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5 Myths on How to Learn German Vocabulary-Busted!

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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:

  1. You only need to learn 3,000 words to truly speak German!
  2. Vocabulary isn't as important as grammar.
  3. Learning vocabulary is as boring as wa…

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7 Holiday Greetings in German, from Hanukkah through Christmas and into the New Year

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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, …

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How to say "thank you" and "you're welcome" in German

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Learning to say thank you and you're welcome in German is really important, as it's part of good manners in German culture and it's also really easy to learn.

Danke. = Thank you.

Bitte. = You're welcome.

But do you hesitate to say them?

I used to hesitate, too, until I attended a soccer game (Schalke 04 - Glück auf!) and the crowd taught me the importance of "Danke" and "Bitte."

Ein Fußballspiel, eine Bratwurst, danke und bitte.

Los geht's!


Wollen Sie mehr Hausaufgaben?

Would you like …

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What does "schräg" mean?

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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…

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arbeiten versus funktioneren

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When should you use 'arbeiten' and when should you use 'funktionieren'?

All the answers are in this episode!

You'll learn these two verbs in the context of wine harvest, too, because it's wine harvest time.

Learning to differentiate synonyms in German works really well when you use context.

This way you can easily build a picture in your mind that will help you for all of your German learning.

If it helps, you can even draw yourself a little sketch of a scene you'll hear in this episode.

A…

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What's the difference between meinen, bedeuten, and heißen?

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Synonyms in German function differently--they overlap differently--than in English.

Well, of course they do, right? Because it's a different language.

A lot of German learners - A1, A2 and B1-level learners confuse the verbs meinen, bedeuten, and heißen because in English they all mean "to mean."

bedeuten = to mean

heißen = to mean (also means "to be called," which you'll hear as well today)

meinen = to mean

UGH!

The good news is, there are ways to tell them apart and you'll learn them in…

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How do you pronounce "Ferien" and "feiern" in German?

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Summer vacation (or summer holidays) are drawing to a close for loads of people in the northern hemisphere.

So what are these called in German?

Das sind die Ferien.

And why is that word so frequently confused with "feiern"?

Because they are so similar.

In this episode of the GermanWithNicole.com podcast you'll learn how to pronounce these two words, which article you should use with Ferien (it's simpler than you might think), and a couple of example sentences so you can remember which word …

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Erst Ordnung schaffen - First Create Order

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«Erst Ordnung schaffen.»

the stylist proclaimed as she clipped a section of my hair to the side and combed the section she was about to cut.

Erst Ordnung schaffen.

First, create order.

At that moment the hairstylist probably had no clue what an impact she would have on my life.

Her comment was my official introduction to the German sense of order.

In this first episode of the GermanWithNicole.com Podcast you'll hear how one of my private lesson clients created order and how it has chan…

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A2 German Listening Practice (Fun, Guided, and Interesting)

Fun Guided A2 German Listening Practice


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…

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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: ja und nein - yes and no.

This is perfect for difficult answers.

When it's impossible to give a s…

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