Resources for Multiple Languages
GERMAN – DEUTSCH
🙂 = also for learners
Practice verb conjugations either by identifying verb forms or typing in requested verb forms. Beware, it can become totally addictive! For instructions in (moderately accurate) English, click on the British flag in the top right corner of the page.
An online German grammar reference, featuring zany post-modern Grimm’s fairy tale characters, authoritative grammar explanations, self-correcting exercises, online audio and cartoon images. Author: Zsuzsanna Abrams (COERL)
List of good resources (conjugations, declensions, etc.) and solid grammatical explanations. The page is part of a remarkable and ambitious site presenting a huge array of resources for instructors and students of German, often usefully annotated, but the sheer quantity of links can be overwhelming.
A multimedia 1st-year German language program based on videos of native speakers and the University of Texas Summer Program in Würzburg, Germany. The online textbook includes recorded vocabulary, phonetics lessons, an online grammar component, online comparative polls and internet writing activities. Author: Zsuzsanna Abrams (COERL)
DEUTSCHE WELLE (★★★) 🙂
Complete courses from A1 to C2. Directions and explanations in 30 languages (for language selection click the link in the top-right corner of the page).
Audio-Lingua ist ein Mitmachprojekt authentischer Tondateien (kurze Dokumente, maximal zwei Minuten, über verschiedene Themen) die von Muttersprachlern aufgenommen wurden. Diese Tondateien sind für Unterrichtszwecke und private Nutzung lizenzfrei.
Short videos of interviews of passers-by on all sorts of subjects with German and English subtitles. Completely authentic, spontaneous language. New epidodes added weekly. Over 150 videos to date.
You can also access the videos from the main site, where they can be sorted by type (some videos focus on grammar or vocabulary).
This substantial series of very well-made short listening exercises for levels ranging from elementary to advanced all follow the same model. You are shown a choice of 4 pictures, hear a question, and then you listen to a dialogue that contains clues allowing you to choose the picture that corresponds to the correct answer. After you have made your choice, you hear the dialogue again while reading the transcript and an English translation. Themes are varied and each module is clearly identified by level and by theme. Excellent for self study.
The French-German TV channel. Watch some programs for up to 7 days (even films!) online on Arte Mediathek. German instructors will find these short programs particularly useful: Karambolage (humorous presentations of French and German customs) and Mit Offenen Karten (presentations of political, economic, or cultural issues through maps — look for them on Youtube, as only the latest installments are available on the Arte site).
Sound and easy strategies for reading, listening, writing, studying vocabulary, studying on one’s own, etc. (in English)
DIGITAL DIALECTS 🙂 A1
Simple but ingenious games for children and older learners for studying and reviewing basic vocabulary (greetings, colors, numbers, clothing, etc.)