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

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It's a 'scary' time of year and to go along with it, here is your Brothers Grimm fairy tale in a video.

You might not know Der Kobold in der Mühle, however it's every bit as eery as the other fairy tales.

What does Kobold mean?

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 wi…

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When should I read Harry Potter in German?

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 …

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A2 German Listening Practice (Fun, Guided, and Interesting)

Fun Guided A2 German Listening Practice

Once you're past the foundational learning of the A1 level of German you're probably ready to listen to something more interesting.

Something constructive, positive. Something that piques your interest.

The A1 level materials don't go very deep. Because they can't.

At A2 you can explore more topics and you'll start to listen to German in a different way.

But you don't want to go too far and get overwhelmed.

If the regular news is too hard and too scary for you, a good solution might be Stub…

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5 A2 German Story Books for German Learners

5 A2 German Story Books for German Learners

Finding interesting story books for A2 German learning doesn't have to be a chore - here you can read the research I've done for you and simply purchase the books and have them delivered.

Some books are available in digital versions, which does save space, however there are distinct advantages to having a physical book, from less screen time to easily writing notes on the page.

The most important part, however, is having reading material that is at your current level of German (these are all A…

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Diese Woche ist «Woche der deutschen Küche»!

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Diese Woche machen Privatkunden eine besondere Aktivität, anstatt den normalen Unterricht zu haben. Sie backen, kochen oder machen ein deutsches Rezept (oder ein österreichisches oder ein schweizerisches Rezept) und schreiben etwas darüber.

Deutsches Essen zu machen ist auch Deutsch lernen. :)

Und Sie dürfen diese Woche mitmachen!

Diese Woche lesen Sie hier drei Rezepte für typische, deutsche Gerichte und es gibt sogar Rezeptkarten, die Sie herunterladen und ausdrucken können. Alles ist auf D…

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Easy German Book Club: Weihnachtskrimi in München

Join Easy German Book Club Weihnachtskrimi in München

The Easy German Book Club is back!

Easy German Book Club is a place for German learners and enthusiasts to gather and discuss a German book, especially those of you who aren't part of a regular class or lessons.

On December 5th you can join us to discuss the book "Weihnachtskrimi in München," a part of the Detektiv Müller series from Klett Publishing.

We'll meet once for 90 minutes and we'll meet in online classroom. You can join via your smartphone, tablet or computer; use earbuds or a hea…

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Lesen Sie "Aufregung an der Nordsee"?

Easy German Book Club Aufregung an der Nordsee

Escape winter with us and read "Aufregung an der Nordsee"!

"Aufregung an der Nordsee" is an easy, 30-page read for A1 German speakers. It's a fun, family-friendly story with a bit of suspense.

Lesen Sie mit? Here's a short excerpt to whet your appetite:

"Nach dem Abitur verbringt Paula zusammen mit ihrer Tante eine Woche auf der Nordseeinsel Norderney. Aber gibt es auf Norderney überhaupt andere Jugendliche oder sind dort nur ältere Leute, wie ihre Tante Gerda?

Beim Stand-Up-Paddling sie…

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Register Now for "Blinder Passagier" - Starts Tuesday!

Easy German Book Club Blinder Passagier

The next Buchgemeinschaft meeting begins next week on Dienstag, der 15. Mai. If you're interested in joining us, I invite you to check out the details below and in the event posting (click the button at the bottom).

Buchgemeinschaft is an easy-reader book club for clients at the A1-A2 levels of German. This month's story is Blinder Passagier, about a stow-away on a boat motoring down the Rhine River. The story has short chapters of just 1-3 pages and uses mainly the present tense. It's jam-pack…

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Introducing: Easy German Book Club! «Buchgemeinschaft»

Introducing Easy German Book Club Buchgemeinschaft

Now that you know what "A1" means on your book it's time to know that there are more resources available for you to learn German at your current level.

Welcome to

Easy German Book Club

«Buchgemeinschaft»

a new, A1 level book club

for German learners

This book club is for beginners, A1 learners, people who are re-learning German. Yes, this means YOU!
 
A handful of clients and I developed the format and they *loved* it. First everyone purchased the book and read it and made flashcards w…

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

4 Reasons Minimalists Should Learn German

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 un…

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