Listen up!

I was reading German on the Web. I encountered this paragraph:

Wladimir Klitschko ist ein sehr bekannter Boxer. Er ist viele Jahre Welt-Meister gewesen. Jetzt hat er gesagt: Ich höre auf. Klitschko ist 41 Jahre alt.

I wanted to make sure that I understood the meaning of “aufhören.” I found an article that provided this mnemonic:

Now before we get to the grammar, let’s take a quick look if aufhören has any connection to hören after all. So imagine some cave-men sitting around their fireplace doing cave-men things and then all of a sudden there is a noise in the woods. Naturally they all would stop their activity and try to listen closely…. they stop doing their thing and … listen up… aufhören. Over time the listen part has disappeared and aufhören only kept the stop whatever you are doing part as its meaning.

I suppose that if I were teaching music, I might say to my students: “Wann der Dirigent spricht, hören Sie auf, alles das Sie tun.”

In any case — “Sie und ich müssen alle Sommeraktivitäten bald aufhören!”

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