German B1 Materials
I am considering getting my German B1 level qualification early next year, so I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this and any materials they have found useful.
(I am not asking for the test materials found on any of the Goethe websites, but rather books which I can purchase which include a suitable verb and word list, techniques for CEFR type qualifications (many parts in the exam are designed to trick you!) and exercises.)
I feel that the hardest parts of the exam will be reading and listening. Reading, not due to the fact that I normally struggle, just that when looking at model tests, these can be very misleading. And listening because I have a fear that I won't hear properly - I think that just needs work on trying to understand what is being said more quickly.
Danke im Voraus :)
I've started german on Duolingo a week ago and my main goal also is getting my German B1 sometimes next year. I already have some basics from high school and besides this course i use a book on my native language so I really hope that is enough for B1. Anyway, good luck with that! :)
I recommend you use some resources for listening comprehension. DW and Goethe have some good video and audio courses.
As a side note here, DW labels their learning with a particular level (e.g. B1-B2), but I personally find much of their C1 comprehension material understandable enough, even though I'm not even close to C1 level.
Best of luck! Hopefully this thread will be of use to you when you come nearer to examination. (I may also post my experiences elsewhere...)
As much as books are helpful in learning the language, in my experience, conversational learning and contextual learning seem to be much more beneficial. If you have the opportunity to speak with someone who is fluent in German and discuss random topics, they can offer you on the spot corrections as well as provide you with the confidence you need to retain the information. I have found that in my 3 years of living here in Germany, real life interaction has been far more helpful than any book.
I understand, but it's not very relevant to my situation. There are specific topics I need to be competent in, a style of examination I need to adapt to and be prepared for... Speaking to German people will help improve my listening skills of course, but with a very large word list and specifically designed tests, it won't help me too much on that front.
I can recommend you the "Arbeitsbuch" of the Themen Aktuell series by Hueber. All three: Themen Aktuell 1, 2 and 3. You can get pretty strong in Grammar and vocabulary using them properly (intensively): https://www.hueber.de/seite1/arbeitsbuch_the?menu=12335 This Grammar training book is also very good and easy to use: https://www.langenscheidt.de/Langenscheidt-Grammatiktraining-Deutsch-als-Fremdsprache-Buch-mit-Online-uebungen/978-3-468-34898-3
Hmm - I'm quite confident with grammar already so I do not think that will require too much revision and learning. Do the Hueber books have plenty of reading exercises?
Hmm, leider nicht. Falls du keine weiteren Grammatikübungen brauchst, dann gib einfach unter Google.de (Sprache auswählen: Deutsch) ein: B1 Vorbereitung Zertifikat lesen. Da findest du Myriaden von Materialien zu dem Test. Ansonsten kann ich folgende Seiten zum Lesen empfehlen:
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/ (sadly limited access)
Danke. Ich habe einen Wortschatz für B1 gefunden, und ich hoffe, dass ich während der Zeit zwischen jetzt und der Prüfung alle Wörter kennen werde (aber das wäre auf keinen Fall ein Limit). Ich besuche morgen die Seiten.
The Youtube channel Easy German is good for practicing listening since it features native speakers and includes subtitles if you want them.
Here is a page from Goethe Institute with some practice exams for B1. Just so you can know what is on the test. (they also have practice materials for other levels and the TestDaF exam)
Just an extra tip though, I would listen to lots and lots of voice texts without subtitles to boost your listening confidence. I tried to do TestDaF (between B2 and C1 level) before my German was actually good enough to do it and I paid the price hard in that part. Though after a year of practicing my German a lot, it's no problemo. :)
Yet another tip! Looking through Goethe Institute brings back a lot of memories and I just wanted to say that you will likely find a lot of texts that you have trouble understanding and that you shouldn't give up on learning the language. Like for example with the texts/interviews I struggled hugely with a year ago, they are now not even an issue because I practiced a lot and didn't give up.
I had about 2 years of experience (so about 3-4 years total now), but I was not studying very well because I was lazy. I didn't pass the TestDaF (about a year ago), but I didn't do awful. I got mostly 3s and 4s, when 4 is the minimum passing grade. I mean, I would probably advise that you just throw yourself in a lot of uncomfortable situations and then you will learn a lot from them. Then you return to where you ❤❤❤❤❤❤ up later on. Like language learning is as much about confidence building as it is about actually knowing the language. Like one could have learned a language perfectly, but they are totally awkward because they have no confidence.
Just my recommendation though, I would give at least 2 years of moderate-heavy studying before you try to take TestDaF assuming one is starting from nearly nothing.