Advent Calendar 2019 – Play with Goethe

“Play with Goethe”

Hello everyone,

your favorite Advent Calender is back with another stuffed Christmas stocking. This one has the number 11 on it. And in it as … drumroll… a language learning resource. Because it’s not only Quizzember, it’s also Resourcember after all.

And today, I want to recommend a really nice

Adventure Game for German Learners

Two actually :).

You’ve probably all heard of the Goethe-Institute. It’s an organization with a lot of outposts all over the world, all controlled by a hive mind and they’re actually one of the biggest ad campains for Germany besides cars.
I’m not a very big fan of the Goethe Institute, but that’s probably because they haven’t paid a hotel for me yet. That’s one of my life goals, you know. And NO, I do NOT want to send an application there. They need to come to me. Like: “Emanuel, we’ve noticed the great work you do for the German language. Please, give come and visit us here and give a talk. We’ll pay for your hotel and your bar expenses.”
So far, they’re all pretending like I don’t exist, just because my content is better and way less expensive. Goethe would have invited me for a beer, I’m sure. Me and him would have been such bros… but I  digress.

So the Goethe Institute is a pretty huge deal and they do all kinds of things. And one of the things they do is creating language learning apps. Some are pretty standard, so you get little quizzes and vocabulary trainers.
But they also have two apps, that I would LOVE to use for language learning.

I’m talking about interactive adventure games.
Basically, you play a computer game with a real story and characters. In it, you have to talk to people, solve mysteries and so on.
If you’re from the 80s you’ll probably know these as point and click adventures or text-adventures.
But the difference is that these two are specifically made with language learning in mind. And at least to me that sounds much more fun than the usual quizz apps.

They have two of these games out – one is for B1 learners, the other one is aimed at learners with A2.

So here are the trailers and the links to get them:

Ein Rätselhafter Auftrag (B1)


App Store (iPhone, iPad)

Play Store (Android, etc)


“Das Geheimnis der Himmelscheibe” (A2)


Play Store (Android)

App Store (iPhone, iPad)

(For both games there’s a version in HD and a normal version in the stores, and there are different display languages available I think.
So you can just search the stuff from Goethe Institute to find those. )

Now, I have NOT played these games myself, actually. I’m recommending them mainly because I love the concept AND because Goethe Insitute has a lot of resources, so I’d expect these games to be at least decent. The trailers at least look quite cool, if you ask me.
The second game has gotten some really bad reviews on Google actually, but I think that’s mainly because it wasn’t running or it was too difficult at one particular point of the story. I really don’t know.
But if you like these kinds of games, you should DEFINITELY at least try them out :).

What about you? Do you like the idea of these games/apps? Do you think they’re helpful?
Or if you’ve actually played them, how did you like them?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments. Have a super awesome day, and bis morgen :)


If you work for one of the many Goethe Institutes… let’s get it over with!! Just invite me! You’ll do it sooner or later anyway, so you might just as well do it now, before it becomes to embarrassing. Come on.

for members :)

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Emanuel, you have a lot of typos on this one, but it doesn’t detract anyone from understanding what you’re saying, so I’ll correct them for you if you wanna bother, lemme know if you do. You’re probably too busy to correct them anyway! I do appreciate your effort to do this calendar for us, what with working every day on it at such a busy time of the year, plus your “consulting” job at the bar :)
I’m soooo curious to try these games, they must be fun (can’t do it yet, I’ve got too much work at mo, but I’ll put this on my list!) Thanks a lot!

Bis Morgen!


OK, so having spent about fifteen minutes futzing around, I’m just going to put it down to not being part of the target audience for these games(*). Different strokes of/for different folks, and all that. Sometimes being part of that majority of members who are 40+ really shows!

(*) Well, at least the first one, which was the only one listed on the App Store on my phone.


I intend to try them but it will have to wait until after Christmas. They look like they would take some time.

By the way, how can I access the archive Advent calendars from your menu?


Found it! The archives are on the menu by Date. I have to scroll to near the bottom, but there they are. What a useful resource.

Rohrkrepierer ‐ KOOK & HECKLER
Rohrkrepierer ‐ KOOK & HECKLER

Me and him,
für mich und ihn,
Wir wären wuddah been ‐‐‐‐

Es sei Konjunktiv ‐
Immerhin !

Lass.dem Teufel. Die ewige.Ruh !


LOL Das Goethe-Institut hat in meinem ersten Video bereits zwei englische Fehler gemacht.

Ich habe meine ersten Goethe-Münzen verdient!

Sie sagten: “”Find much more of them throughout the game””.

Jeder, der meinen nicht existierenden “English is Easy”-Kurs abonniert, weiß, dass er es sein sollte:- –

“Find MANY more of them throughout the game”.

Inzwischen macht mich die Videomusik verrückt.

Ich hoffe, dass meine Goethe-Münzen für meinen Flug aus Australien, mein Hotel, meine Bar und mein Selbstmordprogramm bezahlen, wenn diese Musik nicht bald aufhört.

Plink, plonk, plink, plink, plink, plonk, plink, plink, plink, plonk, plink,
Plink, plonk, plink, plink, plink, plonk, plink, plink, plink, plonk, plonk, plink

Zu spät!!! Ich bin schon tot !!!!!!!

What a pity !! If the plinky plonk music had not driven me to my early
grave they could have paid me 1,000,000 dollars to improve their
English !! LOL


Vielleicht weiß das Institut Bescheid, was für Kosten du an der Bar anhäufen würdest. ;-)


To all the German is Easy donators,
Thank you all for the donations! I appreciate your support for people who cannot afford to pay and your help in spreading the german language!

Vielen Dank!


I just discovered another game. I haven’t played it yet. But first impression it looks good. Here


Bummed that I don’t have an apple device (only android). It looks like viel Spaß.


I’ve played first one. It was good. I would like to learn by playing, it is much easier.
I can’t find the second game – maybe it is not available for all countries.


Ich arbeite nicht bei GI, aber ich kann Dir Biere beim Besuch bezahlen!

Not sure above is written correctly…??? In any case, I can cover your beers if you visit. lol