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  • Department of German, Kings College London

    Resources for language learning

    September 2011

    In the following pages, you will find details of books and links to a number of websites which you can

    use to practise your grammar and vocabulary outside the classroom. We hope that you will find

    these useful as a starting point. If you need further advice on language learning materials, please feel

    free to ask your language tutor.

    Grammar Paul Joyce German Course (University of Portsmouth, formerly University of Exeter) http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~joyce1/abinitio/

    Website providing an easy-to-understand, comprehensive guide to German grammar

    Accessible for beginners

    The grammar slides at http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~joyce1/gramlect/ are very useful for brushing up on the basics

    Deutsch-lernen.com http://www.deutsch-lernen.com/

    Comprehensive coverage of German grammar, taking you through from beginner to advanced level

    Convenient bite-sized units, each focusing on one grammatical point

    Exercises are available, so you can practise what you have learned

    It is necessary to register for access to some materials

    Written mostly in German The Internet Handbook of German Grammar http://travlang.com/languages/german/ihgg/

    Concise summaries of the major grammatical topics (e.g. adjective declension; use of modal verbs; sequence of verbs etc.)

    Clearly presented declension and inflection tables

    Written in English Deutsch Online http://www.deutschonline.de/Grammatik/inhalt.htm

    Detailed explanations

    Written in German German quickly http://www.quia.com/cb/3736.html

    Interactive one- and two-person quizzes to test your knowledge of difficult constructions and phrases, time phrases, modal verbs, relative pronouns, idioms, and the passive.

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    E. L. Easton Languages Online http://eleaston.com/grammar.html

    A portal providing links to explanations of grammar and quizzes

    Also contains links to some useful culture-related encyclopaedia entries

    Covers a range of levels

    Deutsch Lernen (Goethe-Institut) http://www.goethe.de/lrn/lks/gra/deindex.htm

    A portal with links to grammar websites

    DaF-Portal bungen und Tests http://www.daf-portal.de/uebungen/index.php?viewCat=2

    A selection of exercises to test your grammar

    Language comprehension Jetzt Deutsch Lernen (Goethe-Institut) http://www.goethe.de/z/jetzt/deindex.htm

    An online magazine featuring texts, videos and quizzes to help you develop your comprehension skills

    Jetzt Deutsch Lernen (Goethe-Institut) http://www.goethe.de/lrn/duw/auf/sta/deindex.htm

    Links to a range of online exercises across all levels, to help improve your language skills

    Deutsch Online http://www.deutsch-online.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=index

    A selection of language tests and exercises

    Online bilingual dictionaries LEO German-English Dictionary http://dict.leo.org

    Extremely comprehensive

    Has a forum for discussing translations of complex or colloquial language

    Links directly to canoo.net for finding conjugations and declensions

    A mobile app is available so you can even access LEO from your smartphone!

    dict.cc http://www.dict.cc

    Comprehensive coverage, and new entries are added all the time by users

    The VocabTrainer allows you to build up your own personalised vocabulary list

  • Resources for German 3

    Can be accessed on your phone through pocket.dict.cc and is available as an offline application for the iPhone

    Specialist dictionaries and vocabularies Anglizismen und bersetzungsfallen http://uebersetzungsfallen.de/

    Catalogue of false friends, near misses and stylistic variants

    Useful for translation work

    Redensarten-Index http://www.redensarten-index.de/suche.php

    Searchable database of Redensarten, Redewendungen, idiomatische Ausdrcke and feste Wortverbindungen

    Books

    You will, of course, also want to use traditional printed material as part of your language

    learning. You might therefore find the following books useful:

    Grammar and vocabulary Dreyer, Hilke, and Richard Schmitt. 2009. Lehr- und bungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik.

    Hueber.

    Durrell, Martin. 2011. Hammers German Grammar and Usage (5th edition). Hodder.

    Durrell, Martin. 2000. Using German Synonyms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Durrell, Martin, Katrin Kohl, and Gudrun Loftus. 2011. Practising German Grammar (3rd

    edition). Hodder.

    Hall, Karin, and Barbara Scheiner. 2011. bungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache fr

    Fortgeschrittene. Hueber. Hachenburger, Petra, and Paul Jackson. 1999. Topics, Questions Keywords: A handbook for

    students of German. London: Routledge.

    Hering, Axel, Magdalena Matussek and Michaela Perlmann-Balme. 2002. EM

    bungsgrammatik: Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Hueber.

    Hirschfeld, Ursula, Kerstin Reinke, and Eberhard Stock. 2007. Phonothek intensiv:

    Aussprachetraining. Langenscheidt.

    Rug, Wolfgang, and Andreas Tomaszewski. 2008. Grammatik mit Sinn und Verstand. Klett.

    Turneaure, Brigitte M. 1996. Der treffende Ausdruck.

    Bilingual dictionaries A recent edition of one of the following:

    Collins German-English, English-German dictionary; or

    Oxford Duden German dictionary

    Monolingual dictionaries

    Der kleine Duden 01. Deutsches Wrterbuch.

  • Resources for German 4

    Newspapers, magazines, radio and television websites Reading German newspapers, listening to the radio and watching television is a great way to

    improve your language. You will obviously be able to find lots of magazines, newspapers, and radio

    and television stations online by searching the internet or using a portal (e.g. yahoo.de), but here are

    a few suggestions to get you started (And remember, you can also watch foreign language

    television in the Open Learning Centre.)

    Newspapers and magazines

    Der Spiegel www.spiegel-online.de

    Der Stern www.stern.de

    Die Welt www.welt.de

    Die Zeit www.zeit.de

    Focus www.focus.de

    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung www.faz.de

    Sddeutsche Zeitung www.sueddeutsche.de

    Der Kurier www.kurier.at

    Der Standard www.derstandard.at

    Die Presse www.diepresse.at

    Profil www.profil.at

    Salzburger Nachrichten, Salzburg www.salzburg.com

    Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Vorarlberg http://vn.vol.at

    Wiener Zeitung, Wien www.wienerzeitung.at

    Neue Zrcher Zeitung www.nzz.ch

    Radio Deutschlandfunk www.dradio.de Funkhaus Europa www.funkhauseuropa.de Inforadio Berlin (+ Bundesliga am Samstag) www.inforadio.de

    sterreichischer Rundfunk http://radio.orf.at

    Television channels Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen www.ard.de Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen www.zdf.de ARTE Deutschland www.arte.de 3sat www.3sat.de

    Deutsche Welle www.dw-world.de Westdeutscher Rundfunk www.wdr.de

    sterreichischer Rundfunk (TV Thek) www.orf.at

    Schweizerischer Rundfunk www.sfdrs.ch

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