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What's the difference between meinen, bedeuten, and heißen?
Episode 731st August 2021 • German With • Nicole Warner, LLC
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Synonyms in German, like meinen, bedeuten, and heißen can be really tricky because they all mean "to mean" in English, and as synonyms in a foreign language, the way they overlap is different than you might first expect.

The connotation of words in German is also different, and that's why looking up a word in a German dictionary can be really confusing.

One great way of learning the difference between meinen, bedeuten, and heißen is to learn when they are used most frequently, and then you can add from there.

Today you'll learn when to use each of these three verbs with example situations.

With homework, natürlich.

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Nicole Warner is Frau Warner of and is a German learner (certified level C2) and a certified instructor for German as a Foreign Language. She lived in Germany from 2003-2008 and has traveled widely in Germany. Frau Warner has helped people learn to communicate in German since 2010. - Your anchor on the stormy seas of German learning.™

Music: Bonnie Ship the Diamond by Tim Beek