I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. My grandfather came back from WWII having learned to waterski in Switzerland while he was on leave. He and my grandmother first opened up a gas station, which quickly turned into a gas station which sold boats, which then turned into a boat and snowmobile dealer, and for decades has been exclusively a full-fledged marine dealer in western Wisconsin. My grandparents worked really hard and were able to create a lifestyle that worked for them, because their b…
OK, so here's an important update for all of you in Europe or who visit my site from Europe. The European Union has taken huge steps to protect consumer privacy and a new, powerful regulation is going into effect May 25. It's called the GDPR or the General Data Policy Regulation. This affects you and me because a lot of people sign up for my list from Europe (all over--the UK, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, everywhere). Because my website is available for all, I must comply…
I almost forgot! Here I was going to dive into the next blog post series on understanding the different levels of German learning (A1, A2, B1, etc.) and then it hit me--I forgot to tell you what's new this year!
New Thing: German Diction Coachings!
For anyone who sings German music or sings in a choir that performs German music, this is for you! I've just introduced German Diction Coachings both in live coaching sessions and email coachings. These are very reasonable, a 30-min…
What happened with the blog and you reading the blog and my newsletter last year was fantastisch! And to top it off, what happened a couple of weeks ago was incredible. I've heard from several readers that they've set a new goal for 2018--and they only set one!
One person is reading the A1 books for the Easy German Book Club
Another person is repeating and reviewing this year.
But before that there was an entire year's worth of blogging. So here is a quick and worthwhile look back at 2017 as …
Elections are big deals these days and Germany's upcoming elections are on everyone's radar. Germany is a key figure in European politics and for shaping future policy, as well as a major financial factor in the EU. Germany's elections take place on September 24th, 2017.
Here are three resources for German learners of different levels where you can learn about the German government and the upcoming elections.
Nr. 1. Ab Niveau A1:
The Federal Government of Germany has their own, gigantic websi…
Liebe Leserinnen, Liebe Leser,
seit Juli 2013 gibt es diese Website und bei mir private Deutschstunden. Ich freue mich sehr, dass wir (Sie und ich!) jetzt 4 Jahre feiern!
Hier sind vier Fakten über diese Website/meinen Job, die Sie vielleicht noch nicht kennen:
This year is the Reformationsjubiläum, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, which was a key event for the Reformation. This day now symbolizes the beginning of the Reformation and the far-reaching effects that have reached around the globe. All year long there are activities all over the world to celebrate this anniversary, most especially in Germany.
They're celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther: the man who lived secretly unde…
Back in November of 2015 you learned that I decided to make this German ad/venture officially official and I signed up for a course with the Goethe-Institut to become certified to teach German as a Foreign Language. I've just completed the third module and corresponding project, which means I'm officially halfway through the course. Three modules down, three modules to go!
Zwischenbilanz literally means a "between balance," or "subtotal," so taking stock of where you are, as…
Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser,
This is a safe place. This is a safe place for you. This is a safe place for you and me to be together.
Here at GermanWithNicole I have purposefully created a safe place for people to explore the German language, Germanic culture, thoughts about elements of our lives that vary from culture to culture. The main goal of this work is education and cultural understanding. At the heart of everything is compassion.
Here there are visitors from all over the world every d…
In 1939 an American couple, Unitarian Minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha Sharp, agreed to a secret mission in Europe helping people escape the Nazis and their horrifying acts.
Over the next two years, the Sharps helped dozens find safety elsewhere. Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, a grandson of the Sharps, created this documentary, which is airing next week on PBS.
Ken Burns is a master of storytelling--stories of real human beings, people who made major changes that we feel today. S…