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.
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 ;).
| Easy German Videos – YoutubeThis 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!!!
|Extr@ – German – learn German watching soapOne 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.
|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.