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Open Lesson Times from November 2019

open lesson times nov 2019Hallo liebe Leserinnen und Leser!

As my teaching studio was full for a long time, it's very exciting today to post more open lesson times.

Lessons take place Tuesdays - Saturdays; times listed are in the Central Time Zone (Milwaukee, WI)

  • Wednesdays at 3.00 p.m. or 5.45 p.m.
  • Fridays at 9.45 a.m., 1.00 p.m., 2.15 pm or 3.30 pm

N.B. if you are on the waiting list for a Saturday lesson time, I've still got you on the list.

If any of these times work for you, please visit the German Lessons page an…

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Easy German Book Club: Weihnachtskrimi in München

Join Easy German Book Club Weihnachtskrimi in München

The Easy German Book Club is back!

Easy German Book Club is a place for German learners and enthusiasts to gather and discuss a German book, especially those of you who aren't part of a regular class or lessons.

On December 5th you can join us to discuss the book "Weihnachtskrimi in München," a part of the Detektiv Müller series from Klett Publishing.

We'll meet once for 90 minutes and we'll meet in my Adobe Connect online classroom. You can join via your smartphone, tablet or computer; use e…

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The 3 Phrases You Need to Survive Oktoberfest

The Three Phrases You Need to Survive Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is almost here--this year it's September 21st through Oktober 6th--only ten days away!

Pack up your Dirndl, your Lederhosen, your Maß and your Handy, and make sure you take enough cash with you. This year one liter of Bier costs anywhere from EUR 11,40 to EUR 15,90. A soda costs at least EUR 8 in any tent, plus you're going to need some fabulous Bavarian food to sustain you through all the rides and singing.

So what if you're going to Oktoberfest but you don't speak German?

Then, …

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The #1 Way People Fail at Learning German

The 1 Way People Fail at Learning German

How many times have you heard this: somebody traveled to Germany and came back with a story that ends with "Gee, I'm glad somebody spoke English!" ?

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard that story...

Most of the people who tell me this story have actually (tried many times) to learn German. But they didn't ever really learn anything. And they all sound the same, because they all have one thing in common. One thing that they all did wrong when they were learning German.

 

 

They tried…

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9 Easy Back-to-School Gifts for German Learners

9 Easy Back-to-School Gifts for German Learners

Do you need a German back-to-school gift?

If you're not sure what to give your favorite German learner, here are 9 fantastic ideas, all available from Amazon.com.

The links below are affiliate links. They are marked with an (A), which means that if you click through that picture/link and make a purchase, I'll receive a small amount of that purchase as a thank-you.

More than anything, I want you to buy the best back-to-school gift possible for your favorite German student!

Los geht's!

Für al…

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3 Things I Say When Clients Don't Do Their Homework

3 Things I Say When Clients Don't Do Their Homework

I do not have German students, I have German clients.

This creates a different kind of dynamic than you’d find in some classroom settings, but my clients still get homework in their lessons. Sometimes they get a lot of homework, sometimes they get little homework, but when they don’t do their homework, I do have something to say about it.

Here are the three things they often hear me say, which probably aren't what you'd expect.

Sometimes clients look really, really guilty and then they tell m…

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Why I Loathe Trick Questions in German Learning Books

Why I Loathe Trick Questions in German Learning Books

Heads-up: this is a rant post.

A long time ago I used a German book for both classes and lessons that wasn’t a good fit for either population. I didn’t like the layout, I didn’t like the cartoons, the instructions weren’t always clear, and sometimes the workbook exercises differed from what was in the chapter.

That made teaching with this book difficult, and it created an excessive amount of prep work, which caused me a lot of stress, because it also didn’t answer my students’ many questions. …

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When do I use "geheiratet" and "verheiratet"?

When do I use _geheiratet_ and _verheiratet__

"Geheiratet." Nein. "Verheiratet." Ich weiss es nicht!

I know how it goes, these two can be really tricky, however they are similar enough to English that you can learn a couple of associations to help you keep them apart in your mind.

Sometimes you simply need rote memorization, and sometimes you need a way of remembering which one is which. Sometimes this is an Eselsbrücke (a "donkey-bridge" or a mnemonic device), sometimes you need an association, and sometimes you need a picture in your mi…

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What's the Difference Between "Verkehr" and "Stau"?

What's the Difference Between _Verkehr_ and _Stau__

When you're at the A1 level, "Verkehr" and "Stau" can be tough to differentiate. Most people say "It has something to do with cars!!" If you said that, you're correct! But what's the difference?

The difference is essentially the same as in English, but one use of "Verkehr" might trip you up.

Read on to learn the difference and how not to get tripped up by the one use of "Verkehr"!

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volkswagen beetle mdWas bedeutet "Verkehr"?

 Verkehr is simply the word for traffic. You can have multiple types of Verkehr:

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6 Jahre! 6 Years of GermanWithNicole.com

6 Jahre 6 Years of GermanWithNicole.com

I've never forgotten important dates like my best friend's birthday, but this year I started forgetting a few things.

One of those things I forgot? The 6-year anniversary of this business. July 1, 2019 was the SIXTH year anniversary of GermanWithNicole.com!

Ausgezeichnet!

When I began, I had no idea what this might turn into. I started teaching one client online and then within a relatively short period of time, I had enough clients that it turned into a real, part-time job (and I was working…

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