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.
First of course comes my own stuff :)
You can ask any questions there, be it translations, differences between words, grammar issues, word usage, resources etc… and you can also answer questions. But should I really answer questions about German when I am still learning it? Yes, you can and you should :). Explaining things you already know will fix them in your mind and maybe you understand certain problems better because you have faced them yourself… and after all, well, it’s a forum and I can’t answer everything (although I’ll do what I can). It’s very young still and there is not much there yet, so let’s change that.
| Easy German Videos – Youtube
This channel is really awesome material. They interview real people in the streets of Münster, 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 but there is a transcription, so you can follow the rambling. In the later videos they also have the English translation there.
The audio is a bit rough in the beginning but it gets better in the later videos.Really really great stuff… check it out!!!
|Jojo sucht das Glück – Deutsche Welle Soap OperaGet ready for the epic saga of Mark, Jojo, Reza, Ben and some other short names and accompany them as they venture around the city of Cologne doing young-people-things like hmmm hooking-up aaaand hmmm break up aaaand that’s it. Seriously, I have not watched all of it but I really think that is all that happens… it is a low budget soap opera after all.
Anyway, the episodes are about 2 and a half minute long, they speak very clearly and there are subtitles all the way through. The acting is something we all can relate to, if you know what I mean, but it’s really a fun way to train your listening comprehension. Great stuff… thanks to Deutsche Welle for that.
|Zertifikat 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.|
The 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.
These 2 channels are German-wide public radios like the BBC. Deutschlandfunk has its focus on politics, science and economy and they have about 80 % spoken. while Deutschlandradio Kultur concentrates more on cultural aspects. They do have more music there. Most of the time the people speak clear, slow German on these channels which makes them a very good source if you want to train your listening comprehension. You can find a lot of their features on their web page and for many of them you can listen and read the transcription simultaneously. If you know some German already you shouldn’t have a problem to surf the site… so enjoy.
Here you can find some exercises for listening comprehension… but only go there if you are advaaaaaaaanced. The very first text is about Erdwärme (geothermal energy)… so if you are ok with these, you should be ok with ANY test :)