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[Mods: Sticky Please?] German Language Learning Resources

We need a sticky for the German (from English) forum listing out online resources. New learners either do not know the plethora of resources available online or request the same things repeatedly. I'm adding a few examples below (yes, I know not all of them have links, but bear with me), but obviously this can be substantially expanded with the help of the community and maintained so that dead links are replaced.

Some Free external sites with courses (audio, text, exercises):

Books

  • German Grammar Made Easy by Lisa Kahlen
  • Treffpunkt Deutsch
  • Neue Horizonte

Dictionary (online):

Paid products:

Youtube channels:

News sites (general):

News sites (kids): News4Kids http://www.news4kids.de/ ZDF Kinder https://www.zdf.de/kinder/logo (news from the offical TV station ZDF adapted for children.)

Newsletters:

Free ebooks:

Android apps:

iOS apps:

Windows apps:

Related Duolingo Posts:

Thanks to (Contributors) - AdamKean, S_e_r_9_1_0, tcmoore3, ally.x, markbooth, RedAngel666

Note: This is a community maintained list of resources. It is not meant to be exhaustive like a Google search, just a curated collection of links found to be very useful to German language learners. Duolingo nor any of us endorses or benefits from the above mentioned links in any form or fashion.

If contributing links, please post a comment below in an easy to copy/paste manner to save me some time. Thanks! :)

September 6, 2017

25 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

Yep, genius. We do need a sticky for that (and I presume all the other languages as well). Let me try and help a bit:

Some Free external sites with courses (audio, text, exercises):

(The links for DW and GI)

Plus

Dictionary (online):

Youtube channels:

News sites:

P.S. DW has a lot of news

Android Apps

(I've only got an android... sorry)
(and these are just the ones currently on my phone... I'll admit some get a lot more use than others...)


There are plenty more free useful websites I might add later when I have the time/effort (or someone else could post); and another topic I think is worthy of the sticky is:

Films and TV Shows

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc

Thank you! Much appreciated.

I'm going to update my above post and maybe ping a couple mods to see if they'll just make this post sticky. I don't mind maintaining a list on here or elsewhere for sake of German learners.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

Hey!
I was wondering if you've had a chance to ping any mods yet regarding this sticky, as I'm sure you've also seen how many posts there have been looking for German resources.
Bis dann :)

October 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc

I did and one of the mods informed me that they are advised not to create additional stickies. So helpful as this might be to almost everyone here, I don't think it will be made sticky any time soon.

If anyone's asking for resources, though, I just direct them here. That seems to help people a bit.

October 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

Yeah, that's what I do, and hopefully it spreads the word out so eventually we won't get any more of these posts.

Though it is a real shame this can't be made a sticky. As much as I hope the efforts of the two of us posting this link like missionaries will solve the problem, the inevitability of:

  1. This post being lost in the Ether simply because it wasn't posted yesterday; &

  2. The laziness of users who aren't willing to use the (admittedly pretty shoddy) built-in search bar, or simply searchsite:duolingo.com German language resources into Google.

Just means that although we are fighting the good fight, it is one where the odds are stacked heavily against us.

October 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc

I don't think those posts are going to stop, which is why I requested this be sticky in the first place.

Sometimes I wonder at the logic of Duolingo; maybe they are too proud to link to other sites. And I never underestimate the laziness or ignorance of the masses. :P

The Swedish course actually has a sticky and I think every course ought to have one for resources. But thanks for directing people come by here so they can benefit from our collective efforts.

October 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

Wow, I must say, if the Swedish course has an equivalent sticky, I really can't see why they won't make one for German!
It's asinine!

Well, I guess we'll just carry on fighting the good fight...

October 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elleasar

A huge kudos to you! This is a very big list with some of my favorite like Wanted Adventure in it! Hope the sticky becomes a thing!

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

Vielen Dank! Nehme ich richtig an, dass du ein/e Deutschmuttersprachler/in bist? Denn es gibt keine deutsche Flagge bei deinem Namen :)

If you don't speak German (or can't understand my broken German :P):

THANKS! :D

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elleasar

Das hast du richtig angenommen! Ich bin Muttersprachler. I just looked into the German section again after several years, spur of the moment. :) Edit: Möchte noch sagen, dass dein Deutsch sehr gut ist! Freut mich!

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

Freut mich auch! Sehr angenehm dich (im Internet :P) zu treffen! Selbstverständlich ist dein Englisch hervorragend!

Haha I don't know when my German will be at the "kudos" or "spur of the moment" level! That seems like very idiomatic English; I'm impressed!

Vielen Dank nochmals :)

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76

Nicht jeder, der eine deutsche Flagge hinter seinem Namen hat, ist Muttersprachler. Kann er/sie aber sein - genauso umgekehrt :-)

Es reicht im Übrigen, wenn Du nur "Muttersprachler/in" schreibst, wenn Du die fehlende deutsche Flagge erwähnst (alternativ auch einfach: Deutsche/r).

Dein Deutsch ist keinesfalls "broken"! Es ist großartig :-) Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

Danke schön!
Zuerst muss ich zugeben, dass es mir länger gedauert hat, deinen Kommentar zu verstehen, als ich zugeben möchte :P

Nicht jeder, der eine deutsche Flagge hinter seinem Namen hat, Muttersprachler ist. Kann er/sie aber sein - genauso umgekehrt :-)

Ich würde erraten, dass fast keiner, der eine deutsche Flagge hinter seinem Namen hat, ist Muttersprachler. Ich schätze einfach ein, dass jemand, der sich auf einer deutschen Kurs-Diskussion befindet, aber keine deutsche Flagge hat, Muttersprachler ist. Ich weiß ja auch, dass es einige Leute gibt (wie du :), die eine deutsche Flagge "tragen", die aber dennoch Muttersprachler sind. Genauso umgekehrt :)

Es reicht im Übrigen, wenn Du nur "Muttersprachler/in" schreibst, wenn Du die fehlende deutsche Flagge erwähnst (alternativ auch einfach: Deutsche/r).

Vielen Dank. Ich wollte „Deutsche/r“ nicht sagen, falls er/sie Österreicher/in oder Schweizer/in usw. war! „Muttersprachler/in“ ist zwar kürzer als „Deutschmuttersprachler/in“ :P Früher hat jemand mir gesagt, dass statt „geschwindigkeitsbegrenzungslos“ ich „tempofrei“ sagen soll :P

Dein Deutsch ist keinesfalls "broken"! Es ist großartig :-) Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Erneut vielen Dank.


PS: Bzgl. „Bild“. Ich habe „das Bild“ zu „Bild“ geändert :) Doch als ich es gepostet habe, habe ich bereits eine Achtung darauf gestellt. Nämlich:

ACHTUNG the term "news" is used very casually here

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas

Übrigens: jeder, der wie ich den "Reverse Course" macht ("Sprachkurs mit umgekehrter Sprachrichtung" klingt etwas zäh) erhält seine Landesfarbe als Zeichen des Erfolges in der gewählten Sprache.

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

@Hannibal-Barkas

Vergib mir. Wegen des Reply-Systems kann ich deinen Kommentar leider nicht direkt beantworten.

jeder, ... erhält seine Landesfarbe...

Stimmt. Wahrscheinlich hätte ich:

fast keiner

und

einige Leute

nicht sagen sollen, weil es viele hilfreiche Muttersprachler wie dich* da gibt.

Edit

*du -> dich

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi,

Awesome! A really good list! I hope this gets sticky.

Maybe you want to add a site for beginners in german. These are a sites with news for children. Easier language for the start but good journalism in the content. Perhaps you want to have a look.

http://www.news4kids.de/

https://www.zdf.de/kinder/logo (news from the offical TV station ZDF adapted for children.)

best regards Angel

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc

Thank you, added. Duo didn't alert me to your response or I would've done this sooner.

October 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tcmoore3

I have also found this website to be super useful (it's short blurbs about the past week's events, "in einfacher Sprache"): http://www.nachrichtenleicht.de/

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc

Updated, ty.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76

Cool list :-) Hope it can be a sticky post soon!

One comment about one of the "News Sites":
bild.de - first it isn't called "Das Bild", it's only "Bild" and second: Why does it have to be on this list?

I mean, having resources to learn a language is always great! But this "newspaper" is imho the worst kind of journalism there is (I'm a German native). It's only "sensational journalism" at best.

As a language learner I wouldn't want to read such things even in my target language - there are much better things out there :-)

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc

Thanks for pointing it out. I've clarified it is a tabloid. It was added by suggestion from the user above. I understand it is a tabloid and that you do not favor it, but if someone is learning a language and gossip or sensationalist stuff is what they want to read, then the link is available to them with due warning. :)

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76

You're welcome :-)

Yeah, that's alright with me! :-)

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Kajo,

I couldn'd agree more :-)

regards Angel

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/markbooth

I recommend adding this to the list of free courses. Lingvist - http://www.lingvist.com

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc

Thank you, added. Duo didn't alert me to your response or I would've done this sooner.

October 14, 2017
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