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Resources for learning German

Since they have same questions on different language learning SE websites(resources for learning Russian), I'd like to write one for German language since it's a great idea to have all kinds of ...
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Looking for large list of nouns with gender

I have found several extensive, machine-parsable lists of German words, but none of them give the gender of the nouns. Can someone point me to a comprehensive list of noun with their gender (or ...
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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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Which German films to watch to improve my German? [closed]

I want to watch German films to improve my German. As a beginner, I will try to absorb as much vocabulary as I can. I will watch every film 3 times at least. The first time using English subtitles ...
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English documentary with German subtitles

It is easy to find German documentaries with English subtitles. But I am looking for English voiced documentaries with German subtitles. I find this makes it easier to learn new German words. Any ...
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What are the resources to learn to pronouce words the right way?

I have just decided to learn German. I want to pronounce things the right way. I started with Pimsleur, but when I compared the pronunciation with Google Translate, it was very different. So what is ...
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Is there an audio learning program beyond Pimsleur IV?

I found Pimsleur the best method for me (others will disagree), but unfortunately the audio lessons from Pimsleur only go to level IV (Plus). Does anyone know of an audio program that's similar to, ...
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What is the best resource to find, e.g. the plural form of nouns such as “der Automatismus”?

I use LEO for looking up German words, but it often does not have the plural form of nouns, so for that I use Biolingus, but in the case of the noun "Automatismus", even Biolingus doesn't inform me ...
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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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Resources for testing language level

How can I test my german level and see if I am actually improving? Are there any "reliable" online test that can be used? Could the "readability test" be a good idea?
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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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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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German dictionary with native audio for Android?

Are there any regularly updated high quality German/English dictionary app available with native pronunciation? I see a lot of free ones but they don't have audio. The PONS dictionary website uses ...
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What movies are good for learners who want to improve their grammar and vocabulary?

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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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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What is the best free word frequency list in German?

I'm looking for a very high quality word frequency list in German. This is a list of how often words are used in the German language. The best one I have found so far is here: 10,000 words. ...
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Is there a free crowd-sourcing site that will correct German language sentences and paragraphs?

I write e-mails throughout the day at my job and use the following resources to correct them before it goes out: Google translate (machine translations) Linguee (searchable human translations) LEO ...
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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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Is there a German-English dictionary in PDF (or that works offline)?

Does any of these famous (dict, leo, dix, Wiktionary, etc.) online dictionaries have a free pdf dictionary? (I guess the answer is no, because less people would then visit the page again, but who ...
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Online dictionary where I can search for second half of compound noun

For example die Wertsachen, I want to find all words which end in die Sache. Other example, nouns ending in -gerät or -dienst?
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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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Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher?

Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher, also Wörterbücher für z. B. Deutsch–Bayrisch oder Bayrisch–Hessisch? Wenn ja, welche könnt ihr empfehlen?
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Good short stories for learning German? [closed]

I'm trying to learn german and I think I would really benefit from reading short stories in german. Possibly with a translation. So do you know any good sites that can offer me that?
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What are good German language programs for iPad/iPhone?

There are a number of applications relating to introductory German, dictionaries etc. available on the app store. Have people had any success with any of them and which ones are worth trying? ...
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German flash cards with pictures and no English?

I am looking to increase my German vocabulary and am looking for a good series of flash cards that does not contain any English, but instead just has pictures and the German word. Does such a thing ...
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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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Is “zweisprachige Ausgaben” the right expression?

I like to re-read in German translation my favorite authors1, and I enjoy it even more when they are in the form of dual-language editions. To my surprise, however, I'm having a difficult time ...
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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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Englisch-Deutsch-Englisch Wörterbuch für “offline usage” für das iPad oder iPhone?

Ich mag das CanooNet Wörterbuch und die Aussprachewörterbücher aber ich brauche auch ein Englisch-Deutsch-Englisch Wörterbuch für mein iPad/iPhone. Ich benutze jetzt zwar Leo aber es geht nicht ohne ...
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German dictionary with detailed declensions, audio pronunciations, and IPA

I'm looking for a German dictionary that'll give me the following things for, of course, as many words as possible: Audio files of pronunciation. IPA. All declensions. The definition of the word in ...
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Looking for comprehensive, parsable table of conjugated German nouns

I'm looking for a reasonably comprehensive, and "script-parseable", list/table of German nouns with their conjugations (the four cases for all applicable forms). I.e., the desired information for ...
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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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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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How to master pronunciation

I'm looking for methods and resources (such as music along with their text - audio books) to improve my German pronunciation, other than talking to a native speaker. EDIT: I'm given advice by ...
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Teaching German to businesspeople: tips? [closed]

For a once-weekly class taught to international learners of German, what recommendations can you give me. Three to four students (but sometimes only two or one). 60 minutes per class. Diverse ...
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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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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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Is there a style guide for German similar to The Elements of Style for English?

Is there a German style guide similar to "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White or "Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace" which are well known for English?
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Useful books/materials for private lessons in German

As a small hobby or even sidejob, I am planning to give private lessons in German for people with 1) no or low knowledge in German, 2) medium or good abilities. Can you recommend any books or other ...
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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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Is there a good on-line resource to look up the etymology of German words?

Is there a good on-line resource - free or not free - to look up the etymology of German words? Something like Duden's "Das Herkunftswörterbuch"?
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Listening practice for long vs. short vowels

I'm looking for good resources or exercises for practicing recognizing long vs. short vowels. Minimal pair recordings in "quiz" format would be ideal. I know when reading whether a vowel should be ...
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Where to find IPA transcriptions of Hochdeutsch online?

Where can I find a comprehensive online resource for IPA transcriptions of the "official" pronunciation of German words?
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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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German student preparing for travel abroad

I've studied German in an academic setting in the US for a number of years. When conversing with native German speakers I've noticed slang and other "non-academic" mannerisms. I'm preparing to ...
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Where can I find a parsable list of German words?

I'm looking for a list of German words in a digital format that is simple and easy to parse by a computer. It should encompass almost all words, but it doesn't matter whether inflections are included. ...
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Wörterbücher der Uni Trier – umgezogen oder eingestellt?

Unter der Adresse der Uni Trier gab es noch bis vor kurzem, und über viele Jahre, mehrere Wörterbücher – teils zu dieser Region, namentlich ein Rheinisches Wörterbuch und ein Pfälzerwörterbuch, ...
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Suche eine Quelle zu den NS-Einflüssen auf die deutsche Sprache

Bei der Recherche des Wortes Bumstinazi stieß ich auf den höchst interessanten Eintrag bei Ostarrichi.org: "Manche mögen folgendes Beispiel zurückweisen, aber es sollten jene gehört werden, die es ...
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Online resources for German verbs classes: strong, weak, mixed.

I've been searching for a nice complete list showing all the different verb classes (strong, weak, mixed) but couldn't find anything. Can someone point me to a good online resource? They should be ...