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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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
Es gibt in Deutschland drei Arten von "Schreibschrift": die Schulausgangsschrift (SAS), die in den östlichen Bundesländern mehr verbreitet ist die lateinische Ausgangsschrift (LA), die älteste Schulschreibschrift die vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift (VA), die gebräuchlichste Schulschreibschrift, die auch zur Zeit in der Schule gelehrt wird Auf ...
German TV-Stations 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, Hannibal, ...
Deutschlandradio / Deutschlandfunk has a wide range of formats and is a very good way to get news about current events and also culture programm. Apart from that, ARD or rather "das Erste" has a wide range of TV shows, which cover interviews, entertainment and news and is watched by many people in germany. The "Tagesschau" at 8 p.m. is the most watched ...
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> ...
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 ...
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".
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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
I think Deutsche Welle: http://www.dw-world.de/ would be a good choice. Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster that produces television, radio and online content in 30 languages. It provides a European perspective to its global audience and promotes intercultural dialogue. According to its statutory mission, Deutsche Welle will ...
The German Wiktionary often lists the etymology of words under the „Herkunft“ header. Note that that is usually quite concise.
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 ...
The largest etymological resource for the German language is the DWB, Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, or just Grimm for short. It is, however, not suited for learners of the language, and is sometimes even hard to understand for natives. If you're just looking for a quick explanation of the origin of a word, it's also not the best one. ...
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.
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 ...
The one that I know of is DWDS: It has some data from the "Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen (nach Pfeifer)", it's usefulness will depend on the actual term you're looking for.
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).
Das Boot (1981): about the crew of a german submarine (2nd World War)
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)
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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