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Nicole reads aloud: "der Kobold in der Mühle" from the Brothers Grimm

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A Kobold is a "house spirit," a German folk being who takes care of household tasks and sometimes causes mischief.

Britannica.com has a fantastic description of a Kobold that includes this important information:

"...mischievous household spirit who usually helps with chores...He is temperamental and becomes outraged when he is not properly fed. He sometimes sings to children."

Can you imagine that kind of Hausgeist being your Gute Nacht Geschichte?

Creepy!

There are different interpretations of what a Kobold would look like and a lot of them are pretty disturbing.

Not all Kobolds are creepy and disturbing. Check out this one.

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A Real-Life Kobold

One of my clients had a German Doberman named Kobold and it was this story which inspired his name. In fact, it was Kobold's human who introduced me to this story. Kobold is pictured here to the right.

Braver Hund!

Kobold was an outstanding dog. Kobold has sadly taken his walk over the rainbow bridge and it just about broke everyone's heart. He was attentive, the right amount of protective, and was even trained as a search and rescue dog because he was so keen to help others.

Kobold and his human have had a big impact on my teaching, as now so many of my clients and students read "der Kobold in der Mühle" when they learn the Präteritum. Kobold's human also made a very creative project using pictures of Kobold as inspiration.

This post is dedicated to Kobold, a true furever friend.

Learn the Story «der Kobold in der Mühle»

First thing first! Download the PDF here so you have the text.

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You can work through the text, read along with the video, or simply watch the video.

Feel free to repeat, repeat, repeat the video and work with the text until you know it really well. If you have any questions about this story, write a comment below and I'll help.

If this is the first time you've ever heard this story, dann wünsche ich Ihnen viel Vergnügen!

 

der Kobold in der Mühle ~ The Kobold in the Mill


Haben Sie Fragen? Schreiben Sie unten einen Kommentar. Ich helfe Ihnen.

Do you have questions? Write it in the comments below. I'll help.

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4 comments

Great job, Nicole! Dein Deutsch-Unterricht macht bestimmt viel Spaß.  Ich kannte dieses Märchen der Brüder Grimm bisher noch nicht. Viele Grüße aus Frankfurt a. M. und eine gute Zeit Euch in diesen Tagen!

Armin

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Herzlichen Dank! Dieses Märchen ist doch toll, oder? Wir wünschen Euch auch alles Gute.

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John Thomas-Harding

Vielen dank für deiner lesen von die Gebrüder Grimm, es  war ganz toll. Herzliche Weihnachts Grüße and bleibst du sicher.

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Danke. Ebenfalls herzliche Weihnachtsgrüße.

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