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.

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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 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!!!
easy German screenshot youtube

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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.
extra-german-link

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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. logo goethe

 

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 TestDaf – Sample Test  

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.

TestDaf Logo

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Deutschlandfunk und Deutschlandradio Kultur

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.

 

61 responses to “Cool Links

  1. 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

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    • Hi Peter,

      great that you find this material here helpful :). As for audio, I don’t have any of that … yet… I might include that at some point but this blog is still very young (7 months) and I want it to grow organically and also, I lack the time and the equipment… but if you are interested in the pronunciation of the single letters I might have quite the site… it’s a lady doing video lessons and she is putting A LOT of effort into it… she talks about one letter and gives a ton of examples for how the letter sounds in words… she is certainly not the most entertaining compared to the rest of the youtube learning sources but she is really thorough (some vids are like 20 minutes long). I watched the video about the light “ch” and she actually has found an intuitive way to get at least English natives to get quite close to how it’s supposed to be… so, here is the link, enjoy :)

      http://www.easy-online-german.com/

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    • 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.

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  2. 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.

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

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

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  5. Danke sehr!

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  6. 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!

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

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

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

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    • Hi Marlene,

      I think you just have to hit unsubscribe from the old address and then subscribe anew with the new one. I would love to do that for you but WordPress.com manages all that stuff and I cannot do anything with the lists… tut mir Leid :)

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  10. 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

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  11. 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).

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  12. 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?

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  13. 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/

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    • I’ll read it later on and then I might make an effort an lift the corner of my mouth a bit… after I went to the basement of course (don’t know if you know that saying) :D… from your about page I guess you’re in Prenzlauer Berg, which is where I grew up. Gentrified indeed. From Aussenklo to Aussenlift in 20 years :)

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  14. 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

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  15. 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.

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    • I actually had that on here for a long time (before I found extr@) but then my link was broken and I couldn’t find a working one… I am procrastinat… uhm… I am reworking my links page at the moment and I’ll definitely add Jojo’s adventures again :)

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  16. 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!

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

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  18. 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

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  19. Conversation exchange.

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  20. Hallo,

    Das wäre sehr nett von Ihnen für Ihre Bewegung hier in dieser web-site. ich habe eine frage über Deutsch Bücher. vielleicht haben Sie paar Vorschläge für mich, die sind nicht so schwierig. momentan lesse ich gerne Der Spiegel online aber ich wollte ein Bücher anfangen, weil ich in Phantasie Land besser sprache lernen kann. ich danke Ihnen sehr

    Grüß
    YashaR

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  21. ich lese gerne Fantasy, habe ich scho a song of Ice and Fire fertig gemacht aber auf Englisch :p .. ich habe das Buch auf Deutsch sehr schwierig gefunden. danke für Ihre Reply

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    • Ach … genau das hätte ich jetzt vorgeschlagen. Ich fand es relativ gut zu lesen. Kurze Sätze und so. Aber natürlich ist da viel “Fantasy”-Vokabular drin. Vielleicht probierst du mal die Ork-Reihe von Michael Peinkofer, oder die Deutsche Übersetzung von der “Königsmörder-Chronik” von Patrick Rothfuss… da sind die Sätze auch sehr kurz und die Sprache wirkt einfach. Die Fantasy-Vokabeln gibt’s da aber auch :)

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  22. vielen dank für Ihre Empfehlungen, ich werde sicher einen Blick in beiden Bücher haben danach wähle ich ein aus. Sie sind am besten Lehrer oder Lehrerin auf der Welt. Cheers

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  23. Hi,

    You can give the link of http://www.mindurgerman.com. This website is full of examples and that make me very easy to grasp language. Thanks.

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  24. Hi, this is another cool series for learning german :), it’s called Deutsch Plus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lk9rS7n-4Q

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  25. auch wir österreicher unterrichten :-)
    yourdailyaustrian.wordpress.com

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  26. Wo findet man die Abschrifte des Deutschlandfunksradios? Ich suche durch die ganze Webseite, aber trotzdem finde ich gar nichts :(

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  27. Hey
    I started with German this year and I would like to know where I can get comprehension test, to exercise my understanding and interpretation of German texts. I am in grade 10 currently.
    Thankyou

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  28. Ich hab’ die tollest Seite gefunden! Da gibt es kurze Nachrichten, die ganz einfach sind. Sie kommen als Podcast auch.

    http://www.slowgerman.com

    Dein Blog ist übrigens total cool :) Er hat mir aber viel geholfen. Ich warte darauf, lassen WotD zu werde.

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    • Ja, die Seite kenne ich. Die ist wirklich gut. Ich wollte schon lange mal die Linkseite “renovieren”, aber ich hab’ rigendwie nie Zeit. Bei der neuen mache ich Slowgerman auf jeden Fall dazu.
      “Lassen” kommt bald.
      Kleine Korrektur:

      – Er hat mir aber viel geholfen.

      Warum “aber”?

      – Ich warte darauf, lassen WotD zu werden

      Das geht nicht. Du kannst hier keine zu-Konstruktion nehmen. Warum nicht? Weil das Subjekt in beiden Teilen nicht dasselbe ist. Im ersten Teil ist es “ich”, im zweiten “lassen”. Deshalb kannst du nur sagen

      – Ich warte darauf, dass “lassen” WotD wird.

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