Questions asking for learning resources and advice on the process of learning German. Do not use this tag for questions about specific features of the German language.

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On-line German tutors [closed]

I don't know if here is the best place to ask that, I need a German tutor to help me to communicate in German via chat and sometimes voice. Do you know any sites (free or not) which can provide me ...
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Etwas anschauen vs. ansehen = to look at?

Can anschauen and ansehen both be used to say that you are looking at something? For example, "Ich schaue das Foto an" vs. "Ich sehe mir das Foto an"? I think I have seen these verbs used ...
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Is there a good sourcebook for practice exercises?

I'm looking for a book full of practice exercises. I find that, while my vocabulary is getting better and my knowledge of grammar improving, it would really help to do more exercises and compare my ...
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Learning German through debates/ discussions - Deutsch lernen durch Debatten/ Reden

Ich habe mir gedacht dass man ab einem gewissen Deutschniveau auch durch Schreiben Fortschritte machen kann. Habt ihr Blogs, oder kennt ihr eine Seite wo man an Debatten teilnehmen kann? Ich habe ...
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Humour/Comedy websites in German [closed]

Are there any websites out there which offer a large repository of jokes and humour in German? I'm looking for something similar to, for example, www.9gag.com or Comedy Central's www.jokes.com.
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Which educative video series helps me in learning German?

Do you know about any type of educative video series for learning German? For example, like Destinos for learners of Spanish. The only option I have been able to find so far is Muzzy, a British ...
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Can someone point me to an easy resource that teaches the German language? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Free online resources for beginner course Can someone point me to an easy resource that teaches the German language? Keep in mind that I'm totally ignorant in German. I'm ...
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What would be some good exercises with a language partner for a beginner?

Does anyone have advice for keeping a conversation going with a language partner. I've been studying German for 6 weeks, twice a week at night school. So my vocabulary is quite small and apart from ...
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How to learn German online? [closed]

Most of the online free resources I found are for beginners and does not provide much information. Is there any more comprehensive resource covering from beginner to advanced level?
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Learning German helpful for any other language learning? [closed]

I am interested in learning German since I am fascinated about the German automation machines and I want to study in a German university. I want to know whether learning German directly helps in ...
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Magazines and documentaries for speaking German with subtitles

Could you please name some documentaries, radio stations or magazines with easy German vocabulary and clear pronunciation?
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Are there any english subtitled german intellectual shows?

I've taken german in school for several years, meaning I got the basics of the language somewhat ingrained in me. One of the ways to improve my skills, I notice, is by watching english (or swedish, ...
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Free classic psychological e-books for language learning

I want to master German via reading e-books. I was thinking about the classic works of psychology. At best I'd like to read the works of Sigmund Freud and Erich Fromm in original. I was searching the ...
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What do I need to know to pass the A1 or A2 exams from Goethe Institut?

Can someone share what I need to know to pass the A1 or A2 exams from Goethe Institut? For instance, do I need to know all cases (nominative, accusative, dative, genitive)? the past form of every ...
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Is there any source to find German books categorised in terms of reading ease?

There are numerous readability measures like Flesch Readability test, Wiener Sachtextformel, etc. But is there someplace I could actually find common books listed with their respective reading ease ...
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Learning German as a native Dutch speaker

Is there a method for learning German that leverages the close relationship between Dutch and German? My main concern here is the vocabulary (many words are pronounced the same way, and mean the ...
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Suggestions on preparing for the Zertifikat Deutsch (internationally accepted certificate in German) exam

I will be taking the Zertifikat Deutsch exam soon, and was looking for tips and ideas on the preparation required. This exam is legally recognized, for instance for citizenship applications, and has ...
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Recommended reading strategies for intermediate speakers to build up their German

I learnt English mostly by reading all sorts of books once I'd a very rudimentary grasp of the basics. This was not intentional, but reading a lot is what in retrospect was the most helpful for me to ...
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Books helping with most common mistakes of German learners?

Is there anything one could recommend to get rid of the most common mistakes the non-native German speakers make? I love the "Is That What You Mean?" series by Pinguin which features very nice ...
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What are some reading comprehension activities for early language learners? [closed]

I am a German teacher at the secondary level, and my German 2 students are reading the Lese-Novelas von Hueber Verlag, such as Anna, Berlin. The book is very good for beginners, but I'm running out of ...
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Are second-hand books suitable for learning German?

On the second hand market there are lots of opportunities to buy used books for little money. As in 1996 there was a major orthography reform in Germany I am uncertain if reading second-hand books ...
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How to brush up my German?

I've studied German for almost three years when I was a teenager. I'm now out of practice. I just managed to keep up minimal functional reading skills by keeping reading books and visiting German ...
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How to find pen pals? [closed]

How do you find pen pals for people like me who are learning German and think maybe it'd be a good idea to have someone as a pen pal who is a native German?
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Best way to learn German [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good way to start learning German? What is the best way -in your opinion- to learn German on my own? I have been trying a lot to learn but still suggestions from ...
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German video news with transcription

Inspired by an answer, I wonder if there are good places to watch simple-language multimedia on current topics with subtitles or transcription (and ideally English translation). For example, Spiegel ...
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Next step after Rosetta Stone?

I'm getting close to completing the 5 level online Rosetta Stone course, so I start wondering what should I do next in terms of learning grammar and vocabulary? The long-term goal being visiting or ...
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Browser Add-ons to learn German

I am an active learner of German. I remember to have installed a browser Add-on on my old computer which helped me to learn the gender of German words by colorizing them in the browser using different ...
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Was macht es so schwierig die deutsche Sprache zu lernen? / Why is German so hard to learn?

Als Muttersprachler fällt mir die deutsche Sprache natürlich vergleichsweise leicht. Von Lernenden höre ich allerdings immer wieder, dass besonders Deutsch eine schwer zu erlernende Sprache ist. Was ...
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Can I start to make rudimentary sentences in German after a week worth of exposure to German?

I signed up for a German program in college and they taught me the very essentials like cases, gender, a general introduction to verbs, counting, and some basic but useful words. But I find sometimes ...
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How can I start to use German language in daily life (with the help of a dictionary - for vocabulary)?

I just start learning German along with some friends and I -personally- feel it would be better to use it everyday so that I get the hang of the rules in German. I am willing to keep a pocket ...
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Audio lessons for absolute beginners

Can you recommand some good audio lessons? I need to learn German and I wanna use my "free time" for example when I'm walking with my 15m old son in the park or when I do some chores at home, I can ...
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Which places in Düsseldorf are there where I can take courses to learn German? [closed]

Currently I am in Düsseldorf and I want to take this chance to learn German. I will stay for about 2 months. which places can I take courses at reasonable prices? Also if there is proven courses, I ...
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German words in context with translations

Are there any websites that, given a German word, will give you example sentences containing that word and their English translations? Would be incredibly useful for German learning.
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Is there a rule which preposition to use for a place?

Is there a rule for choosing between the prepositions zu, in, bei, nach, an for a special place or does one have to memorize all of them? For example: Beim Arzt An den See Nach Berlin Zur ...
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Is 30-60 minutes per day enough to get fluent in eight months?

I will be spending May - Sept 2012 in Germany and want to be fluent in speaking and proficient in reading / writing by May 2012. I have started the journey to learning German I am currently using ...
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What are some techniques to get me up to speed with German Grammar?

What are some techniques to get me up to speed with German grammar and sentence structure? I am not great with the "official" terms of parts of sentences. (For example, "infinitive" and "preposition"...
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What is a good way to start learning German?

There is already a question that asks for free resource for learning German. However, I would like to know what resources are good for learning German regardless of their cost. The online sources I'...
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What's the quality of clip2go?

Here seems to be a neat site. I like the real samples from (I assuming) real Germans...or at least people fluent in German. But I'm always concerned with learning a new language from a system that ...
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How useful for a complete beginner is the FSI German courses?

I'm asking specifically for feedback on the German Basic Course. I've heard that the best way to learn is by doing a lot of passive listening. Or by doing spaced repetition exercises. Or by immersion. ...
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German learning apps for Google Android

I'm on the lookout for any decent self-study applications for my Google Android smartphone to help me brush up on my German on my daily commute. Can anyone recommend any for me?
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Online resource which has easy German to read with its English translation

Is there any resource online which has easy German (should use most common words in daily setting) and also has its English translation alongside?
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Where can I learn German in Shanghai, China? [closed]

I am Chinese, in Shanghai. I want to learn German. Please give some recommandations like where I can find a school. I only have time to learn German in weekends.
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Die Frage „Wem oder wen?“. Auf welche Weise hilft sie mir?

Als ich mit dem Deutschlernen angefangen habe, ist ein typisches Gespräch zwischen mir und meiner Deutschlehrerin ungefähr wie folgt gelaufen: Ich: „Der Ball gehört mich.“ Lehrerin: „Hoppla, ...
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Contemporary music to learn vocabulary from?

What are some bands/songs that are good to learn vocabulary from? I'm not particular about the genre. I would like music that is comprehensible to an absolute beginner (I'm still fairly new to German ...
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Free online resources for beginner course [duplicate]

Along the lines of the same question on French Language & Usage, what are good, free online resources for an English-speaker to learn German properly from scratch? Ideally, important areas such ...
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Are there magazines similar to Spotlight, Adesso, Écoute, Ecos for foreign speakers to learn German?

Some years ago I learned some Italian by studying on one's own. Than I found the Adesso magazin very helpful. Some years later, when I learned the basics of Dutch, I was really missing a similar ...
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Classic childrens books that are unknown outside of DE/AT/CH?

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on German ...
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Gibt es andere Sätze wie “Wenn Fliegen hinter Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen hinterher”?

Man muss die Grammatik richtig verstanden haben, um diesen Satz zu verstehen: (zwei Varianten) Wenn Fliegen hinter Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen hinterher. Wenn hinter Fliegen ...
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What movies are good for learners who want to improve their grammar and vocabulary? [closed]

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on German ...
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Is there an “etw.” that shows grammatical case?

I've been learning verbs and their prepositions with a list like this: sich mit jdm. treffen sich über jdn. ärgern sich von jdm. trennen Jemanden/jemandem are great for this purpose, since I can ...