arbeiten versus funktioneren
When should you use 'arbeiten' and when should you use 'funktionieren'?
All the answers are in this episode!
You'll learn these two verbs in the context of wine harvest, too, because it's wine harvest time.
Learning to differentiate synonyms in German works really well when you use context.
This way you can easily build a picture in your mind that will help you for all of your German learning.
If it helps, you can even draw yourself a little sketch of a scene you'll hear in this episode.
How to Pronounce and Use hätte in German
Knowing how to pronounce hätte correctly in German is one thing. Using it correctly is another.
In today's German lesson you'll learn both how to say hätte correctly and how to use it in a few specific phrases.
Imagine how confident you'll feel knowing exactly what to say and pronouncing everything correctly. This will be a step up for your German.
Plus you'll learn how to say "shoulda, woulda, coulda" in German, which uses hätte, and will surely impress your German friends the next time they…
How do you pronounce "Ferien" and "feiern" in German?
Summer vacation (or summer holidays) are drawing to a close for loads of people in the northern hemisphere.
So what are these called in German?
Das sind die Ferien.
And why is that word so frequently confused with "feiern"?
Because they are so similar.
In this episode of the GermanWithNicole.com podcast you'll learn how to pronounce these two words, which article you should use with Ferien (it's simpler than you might think), and a couple of example sentences so you can remember which word …
What is A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 in German learning?
In this 5th episode of the GermanWithNicole.com Podcast you'll learn what these designations mean for German learning.
You've surely seen this alphabet-number combination on German learning materials and maybe you've seen or taken a German language assessment test and received one of these combinations as a result. “You can take a class at the A2 level.”
But what does it mean?! And why should you care?!
Hint: Understanding these combinations will make your German learning life sooooo much eas…
When should I read Harry Potter in German?
In this episode of the GermanWithNicole.com Podcast you'll discover when a good time is to start reading Harry Potter in German.
You'll also hear why that's a good time to start it.
We'll break down only the first two sentences of the book, both in English and in the German translation, to support this, and we'll have some fun along the way.
Think of this episode like a special map for German learning. ;-)
Giving credit where credit is due:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Page 5 © …
How (Not) to Learn German Part 2 of 2
In Part 1, we explored the three most problematic approaches to learning German.
In Part 2 here today, we'll explore solutions to those three problematic approaches. They're all easier than you think, easily actionable, and will get you further in German than you might have thought possible.
If you're frustrated with German, if you haven't made progress like you wanted, and you just don't know what to do differently, this episode is for you.
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How (Not) to Learn German Part 1 of 2
Consider your strategy and overall approach to German.
If you have been working on German for a while and are only treading water, this episode will help you figure out which parts of your learning approach are getting in your way.
You'll hear three of the most common, problematic approaches I've seen in the last 11 years of teaching German and 18 years of teaching a foreign language.
This is part 1 of 2 because part 2 will then guide you into more constructive territory for German learning. …
The GermanWithNicole.com Podcast is here!
As usual, the German text is first, then after the flower you'll find the text in English.
Die GermanWithNicole.com Sendung (der Podcast) ist hier! Die Vorschau ist bereit zum Hören und Sie können die Sendung jetzt abonnieren.
Sie können entweder ihre Lieblingspodcastapp öffnen und nach GERMANWITHNICOLE suchen (alles ein Wort), oder Sie können diesen link benutzen:
Die Sendung gibt es jetzt überall: Apple Podcasts, Podcast Addict, Spotify, Googl…
Jein = ja + nein
"Jein" is definitely one of the best words in the German language.
It's one word for both yes and no.
ja + nein = jein
Knowing the word "jein" in German opens up a whole new world for German learners and their eyes get really big and their ears perk the first time they hear the word.
"Jein" also has several uses; for starters, "jein" allows you to give two simultaneous answers to one question: ja und nein - yes and no.
This is perfect for difficult answers.
When it's impossible to give a simple answer…
"zu Hause" vs. "nach Hause"
The difference between "zu Hause" vs. "nach Hause" easily trips up German learners, but it doesn't have to trip you up if you use the tips below.
1. "zu Hause" = (at) home
"zu" is usually used as a preposition, so it would stand by itself and you might think that "zu Hause" means "to home."
This is an exception.
When you say "zu Hause," you're really using it as one block of language.
Think of the sentence "Ich bin zu Hause" and picture it like three wooden blocks:
[Ich] [bin] [zu Hause].