In Part 1, we explored the three most problematic approaches to learning German.
In Part 2 here today, we'll explore solutions to those three problematic approaches. They're all easier than you think, easily actionable, and will get you further in German than you might have thought possible.
If you're frustrated with German, if you haven't made progress like you wanted, and you just don't know what to do differently, this episode is for you.
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Consider your strategy and overall approach to German.
If you have been working on German for a while and are only treading water, this episode will help you figure out which parts of your learning approach are getting in your way.
You'll hear three of the most common, problematic approaches I've seen in the last 11 years of teaching German and 18 years of teaching a foreign language.
This is part 1 of 2 because part 2 will then guide you into more constructive territory for German learning. …
And find out more about the first three episodes of the GermanWithNicole.com Podcast
The first episode of the GermanWithNicole.com Podcast is going to publish in only a few days.
The second and third episodes will follow soon after, and you can find out what those dates are in this short listening exercise.
Your task is to listen to the audio below and to note which dates the first three episodes will be released (auf Deutsch, natürlich) and then how often new episodes will b…
As usual, the German text is first, then after the flower you'll find the text in English.
Die GermanWithNicole.com Sendung (der Podcast) ist hier! Die Vorschau ist bereit zum Hören und Sie können die Sendung jetzt abonnieren.
Sie können entweder ihre Lieblingspodcastapp öffnen und nach GERMANWITHNICOLE suchen (alles ein Wort), oder Sie können diesen link benutzen:
Die Sendung gibt es jetzt überall: Apple Podcasts, Podcast Addict, Spotify, Goog…
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…
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 …
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…
Here is a short exercise for you to practice two separable verbs in German: einatmen and ausatmen.
You may have noticed these two verbs in a blog post earlier this month, and to help you learn them even better, you'll use them in this exercise.
This may be the most relaxing German separable verbs exercise you'll find on the interwebs.
Here are the instructions in German. Scroll down to the flower to read the instructions in English.
Hier ist ein kurzes Audio für Sie.
Zuerst hören Sie «Ich…
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?
There are different interpreta…
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) …