How to say "thank you" and "you're welcome" in German
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.
Wollen Sie mehr Hausaufgaben?
Would you like …
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.)
What do "Bis bald," "Bis später," and "Bis nachher" mean?
How do you tell your friend you're going to see her soon in German?
There are so many choices, and in German they're not direct translations.
In fact, so many German learners get this wrong, I use this topic as a barometer to tell me how well someone speaks German.
Today we'll break down and put together the many forms of:
Bis Samstag!/Bis um 11 Uhr!
You'll hear your homework for this week, too, natürlich.
New Extra Homework!
How Does German Culture Compare to US Culture?
Frequently, very frequently I find myself confused by living in the US again.
The culture is simply so different from German culture, which is where I began my post-grad school life.
I couldn't put words to all of it, but then a friend of mine asked me recently, "Of all the places you've been, where did you have the most culture shock?"
It took me weeks to sort out my answer.
After considering the 21 countries and perhaps 18 states I've visited, I've finally got my answer.
In this episode w…
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…
German Table Manners and Etiquette, Parts 1 and 2
German table manners and etiquette might be like what you know, or they might be very different.
In German this is called Esskultur is the culture of food, dining, and manners.
For most Germans, Esskultur begins when they are in high chairs and their parents teach them to eat when the adults are eating, to wait until the adults are finished to be excused from the table, how to use a napkin, and how to use their eating utensils.
In the US, manners vary widely and the manners you learn depends …
Nicole speaks German with an Amish man!
In August I visited friends in Ohio and their area is also Amish country.
We visited Behalt, an Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center, and I got to speak German with an Amish man.
I got to speak German with an Amish man!!!
I also learned that:
most people have no clue about the Amish and Mennonite people.
most of what we (think we) know about the Amish and Mennonite is incorrect.
the Amish speak no Dutch!
they're also not from Pennsylvania.
they don't all speak Pfälzisch.…
What is the German National Anthem?
The German National Anthem is known as the Nationalhymne or Das Lied der Deutschen, "The Song of the Germans."
In today's episode of the podcast for German learners you'll hear:
the current national anthem
a bit of its history
the German National Anthem sung in German (by yours truly!)
It's really important to note the specifics of this Anthem because there is a strong connection to German history, one that is to be remembered and respected.
Besides, wouldn't you like to im…
arbeiten versus funktioneren
When should you use 'arbeiten' and when should you use 'funktionieren'?
All the answers are in this episode!
You'll learn these two verbs in the context of wine harvest, too, because it's wine harvest time.
Learning to differentiate synonyms in German works really well when you use context.
This way you can easily build a picture in your mind that will help you for all of your German learning.
If it helps, you can even draw yourself a little sketch of a scene you'll hear in this episode.
How to Pronounce and Use hätte in German
Knowing how to pronounce hätte correctly in German is one thing. Using it correctly is another.
In today's German lesson you'll learn both how to say hätte correctly and how to use it in a few specific phrases.
Imagine how confident you'll feel knowing exactly what to say and pronouncing everything correctly. This will be a step up for your German.
Plus you'll learn how to say "shoulda, woulda, coulda" in German, which uses hätte, and will surely impress your German friends the next time they…