Three German Phrases on Beginnings to Celebrate One Year of this Podcast!
I got a little verklemmt in this one.
It's the One-Year Anniversary of this podcast! Hurra!
So first I answer a couple of questions.
Then there are three phrases in German on beginnings.
And to close it out: a boatload of thank-yous.
Authors and such mentioned in this episode:
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Christine Brückner (new to me!)
die Schadenfreude = pleasure at someone else's misfort…
7 Holiday Greetings in German, from Hanukkah through Christmas and into the New Year
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…
What does "schräg" mean?
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.)
Nicole reads aloud: "der Kobold in der Mühle" from the Brothers Grimm
It's a 'scary' time of year and to go along with it, here is your Brothers Grimm fairy tale in a video.
You might not know Der Kobold in der Mühle, however it's every bit as eery as the other fairy tales.
What does Kobold mean?
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 wi…
How (Not) to Learn German Part 2 of 2
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.
Be sure to subscribe to automatically receive…
How (Not) to Learn German Part 1 of 2
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. …
Practice Dates in German Using Dative, With Free Audio
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 be publishe…
The GermanWithNicole.com Podcast is here!
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, Googl…
A2 German Listening Practice (Fun, Guided, and Interesting)
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 Stub…
Fun, Guided German Listening Practice
If you're looking for listening practice at your level of German, you can now find it in Stube Radio.
Stube Radio consists of real German news articles (but not THAT kind of news) recorded by Frau Warner. There is a PDF transcript 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 very slow tempo who sound…