Every language has certain words that are used often in everyday life, to the extent that they may seem to shape the language and the culture. One such word in German, with a myriad of implementations, would have to be the verb schaffen.
The verb schaffen can mean "to do," "to manage," "to achieve," "to cope with," or "to successfully complete something," to "make it" or "make it work."
Oh, aber das schaffst du doch auch alleine!
Oh, but you'll manage it alone after all!
Caption 64, Großstadtrevier: Von Monstern und Mördern
However, it can also mean "to create," "to make," or "to bring something into being."
There is one thing to watch out for with the verb schaffen, and this is that the two meanings are reflected with two different participles when it is used in the past tense. Here we see the past participle for the first definition:
Juhu, dann haben wir's geschafft!
Yahoo, then we've done it!
Caption 41, Deutschkurs in Tübingen: Weil oder obwohl
Damit hat man also den ersten Schritt im Bewerbungsverfahren geschafft.
With that, you have succeeded with the first step in the application process.
Caption 42, Eva erklärt: Bewerbungen
Whereas geschafft would refer to something being successfully done or achieved, geschaffen refers to creation:
Hier, mitten im Zentrum von Berlin, haben sich BMX-Fahrer und Mountainbiker ihr Eldorado geschaffen.
Here, in the center of Berlin, BMX riders and mountain bikers have created their El Dorado.
Caption 4-5, Pumptrack: Radfahren, ohne zu treten
Mit Höckern und Bänken sollen Verschnaufmöglichkeiten für Senioren geschaffen werden.
With stools and benches, places for seniors to rest and catch their breath will be created.
Caption 45-46, Bespielbare Stadt: Griesheim