German Vocab

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'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

1 reply - Last post by bccwil - July 8, 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. Whe...

1 reply - Last post by Paulina-Tsangara - August 2, 2008


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

1 reply - Last post by Ashen - August 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 bi...

3 replies - Last post by Ashen - August 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....

1 reply - Last post by Leon - August 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...

1 reply - Last post by Ken1 - July 15, 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 i...

1 reply - Last post by mxyloreda - July 5, 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? Pl...

3 replies - Last post by amitabh1702 - July 2, 2008


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

3 replies - Last post by devomark2 - June 23, 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...

2 replies - Last post by mxyloreda - June 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

1 reply - Last post by mxyloreda - June 13, 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 assum...

1 reply - Last post by Ken1 - June 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 ...

4 replies - Last post by xocwjjb - 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

2 replies - Last post by (deleted) - April 24, 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'....

3 replies - Last post by Mike-9 - February 21, 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

2 replies - Last post by (deleted) - February 1, 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.

1 reply - Last post by sqyntz9 - January 28, 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 eng...

2 replies - Last post by donald-wilson - November 15, 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 lesso...

1 reply - Last post by wvrussell - November 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...

2 replies - Last post by caz197 - November 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

2 replies - Last post by (deleted) - October 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"...

7 replies - Last post by Judywan - March 9, 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

3 replies - Last post by Ken1 - August 5, 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'...

4 replies - Last post by Mark-K - May 22, 2007

verb to jump

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

1 reply - Last post by geoff - May 21, 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, l...

1 reply - Last post by gmdeauy - May 13, 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, coul...

9 replies - Last post by (deleted) - July 6, 2006

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...

2 replies - Last post by Judywan - March 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 ...

3 replies - Last post by Judywan - January 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...

4 replies - Last post by Sean - January 6, 2007

theological resources

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

2 replies - Last post by (deleted) - December 7, 2006

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