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[German] Recommended Resources for Learning

Hi All!

I have been learning German for 4 years now - over time more or less successfully I must say it is very hard to learn German especially in Switzerland since I can't understand Swiss German yet and on the other hand everybody speaks English so well.

The biggest help for me has been an online teacher. I was really struggling and wasn't moving forward as a self-learner until I started learning with a teacher. So if there's only one thing you would take from this it's - don't think twice and start learning with a teacher!

But there are so many resources that can help German learners - which even more important for learners in Switzerland where we often don't get so exposed to High German.

I assembled some good resources I can recommend so I am sharing below! I even started my own project for learning German vocabulary which is listed on the bottom

Online reading in German

https://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/s-2055 - a well-known resource no need to introduce

https://www.der-postillon.com/ - sarcastic news (like the Onion)

https://www.geo.de/ - interesting articles on a variety of topics

https://www.focus.de/ - news

https://www.spiegel.de/ - news



For total beginners (A1)

https://learngerman.dw.com/de/nicos-weg/c-36519687 this is the best resource if you are just starting. It’s a video story with lessons about Nico created by Deutsche Welle




Apps

- I personally don’t like the apps which are out there but if you like learning from flashcards, Anki is quite good. You can download the lists below and then download the Anki app and load the list into it. After that you can learn words with flashcards.

https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/653061995 - 4000 most used words by frequency

https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1264085591 - this is a list of Swiss German vocabulary.


Dictionary

https://www.dict.cc/ - this is a good dictionary to use instead of Google Translator with more details about words


Online Tutors

https://www.italki.com/ and https://preply.com/ - websites where you can find online tutors for private lessons. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a private teacher if you are learning German. I can definitely recommend these websites - so go for it!

Books in Simple German

https://www.orellfuessli.ch/suche?sq=simple+german - Just pick one and order A very good way of learning is reading in simple German. I would recommend to get a book in a lower level than what you have - that way you can read more and faster without struggling.

Podcasts

http://slowgerman.com/inhaltsverzeichnis/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas...en/id282932005
(but there are many more of course

Bonus: Flashcard systems


https://www.amazon.de/HAN-flash-card.../dp/B0007OEI66 - box for a Leitner method for learning vocabulary. Leitner method is a cool system for methodic learners that I discovered lately. I haven’t tried it yet but I probably will. Read about it here: https://www.mindedge.com/learning-sc...



https://www.amazon.de/Flashcards-squ.../dp/B08TVWRL6Z or https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Wopeite-I.../dp/B07QPDSNQS - color-coded flashcards on a ring. They also fit into the Leitner box



Daily Email

https://storylearner.com/ - Daily email with micro stories and audio for quick daily learning of vocabulary. This is my project, I am just starting so please support me by subscribing


Let me know if you find these resources useful and if you have any good ones you can recommend. Thank you!!!
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I quite like News In Slow German https://www.newsinslowgerman.com/german-podcast
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I quite like News In Slow German https://www.newsinslowgerman.com/german-podcast
I just learned about this the other day, it's quite nice as well:

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/podca...rache-100.html
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Re: [German] Recommended Resources for Learning

I like to add https://www.lingoda.com/en/ for private lessons which I have been using since August. They also have group lessons too.


You can hunt around for discount vouchers for money off subscriptions.
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Re: [German] Recommended Resources for Learning

I would add https://dict.leo.org

Personally, I’m not a big fan of „simplified German“.

While I will completely agree that learning German is an uphill battle and twice that in Switzerland, the „simplified“ German just sounds weird.
That said, it may be ok-ish for the very beginning - but people should be aware of its problems.

When I learned English, one of the best things next to talking to native speakers (which weren’t around at my school), was the subscription to Newsweek, that my parents originally created for my brother.

I‘m not sure if Focus.de can be considered an equivalent.
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I like to add https://www.lingoda.com/en/ for private lessons which I have been using since August. They also have group lessons too.


You can hunt around for discount vouchers for money off subscriptions.
I've done their group lessons. How do the private lessons work? Can you choose what you want to work on? or do they still follow the Lingoda lesson syllabus?
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I've done their group lessons. How do the private lessons work? Can you choose what you want to work on? or do they still follow the Lingoda lesson syllabus?

Yep, they still follow the Lingoda lesson syllabus so you can choose what you want to work on.
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