I have been learning German for the past six months using whatever I can find on the internet, these are the 4 websites that I use most often. 1. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/ Deutsche Welle 2. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/ Audio/Podcasts/Language Courses. This site gets two mentions because it is so good, and has such a variety of stuff. For elementary learners the Warum Nicht courses bi-lingual, audio and textbooks are available. For more advanced learners look under Deutsch XXL- Sprachbar, Stichwort, Alltagsdeutsch- these podcasts are thematic, and you can download the PDFs. All this stuff is really high quality and totally free. These guys deserve a medal. 3. http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/grammar.html Grammar and Vocab worksheets. This website is by a teacher at an American university (Deutsch 101 J) and she has kindly posted all the materials that she has made and uses in her classes. Fantastic for elementary-lower intermediate level students. There is lots of clear grammar worksheets, and the tricky grammar is explained in English. Take a look at the adjective endings stuff; I broke my head on adjective endings for months, then read the worksheets here, and a lightbulb came on. 4. http://pukkagerman.com/index.html Talk the talk. This podcast aims to teach German slang; the podcasts and tapescripts are free, and it’s bilingual. I like it, but German idioms, don’t always work in Switzerland.
I'd say i'm more or less B1 on a good day. Does anyone have any recomendations about learning German?
I am planning to do an intensive course in the summer, but I want to do as much as I can (for free and with very slow internet) before I go. Thanks!
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I'd say i'm more or less B1 on a good day. Does anyone have any recomendations about learning German? I am planning to do an intensive course in the summer, but I want to do as much as I can (for free and with very slow internet) before I go. Thanks!
Just read the paper every day (something other than 20 Minuten). Highlight the words you don't understand and look them up.
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Wow, great set of links. I learned a lot of German watching TV, especially U.S. shows dubbed in German. They seem to speak more slowly and you would be amazed how often things are repeated on those shows. Of course, one of my first words was "Leiche" - too many crime shows.
I think it is great that you're planning to take an intensive course. Of the different schools I tried when learning German the only one I can wholeheartedly recommend is Belingua (near Migro City in Zürich). They only do German, the classes are small and the teachers and the students are motivated.
The author has stopped doing the podcast but there are 73 available. On the iPod Touch it is fantastic because the cover art is a transcript of the dialogue. It helps me to both hear the German words and see them at the same time.
I can recommend two podcasts, both of which are available through iTunes.
Slow German. The podcaster speaks on topics of German life in a clear manner, so it's good to hear new vocabulary, with grammar correctly and clearly used.
The second, German Grammarpod, is done through English and takes German grammar from the basics (gender, cases) right to complex word order, so is suitable for most levels of learner.
If it's not possible to live in a German speaking country then I recommend you learn German with audio-based programs. Rocket German is my first choice since it cost 100% cheaper than the other big brands and it consist out of authentic audio lessons, software games, online support and even an exclusive members forum.
For the oldest and most respected German audio learning program, Pimsleur German just have to be my second choice. It's a bit expensive, however it's so good that even the FBI and CIA are using it to learn foreign languages...
I learnd my english in bars und pups ,thats wy my spelling is so lousy But my swearing is almost perfect ,made me a good tradsman Ohh! BTW. No i have noting to doo with sutter`s kitchen, never been there , not yet
Thanks for all the info. Do you know what happens with the DW link? It doesn't work to me and I would like very much to find the utilities you describe. Maybe you can help with another hint to do a google search of that...