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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

Discord Cover die gute Stube

«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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What are the Six Levels of Learning German?

What are the Six Levels of Learning German

If you've seen the combinations A1, B2 or C1 on your German books but you don't know or understand what they mean, this post is for you!

There are six total combinations of letters and numbers: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. These are simply guidelines for figuring out where you are in the German learning process.

The name for this straightforward scale is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or the CEFR.

Why the CEFR is so helpful

This scale is so clear, so helpful for Germa…

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What Are the Six Parts of Learning German?

What Are the Six Parts of Learning German

Ask any new German learner and they will say German has a million parts and a gazillion words and then you can add the words together to makes new words and...

Stop!

There are only six parts to learning German.

No one part is more important than the other, either, as they are all part of the same machine, if you will.

Think of it like a car.

Does a car function well if part of it is missing or broken? Not usually!

A couple of weeks ago my car battery died (I'll spare you the details becaus…

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Ein Gedicht: Wenn die Hoffnung nicht wär

Wenn die Hoffnung nicht wär

Guten Morgen allerseits!

Heute habe ich ein Gedicht für euch. So können Sie das Gedicht lernen:

1. Laden Sie das PDF herunter und lesen Sie das Gedicht.

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2. Schlagen Sie Wörter nach, die Ihnen neu sind. Schreiben Sie einen Kommentar, wenn Sie eine Frage haben.

3. Schauen Sie das Video.

4. Schauen Sie das Video nochmal und sprechen Sie mit.

5. Sprechen Sie das Gedicht laut vor. Gut ist's!

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Good morning everyone!

Today I have a poem for you. Here's how you can lear…

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How I Learned German in 6 Months

How I Learned German in 6 Months

There isn't much of a secret to language learning because it's all about working with the language as much as possible over a length of time. However I can give you tips on how I learned to speak German fluently (and I mean--I could say anything I wanted or needed to say) within about 6 months. Konjunktiv II? Kein Thema. Polite discourse? Absolut! Telling someone off? That, too.

Don't get me wrong--learning German in 6 months was really tough. I started at an A2 level (the second-lowest level) …

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Wiederholen Sie, bitte!

Wiederholen Sie bitte

5 Ways to Re-Use Your German & Learn More in the Process

There is one key ingredient to students who learn the most in their German lessons:  they repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.

My first German teacher was (and surely still is) an excellent instructor. She told me if I wanted to learn a new word in German, I'd have to use it 28 times.

28 times!! That's a lot of repetition. (If that's an average, sometimes it goes faster--say 20 repetitions, and sometimes it takes longer, say 40 repet…

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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.

ja + nein = jein

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.

This is perfect for difficult questions and for difficult answers.

When it's impossible to give a s…

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How to Pronounce the "Ich-Laut" in German

How to Pronounce Ich-Laut German Instructional Video

Use this Instructional Video to Learn How to Pronounce the "Ich-Laut" in German!

The Ich-Laut can be tough for English speakers to pronounce because it's not a part of English...or is it?

Ladies and Gentlemen, we *do* have the Ich-Laut in English--it's just hidden!

In this video on how to pronounce the Ich-Laut, I show you where to find that hidden "ch" sound in English and then I guide you through a couple of exercises to help you pronounce this sound in German.

The most important factor is…

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