Separable verbs in German are not so difficult, but they require constant attention, even for those who already speak German well and this makes the rule difficult. In addition to the basic rule, let’s also consider how (in)separable verbs combinations with noun, pronoun, adjective are written (Rad fahren, kennenlernen, leidtun, wieder sehen / wiedersehen, etc.).
Blume vs Blüte
In German, the difference between Blume vs Blüte is somewhat more complicated than the difference between tulip flowers and apple blossoms.
What is the difference besides the presence and absence of an umlaut?
About myself in German – sich vorstellen
About myself in German is the first part of the B1 oral exam. This is a relative simple task that is prepared and memorized at home. However, you should think it through carefully, imagining all the possible questions that can be asked to your text, and compiling answers to them.
Difference between enden and beenden, abschließen, aufhören
We’ve already dealt with the beginning, now the end in turn. We will look for the difference between enden and beenden, aufhören, abschließen.
Difference between beginnen and anfagen and starten
beginnen and anfangen are considered to be almost complete synonyms. But there is also a slight difference. To these two, let’s add the very limited use of starten.
SS or ß in German
The rule ss or ß in German changed a lot during the 1996-2006 reform. ß used to be written much more often. And now in poorly checked digital dictionaries and other places you can sometimes find old spellings or both spellings. The Germans themselves often confuse which letter to write.
Use: difference between benutzen and verwenden, nutzen, gebrauchen, anwenden
The difference between benutzen and verwenden is even smaller than between benutzen and nutzen, and when gebrauchen is added here, and nützen is suddenly remembered, it will seem difficult to keep in mind all the small differences. Let’s try to go from the inner form.
Negation in German
What is the difference between kein and nicht? Are nicht and nein the same thing? And how else can negation be expressed in German? Let’s talk about negation in German.
Over the years, my answer “nein” has often been followed up with a nicht? , so I already managed to completely get confused when what is used. Let’s start by answer on the questions.
German idioms about lie, nonsense, boasting
Every day we meet lies – lies with bad intentions or to embellish reality. This means that there is also a large group of German idioms about lie, nonsense and boasting. They have a lot in common with the idioms about stupidity and madness that we collected in the previous post.
Expressions in bold are those that are included in the lists of frequently occurring or met me personally in the texts.
Difference between schlimm and schlecht
There is little difference between schlimm and schlecht. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been corrected from schlimm to schlecht. The words are very similar. To this pair we add the words böse, arg, übel.