Nicole reads aloud: "der Kobold in der Mühle" from the Brothers Grimm
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…
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 …
A2 German Listening Practice (Fun, Guided, and Interesting)
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 St…
Practice German Weekly With Nicole
Most German learners get online and they search for a topic in German and they fall down a rabbit hole.
They become completely overwhelmed.
Some learners carry on, head held high, and create some regular learning routine, but they can't figure out how to speak German on their own.
Too many people love German, but hate learning it.
Because they don't have consistent, guided practice at their level.
...but they could. And so could you.
You can practice reading and writing in German every wee…
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…
Diese Woche ist «Woche der deutschen Küche»!
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…
Easy German Book Club: Weihnachtskrimi in München
The Easy German Book Club is back!
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 my Adobe Connect online classroom. You can join via your smartphone, tablet or computer; use e…
Lesen Sie "Aufregung an der Nordsee"?
Update: This Buchgemeinschaft has been rescheduled for February 9 & 23, 2019
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…
Was lesen Sie am Wochenende?
Lesen Sie eine Zeitschrift?
Oder lesen Sie einen Krimi?
Have you ever tried reading a book in German? If not, then I've got a wonderful suggestion for you.
"Gefahr am Strand" is a 30-page book written in German at an A1 (beginner's) level. Each chapter is 1-3 pages long and the whole story takes place in Sankt Peter-Ording, a popular vacation destination for Germans.
Here's the description from the back cover:
"Toni, 15, freut sich riesig auf die Sommerferien. Er möchte mit seinen Freunde…
Buchgemeinschaft Sept. 11: Gefahr am Strand
Die beliebte Buchgemeinschaft ist zurück!
Our popular book club is back!
The September, 2018 Buchgemeinschaft selection is
"Gefahr am Strand" by Andrea Maria Wagner.
Because we are not yet done with summer! Wir sind noch nicht mit dem Sommer fertig!
"Gefahr am Strand" is from the "Stadt, Land, Fluss..." series, which is wonderful because the books
- have short chapters of 1-3 pages so you can read it quickly.
- take place in actual locations you can visit in Germany so it's realistic.