Resources for Learning German

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  1. Peregrinus

    Peregrinus Active Member

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    Introductory Courses

    FSI Programmatic
    Pimsleur
    Michel Thomas German - foundation & advanced
    BBC Deutsch Plus (older course on youtube)
    Deutsche Welle Audio Tutor (from Book2 folks -no transcript -pay $10 to get one)

    Main Courses -bilingual

    Deutsche Welle -Deutsch Warum Nicht + Wieso Nicht + Deutsch Interaktiv
    FSI German
    DLI German (great for grammar review after using another course)
    Hugo German in 3 Months & Advanced (grammar heavy)
    Assimil German (old or new) + advanced (requires reading French)
    Living Language Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate & Advanced -skip current offerings from them and find this course on ebay or Amazon
    Linguaphone German + advanced/second stage
    Colloquial German 1 & 2
    Teach Yourself + advanced (Perfect Your German/ Improve your German)
    Fokus Deutsch - put out by Annenberg Media who also coproduced French in Action and Destinos. No longer available from them or through Geothe-Institut but "findable", with textbooks etc. cheap from Amazon. Not as extensive as Destinos/FIA.


    Main Courses - monolingual from German publishers - all use communicative approach for classroom use and by CEFR levels- strong points grammar and reading, weak points the audio which is not dialogue based for the most part

    Aspekte 1-3 (buy used and get textbook, workbook and audio only)
    DAF Kompakt
    +many others

    Followup (pick several)

    Deutsche Welle advanced offereings (B1+) - enough to take you to C2
    Various German publishers advanced courses to take you to C2
    Readers - extensive selection up to B2 by various publishers w/audio
    Google Books -LOTs of 100 year old+ books but need to read Gothic typeface
    more detailed grammar review
    keep cramming vocabulary OR spend hours a day on intensive/extensive reading

    Miscellaneous tips:
    enable German keyboard on your computer/device
    learn to read Fraktur script -makes older books accessible


    Grammar & Usage

    Practice Makes Perfect series - cheap and good
    Schaum's Outline series
    A/B/C Grammatik - monolingual grammar course by Schubert Publishing with extensive exercises
    Sandberg: German for Reading (out of print and likely to remain so and horribly expensive used, unlike his texts for Spanish and French which are still in print, but "findable" -see links in HTLAl thread)

    Dartmouth College German Grammar Review
    University of Michigan German Grammar
    Deklination von Adjektiven
    about.com German site - great for learning and review of short snippets of grammar

    Martin Durrell: Using German: A Guide to Contemporary Usage and German Grammar & Usage (many editions - considered by many as the German grammar "bible")

    K.B. Beaton: A Practical Dicitonary of German Usage (fantastic resource for advanced learner -disambiguates german words but arranged by English words - out of print and hideously expensive used but "findable")
    R.B. Farrell: Dictionary of German Synonyms (another great usage book and the less comprehensive basis for Beaton's work it would seem)

    Idioms

    spruecheportal.de
    redensarten-index.de - index of sites with idiom resources


    Vocabulary

    Thematischer Wortschatz - links to pages with vocab by theme
    Markt-Daten -business vocabulary
    University of Leipzig Wortschatz Portal
    woerterbuchnetz.de - wonderful collection of glossaries, including ones for various dialects, Middle High German, Grimm Fairy Tales & others

    Anki shared decks
    german-flashcards.com (free for basic use - largest deck for their langs)

    Monika Reimann: Grosser Lernwortschatz Deutsch Als Fremdsprache : Deutsch - Englisch (newer and older editions - over 15K entries - great thematic resource)
    Barron's: Mastering German Vocabulary: a Thematic Approach (5K+ words by thematic areas - good resource for a beginner)


    Vocabulary Lists associated with various courses

    Aspekte 1 & 2 (2 only has Greek translation)

    Laser:
    B1 wordlist
    B1+ wordlist
    B2 wordlist

    Mittelpunkt B1+/B2/C1 word lists (have to choose level and then individual lesson for a level to get link to lesson word list in MS Office doc form)


    Pronunciation



    Online Dictionaries (links to German-English pairs -others available)

    WordReference.com
    dict.cc
    Collins

    Online Encyclopedias

    Wikipedia German
    Duden student encyclopedia
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  2. Peregrinus

    Peregrinus Active Member

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    continued ...

    German Video Media


    NDR -news and documentaries and drama
    ARD Metiathek

    youtube
    easy: cheesy soap Sturm Der Liebe & others
    medium difficulty: TV Krimi Kommisar Rex (name refers to a dog! -fits right in here)
    hard: TV Krimi Tatort (goes back to 1970s)
    plenty of older German films​

    German Print Media

    Reader's Digest German edition
    Readers Digest Swiss German edition

    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) - the high bar for newspaper reading, i.e. business oriented and academic register

    Stern
    Bild - tabloid sensational type of news
    Die Welt
    S├╝ddeutsche Zeitung
    Zeit


    Radio -while there are lots of stations, a great many of them have a significant part of their songs in English. For this reason, news stations are often the best.

    Deutschlandfunk -news and some music
    Antenna Bayern Info Digital - news -has lots of repetetive short segments
    Antenna Bayern Schlagersahne - pop hits mostly German
    SRW4 Baden -news and music
    SWR2 Archivradio - lots of old speeches and historical material

    List of German radio stations streaming live



    Miscellaneous

    Studien und Plaudieren - older German text using natural approach - updated to modern orthography

    Grimm's Fairy Tales - site has parallel mode with English

    zeno.org - large collection of older material in German

    Leselupe.de - site for books and poetry - while many links lead to texts that must be purchased, many freebies as well

    Horespiel Scripts -aimed at youngsters, but great for colloquial speech and dialogues

    Internet Archive collection of community texts in German (includes some modern works)

    Drehb├╝cher - small but nice collection of TV show scripts, many of them long - great resource for dialogues (just ignore the set directions)


    Blogs

    German is Easy - very nice blog giving bite-size chunks of grammar and usage posts -bookmark it!

    Deutsche Grammatik 2.0 - fantastic but monolingual grammar with example sentences for every step of the way -available cheap for purchase as an ebook



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  3. Cainntear

    Cainntear Active Member VIP member

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    Wotno Michel Thomas? Sadly lacking any explanation of the noun case system, but a very very good introduction to verbs and pronouns.
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    An oversight. I have sampled but never completed a MT course but know that many find great benefit in them. Perhaps Big_Dog can add it to the introductory section.
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    I will be glad to add it, but please give me the text and tell me where it should go in your excellent first post.
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    Introductory Courses

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    Michel Thomas German - foundation & advanced <<--------
    BBC Deutsch Plus (older course on youtube)
    Deutsche Welle Audio Tutor (from Book2 folks -no transcript -pay $10 to get one)
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    I am just adding a few recent items that have come up on YouTube:

    Transcripts for Deutsch Plus are here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/dplus/tvtranscripts/

    The programmes for the more advanced Deutsch Plus 2 (mainly interviews) start here:



    The older BBC Deutsch Direkt videos (which add to the coursebook and workbook) start here:



    If you go to YouTube all 20 programmes follow on in the selection box.
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    Elexi, thanks for those links. I listened to the first 25 of 58 minutes of Deutsch Plus 2 and would rate it comparable to LL Ultimate Advanced in level (intermediate grammar + 2-3K vocab covering 90% perhaps). Without transcripts, a learner might want to wait until having passed the 5K vocabulary mark to get nearly everything, and I think it thus can be a very good review. While the interview segments seem somewhat scripted with the interviewees not giving longer freer responses, the documentary segments are typical of those found on NDR, which I have listened to from the beginning of my German learning last year.
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    Peregrinus - thanks for that, I have the published materials for Deutsch Plus 2 (course book and programme transcripts) and LL Ultimate Advanced, but have never got round to using them. I might go through the pair of courses together if the are comparable.

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