Better German Podcast

Better German Podcast

Your host Susanne Schilk-Blümel, or short Susi Blümel will teach you German and everything related to the language, the countries where German is spoken and the culture in those countries.

Episodes

April 18, 2024 17 mins
Susi introduces and explains the meanings of typical German words like 'eh', 'jö', 'gell', 'na ja', and 'gerne'. It also touches on the Better German Academy, a project aiming to provide comprehensive learning materials for German language learners.
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In this episode we will talk about 'The Sound of Music' from an Austrian perspective, discussing its historical context, the impact of World War II, and the portrayal of Austrian traditions. We will go into the reason why The Sound of Music was literally successful everywhere but in Austria and Germany. But how much of The Sound of Music is actually alive? Just the hills?
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April 4, 2024 22 mins
This Episode of the Better German podcast covers the different forms of the verb 'to be' in German, providing examples and explanations for each form. You will also hear about gender in German nouns and get information about resources for learning the language with ease.
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This episode of the Better German Podcast discusses the time it takes to learn German, covering different levels of proficiency, hours of learning required on average to learn the different levels and what to expect to be able to do when you learned the level. If you are trying to figure out how long it will take you to reach your individual goal of learning German, this episode can help you!
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In this episode of the Better German podcast, Susi Blümel discusses the significance of practice in learning German. She stresses the need for a balance between theory and practice, providing examples and guidelines for effective practice. Susi emphasizes that consistent and substantial practice is essential for mastery of the language, and she offers practical tips for learners to improve their speaking abilities.
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Hello and welcome to the Better German podcast! In this episode, we'll discuss the most important parts of speech in the German language. Host Susi Blumel breaks down the fundamental components of language, from nouns and articles to verbs and adverbs, offering clear explanations in both English and German. By the end of this episode, you'll have a deeper understanding of these essential building blocks of German, pav...
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Susi Blümel introduces the personal pronouns in the German language, including the basic translations for 'I,' 'you,' 'he,' 'she,' 'it,' 'we,' 'you' (plural), and 'they.' She explains the use of personal pronouns in relation to gendered nouns and also mentions the different forms of address in German for formal and informal situations.
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February 29, 2024 19 mins
In this episode, Susie Blumel provides a beginner's guide on learning German nouns. She emphasizes the importance of focusing on nouns when first learning the language and provides tips on how to effectively learn and remember them. Susie explains the key components of learning nouns, such as writing and pronouncing the word, understanding its meaning, identifying the article, and learning the plural form. She also en...
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February 15, 2024 16 mins
In this episode we are going into the common trouble of being able to speak German, despite "Learning German". Find out what you can do so start talking from the beginning of your German learning experience!
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This episode is continues on the subject of the last episode (22), where the German plural was introduced. In this episode host Susi will give you the plural forms for simple German words about the body and a room. There is a PDF with the words and their translations that you can download here
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In this episode I am going to give you an introduction to the German plural. The episode focuses on explaining the concept of noun plurals in German and mentions different ways of forming plurals, such as adding letters or changing vowels. The script also highlights the importance of learning articles and provides examples of plural forms for various words.
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In this episode of the Better German Podcast, Susi Blümel discusses the differences between the Austrian and German versions of the German language. She covers the areas where German is spoken, the population differences between Germany and Austria, the common written language, and the variations in spoken language and dialects. She also provides advice on learning different regional dialects and understanding Hochdeu...
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In this episode (number 20 of the Better German Podcast) you will learn a Sentence Pattern, you will learn to say "What is that?" and "That is..." in German. I will also give you tipps how to practice this - either with a study partner or by yourself. 
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In this podcast episode, Iexplains the different levels of German language proficiency and exams. I give you details about each level, from A1 to C2, and give you information what you need each level for, as travel, work, and studying. I am also telling you about the relation between actually learning the language and passing the exams and why I think it is problematic to learn for the exams.
This episode is perfec...
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In this episode, Susi Blümel teaches the German alphabet, pronunciation, and special letter combinations. You will get examples and translations for each letter and combination. Learning the alphabet is a step towards mastering the German pronunciation and learning to read German. 
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December 28, 2023 9 mins
In this episode of the Better German podcast, we are looking at the question of why someone should pay for a German course instead of learning for free on YouTube - or should you? What works better in what situations. We are looking at this subject so you can figure out for yourself if it works better for you to use free materials you can find or avail yourself of a paid course. 
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This is an episode about festivals and holidays in autumn and winter in Austria. It is the second part of the episode and the focus is on the time before Christmas and Christmas in Vienna. The host, Susi Blümel, talks about the weather, traditions, and experiences related to these festivals and holidays. She also mentions other events such as Advent, St. Nicholas Day, and New Year's Eve. The episode includes a word li...
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In this episode we will cover the basic rules of capitalization in German. Capitalization means writing some words with a big letter (capital) in the beginning of the word. German is the only language that writes many words other than names and the beginnings of sentences with a capital. We are going to cover the basic rules and make sure you will not get confused about this when learning German. 
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In this episode we will explore the benefits of watching German movies and TV shows with subtitles as a tool to aid in learning the German language. This is great for both independent learners and students that are taking a course or classes.
We will cover programs on Amazon, Netflix, Disney Plus and YouTube. You will find a free interactive movie guide on my homepage with all the movies that we are going over in ...
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The topic for this episode is special days, holidays, and festivals in the German-speaking area throughout autumn and winter. Highlights include coverage of Austria's diverse traditions and the Austrian national holiday. Furthermore, language and cultural nuances concerning religious holidays, cultural festivals, and national events are discussed. Susi also compares Thanksgiving to holidays in Austria. Alongside these...
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