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What is A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 in German learning?

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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…

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Fun, Guided German Listening Practice for Levels A1-C2

Fun Guided German Listening Practice Levels A1-C2

NAGELNEU!

Brand new!

If you're looking for listening practice at your level of German, you can now find it in Stube Radio.

Stube Radio is a new element in the Weekly German Practice with Nicole and it is two audios per month with PDF transcripts for you to download and keep (if you like).

What Stube Radio ISN'T

The most important thing for you to understand is that Stube Radio ISN'T news articles based on the horror-show of the day.

It's not some super bored dude reading off the news at a …

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Practice German Weekly With Nicole

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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…

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Jein = ja + nein

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"Jein" is definitely one of the best words in the German language.

It's one word for both yes and no.

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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 s…

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11 German Words for Holy Week and Easter (Karwoche und Ostern)

11 German Words for Easter Holy Week

Christian Holidays are often public holidays in Germany, so these are good words to know whether you're non-religious, atheist, agnostic, or religious.

The schedule carries over into school and school breaks, too. One of my clients is currently on Osterferien, Easter Holidays, and doesn't have school this week or next.

This week is Karwoche, or Holy Week, and in a non-pandemic year there would be much singing of the Bach Passions: the Matthäus-Passion (St. Matthew Passion), the Johannes-Passio…

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What is the Plusquamperfekt?

What is the Plusquamperfekt

The Plusquamperfekt is a form of the past tense in German.

It's generally reserved for high intermediate and advanced learners at levels B2 and C1.

If you're not there yet, I recommend you save this blog post for later.

The remainder of this blog post is in German, as is the explanation video.

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Das Plusquamperfekt ist sehr hilfreich, wenn Sie über zwei verschiedene Ereignisse reden wollen, und beide bereits passiert sind.

Es kann viel Spaß machen, wenn Sie das Plusquamperfekt bilden und au…

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How to Give a German Learner a Seat in "die gute Stube"

Give a German Learner Gift

The email delivery on this gift is so fast.

Trying to send gifts this year is a challenge. We can be really grateful for all the fantastic people working hard to get our packages to their destinations, that's for sure.

Sometimes sending them is a different story, however. Yesterday I stopped at the Post Office to send off a package and as soon as I approached the door I realized it wasn't the best time. It was 11 a.m. and the line (physically distanced, of course) was all the way to the front …

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Introducing: die gute Stube. A Private Community for German Learners

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«Die gute Stube» is an online community for German learners to chat and converse in German with one another.

We practice writing and speaking in German together.

This is the German practice you've been looking for.

In Germany "die gute Stube" is the restaurant that's the soul of the town--the restaurant you take your friends and family to when they visit. This online "gute Stube" goes with you, wherever you are.

 

Practice your German writing and speaking.

  • Writing prompts every Tuesday h…

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

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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 with chores...He is temperamental and becomes outraged when he is not properly fed. He sometimes sings to children."

Can you imagine that kind of Hausgeist being your Gute Nacht Geschichte?

Creepy!

There are different interpreta…

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Take this Relaxing Video Trip to Bavaria

Take This Relaxing Video Trip to Bavaria

Wenn man nicht reisen kann, egal ob man zu wenig Geld hat oder es eine Pandemie gibt, kann man immer das Internet benutzen, um eine virtuelle Reise zu machen.

Es kostet nichts und man kann die gleiche Reise immer wieder machen.

Diese Woche gibt es eine Videoreise nach Bayern. Sie können verschiedene Seen sehen, eine Wiese, verschiedene Städte und vieles mehr.

Kommen Sie für 4 Minuten, 30 Sekunden mit nach Bayern. 

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When the time isn't right to travel, no matter if it's because money is tigh…

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