Category Prefixes & Suffixes

German Verbs with Separable Prefixes — Trennbare Verben

You’ve probably had this happen to you before: You’re reading a German sentence and you’re convinced you know what’s happening. The verb is in the second position and then you get to the end of the sentence and there’s a preposition, but nothing after it, just a period. End of sentence. You’re confused. Don’t fret […]

spürbar oder merkbar and the German suffix -bar

Last week we started looking at a list of words I was asked about by one of my Stammtisch regulars, Edvin. Last week we looked at the words dauernd and dauerhaft, which brought up the interesting topic of the German suffix -haft for adjectives. Edvin also has another similar question on the long list of […]

Paying in German — bezahlen vs. zahlen

Anyone who has visited or lived in the German speaking world will be familiar with this scenario. You popped into a restaurant for something to eat and drink. The food was quite good and the service was, well… it was what it was. You’ve had your food and now you’d like to pay. You’ve tried […]

5 Ways to negate in German besides using “nicht”

When I communicate with my students over e-mail, assigning extra homework or answering questions that they have between lessons, I generally try to do it in German. The more exposure language learners have to their target language the faster they’ll learn — just like fitness training. However, every once in a while this can lead […]

Descriptive Adverbs – Wie?

Happy New Year! (Frohes Neues!). 2012 started in Zurich with a bang as it does in many other cities around the world. One thing that I’ve noticed differentiates New Year’s Eve in the German speaking world from other areas is that people shoot off fireworks until early in the morning. At no other time of […]

Understanding German Verbs Part II

Last week we looked at some of the basic tenses in German and how they are constructed. Important to remember between German and English is that German doesn’t have the continuous tense like in English. Therefore, translating “I am reading this blog” word for word, though it is a Subject + Verb + Object construct, […]

bieten vs. anbieten

The bane of any English learner is the wide array of phraseology verbs that the English language seems to possess. Though there are phraseology verbs in German, they don’t seem to pose as much of a confusion as verbs with prefixes do. We’ve moved. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/bieten-vs-anbieten/