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Which German Dictionaries are Good for Learners: Books, Websites, and Apps

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Learning how to use a German-English dictionary effectively is one of the single skills which can really help support you in your German learning adventure.

German learners frequently ask: Which German-English dictionary should I buy? Is it worth buying the big one? How do I know which dictionary will be right for me? Are the online German dictionaries better?

In this blog post/podcast episode, I'll guide you step-by-step through which dictionary you can/should use as a beginner through the el…

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What does "Fingerspitzengefühl" mean?

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This untranslatable German word is one of my favorites, and I hope it becomes one of yours, too!

You'll learn the meaning of Fingerspitzengefühl and there are plenty of repetitions of it so you can get used to pronouncing it.

It's a long word!

You'll learn the meaning of Fingerspitzengefühl in English and you'll learn when to use it in German.

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Nine Year Anniversary German With Nicole.com!

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Nine Years of GermanWithNicole.com!

Although I've taught German since 2010, I've only taught privately and online since 2013. (Wellllll, it may have actually been 2012, but this was a chance development in my life that turned into a business, so if you won't tell anybody, I won't.)

Today you'll hear

  • two short numbers exercises in German,

  • a thank you in German followed by the same text in English,

  • and then five fantastic German words I've come across in the past few years.

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How to Say Ukraine and in the Ukraine, Ukranian in German

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How to say (the) Ukraine/in the Ukraine in German, plus how to say Ukranians, women and men, and more.

The text of this podcast is below.

There is also a free PDF download for you here, it contains all of the vocabulary words from the blog text/episode.

If you have another question about how to say something in the Ukraine, please scroll down and leave your question as a comment. I'll respond within 24-48 hours.

Download the Vocabulary PDF


die Ukraine – the name of the country, with an …

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2 Simple Reasons Why You Should Learn German Swear Words

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(Note: There are no swear words in this post.)

Are you surprised that you should learn German swear words? You shouldn’t be.

What German language lover or German learner doesn't want to learn German swear words?!

German, like every language, has its own profanity.

It's plain offensive.

So why would I teach you swear words in German? Why would I enable you to potentially offend someone?!

There are two reasons why it's actually a good idea to learn German swear words, and they're going to ma…

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7 Funny German Words and Their Meanings

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There are so many funny words in German and sometimes their meanings are straight-forward, sometimes they are words we might wish we had as English speakers!

Here are 7 funny German words, including two funny German words for animals (real or imagined?!), with slow pronunciation and the meanings of the words.

This episode is great for learners at the A1, A2, and B1 levels.

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What is the Best Way to Learn German vocabulary?

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Yes, German vocabulary learning is the featured topic right now because the most important part of learning German is learning how to learn it.

Vocabulary learning is a HUGE part of that!



This is what you'll hear in this episode:

  • A realization a client of mine had about learning.

  • The answer to: should you use pencil and paper or an app?

  • Three ideas to put fresh wind in your sails for vocab learning.

  • Me getting up on my soap box about "the end-all, be-all method of lea…

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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 bo…

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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 g…

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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!

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