Cool Links

This section gives you a number of very very useful links. If you have suggestion I will gladly have a look but I like my lists short and compact so I won’t feature too many links here…. oh, by the way… if there’s a broken link, please let me know. Danke :)

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 Easy German Videos – Youtube

This  is reallyAWESOME!!!!easygerman

They interview real people in the streets all over Germany, each time focusing on a certain subject like ‘How to greet’ or ‘What is typical German’. They talk at normal speed and with all the spoken features like mumbling, skipping letters and not finishing their sentences so it’s complete madness but the good news is….there are subtitles.
In German AND in English (in most of the videos).
The audio is a bit rough in the beginning but it gets better in the later videos. Really really great stuff… check it out!!!

 

Extr@ – German – learn German watching soap

extragermanAs far as study material goes, this show is definitely one of the most entertaining things you can watch. On the surface it is a sort of comedy soap opera… the story is basic, the acting is totally over the top and even off camera laughs. They clearly don’t mean it seriously :)But they are serious about the learning aspect and they have done an amazing job. All the actors speak super clear and slow they keep repeating key phrases … and still it feels somewhat natural and not at all “schoolish”. And there are subtitles, too…. at least you can turn them on.
At the end of each episode there is a little recap of the important phrases, and last but not least… the episodes are long so none of these 5 minute things that are over before you know it.
Bottom line: this BBC made series is extra super.

 

Lach- und Sachgeschichten

sachgeschichten-german-linkLach- und Sachgeschichten is a segment in the uber famous German kids show called “Die Sendung mit der Maus” (the show with the mouse). The idea behind Lach- and Sachgeschichten is to look at something from the real world and see how it’s made or how it works… in kids terms. But at least for me, when it comes to how a the technology behind a touch screen works or how tofu is made, then kids terms is just perfect.Seriously, the videos are absolutely lovely and many adults in Germany enjoy watching them, too.
The language is simply and the speaker speaks very clearly and if you don’t understand the words the video often helps out and allows you to guess.
Of course you need a decent amount of vocabulary to really enjoy it but for an intermediate learner it’s a great way to train listening while learning a lot of random interesting  things like “How is a toothpaste made”.

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Chaosradio Express

cre-awesome-german-podcastIn my opinion, this is THE BEST PODCAST EVER!!! In each episode, Tim Pritlove talks with one or to experts about a certain topic. A lot of topics have to do with computers (IPv6, the DNS-scene, ARM architecture, various programming languages, app-design) but they also discuss the German tax system, Bitcoin, coffee, beer, board games, World of Warcraft, the solar system, the human ear, secret services, movie dubbing, feminism and  post-structuralism…. just to name a few :). I’m sure you’ll find something.
They really go into depth on a topic. No wonder that an episode is usually between 1 and 3 hours long. But it’s not a boring presentation but rather two guys just having a relaxed dialog along an outline. And Tim Pritlove is really pushing for layman’s terms and has a great talent to rephrase and summarize things. There are about 200 episodes and I think I’ve listened to almost all of them, even if I wasn’t too interested in the topic. It’s just kind of soothing. Like a slow evening where you sit with friends and you just listen to their nerd conversations.
The audio quality is amazing by the way, and it’s completely free and runs on donations which is amazing, too.
So… if you want to listen to some  a lot of authentic (and fairly slow) German, while learning a bit a whole lot of stuff then check this out!!

 

Grüße aus Deutschland – Goethe Institut Podcast

Description soon to follow… but it’s great for beginners :)

 

Der Vorleser

vorleser-german-audiobooksIf you’re already advanced and you’d like to listen to some literature in German then this is the perfect site for you because there you can find… free audio books. And it’s legal. Isn’t that great? There are lots of classic stories of (mostly but not exclusively German) literature like Kafka’s “Die Verwandlung” or “Frankenstein”. Or how about one of the wild west novels of Karl May, one of the most famous popular writers in Germany, who has written about the wild west like no other and yet he’s never even been there.
The audio quality is great and the speakers are generally good at  what they’re doing. There’s also a large crime story section and you can find some drama and some non fiction there too. So if you are into audio books and serious literature and you want to improve your  German… check it out.

 

——- Test ——-

 

zertifikat-deutsch-sample-tZertifikat Deutsch – Sample Test  

 
On this page from the Goethe Institute you can find sample test for the Zertifikat Deutsch exam. The level of this is B1. Additionally you can get some general information about the exam and a description of what you should be able to do for the level – all in German. There is a decent amount of clicking to do so don’t expect all questions to pop up right away but it is manageable. So if you are planning to take the test… this is what’s coming.

 

 TestDaf – Sample Test

testdaf-sampletestThe TestDaf is one of the most widely accepted language certificates for the German language. On their webpage they offer a lot of information including lots of links where you can sign up for preparation courses or buy guide books but they also have 2 sets of  tests samples there. It contains all 4 types of task (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and you can listen to the listening comprehension audio on mp3 and read the transcript there.  It might look a little intimidating at first glance but don’t worry… you can do will get there eventually because you are awesome! Enough motivation?… by the way… there is not many of the usual fill in the blank grammar exercises there, so this is good I guess.

dsh-sample-testDSH – Sample Test

Description soon too follow

 

 

 

By the way… if you’re not sure which test is the one for you (since both are enough to enter university, as far as I know) here’s a (subjective) comparison:

TestDaf vs DSH – pros and cons

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German.stackexchange  – German question and answer site

This is a nice forum for all kinds of questions about the German language like nuances, differences or grammar. I am on there too but there are many other people who know more than me. A lot has been asked already so you can find a wealth of information there. There is also a rating system and one can collect reputation so our natural human desire for gathering things is definitely catered for ;).

 

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Peter
Peter

Thanks for your great lessons. I like them. Do you have any audio lessons to learn the German pronunciation?
I mean like on this site:
http://leicht-deutsch-lernen.com/latest-vocabulary-unit

Regards,
Peter

Jon
Jon

This is pretty good for learning letter by letter: http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/#
there is a video on the top right on the german section that shows exactly how to produce the sound. Give it a try.

Patricia
Patricia

Thank you for this blog. Although it’s very catchy, I would love to see posts that hand in easier and interesting ways to understand German.

josefina
josefina

No, unfortunately not. But some have resolution included, where it says: (dazu auch: Lösungsblatt)

Dev
Dev

Hi there, any site or list for specific German terms used for coaching sports or physical fitness? Basketball and Football in particular?
Thanks!

Emma
Emma

This site Step into German from the Goethe-Institut has a list of football vocabulary and worksheets:
http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/sig/soc/enindex.htm

(some great stuff about German music here too.)

Dev
Dev

Danke sehr Emma!

Marc
Marc

Hi Dev, looks like as if you’ve received a nice list with German football terms yet. But if you are still unsure, feel free to send me a direct message. I’ve played varsity football as exchange student at an American university and know all about your terms (and obviously German terms because I’m a native German). Have a great day,

Marc
English-German translator
marc@german-localization.com
German Localization

Dev
Dev

Danke sehr!

Vanessaa
Vanessaa

Hi, nice to see many useful links. It’s incredible that there are so many websites that people can use to learn German for free. I didn’t know about the Deutsche Welle Soap Opera and I am happy to discover it. Though the story doesn’t say anything, the fact that they are speaking clearly and slowly and there are subtitles makes it worth watching. I have found a website as well : http://www.deutschakademie.de/online-deutschkurs/english/ with a wide range of exercises on German language with the ability to choose your level, grammar topic and even exercises on German grammar books. It is well organised and it can be added as an application on a smart phone for free. Give it a go!

Rabia

Thank you for all of these information, it helpes a lot :)

Moa'bite

Thanks! I like the ” Easy German Videos – Youtube” a lot. I am currently downloading this entrie playlist.

Marlene
Marlene

CORRECTION TO HOW DO I CHANG MY SUBSCRIPTION? old address msc@aceweb.com, NEW: mscolgateny@gmail.com

Saurav niraula
Saurav niraula

Is there any audio listening for B1 german language exam.I am from NEPAL. i need some model question for B1 german language exam.Plz help

saschamb
saschamb

It’d be great if you included http://www.duolingo.com

If you don’t know it, it’s a website that teaches languages for free and at the same time crowdsources translations of websites. It’s not the best at teachin Grammar, but it’s AWESOME to stack up some vocabulary and it has a great, active community. For English speakers you can currently learn German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese but more courses are being made by the community (the next ones are probably Dutch and Russian).

ubungmachtdenmeister
ubungmachtdenmeister

I was recently pointed to another great learning resource that you might want to consider putting on here. Its a free radio course by deutsche welle, downloadable as a podcast or alternate audio files for other devices. A total of 4 series with 26 chapters each of approx 10-15mins each lesson. Its really hitting the spot right now for me in terms of training my listening comprehension. Its got an interesting story to follow as well. Just thought i would throw it out there. It can be found at http://www.dw.de/media-center/podcasts/s-100977 you have to scroll down and click a few links to get the files but its all there. The series is called warum nicht?

britbitchberlin7

I just posted something on Germans you might find amusing: Its perhaps a less orthodox way of learning about a different culture and perhaps not 100% PC but fun!
http://britbitchberlin.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/fun-loving-germans/

Patrik
Patrik

The link “Some exercises for listening comprehension (Uni Köln)” does not work any more. Could you please tell us if it is in another website?
Thanks in advance

Olphon
Olphon

Hi,
Through this little contribution I’d like to celebrate the awesomeness of this blog:
“Jojo sucht das Glück”
http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/jojo-sucht-das-gl%C3%BCck-folge-1/s-13359
Videos are also available on Youtube as well.
There are related PDF files of exercises, also scripts of episodes ‘n’stuff.
I did not study this because I’m currently busy with the abovementioned Deutsch Extr@ series. But I believe can recommend for any resource-hungry German learners to at least check it out.
Yeah.

Ariel
Ariel

I’m finding Piggeldy und Frederick good listening practice, as a beginning student. https://www.youtube.com/user/piggeldy

Also, good lots of resources for beginners and intermediate students on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/barcelada/ Right now I’m watching all the episodes of Deutsch Plus, the early 90s story of a Romanian immigrant in Köln who experiences racism and gets tricked into running drugs!

Hà Liên

thank you so much, helpful :)

Dennis Stetsenko
Dennis Stetsenko

Dude, you are a fucking rockstar!!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
Natalia
Natalia

First of all, I’d just like to say that your entire blog is AWESOME! I’m trying to teach myself German and this site has been amazingly helpful, thank you so much for creating such an awesome site! Now for my question: I was wondering if you could recommend some free online chat sites or something that allow you to practice German with other people. It would be super helpful to be able to practice real conversation. It would also be nice if there were sites specifically that help out beginners, as the majority of normal conversation would probably go over my head. I need some kindergarten stuff here, lol.

Thanks so much!
-Natalia