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Learning German - List of resources

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TYPE TITLE CATEGORY DESCRIPTION
Book.png Coursera-Basic German LEARNING/GRAMMAR A basic German course is being offered on Coursera by UPenn. For those who are not familiar with MOOCs, it is an online course which is free and aimed at unlimited participation. You only need a laptop and an internet connection. But be aware, you need to have sufficient dedication to plough through the course which usually includes weekly assignments and tests. Lecture videos are generally uploaded once a week and they are of very short durations. It takes place from 6th Oct to 17th Nov.
Comic.png Itchy Feet COMIC ITCHY FEET is a weekly comic about travel, life as an expat, and learning new languages. Readers can expect an astonishing array of exaggerated facial expressions, humorous situations involving foreigners and foreign lands, and ordinary silliness. Here's one.
Book.png Text books for learning German LEARNING/GRAMMAR These are the textbooks followed in the Goethe Institutes. You need to buy a set of three books as shown in this example.
Book.png Duolingo LEARNING/GRAMMAR Interactive site that motivates you to progress through levels as you learn the language. Might get boring during the early stages if you already have some level of proficiency since you cannot skip the basic levels.
Book.png Deutsche Welle LEARNING/GRAMMAR Courses graded from A1 to C1. nimbus_2000 also points out that the site's 'Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten section where they read out the news in a slow and clear way' is very useful.
Book.png Toms Deutschseite LEARNING/GRAMMAR Tom wrote numerous lessons and exercises to help teach his girlfriend German. These pages are all printer friendly, and I've seen students print the entire site for reference.
Book.png Learn German, Michel Thomas method LEARNING/GRAMMAR The first and foremost rule of this teacher is that we should not memorize anything and refrain from taking any notes. Just listen to him and he will take the full responsibility of teaching. His method goes like this. He will be teaching two other English speaking students who have no knowledge of the language. He asks them to repeat a English statement in German, and wants us to pause and answer it before the students answer. Once the student responds, maybe with some mistakes, Michael will correct him/her and repeat the statement. We gradually learn from their mistakes. He will introduce you to new vocabulary as he progresses, sometimes with how it is actually linked with the Romanic/West Germanic Language, it helps to grasp the language step by step in real time conditions.
Tools.png Linguee TOOLS So you've coined this fantastic phrase in German and you're not sure if it is right. Type the phrase into the Linguee search engine and if it is a popularly used phrase, numerous listings come up. If the phrase is wrong, then you probably will not find as many listings.
Tools.png Forvo TOOLS How does a native speaker pronounce a word? Well Forvo can help you find just that!
TV.png Extra auf Deutsch TV/WEB SERIES "It is basically a story of the escapades of an American guy called Sam who comes to Germany to visit his pen pal Sascha who lives with her roommate Anna in Berlin and have a neighbour called Nick. Sam basically does not know a lot of German and is trying to learn the language by total immersion."
TV.png Mein Weg Nach Deutschland TV/WEB SERIES A Mini-Series about a Turkish woman who comes to Germany and does not know the language yet.
TV.png Lernen to Talk Show TV/WEB SERIES "It is basically a video documentary of an American who came to Germany and who didn’t know a word of German. He started from the very basics and every week, he has posted of a video of him with a native speaker. He travels all around Germany and as the weeks progress, you can see the progress he makes."
TV.png Deutsch Plus TV/WEB SERIES "It is by BBC and was intended to be a tool for learning German...The story is about Nicolai Antonescu, a refugee from Romania, who has come to work in Germany. He is learning German in the process."
Book.png Deutsch 101-326 University of Michigan LEARNING/GRAMMAR Massive list of resources to help you learn German. Also included are numerous short term courses.
Book.png Mein Deutsch Kurs LEARNING/GRAMMAR Not really a blog since it hasn't been updated since Dec' 2013. However site includes beautifully laid out, highly informative posts on German grammar.
Podcast.png Gruße aus Deutschland PODCAST Anna und Adi have conversations about specific topics. Easy to understand and very light.
Podcast.png Slow German PODCAST Hosted by Annik Rubens, each episode comes with the transcript, which will help you in situations where you cannot follow what's being said. Schlaflos in München is Annik's other podcast, for listeners who have a better command of the German language.
Tools.png German Alphabet Codes TOOLS Need thöse ümläüts when typing in än English keyböard? This page contains all the info you need.
Radio.png SWR3 Radio RADIO Youthful channel thats plays mostly pop. Website has a lot of pop culture news. Makes for good conversation.
Radio.png Deutschlandradio Kultur RADIO The site contains news articles by the dozen and some articles, which have the 'Play' icon over the thumbnail also have accompanying audio. Click on such an article and once you're in the article page, a button 'Beitrag Hören' show up just below the title.Click the button and read along!
Radio.png Radio SAW RADIO
Movie.png Goodbye Lenin! MOVIE (COMEDY|DRAMA|ROMANCE) In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
Movie.png Nirgendwo in Afrika MOVIE (BIOGRAPHY|DRAMA) A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930's Kenya.
Movie.png Lola rennt MOVIE (ACTION) A young woman in Germany has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.
Movie.png Solino MOVIE (COMEDY|DRAMA) In the sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area and establish the first Pizza restaurant in town.
Movie.png Soul Kitchen MOVIE (COMEDY|DRAMA) In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef.
Movie.png Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage MOVIE (BIOGRAPHY|DRAMA|CRIME) A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.
Movie.png Das Leben der Anderen MOVIE (DRAMA|THRILLER) In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Movie.png Die Falscher MOVIE (CRIME|DRAMA|WAR) The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters.
Movie.png Die rote Zora MOVIE (ADVENTURE|DRAMA|FAMILY)
Movie.png Europa Europa MOVIE (DRAMA|WAR) A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.
Movie.png Groupies bleiben nicht zum Fruehstueck MOVIE (COMEDY|ROMANCE) Lila, a girl who returns to Berlin after being abroad for a year, meets Chris. She falls in love with him, but what she doesn't know is that Chris is a famous rock star with many fans chasing him around, including her little sister.
Movie.png Das Wunder von Bern MOVIE (COMEDY|DRAMA|SPORT) The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954.
Movie.png Das weiße Band MOVIE (MYSTERY|DRAMA) Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Movie.png Die Welle MOVIE (DRAMA) A high school teacher's unusual experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.
Book.png Memrise LEARNING/GRAMMAR Flashcards based learning. Crowd sourced courses.
Book.png Quizlet LEARNING/GRAMMAR Another Flashcards based learning resource. However, more suitable for personal use. You can create your own list of Flashcards and use on various platforms like iOS, Android and even Windows Phone (through Memo cards).
Book.png Pen-Pals Online LEARNING/GRAMMAR Write to other learner/native speakers to improve your language skills.
Radio.png Radio GONG RADIO
Radio.png MDR Figarino RADIO You can listen to German fairy tales on this!
Book.png Kleine Hilfen zur Artikelbestimmung LEARNING/GRAMMAR Hints to help you remember noun genders. These are just hints, do not depend on them entirely. Always learn the noun with the preceding article.
Book.png Gender Hints LEARNING/GRAMMAR Hints to help you remember noun genders
Book.png Yet Another Language Blog LEARNING/GRAMMAR "A diary of my language learning journey, along with resources I can share with other learners that have helped me."
Comic.png City Tales Blog by Goethe Institut COMIC Over the course of 12 months, comic artists from nine cities in Germany and South-East Asia create an ongoing story each. The comics' key protagonists are sent on a journey, experiencing a variety of situations in their respective urban environments.
Book.png Goethe-Zertifikat B1 Practice Test LEARNING/GRAMMAR Practice test for the B1 exam.
Book.png Livemocha LEARNING/GRAMMAR Language learning site with focus on interaction with other community members.
Book.png Busuu LEARNING/GRAMMAR Language learning site with focus on interaction with other community members.
Tools.png dict.cc TOOLS The only dictionary you'll need when you're learning German.
Tools.png Bing|Google TOOLS You really should stop depending on these Translate engines now that you've started learning the language. However, sometimes when you've almost figured out the structure of the sentences, these can help determine whether you're on the right track. In my experience, use Bing for whole sentences. Bing understands German grammar better than Google. For single words and slang/colloquial terms use Google.
Book.png What is the best method to learn a new language fluently? LEARNING/GRAMMAR
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