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I recommend Good Bye Lenin! (2003), one of my favorite German movies. It's an entertaining film that deals with with the sudden reality when Eastern Germany merged with Western Germany. You can learn a lot about both parts of Germany and their recent history. In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must ...


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Das Leben der Anderen (2006) is another great (and Oscar-winning) movie dealing with German history. Wikipedia: The film involves the monitoring of the cultural scene of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police.


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I took the Zertifikat Deutsch two years ago at the Goethe Institut Berlin. It was pretty tough for me since I was just starting out, but did manage to pass with a good grade with some work. Since Takkat already provided some resources for you, let me give you some advice which is specifically tailored to the Zertifikat Deutsch. The following advice is ...


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Try the Deutsche Welle resources. There's a free 30-lection course going from A1 to B1. In addition, there's a ton of resources for all levels up to C1.


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According to this PDF its pretty much the best and biggest list you can get for free. The PDF looks quite interesting. On the data source: Neben Angaben zu absoluter Häufigkeit, Häufigkeitsklassen,Grammatik, Sachgebiet, Kollokationen (häufige Wortkombinationen) usw. findet man hier auch die „Wörter des Tages“, die aktuellsten Begriffe aus ...


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Here are some places where you can download such lists: http://sourceforge.net/projects/germandict/files/ A list of German words as plain text file with slightly more than 1.2 million entries (including inflected forms). The format is one word per line, alphabetically ordered. Korpusbasierte Grund-/Wortformenlisten


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From the Goethe Institut there are some ressources for the B1 exams free for download from here: http://www.goethe.de/lrn/prj/pba/bes/gzd/mat/deindex.htm There you will find A sample exam for candidates Samples for examiners MP3 audio file for listening comprehension tests Various regulations, other informations and a manual


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If you're a geek and grew up in the 1980s (or are interested in the European 1980s): 23 - Nichts ist so wie es scheint (1998) The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany From Heike Angermaier's review: Ein intelligentes und vielschichtiges Drama über das Erwachsenwerden, das Regisseur und ...


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Die sind zwar eher scherzhaft gemeint, aber die Langenscheidt Lilliput Wörterbücher sind glaub ich gar nicht so schlecht. Zumindest sind sie sehr preiswert. ;-) Es gibt davon Deutsch - Badisch Bairisch Berlinerisch Fränkisch Hessisch Kölsch Plattdeutsch Ruhrpott-Deutsch Schweizerdeutsch Schwäbisch Sächsisch Wienerisch


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I'll recommend the test by the "Institut für Testforschung und Testentwicklung" in Leipzig: http://www.itt-leipzig.de/static/startseiteeng.html You can find alternatives if you search the Internet for "Wortschatztest".


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The German Wiktionary often lists the etymology of words under the „Herkunft“ header. Note that that is usually quite concise.


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There doesn't seem to be such a site yet. There certainly isn't one with critical mass, like GL&U has, otherwise it would (almost per definition) be easy to find on google. There might conceivably be a tiny forgotten one hidden away somewhere on the internet, but if it's so small that google searches won't pick it up, it's unlikely to be of any use to ...


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In most recent Linux distributions there are two files: /usr/share/dict/ogerman /usr/share/dict/ngerman These contain a list of line-separated German words. ogerman is for the old-spelling and ngerman is for reformed spelling. On my system, ogerman contains about 76000 words, while ngerman has about 330000 words. It may be needed to install a package ...


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Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (2004) is a very good movie about the younger generations of Germany. Not yet grown up but neither children, these youngsters are rebelling against "the system", eventually making a very big mistake. I think it's a very good movie to get a grab about how "not so old but not so young" people in Germany feel and of course talk.


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German Disney songs. Since you've probably heard these songs in your native language, you'll learn how to express the same ideas in German. As timeless, they are arguably also contemporary. Examples: Seid bereit (The Lion King) Es war einmal im Dezember (Anastasia) Sei ein Mann (Mulan)


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One of my favourite German movies is Das merkwürdige Verhalten geschlechtsreifer Großstädter zur Paarungszeit (1998). It's light-hearted, entertaining and contains a lot of dialogue.


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You can download the German Wiktionary from here. For an example, here's a part of dewiktionary-20121115-pages-meta-current.xml.bz2 I downloaded a week ago: <title>Haus</title> <ns>0</ns> <id>1119</id> <revision> <id>2726902</id> <parentid>2709434</parentid> ...


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TV-Stations with German shows ARD Choose Fernsehen and then Sendungen A-Z for a complete list. Mostly News and Edutainment, it seems. I don't think there's any American Show on there ZDF Again, choose Sendungen A-Z for a complete list. A quick scan revealed only "Inspektor Barnaby" as non-German series, lots of news, cooking and quiz shows Sat1 Navy CIS, ...


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I agree with Carsten Schultz about Küchenradio. While Freak Show by Metaebene looks like a tech podcast with up to 5 people discussing news at first, it's not a typical interview podcast and it's also not just a collection of news bits. They tend to digress a lot resulting in long episodes. If tech and length don't turn you off, you might want to give this ...


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Das Boot (1981): about the crew of a german submarine (2nd World War)


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Wiktionary has dedicated categories: German verbs German strong verbs German class 1 strong verbs German class 2 strong verbs German class 3 strong verbs German class 4 strong verbs German class 5 strong verbs German class 6 strong verbs German class 7 strong verbs German weak verbs etc.


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Es gibt jetzt anscheinend eine eigene Adresse (Domain) für die Wörterbücher: http://www.woerterbuchnetz.de/ Rechte liegen beim Kompetenzzentrum für elektronische Erschließungs- und Publikationsverfahren in den Geisteswissenschaften an der Universität Trier.


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Just some suggestions from my side: Listen to German radio, there are tons of radiostations that broadcast online. My personal favorite here is MDR, but feel free to find your own channel/station. Go to YouTube and watch some short clips from German popular TV-shows like "Wer wird Millionär?", "TV Total", "Genial daneben" etc. If you are lucky you can find ...


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Deutsche Welle is the best possible page for German language learners, I know no other news agency that would do so much for teaching German worldwide. On the same page you are referencing in your question there is also a video section called "Deutsch Lernen mit Videos" (s. picture) where you can find 161 different short video clips tailored for beginners. ...


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Dictionaries dict.cc is a free, multilingual online dictionary. Read this answer for more information about the dictionary and its offline version. LEO dictionary: excellent online, free multilingual dictionary. They also have a great discussion forum and links to audio files for pronunciation. canoonet: Free German only dictionary. Great resource for ...


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Neben Klemperers LTI finde ich immer noch lesenwert Aus dem Wörterbuch des Unmenschen von Dolf Sternberger, Gerhard Storz und Wilhelm E. Süskind. Kriegt man derzeit nur gebraucht, fürchte ich. Allerdings »endet« das Buch 1967 mit seiner dritten Auflage; wie aktuell das heute noch ist, muß man eben selbst einschätzen. Zufälligerweise korrekte Daten aus der ...


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Wiktionary has some, and so does the Duden. However, they are usually not present in dictionaries since German almost universally follows a fixed set of rules for pronunciation so there is generally no need to indicate it explicitly (except for loan words).


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Try Google NGrams. The German corpus is not as good at the English one, but starting with the 19th century, it's fine. You can not only use this to get diagrams comparing the usage of words (or up to five words in sequence), but also download the entire database.



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