How to Learn German from Home
There has never been a better time to move to Germany - and to learn German!
Lingoda has a revolutionary new program for everyone who is moving to Europe’s largest economy and is ready to live their best life.
I am no stranger to expat life - I have moved many times in my life. Most notably to Germany, to Croatia, to Slovenia, to Egypt, and back to the States as an adult.
The one thing that really helps you to connect with your new home and create a new life is to learn how to communicate to locals and adapt to their culture.
What You Need to Know When You Move to Germany
The Moving to Germany program offers 30 online group classes (in small groups of 3-4 students plus your native speaker teacher) which is valid for 3 months.
The price is a one time payment of EUR 299/$349; RUB 19,999; ZL 1,249 but if you use my code NIKKIMOVE you’ll get a discount of EUR 50/$50/RUB 3750).
See more info here: bit.ly/nikkimove
If you’re still not sure that Lingoda is right for you, take a trial class! You can take a trial one hour German lesson with a teacher for just 99 cents.
There are SO many new things that come up when you move to a new place. You’ll have to adjust to your new town or city, open a bank account, find an apartment, order at a restaurant, and talk to people at shops and markets. It can be super intimidating to actually use and speak the language (especially if you’ve been learning on your own at home). Sometimes people won’t understand what you’re trying to say so you’ll have to use all of the hand gestures you can to get your point across. But with a program like Lingoda’s, you’ll have that speaking and listening practice with German natives so you’ll be able to truly learn how to communicate and understand what people are saying.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
I know what you are going through - I have been there before.
I’m excited for your move to Germany (maybe you’ve already moved and are ready to work on your language skills further?) - in any case - keep me posted!
Remember to use NIKKIMOVE for a discount on Lingoda’s newest course Move to Germany.
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Recipes for Language Learning
Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and it's such a great way to work on your language skills!
I love to watch cooking shows and YouTube videos so I decided to film a super simple recipe in easy, slowly spoken German.
Let me know if this is how you make your oatmeal or if you make them another way!
Easy Overnight Oats
1/3 cup (80 g) old fashioned/rolled oats
2/3 cup (150 g) milk
2 tablespoons (30 g) chia seeds
1. Using an old jam jar, put the oats and chia seeds into the jar.
2. Pour at least 2/3 cup of any milk you like on top of the oats and seeds.
3. Close the lid and shake it up well!
4. Place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, you'll have perfectly cooked oats with chia seeds (it becomes almost like an oatmeal chia pudding mixture) and it's absolutely delicious eaten cold or warm! You can add blueberries and cinnamon and even maple syrup if you'd like to sweeten it up.
Einfaches Rezept für "Overnight Oats" (Haferbrei über Nacht)
1/3 Tasse (80 g) altmodisch / Haferflocken
2/3 Tasse (150 g) Milch
2 Esslöffel (30 g) Chiasamen
1. Mit einem alten Marmeladenglas die Hafer- und Chiasamen in das Glas stellen.
2. Gieße mindestens 2/3 Tassen Milch auf den Hafer und die Samen.
3. Schließen Sie den Deckel und schütteln Sie ihn gut!
4. Über Nacht in den Kühlschrank stellen.
Am Morgen haben Sie perfekt gekocht Hafer mit Chia-Samen (es wird fast wie eine Haferflocken Chia-Pudding-Mischung) und es ist absolut köstlich kalt oder warm gegessen! Sie können Blaubeeren und Zimt und sogar Ahornsirup hinzufügen wenn Sie es versüssen möchten.
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Linguacious™ Game-Based Language Flashcards
Having fun is such an important part of language learning. If you're not having fun, it's understanding that you wouldn't want to continue. That's one of the reasons why I love incorporating as many games when I'm learning or teaching a language. Whether you're learning for the first time yourself as an adult or your children are working on a new language skill, it's so helpful to approach language learning just like kids too.
I recently got to try out these game-based vocabulary flashcards for Polish and I was so excited to see my 2 and 4 year old niece and nephew play with the cards. They are both native English speakers living in the U.S. and learning Polish. It's not always easy to get little ones excited about speaking another language so finding a new way to incorporate a new toy with language learning is brilliant.
I'm a huge believer in being able to see, hear, and repeat new words and phrases and you can do just that with the Linguacious™ flashcards. You see a picture of an item on one side the card and there is a code on each card that you can scan with the Linguacious™ app to hear a native speaker pronouncing the word. The word is also written on the other side of the card.
How to Get Kids to Speak Another Language at Home
Parents who are native speakers of the languages Linguacious™ offer explained that their children did not want to speak in the language at home until they started playing with the cards. As it turns out, many kids prefer listening to a stranger pronounce the word by scanning the app than having mom or dad "teach" them the words.
Co-founder Victor D. O. Santos, PhD described the thought process behind innovating this new technique:
The sole purpose of these flashcards is to serve as an entry point into a language, especially for kids. We want kids to feel a sense of achievement quickly and have fun, which is why we chose not to include grammar, sentences, etc, on our cards. The purpose is to peak their interest in that language and languages in general through our cards games and scanning the cards; that's it. In a few days, they are able to show off their knowledge of words in the language and get that sense of pride that will motivate them to move forward in the language.
Some of the Reasons People Love Linguacious™
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See a demo of me playing with the Polish flashcards, below.
It's so easy to use the app, scan the card, and hear the native speaker pronounce the vocabulary word!
My Honest Review of Linguacious™
There are so many aspects of language learning and I strongly believe you need to use a variety of methods including speaking, listening, reading, and writing to truly learn the language. The Linguacious™ Flashcards are great for language learners of all ages. There are so many different fun games you can play with the flashcards.
I had so much fun using these cards on my own as well as with my niece and nephew. They were super excited to see the cards and were immediately intrigued on how to play. They took out the cards and spread them out and picked them up one by one. We said each word in Polish and in English.
They both loved the red t-shirt card (because I was wearing a red t-shirt that day so it looked like "Ciocia's shirt" (Ciocia = Aunt in Polish) and the toy card (zabawki = toys in Polish). There are so many ways to play with and use the cards, it's a great tool in my arsenal for teaching Polish to others.
I plan on using these cards with my high school and adult students as well.
You can buy Linguacious for Polish directly here.
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Below are just some of the fun games you can play with the flashcards!
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