Other sites I use for learning German :)
Other than Duolingo, there are many other sites I use for learning German. I hope you find them useful like I did:
- http://www.dw.de/learn-german/german-courses/s-2547 - there are many great German courses at Deutsche Welle. There's even a test to see what level you are at German according to the European Framework.
- http://www.dw.de/learn-german/deutsch-warum-nicht/s-2548 - these are one of the most useful courses at dw.de. They are podcasts, which will help you train your listening skills.
- http://www.dw.de/learn-german/deutsch-interaktiv/s-9572 - Deutsch Interaktiv is a great course that mixes listening comprehension, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and production. I highly recommend it.
- http://german.about.com/ - not only it has language tutorials, but also guides related to culture and travelling.
- http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/german/ - many German courses. Great for vocabulary.
- http://www.verbix.com/languages/german.shtml - Verb conjugation
- http://www.dict.cc/ - probably the best online German dictionary out there. With expressions and audio for the words.
- http://www.languageguide.org/german/vocabulary/ - German vocabulary, with audio
- http://german.net/exercises/ - German grammar exercises
- http://lang-8.com/ - Write anything in the language you're learning, and native speakers correct you
- http://canoo.net/ - Word Dictionary/Conjugation/Morphology etc.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_grammar - German Grammar (Wikipedia)
- http://yourdailygerman.wordpress.com/ - Word of the Day is great! It explains detailedly individual words, giving examples and differentiating them from other words with the same meaning in English.
- http://www.lingocracy.com/ - read in German, with dictionary for the words
- http://coerll.utexas.edu/gg/gr/index.html - This is a great site with detailed explanations for grammar, and with examples taken from German folk tales. It also has quizzes to practice your German.
- http://forum.wordreference.com/forumdisplay.php?f=18 - If you have a question and Google is not helping you, go to German forums!
- http://germanisland.global2.vic.edu.au/ - Great site, with quizzes and many great tutorials! I'm surprised no one has mentioned it here in Duolingo. She also recommends podcasts right here: http://germanisland.global2.vic.edu.au/year-9/recommended-podcasts/
Are there any other sites you use that weren't mentioned in here? Post them below! :D
Here's a list of German Internet radio stations: http://home.comcast.net/~dkalischer/WebRadio/DeutscherRundfunk.htm
And here's Deutschlandradio: http://www.deutschlandradio.de/
Btw, have you looked up Extr@ German on Youtube? It's an educational video series. The dialogue is all beginner level. They also have French, Spanish, English and maybe Italian.
There is also The Angry Family. Funny cartoons. They have German, Spanish, French, and I think Chinese, possibly Japanese, and Arabic.
A few that I find useful. (Some you need to pay for though but I am aiming to take exams eventually.)
Deutsch Perfekt (Magazine, audio, exercises) http://www.deutsch-perfekt.com/
Mein-Deutschbuch.de (I like the dictation exercises) http://www.mein-deutschbuch.de/ http://www.mein-deutschbuch.de/index.php?site=partner
TestDaF http://www.testdaf.de/ "The TestDaF is a language test for foreign learners of German who plan to study in Germany or who require recognised certification of their language skills. The TestDaF examination is centrally developed and rated by the TestDaF Institute based in Hagen, Germany. The test can be taken at licensed Test Centres in about 80 different countries. All examination candidates receive the same tasks and the examinations are graded by trained raters."
Edit: I forgot this one: http://www.deutsch-uni.com
One of the most important things for me was to learn to pronounce the German alphabet. I'm lucky enough to have a tame German at home. He taught me to read and pronounce the alphabet just like the kids do in school. It helped me understand that although the letters look like English letters there are some that are different for example the German 'W' is not the same as the English 'W', German 'V' vs English 'V', German 'Y' etc.
There are quite a few resources on YouTube such as:
LanguageSheep German Pronunciation Playlist http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8345BD873EEE18F4 LanguageSheep Deutsche Aussprache Playlist http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0F9B6BCB3817CAC5 "Gratis-Videos zu allen Aspekten der deutschen Sprache. Eure Wünsche nehmen wir gern entgegen. Free German videos on request for anyone learning German."
Michael Turm Das deutsche Alphabet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6oHtU3RDDs Diktat: Wörter & Buchstaben: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2JskILjxM0 Phonetik & Aussprache: Vokale und Konsonanten http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8p6z4RWpB0
I use Quizlet to study vocabulary and I think it's great! You can make your own vocabulary lists so you get to choose which words you want to learn and then study them as flashcards or any of the other games (Learn, Speller, Test, Scatter, and Space Race). You can find which mode works best for you (I really like Learn and Speller) or use a combination of all of them to give variety to your studying.
I'm curious if anyone has used FanFiction as a resource. I haven't myself but it seems like there is probably a lot out there and they would frequently be texts you could get through fairly quickly. I might worry a bit about the quality, but at least you'd be getting language as used by the common person. Anyone have any thoughts?
Not so much websites, but I use a couple of podcasts every now and again. Both found on iTunes and available for free, they're "Deutsch: Warum Nicht?" and "GermanPod101".
The 101 podcasts are available for other languages too, I have the Danish lesson as well and it's very entertaining. Easily found on Google too if you don't have iTunes.
Basically, the 'chen' part means little something. So if you see it on the end of a word, the word is most likely describing something little. Words ending in 'chen' have the article Das. Which is why despite the fact typically a girl would be thought to have a feminine article like a woman, in this case the 'chen' causes it to become Das. Hope this helps
Ich bin nicht alt. I just type phrases from the course into google and find interesting websites.
For example I found this:
ICH BIN NICHT ALT Ich wachte heute Morgen auf, ich hob meine Arme, ich bewegte meine Knie, ich drehte meinen Nacken... Alles machte dasselbe Geräusch: "Krrrrräääääääääcccckk!"
...Da wurde mir eines klar: Ich bin nicht alt, ich bin knusprig!