HUUUUGGEE list of helpful German links!
Online German courses http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/ http://www.deutsch-lernen.com http://www.deutschakademie.de/online-deutschkurs/english/ http://www.german-online.net http://www.populearn.com http://www.deutsched.com http://www.yesgerman.com/ http://learn-german-easily.com http://leicht-deutsch-lernen.com http://mindurgerman.com http://polymath.org/german.php http://5-minute-german.com https://smartergerman.com/courses/online-german-grammar-course-a1/ http://www.primitivecode.com/
German phrases http://www.single-serving.com/German/ http://www.smartphrase.com/German/ge_general_words_phr.shtml http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/language/german-phrases.html http://www.linguanaut.com/english_german.htm
German learning resources http://www.pimsleurapproach.com/resources/german/
German grammar resources http://www.german-grammar.de https://smartergerman.com/courses/online-german-grammar-course-a1/ http://www.dartmouth.edu/~german/Grammatik/Grammatik.html https://deutsch.lingolia.com/en/grammar
German lessons online: grammar, verbs, pronunciation, numbers and other resources http://www.germanprofessor.org/lessons/
German vocabuarly learning resources http://www.howtolearngerman.de/german-for-beginners/ http://www.howtolearngerman.de/german-vocabulary/ http://small-business24.com/index-business-vocabulary
German verb trainer - helps you learn how to conjugate German verbs http://www.scholingua.com/en/de/conjugation-trainer
canoonet - Deutsche Wörterbücher und Grammatik http://www.canoo.net
German Language Guide http://www.germanlanguageguide.com
Learning German Through Fairy Tales http://faculty.acu.edu/~goebeld/public_html/maerchen/maermenu.htm
Learn German songs http://learn-to-speak-german.de/learn-with-songs
Learn German Links - links to online German language resources http://www.learn-german-links.net
German Flashcards http://www.german-flashcards.com
German Language Basics http://www.germanlearningcenter.com/german-language-basics/
Learn German through films http://julianwhiting.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/celebrating-german-film-with-links-to-free-study-guides/
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service http://daad.org
Information about studying in Germany http://www.studying-in-germany.org http://studygermany.mawista.com http://www.germanyhis.com/health-insurance-students/
German dialects Links to sites with information about German Dialects http://www.pauljoycegerman.co.uk/dialects/diagen.html
German dictionaries Online German dictionaries http://dict.leo.org/?lang=en http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de http://www.student-online.net http://chdw.de http://bab.la/de/ http://www.germandictionary.org http://thai-wörterbuch.de
German Electronic talking dictionaries http://www.ectaco.com
German alphabets and handwriting Details of the Fraktur alphabet http://www.suetterlinschrift.de/Englisch/Fraktur1.htm
Details of the Sütterlin script and a free font Sütterlin http://www.suetterlinschrift.de/Englisch/Sutterlin.htm
Free Fraktur and Sütterlin fonts http://www.morscher.com/3r/fonts/fraktur.htm http://moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/steffmann/
UniFraktur project http://unifraktur.sourceforge.net
Bund für deutsche Schrift und Sprache http://www.bfds.de
Examples of styles of German handwriting and fonts throught the ages http://www.suetterlinschrift.de/Lese/Schriftgeschichte/Schriftentwicklung.htm
Online German language radio in Austria http://radio.orf.at
Online German language radio in Switzerland http://www.drs.ch
Online German language radio in Lichtenstein http://www.radio.li
Hope these are useful! =)
Online source: www.omniglot.com
Perhaps both? I imagine that a lot of people skip the "multilingual" section and go straight to their language of interest, and I don't see any harm in duplicating the information -- especially since the individual language link pages aren't featured very prominently on the Omniglot site itself.
Don't forget Goethe! https://www.goethe.de/prj/dfd/de/index.cfm This site has kept me up really late, it's kinda addicting. It took me forever to find an active forum for German learners to write in German to one another. It's best for people who have finished their tree and want something a little more advanced. It has interactive lessons, and a forum where beginners write to each other in German.
Helpful and I must say Please consider the things to do as soon as you land in Germany. As an example bring some euros. If you are a student then you have a blocked bank account. To get money out of it will take some time and meanwhile, you have to travel and visit different places. You have to eat. Bring some Euros. Put your name on the mailbox. Make sure your name is correct. You are about to receive a lot of love letters from all the government offices. Here are some more helpful tips. https://driveegermany.com/things-to-do-as-an-expatriate-when-you-arrive-germany/ I would advise bring some eatable items too.
Here are some of the resources / approaches that worked best for me as a beginner! :-) Hopefully you’ll glean something useful from this for yourself.
1) Focus more on INPUT at the beginning and don’t get too caught up in OUTPUT (e.g. speaking, writing) too soon. Listen to lots of music, watch shows, dissect the meaning of news articles / books / etc.
Resources: children’s shows on Netflix & Amazon, children’s music on YouTube, young reader books (not children’s books, which are read aloud by adults!)
2) Learn to speak ONLY when you have the help of at least one fluent speaker (<-- how has an authentic accent) who can correct you. Terrible accents are hard to fix down the road.
Resources: Back when I was a beginner student, free platforms such as iTalki didn’t exist, so I worked with personal connections. Of course, you can now also easily find an online German tutor, too, if you’re happy to pay.
3) Be wary of instant gratification (e.g. learning vocabulary here on Duolingo, but not knowing grammar structures that allow you to actually USE it).
Instead, put in the hard work at the beginning (e.g. learning grammar!), which sets you up for faster learning from there that doesn’t have to be painstakingly fixed (<-- if you even can fix any bad German habits at that point).
Resources: grammar guides I’ve written at www.germanwithlaura.com and various grammar workbooks you can find on Amazon or the like (e.g. Verb Drills, Grammar Drills, Schaum’s). I also love Barron’s 501 German Verbs.
4) WAIT to visit German-speaking countries until you’re at an A2/B1 level, to really get the most out of your stay. It’s too overwhelming to be thrust into a new language when you have zero prior foundation.
I know waaay too many people who lived in Germany for months (if not years), but -- because they got there with no previous German study under their belts -- ended up learning very little while they were there (probably because they were thrown into needing to use “survival German” from the get-go instead of being able to systematically improve German skills they’d already started).
Resources: I’d suggest trying to stay away from any situation that would have you surrounded by a bunch of English-speakers you already know (e.g. many university study abroad programs, esp. those without homestays). Instead, maybe think about being an au pair or any other program that would have you be alone with just natives.
ALSO, when you can be choosy, bear in mind that just because someone is a native speaker does not make them a good teacher. You will obviously learn the most from a native speaker who loves / is good at teaching (which, of course, is not just a matter of if they're a teacher by profession). When you can't have this magic combo, you might learn more from a non-native-but-fluent German speaker who is a good teacher than from a native speaker who isn't a good teacher.
5) Seek to understand German grammar in terms of overarching principles and underlying patterns -- you get way more bang for your buck this way.
For example, rather than memorizing each new noun with its gender (der, die, das) in an isolated fashion, working with noun groups and especially noun suffixes (e.g. nouns ending with -keit and -heit are always feminine nouns [die]) is MUCH more efficient (i.e. faster because you can automatically know the gender of dozens, if not hundreds, of nouns when they all end with the same suffix) and effective (i.e. patterns are easier for your brain to hold onto vs. info that seems random).
Resources: If you’re a beginner, try reading this guide and going from there: https://germanwithlaura.com/der-die-das/ If you’re a bit more intermediate, check out this way of learning declensions: https://germanwithlaura.com/declension/