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Secret Benefit #2 to Learning German

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Herzlich Willkommen zurück to “Secret Benefits to Learning German!”

This is the second installation in a three-part series on what I think are benefits to learning German that you might not have heard of or thought of yourself.

Up until now I’ve only shared these ideas with clients, so this is a look behind the curtain…

Secret #2: Learn to Plan.

There is no swaying my thoughts on this: I whole-heartedly believe that learning German can help you learn how to plan...

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Secret Benefit #1 to Learning German

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Herzlich Willkommen to “Secret Benefits to Learning German!”

This is a three-part series on what I think are benefits to learning German that you might not have heard of or thought of yourself.

If you did your homework last week, you’ll have done a short brainstorm on 3-5 benefits to learning German that maybe aren’t the usual ideas. Some of those usual ideas are keeping your brain active, growing as a person when we step outside our comfort zones, or maybe...

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Vorschau: 3 Secret Benefits to Learning German

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Often people tout the benefits of learning another language in very valuable, albeit very general ways. Learning a foreign language helps us view things from another person's perspective. True.

Becoming familiar with another culture helps us grow as people when we step outside our comfort zone and try something new. Definitely true.

But could there be more benefits to learning a foreign language?

Something we might not have considered?

I wager that there are more benefits than these, and that...

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Recap: German, the Language of Love

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Dienstag Abend war es so weit! Und es hat so viel Spaß gemacht.

Tuesday evening was it! And it was so fun!

This was the first Sprechseminar (speaking seminar) and it was a blast! If you're thinking about joining us for a future Sprechseminar, this will give you a behind-the-scenes look that I hope will inspire you to join us in the future.

First we talked about the vocab we already know for "die Liebe." Words like die Rose, Süßer, das Herz and schmusen came up.

Then we got to...

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3 Ways to Say You're in Love in German ♥

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"Alte Liebe rostet nicht" say the Germans. Old love doesn't rust.

Neither does new love!

So how do you say you're in love in German? Germans don't fall in love. (Because who wants to fall, anyway?! Ouch.)

Here are a few standard ways of saying you're in love with someone as well as a couple of slang ways of saying it.

If you're not quite ready for die Liebe, no worries--check out #3 below for some "like" language. ;-)

1. Use a reflexive verb (standard German):

  • Ich habe mich verliebt.
    • I've...

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How to Royally Screw Up Your German Learning in 2018 - Final Check-In!

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This year a bunch of you set a new goal for 2018 in terms of German learning. This is your final check-in. Juhu!

So go find that dusty goal sheet that you printed out and that got lost under another pile of papers...and let's get some perspective.

If you put in some time with German this year, I'd like you to stop and give yourself a pat on the back.

Yes, really. Just reach up your hand and pat yourself on the shoulder. Yep, just like that.

Whatever you did with German this year, I'm glad you...

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How I Prepared for My Swiss Citizenship Interview

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This is an email that I received from a client this summer after she had her Swiss Citizenship Interview. In addition to practicing speaking in German, we spent several lessons discussing the Swiss governmental system and how to prepare mentally for such an exam. Our final lesson before her interview was a practice interview. Here’s what she had to say.

N.B. This email has been edited for privacy, clarity and formatting.

 


Hello Nicole!

I did make it through my German language...

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How to Royally Screw Up Your German Learning in 2018 - Mid-Year Check-In!

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Remember back in January, when I shows you how to Royally Screw Up Your German Learning this year?

This is your mid-year check-in.

So go find that dusty goal sheet that you printed out and that got lost under another pile of papers...

...and, if need be, get out your German book(s) and notebook. Find your folders, stuffed full of papers, and let's do an honest-and-yet compassionate assessment of where you are now.

You are entering a guilt-free, self-bullying free zone.

Whether you've been...

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4 Reasons Minimalists Should Learn German (And Why German is Easier than English!)

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If you are already living with less or a minimum amount of possessions, or would like to, this philosophy works in your favor when learning German. Experience a language which is significantly more predictable than English; German is a great language to explore!

You'll also discover here how, in many ways, German is actually easier than English. I say this as a native English speaker, a near-native German speaker, and an instructor for both languages.

Of course both languages have their own...

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How to Royally Screw Up Your German Learning in 2018 - Part 3

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Herzlich Willkommen zurück!

This is Part 3 in the series on how to set ONE realistic goal for 2018. You can find Part 1 hereand Part 2 here.

If you haven't read parts one and two yet, I highly recommend you do. In fact, let's just be German about it and say "Das müssen Sie zuerst machen!"

This post is dedicated to all the perfectionists out there, all the recovering perfectionists, and those of us who get hung up on one small thing. A lot of people who are perfectionists are...

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