Audio books, cassette courses, pocket grammars, style guides, websites, to name but a few

learn more… | top users | synonyms

53
votes
28answers
4k views

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 ...
31
votes
11answers
7k views

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 ...
27
votes
7answers
5k views

Is there a good online resource to look up the etymology of German words?

Is there a good online resource — free or not free — to look up the etymology of German words? Something like Duden's "Herkunftswörterbuch"?
24
votes
7answers
10k views

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. ...
24
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
22
votes
4answers
10k views

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. ...
20
votes
4answers
617 views

Recommended news and culture streaming radio stations (auf Deutsch)?

I am specifically thinking of an analogue to NPR in the USA, whose stations generally broadcast a wide variety of show formats (news, interviews, talk radio, & entertainment) covering range of ...
19
votes
3answers
10k views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
456 views

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 ...
16
votes
2answers
4k views

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?
15
votes
11answers
2k views

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 ...
14
votes
6answers
23k views

List of 1000+ (most common) German nouns with plural form

Has anyone managed to find a list of this kind in a tabular form, possibly with articles? Something like this would be ideal: ---------------------------- das Kind | die Kinder | der Hund | ...
14
votes
1answer
2k views

Liste aller Wörter, die in den jeweiligen Duden-Ausgaben neu aufgenommen wurden

Ich bin auf der Suche nach einer Liste aller Wörter, die in den jeweiligen Ausgaben des Duden-Wörterbuchs neu aufgenommen wurden. Mich interessieren die Wörter der letzten 40 bis 50 Jahre. Sie sollten ...
13
votes
4answers
4k views

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, ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
11
votes
6answers
5k views

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 ...
11
votes
7answers
2k views

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?
11
votes
5answers
379 views

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 ...
10
votes
5answers
693 views

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"...
10
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
10
votes
4answers
474 views

Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher?

Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher, also Wörterbücher für z. B. Deutsch–Bayrisch oder Bayrisch–Hessisch? Wenn ja, welche könnt ihr empfehlen?
10
votes
1answer
201 views

Morphologie - Werkzeuge, Datenbanken, Suchwerkzeuge?

theis Frage zur Partizipbildung hat mich darauf gebracht, nach Werkzeugen zu morphologischen Fragen zu stöbern. canoo.net scheint ja eine Suche nach den Kategorien zu ermöglichen, die einzelnen ...
9
votes
3answers
871 views

Where to find samples of modern German handwritten text?

Googling mostly reveals some curly Old German scripts, beautiful, but hard to read and write. How do pupils write text in their copybooks today? I assume there should be some simplistic, streamlined ...
9
votes
6answers
13k views

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? ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
765 views

German weasel words

I have been using lists of English weasel words for quite some time now to check my language for clarity. Weasel words are words or phrases which make statements sound more meaningful or strong than ...
7
votes
3answers
927 views

Übungen zum Lesen der Kurrentschrift

Gibt es eine Webseite mit Übungen, um Kurrentschrift zu lesen? Sofort alte Briefe in exzentrischer Handschrift zu lesen, ist etwas schwierig, sodass es nett wäre, sich etwas einzuüben.
7
votes
3answers
468 views

Resources for learning how to pronounce German phonemes?

In reading Fluent Forever. The author makes a point of something I had begun to suspect on my own: Learning to hear and correctly pronounce a language will help you learn much faster, because your ...
7
votes
1answer
213 views

Comprehensive resource for Yiddish etymology?

I'm interested in a comprehensive resource that gives the origins of Yiddish words. I am aware that Wiktionary sometimes contains this information, but it is often sorely lacking. (For instance, I ...
7
votes
3answers
187 views

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?
6
votes
7answers
3k views

Dictionaries with example sentences for each entry

I am looking for offline or online English-to-German dictionaries that provide example sentences for each entry. This would help me learn the usage of each word. For example: I searched for the word ...
6
votes
5answers
5k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
10k views

Comic books in German for beginners

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

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 (...
6
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
195 views

Quelle für Abgrenzung von Synonymen für das heutige Deutsch

Ich suche eine gute Quelle für die Unterscheidung von Synonymen. Bei meinen Internetrecherchen bin ich des Öfteren auf das "Synonymische Handwörterbuch der deutschen Sprache" von Johann August ...
6
votes
2answers
5k views

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 (...
6
votes
2answers
212 views

What points do I need to consider in order to find the best online course for me?

I intend to start learning German and I found two brilliant courses on the website of Deutsche Welle, one called Deutsch Interaktiv and another audio resource called Warum Nicht. I would like to know ...
5
votes
6answers
375 views

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?
5
votes
1answer
91 views

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, ...
5
votes
1answer
81 views

“Der kleine Prinz” and short children novels vocabulary list

Any ideas on where I can obtain vocabulary lists for famous children novels? I find it easier to memorize the list of words and then practice it by reading the novel it refers to. Instead of ...
5
votes
1answer
579 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
765 views

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?
5
votes
1answer
740 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Suche eine umfassende Datenbank aller deutschen Wörter

Ich suche eine (oder mehrere) Gratisdatenbank(en), die u.a. folgende Daten enthält: Wortart Wortform Bei Verben: Konjugationstabelle Bei Adjektiven: Angepasste Versionen Synonyme Wenn möglich ...
5
votes
2answers
204 views

Where can I find streams of German comedies that include subtitles and are in Hochdeutsch?

What are the best sites where I can find German comedy shows with German subtitles? I'm learning German and am quite enthusiastic about it (more than any of my other subjects). I've enjoyed watching ...
4
votes
4answers
279 views

Podcasts in colloquial German

I’ve been trying for some time to find podcasts in colloquial language. That is, I’m not looking for podcasts with news and interviews or for language-learning podcasts. Specifically, I’m looking for ...