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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...

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Was denken Sie? Was wollen Sie lernen?

Tell Nicole What You Think

How often do you get to tell your German teacher what you want to learn?

If your answer is "not that often," today's your lucky day.

Would you answer eight questions for me? They're mainly questions with check-the-box answers like:

  • Why are you learning German?
  • What do you like the most about GermanWithNicole?
  • What kinds of German learning are you most interested in?

And of course there's room for you to ask questions, share ideas, and tell me more about your German learning experiences.

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What are the Six Levels of Learning German?

What are the Six Levels of Learning German

If you've seen the combinations A1, B2 or C1 on your German books but you don't know or understand what they mean, this post is for you!

There are six total combinations of letters and numbers: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. These are simply guidelines for figuring out where you are in the German learning process.

The name for this straightforward scale is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or the CEFR.

Why the CEFR is so helpful

This scale is so clear, so helpful for German...

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Are You Ready for Intro to German?

Introduction to German Summer 2020

Are you ready as you'll ever be to start learning German?

Then Introduction to German is for you.

If you'd like to try a class, one that's online, with a live instructor to guide you through your first class with German, this class is for you.

If you're new to German, this class is for you.

If you're tired of trying to "teach yourself" something you don't know yet, this class is for you.

If you're sick of staring at your phone, trying to figure out what that blog post/social media post in...

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What Are the Six Parts of Learning German?

What Are the Six Parts of Learning German

Ask any new German learner and they will say German has a million parts and a gazillion words and then you can add the words together to makes new words and...

Stop!

There are only six parts to learning German.

No one part is more important than the other, either, as they are all part of the same machine, if you will.

Think of it like a car.

Does a car function well if part of it is missing or broken? Not usually!

A couple of weeks ago my car battery died (I'll spare you the details because...

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3 New Ways to Learn German at Home

3 New Ways Learn German at Home

You could be at home, you could be in a park, you could be on your own balcony.

Every place is a good place to learn a bit of German.

Here are three new ways you can learn a bit of German in any of those places.

1. eine Wortsuche

A word search is a good way to engage with German over a bit of time, but it's not so much energy that you can't get started or keep focused.

In fact, that's exactly what one client said about the newest word search activity:

 "The word search was so...

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What is Basic German Grammar?

What is Basic German Grammar

The A1 or beginner's level of German is frequently underestimated in its importance for learning German. Starting at the beginning is not only the only place to start, but it's the most important place to start to understand German grammar.

If you're my client you'll hear this often:

You can't build a house on sand, so build a strong foundation.

One of the hardest times for my A2 clients (or B1 or B2 for that matter) is when we start a new topic involving some kind of grammar and they...

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Lernen Sie trennbare Verben Learn separable verbs

trennbare Verben lernen learn separable verbs

Today you get to learn separable verbs (trennbare Verben) just like one of my German clients!

This is a technique I've used with dozens of German learners and it makes separable verbs a kinaesthetic exercise--and that in two different ways.

You'll need to do one thing and to get one supply to have ready when you start the video.

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Step 1

Download this PDF of 4x6 cards and print them, or simply use them to make your own cards if you can't print them. You can also use small cards or slips of...

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Ein Gedicht: Wenn die Hoffnung nicht wär

Wenn die Hoffnung nicht wär

Guten Morgen allerseits!

Heute habe ich ein Gedicht für euch. So können Sie das Gedicht lernen:

1. Laden Sie das PDF herunter und lesen Sie das Gedicht.

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2. Schlagen Sie Wörter nach, die Ihnen neu sind. Schreiben Sie einen Kommentar, wenn Sie eine Frage haben.

3. Schauen Sie das Video.

4. Schauen Sie das Video nochmal und sprechen Sie mit.

5. Sprechen Sie das Gedicht laut vor. Gut ist's!

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Good morning everyone!

Today I have a poem for you. Here's how you can learn this...

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Was wollen Sie jetzt lernen?

was wollen jetzt lernen learn now

Liebe Leserinnen, liebe Leser,

auf Deutsch:

mit der neuen Website gibt es einiges an kostenlose Materialien für Sie. Ich möchte Ihnen mehr zum Lernen anbieten, da wir uns in einer sehr außergewöhnlichen Situation befinden. Aber dafür brauche ich Informationen von Ihnen.

Was möchten Sie von mir für Deutsch? Was wollen Sie in den nächsten Wochen lernen? Und *wie* wollen Sie es lernen?

auf Englisch:

With the new website there are quite a few free...

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