Questions asking for resources and advice for learning German.

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Which online course for learning German can you recommend?

I got a place at a German university and I would like to learn some essentials from the scratch during the summer. My main concern is to be efficient while learning. I don't mind paying for an online ...
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Aural comprehension of German media [closed]

I am a native English speaker who has scant practice with listening to spoken German except via Internet radio and DVDs from Amazon.de. I have noticed that some shows at the same intellectual level ...
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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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Finding out how many german words I do know

I know a website offering a test for knowing how many words you know in english. http://testyourvocab.com/ I would like to find something similar for the german language. I've made some searches ...
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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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Any German books with included vocabulary?

I am trying to learn german, but I find memorizing vocabularly lists very boring, and would prefer to read a book and just look up the words I don't get. The problem is, I find it really frustrating ...
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Resources for learning verb tenses with short example sentenses

I wish to learn verbs with their tense forms for general conversation. I tried to use the verb tables, but I am not able to memorise them. I think it would help me if I learn these forms alongwith ...
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“Gateway language” to German

I want to learn to speak German, but I'm having some trouble getting the words right (not sure exactly what I'm hearing). Since I intend to learn to speak a few new languages, I figured maybe I ...
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Why is it so hard to understand German sentences construction?

I've been trying to learn German for a few months and I find extremely difficult to acquire the meaning of a spoken sentence (when reading I can take all the time I want and if I know the words, I'm ...
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Bilingual (German/English) Novel Resources

I want to ask where I can find/buy in pdf format bilingual beginner-intermediate level german novels similar to penguin parallel text novels. I searched but could not find a good resource.
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What are good reading materials for learning German? [duplicate]

Are there any good materials for practicing reading / listening in German? I just finished level A1, and before I start with level A2, I'd like to practice my German a bit. If there were any online ...
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How can I learn German in one week? [closed]

How can I learn German in one week? If there is way to listen and talk that will be better.
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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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Are old textbooks still useful for learning German?

I know someone who is teaching himself German from the original copy of Assimil printed in 1957. He thought to himself, "wouldn't it be hilarious if I spent years learning out-dated German?". Is ...
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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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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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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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Analog of TOEFL for German [closed]

Could anyone suggest me most actual or appropriate analog of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for German?
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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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How to find pen pals?

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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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 ...
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Preparing for A2 Sprechen [closed]

I am preparing for an A2 test tomorrow at Goethe. I have some questions concerning the Sprechen part. Concerning Teil 2, are the options for the "Thema" and question cards limited? because if so I ...
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As someone learning German, what should I put on my flash cards for each part of speech?

What should I put on my German flash cards in order to know everything I'll need to know about that word? For example, I know for nouns I need to make sure to learn the gender and plural forms, since ...
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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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Classic childrens books that are unknown outside of DE/A/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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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 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 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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Opinions on Duolingo [closed]

Is Duolingo regarded as a good way to being learning German? Given the emphasis on learning by translation, which I've heard mixed opinions about, I was wondering if people believed this was a good or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...