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Always 'Frau,' never 'Fräulein' (RANT)


First the educational part, and then the rant.

Here is the educational part: I have no idea why this information isn't widespread in the US, but decades ago, DECADES, Germans stopped using the word Fräulein. It's inappropriate and impolite to use it.

Educational part done.

Now the rant:

It's never Fräulein, only ever Frau.

The word Fräulein, as in Fräulein Maria, is not used any more. The movie The Sound of Music was set in the year 1938. It is now 2024. German has changed a bit since 193…

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11 Words, Phrases, and Ideas to Help You Chip Away at Your Perfectionism and Learn (Even) More German


Elf! Elf! Eleven! Elf!

11 Jahre GermanWithNicole.com! Diese Folge widme ich meiner Kundin Frau A., die seit achteinhalb Jahren bei mir Deutsch lernt und sie lernt sehr, sehr viel Deutsch. Hut ab, Frau A.!

This episode is dedicated to Frau A., my longest-standing client, at 8 and a half years and in that time she has learned an incredible amount of German. Hats off to you! Hut ab!

If you're serious about learning German and you have a strong perfectionistic streak which keeps tripping you up…

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Tag der offenen Tür


Tag der offenen Tür
Tag der offenen Tür

Open House!

Tag der offenen Tür

Das hier ist Ihre Einladung zum Tag der offenen Tür am 16. September.

This is your invitation to the GermanWithNicole.com 10th Anniversary Open House on September 16th.

Zur Anmeldung

When I lived in Germany one of my first jobs was teaching voice, piano, and music theory at a private music school. The owner had recently moved into that building, where he could have additional rooms for more private teachers, and I sta…

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sich anmelden - Conjugations and Meaning


sich anmelden

Ohhhh, reflexive separable verbs. You can pride yourself in your use of reflexive verbs as soon as you start learning them. (See what I did there? Pride yourself. Ah-ha, ah-ha!) And today you'll learn sich anmelden, to register (yourself) for a German class.

After the intro you'll learn the conjugations for the verb sich anmelden, and then you'll hear a German text. After a very short interlude you'll hear the same text in English. That's verb conjugations, German text, English t…

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