Better German Podcast
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Better German Podcast

Podcast de Susanne Schilk-Blümel

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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. 

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31 episodios
episode Episode 31 - The Sound of Music artwork
Episode 31 - The Sound of Music
Summary In this episode of Better German, host Susi Blumel shares her perspective as an Austrian on the iconic movie "The Sound of Music." She discusses the historical context of the film, its reception in Austria, and whether it accurately reflects Austrian culture. Susi also extends her offer to help those interested in learning German through private lessons, online courses, and group courses available. Bullet Point Primary Topic: Introduction to The Sound of Music - Number of viewers and global popularity - Personal perspective as an Austrian - Recommendation to watch the movie Primary Topic: The Story of The Sound of Music - Setting and historical context - Reaction to the movie in Austria and Germany - Influence of director Robert Wise - The sensitive subject of the Nazis in the movie Primary Topic: Is Austria Really Like The Sound of Music? - Authenticity of the movie's scenery and traditions - Modernization of Austria - Traditional clothing and continued cultural practices Primary Topic: Learning German and German Courses - The host's role as a German teacher - Available options for learning German, including private lessons and online courses - Encouragement to visit the website for more information Links                          - Appointment for free consultation and placement [https://bettergerman.trafft.com/] - Interactive Movie Guide to help you find German movies with subtitles on your level. [https://bettergerman.info/movies] - YouTube Channel [https://www.youtube.com/@Better-German] - Here you can find all episode published so far [https://podcast.bettergerman.info/index] - All Freebies for the Podcast [https://bettergerman.info/freebies/] - Subscribe to the Newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter] - Listen to the Podcast [applewebdata://6553966D-A1A0-4745-A9B4-FA8AC03D4950/podcast.bettergerman.info] - Online Beginner German Course (A1.1) - Introductory Price [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] - Episode 30, "To Be" in German [https://bettergerman.info/31] https://bettergerman.info/freebies Here you can get early access to the upcoming A1.1 (total beginner) German course. [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] I hope you enjoyed this episode. If you did, please subscribe and share the podcast. I would love to stay in touch, so for news, new courses and books, subscribe to my newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter]. Do let me know, which subjects you would like covered! And watch out for the next episode - I publish a new one every Thursday.
Ayer - 10 min
episode Episode 30 - To Be in German artwork
Episode 30 - To Be in German
Summary Welcome to the Better German podcast! In this 30th episode, we delve into the forms of the English word "to be" in German, covering "I am, you are," and more. Host Susi Blumel (Susi Schilk-Blümel) underscores the importance of providing accessible German learning materials and the joy of making the language easier to learn. With an ongoing commitment to creating a range of resources, including the upcoming Better German Academy, Susi encourages new listeners to start from the beginning and engage with the downloadable PDFs on bettergerman.info/freebies. Her energetic teaching style shines through as she walks through key German expressions and explores the nuances of gender-specific nouns. Join us on this enlightening journey to master German with ease, and be sure to stay tuned for additional learning resources and episodes. Subscribe, share, and leave a review to support our mission of making German learning enjoyable for everyone! Key Topics and Bullet Points Primary Topic: Introduction  - Purpose of the podcast and the Better German Academy - Suggestion for new listeners to start from the beginning Primary Topic: Forms of "to be" in German - Introduction to the basic forms of "to be" in German - Explanation of gender importance in German language - Importance of learning genders for nouns - Demonstrative practice of different forms of "to be" with examples - Explanation of the importance of accompanying articles or gender pronouns Primary Topic: Vocabulary practice with "to be" in German - Practice German to be (sein) with easy German words (that are all translated) - Practice sentences with translation and repetition - Explanation of the difficulty of demonstrating practice in a podcast format Primary Topic: Related Episodes and Resources - Recommendations for other relevant podcast episodes - Accessibility to podcast episodes on different platforms - Shortcuts to find specific episodes on the Better German website - Encouragement to continue learning through various resources - Call to action to leave reviews and spread the word about the podcast and its content Links - Interactive Movie Guide to help you find German movies with subtitles on your level. [https://bettergerman.info/movies] - YouTube Channel [https://www.youtube.com/@Better-German] - Here you can find all episode published so far [https://podcast.bettergerman.info/index] - All Freebies for the Podcast [https://bettergerman.info/freebies/] - Subscribe to the Newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter] - Listen to the Podcast [applewebdata://FBC83DA0-D98C-4F2E-AD5C-F429B30FB0D2/podcast.bettergerman.info] - Early Admission Beginner German Course starting in March 2024 [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] - Episode 5 - Introduction to German Articles [https://bettergerman.info/5] - Episode 26 German Pronouns he, she, it, we ... [https://bettergerman.info/26] https://bettergerman.info/freebies Here you can get early access to the upcoming A1.1 (total beginner) German course. [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] I hope you enjoyed this episode. If you did, please subscribe and share the podcast. I would love to stay in touch, so for news, new courses and books, subscribe to my newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter]. Do let me know, which subjects you would like covered! And watch out for the next episode - I publish a new one every Thursday.
04 abr 2024 - 22 min
episode Episode 29 - How Long Does it Take to Learn German artwork
Episode 29 - How Long Does it Take to Learn German
Summary In this episode of Better German, host Susi Blumel dives into the intriguing question of how long it takes to learn German. Drawing from her own experiences and insights, she provides a detailed breakdown of the hours required for beginners to progress from basic conversational skills to more advanced levels. Listen in as she addresses common scenarios such as learning German for travel, living in a German-speaking country, or starting a business in the region. Susi also shares valuable tips for language learners and highlights the ongoing nature of language acquisition. Plus, she invites listeners to explore the various resources and courses available for German learning. Whether you're considering embarking on a German learning journey or seeking to enhance your language skills, this episode offers practical advice and encouragement for your language learning endeavors. Tune in and join the conversation on how to navigate the fascinating world of mastering the German language. Bullet Points Primary Topic: How long does it take to learn German? - Time it takes for a total beginner to start speaking a little bit   - Hours of learning to speak about immediate environment in short sentences - Time it takes to reach the next level and beyond   - Approximately 300 hours for every further level - Factors affecting learning time   - Differences based on the learner's native language   - German may be more difficult for beginners compared to English, Spanish, or some other languages   - Similarities between German and Slavic languages like Russian Primary Topic: Learning German for vacation - Language requirements for travel in German-speaking countries   - In big cities and tourist areas, English is commonly spoken   - Effort to learn German can be appreciated by locals   - Longer time needed to fully understand the locals Primary Topic: Learning German for business purposes - Language proficiency needed to start a business in a German-speaking area   - Various levels of proficiency according to the European framework for foreign languages   - Time estimates for achieving different levels of proficiency   - The need for lawyers or interpreters for serious business matters, regardless of language proficiency Primary Topic: Continuous learning and citizenship requirements - Continuous nature of language learning   - Even native German speakers continue to learn new words and improve their language skills   - Time estimate for achieving the level required for Austrian citizenship   - Resources and courses available for learning German, including individual lessons, group lessons, and online self-paced courses offered by Susi Blumel Primary Topic: Conclusion and further support   - Offer of support for those seeking to learn German, including a link to further information and a free consultation Links - Appointment for free consultation and placement [https://bettergerman.trafft.com/] - Interactive Movie Guide to help you find German movies with subtitles on your level. [https://bettergerman.info/movies] - YouTube Channel [https://www.youtube.com/@Better-German] - Here you can find all episode published so far [https://podcast.bettergerman.info/index] - All Freebies for the Podcast [https://bettergerman.info/freebies/] - Subscribe to the Newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter] - Listen to the Podcast [applewebdata://0D818E68-6DCB-4970-BE85-9AABD11866CC/podcast.bettergerman.info] - Online Beginner German Course (A1.1) [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] Here you can get early access to the upcoming A1.1 (total beginner) German course. [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] I hope you enjoyed this episode. If you did, please subscribe and share the podcast. I would love to stay in touch, so for news, new courses and books, subscribe to my newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter]. Do let me know, which subjects you would like covered! And watch out for the next episode - I publish a new one every Thursday.
28 mar 2024 - 11 min
episode Episode 28 - How Much Practice do We Need when Learning German artwork
Episode 28 - How Much Practice do We Need when Learning German
Summary In this episode of the Better German Podcast, Susi Blumel discusses the importance of practice in learning the German language. She emphasizes the need for a balance between theory and practice, suggesting a ratio of 20% theory to 80% practice. Susi provides examples of how to effectively practice new vocabulary and grammar, highlighting the crucial role of practical application in language learning. She also addresses common pitfalls in traditional language courses and stresses the significance of consistent and thorough practice. Susi Blumel's approach focuses on ensuring a deep understanding of theory while prioritizing ample practice to achieve fluency and proficiency in German. Topics and Bullet Points Primary Topic: Importance of Practice in Learning German - The ratio of theory to practice (20% theory, 80% practice)   - The significance of understanding theory and putting it into practice   - Practice techniques such as speaking the words aloud, making sentences, and writing examples - Discrepancy between theory and practice in language courses   - The potential lack of speaking ability despite completing language courses   - The need for a balance between theory and practice in language learning - Calculating the amount of practice needed   - Estimations for the amount of practice required based on hours spent on theory   - The importance of practice in developing fluency and proficiency - The approach in the Better German courses   - Emphasis on understandable theory, need-to-know basis for grammar, and abundant practice   - The positive impact on students' ability to speak earlier in their learning journey Primary Topic: Practice Scenarios and Techniques - Application of practice in specific scenarios   - Integrating practice after attending a German class or watching educational videos   - Identifying the required hours of practice based on hours spent on theory - Techniques for practicing language skills   - Suggestions for practicing phrases with a friend, making mixed sentences, and writing examples   - The importance of continuous practice until language skills are easily applied - Conclusion on the ideal percentage of theory and practice   - The recommendation for a balance of 20% theory and 80% practice   - The assurance that understanding theory and sufficient practice lead to progress in language learning Primary Topic: Additional Resources and Support - The availability of Better German courses and private lessons   - Information about courses providing a good balance of theory and practice   - Invitation to visit the Better German homepage for private lessons or to schedule a free introductory lesson - The promise of further insights in the next podcast episode   - A preview of the next episode focusing on the duration of learning German to set expectations for learners embarking on the language learning journey Links - Interactive Movie Guide to help you find German movies with subtitles on your level. [https://bettergerman.info/movies] - YouTube Channel [https://www.youtube.com/@Better-German] - Here you can find all episode published so far [https://podcast.bettergerman.info/index] - All Freebies for the Podcast [https://bettergerman.info/freebies/] - Subscribe to the Newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter] - Listen to the Podcast [applewebdata://7D685DB7-8553-4B57-9B74-7B799CB2B735/podcast.bettergerman.info] - Online Beginner German Course (A1.1) [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] https://bettergerman.info/freebies Here you can get early access to the upcoming A1.1 (total beginner) German course. [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] I hope you enjoyed this episode. If you did, please subscribe and share the podcast. I would love to stay in touch, so for news, new courses and books, subscribe to my newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter]. Do let me know, which subjects you would like covered! And watch out for the next episode - I publish a new one every Thursday.
20 mar 2024 - 12 min
episode Episode 27 Introduction to Parts of Speech for Learning German artwork
Episode 27 Introduction to Parts of Speech for Learning German
Summary In this episode of the Better German podcast, host Susi Blumel covers the most important parts of speech in the German language. She explains the functions and usage of nouns, articles, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections, offering examples in both English and German. Susi emphasizes the practical approach to learning German and the importance of understanding these parts of speech in order to navigate the language effectively. She also hints at upcoming German courses for different levels of learners. Key Topics and Bullet Points Primary topic: Introduction to Parts of Speech - Definition of parts of speech - Importance for learners of German - Reasons for covering parts of speech in the podcast Primary topic: Noun (Substantiv) - Definition of a noun - Examples of nouns in German and English - Explanation of how nouns change in German Primary topic: Article (Artikel) - Definition of an article - Importance of articles in German - Functions of articles - Explanation of how articles indicate gender in German Primary topic: Verb (Verb) - Definition of a verb - Examples of verbs in German - Explanation of how verbs indicate time in German - Information on the basic form of a verb in German Primary topic: Adjective (Adjektiv) - Definition of an adjective - Description of how adjectives change in German - Overview of the importance of adjectives in forming sentences Primary topic: Pronoun (Pronomen) - Definition of a pronoun - Examples of personal pronouns in German and English - Comparison of pronouns in German and English Primary topic: Adverb (Adverb) - Different definition of adverb in German compared to English - Explanation of how adverbs give conditions and describe actions in German - Information on the non-changing nature of adverbs in German Primary topic: Preposition (Präposition) - Definition of a preposition - Explanation of the crucial role of prepositions in creating correct sentences in German - Importance of learning the meanings of individual prepositions Primary topic: Conjunction (Konjunktion) - Definition of a conjunction - Explanation of how conjunctions connect words or sentences in German - Placeholder of learning prepositions and conjunctions as "small words" Primary topic: Interjection (Interjektion) - Definition of an interjection - Examples of interjections in German and English - Explanation of the role of interjections in expressing strong emotions Primary topic: Conclusion and Resources - Recap of the importance of parts of speech for learners - Mention of upcoming German course and grammar course - Encouragement to sign up for the newsletter for updates on the courses Links - Podcast Episode 5, Introduction to Articles [https://bettergerman.info/5] - Interactive Movie Guide to help you find German movies with subtitles on your level. [https://bettergerman.info/movies] - YouTube Channel [https://www.youtube.com/@Better-German] - Here you can find all episode published so far [https://podcast.bettergerman.info/index] - All Freebies for the Podcast [https://bettergerman.info/freebies/] - Subscribe to the Newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter] - Listen to the Podcast [applewebdata://1C262058-6BB2-46D4-95DA-0277B6D3CC4A/podcast.bettergerman.info] - Early Admission Beginner German Course starting in March 2024 [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] https://bettergerman.info/freebies Here you can get early access to the upcoming A1.1 (total beginner) German course. [https://better-german.onlinecoursehost.com/courses/a1-1] I hope you enjoyed this episode. If you did, please subscribe and share the podcast. I would love to stay in touch, so for news, new courses and books, subscribe to my newsletter [https://bettergerman.info/newsletter]. Do let me know, which subjects you would like covered! And watch out for the next episode - I publish a new one every Thursday.
13 mar 2024 - 27 min

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