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Questions asking for learning resources and advice on the process of learning German. Do not use this tag for questions about specific features of the German language.

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Finding somebody for speaking German

I’m searching someone or a group with whom I can speak German. I understand very good and I write good, the problem that, until now, I haven’t had the possibility to speak as much as I need to. First,...
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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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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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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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German conversation examples

I am looking for practice conversations in German, things like A: Hi I would like to buy this fan, how much is it? B: It is 20 EUR, there is a used one for 10 EUR though C: Does the used one work ...
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German games for dyslexic to learn language

My son (8) has dyslexia and we need to motivate him a lot to read and write. He is German and German is his mother tongue. (But German is not my mother tongue.) I learned a lot of English playing ...
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Can listening to German songs be a part of a language learning program? [closed]

What do you think - can listening to songs in German be helpful when learning the language? Can it improve listening comprehension and understanding of speech?
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When to use viertel vor sechs and when to use drei viertel sechs?

I am a German language beginner. I understand that, in principle, the time 17:45 could be referred to (informally, unofficially) as either "Viertel vor sechs" ("a quarter to six") or "dreiviertel ...
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Motivate cases for speakers of languages without them

This might be a general question, but I’ve just re-encountered cases again while learning German. How would one explain the purpose of cases? In German there are four, there are languages with more......
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Practicing German in daily activity [duplicate]

English is my first language. I have taken four semesters of university German in preparation to go abroad in 2015 to work and study. My question is this: how can I practice and improve my German in ...
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Suche ein Forum um auf Deutsch zu diskutieren

Ich möchte mein Deutsch verbessern, entweder durch Sprechen oder durch Schreiben. Gibt es ein Forum oder so, wo man etwas diskutieren kann?
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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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Was ist Unterschied zwischen sehen, ansehen, gucken und schauen?

Ich möchte wissen, was das Unterschied zwischen sehen, ansehen, gucken und schauen ist. Sind all diese Verben equivalent? Kann man das irgendwann und in jeder Situation benutzen? Geben Sie mir bitte ...
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Difference between zuerst and erste [closed]

What is the difference between the words zuerst and erste in meaning? Can it be used interchangeably?
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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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German books ranked by reading ease [duplicate]

Is there any online source where I can find major German books listed according to some reading ease index (Lesbarkeitsindex)? I know this question has been already asked some years ago, but it got ...
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Is there a good sourcebook for practice exercises?

I'm looking for a book full of practice exercises. I find that, while my vocabulary is getting better and my knowledge of grammar improving, it would really help to do more exercises and compare my ...
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What are some good audio resources for learning scientific German?

German Science Reader by Charles Frederick Kroeh is a book on learning scientific German. However, I learn better aurally. What are some good audio resources for learning scientific German?
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Wo/Wie kann ich meinen Wortschatz erweitern?

Ich lerne gerade die Lektionen für die B2-Prüfung. Trotzdem fühle ich, dass ich noch mehr Vokabeln lernen muss. Ich suche jetzt Ressourcen dafür, deutsche Wörter zu lernen.
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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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Monolingual German learner's dictionaries with small defining vocabulary

Most modern English learner's dictionaries use controlled defining vocabulary for defining lemmas. Which German learner's dictionaries incorporate controlled defining vocabulary?
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The dative case - expressing the action of putting something on a table

On a course quiz of mine in an introductory-level German class, we had the following question about correctly identifying the accusative case: What confuses me is that this question doesn't seem ...
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Are there any resources to learn German using the 10000-sentence method?

Learning languages using sentences is kind of similar the way children learn to speak, IMHO! First, you learn and memorize the common sentences and then use these to interact in everyday situations. ...
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How can I memorize German vocabulary easier? [closed]

I am having a hard time with German vocabulary. I am looking for methods to memorize better. It took me about 1 hour to memorize 10 words.
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When can a phrase be put after the “second” verb?

Sorry that I don't know the right words for it, but here is an example. Apparently the sentence Du musst mir helfen, das zu verstehen. is correct, but I do not understand why "das zu verstehen"...
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After having learnt a great deal of grammar and being confident at speaking what I know, how do I go about expanding my vocabulary?

Essentially, I have very little problem with German grammar. I am able to teach myself, and I often am able to speak without translating in my head. However, I am severely limited by my relatively ...
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How to find pen pals? [closed]

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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Can one access online the subtitles for the UT-tagged videos in Bayerisches Fernsehen’s Mediathek? [closed]

I have found that watching German media videos with subtitles has helped my aural comprehension (I am not a native speaker of German). Therefore, I am particularly interested in locating subtitled ...
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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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Learning German helpful for any other language learning? [closed]

I am interested in learning German since I am fascinated about the German automation machines and I want to study in a German university. I want to know whether learning German directly helps in ...
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German certificates - level of difficulty?

I want to start study in Germany and I must have a German certificate. I have these possibilities: Goethe-Zertifikat C 2 (Goethe) DSH-3 DSD II TESTDAF (das in allen vier Teilprüfungen die Test-...
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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 Swiss German handwriting alphabet

I were unable to find paper with alphabet letters on it to start learning reading/writing in Swiss German. Searched native bookstores and still couldn't find those "1th grade school kids letters ...
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How to remember words which are extremely similar but have totally different meaning?

I would like to know if someone has any suggestion regarding how to remember words which are extremely similar but have totally different meanings. Any advice? Tricks? I am thinking of words like: ...
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Equivalent of Globish in German

I have recently applied for a job in Germany and they require job candidates to speak basic German. When I asked what was the basics in terms of levels (i.e. CEFR A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2,...), they ...
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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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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 from ...
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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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Online language exercises [duplicate]

I'm looking for web sites that might have exercises for beginners and intermediate users. So far I found Duolingo and DeutschAkademie, and although they are excellent sites, after a while they get ...
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Best books for Hören

As you know Hören is a critical skill for improving the other skills (Schreiben, Sprechen and Lesen). I am looking for a set of books that would teach me this skill and give me good exercises? I am ...
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Are there any mnemonic aids for remembering how to deal with cases for each gender?

I always get confused remembering adjective endings for both definite and indefinite articles. Does anyone know of any phrases/songs that kids are taught at school to help with remembering these? For ...
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Daily financial, economic and world (television) news in German

I hope this question isn't off-topic, since this website is about language-specific questions. This seemed like the site closest to my post. :) For the purpose of exposing myself to the spoken German ...
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Is there any website like vocabulary.com , but for German?

I search for a website to learn German words of intermediate and advanced level, preferably not with translation, but with explanation in German. Vocabulary.com is the perfect example of what do I ...
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Is there a book about German that is comparable to “Wheelock’s Latin”?

I found Wheelock’s Latin to be amazingly straightforward and comprehensive. The many German books which I have found are in no way comparable. They are absolutely annoying with their pictures, ...
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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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How hard is it to score DSH 2? [closed]

I was looking at German Universities and they require for German-taught degrees that you score at least 67% on the DSH test (meaning you score a DSH 2). Is passing this test a good signal that you ...
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Wo kann man im Internet die deutsche Sprache üben?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Are there websites where one can practice German conversation whether through typing or through audio? Ich suche etwas wie Skype, Google Talk,...
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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 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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Which places in Düsseldorf are there where I can take courses to learn German? [closed]

Currently I am in Düsseldorf and I want to take this chance to learn German. I will stay for about 2 months. which places can I take courses at reasonable prices? Also if there is proven courses, I ...