5 Myths on How to Learn German Vocabulary-Busted!
A lot of what you might read on the internet on how to learn German vocabulary words is really a lot of hot air & hooey.
In this episode we'll bust 5 myths on vocabulary learning and give you a clearer picture of why vocabulary learning is important.
After all, if you don't know what the words mean...you'll be up a creek without a paddle.
The 5 Myths:
- You only need to learn 3,000 words to truly speak German!
- Vocabulary isn't as important as grammar.
- Learning vocabulary is as boring as wa…
German Christmas Markets
Visiting a German Christmas Market is a true feast for the senses. It may forever change your expectations of the holiday season.
- the main point of the Weihnachtsmarkt
- who to go with
- the various beverages available
- what you can eat there
- what you can shop for there
7 Holiday Greetings in German, from Hanukkah through Christmas and into the New Year
Holidays mean greetings.
In Germany that means many holiday greetings. For different people.
When do you say what to whom?
Learn in this episode of the GermanWithNicole.com Podcast:
- How to wish someone a nice Advent in German
- How to say Happy Hannukah in German
- How to say Good Yule in German
- How to say Happy Holidays in German
- How to say Merry Christmas in German
- How to say Happy New Year in German
- and a couple more.
AND you'll learn when to say which greeting.
There's homework, …
What does "schräg" mean?
You probably enjoy those lists of German words that can't be translated into English as much as I do.
They go around the internet again and again, but have you noticed they're usually the same words?
This word, schräg, never shows up on one, and it deserves to be on every list.
In this episode you'll learn all about the word schräg.
You'll learn what it means, how to pronounce it, and how to use the word schräg.
Und machen Sie Ihre Hausaufgaben! (Do your German homework.)
And here's t…
How Does German Culture Compare to US Culture?
Frequently, very frequently I find myself confused by living in the US again.
The culture is simply so different from German culture, which is where I began my post-grad school life.
I couldn't put words to all of it, but then a friend of mine asked me recently, "Of all the places you've been, where did you have the most culture shock?"
It took me weeks to sort out my answer.
After considering the 21 countries and perhaps 18 states I've visited, I've finally got my answer.
In this episode w…
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…
What is the German National Anthem?
The German National Anthem is known as the Nationalhymne or Das Lied der Deutschen, "The Song of the Germans."
In today's episode of the podcast for German learners you'll hear:
- the current national anthem
- a bit of its history
- the German National Anthem sung in German (by yours truly!)
It's really important to note the specifics of this Anthem because there is a strong connection to German history, one that is to be remembered and respected.
Besides, wouldn't you like to impress your G…