

4 replies - Last post by walleyenorth - February 3, 2010

Lesson 3.6 - Friend

I worked thru lesson 3.6 and am curious about friends. There is an example of a best girlfriend (Freundin) and a best boyfriend (Freund), is there a general word in german for a friend or is it always specific to the gender as in the example? Thanks, W...

2 replies - Last post by walleyenorth - February 3, 2010

Lesson 3.4

I can't make out Paul's translation of "Which tram goes to the Konigsplatz?" in Lesson 3.4 I am missing what comes between "Welche Straßenbahn" and "Königsplatz?' Vielen Dank!

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - January 21, 2010

To try

I see there are two words for "try" (versuchen or probieren). Is there a rule as to when each is used or can I use either in any given situation? For example, "Soll ich versuchen" can this also be "Soll ich probieren"?

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - December 11, 2009

Looking for the meaning

I do not know how to spell these two words (phrases???) but I am in Germany and I hear people say it all the time.... Phoenetic spelling.... andesklah and motside What the heck do they mean? Thanks, MIKEC

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - November 18, 2009

schon

What does this word actually mean and when/how do I use it properly?

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - October 14, 2009

Newspaper clippings\ call center

Hello! How would you say the following phrases in German? "Thanks for the newspaper clippings. They were very useful for studying German!" "I work in a call center for Airways Cargo."

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - October 9, 2009

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