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Why learn GermanGerman is an important language in philosophy, science, music and literature. Germany has one of the world’s strongest economies and is the biggest economy in western Europe. It is a leader in fields such as engineering and software development. English is closely related to German, with the connection going back to the Anglo-Saxon era, so many everyday words and many turns of phrase are similar.
Guides, online courses and tutorial resources for learners of GermanThese are listed alphabetically. The leading definite article is not used in determining the sequence.
BBC German OnlineBBC German Online – this page has been archived and is no longer updated. however, one advantage of this resource is that video and audio clips within it are accessible in the Australian region (whereas more recent BBC online audio and video clips for language learning are restricted to UK/EU users under Digital Rights Management or DRM arrangements). What's there includes:
- A guide to German with facts and essential phrases
- BBC free lessons and courses online
- Links to German news
- German language proficiency self-testing tools
- GCSE German Bitesize Revision
Deutsch LernenDeutsch Lernen – Learn German online. Lessons for Beginners and Advanced:
- 34 German lessons
- German Grammar
- Online Tests.
Duo Lingo – Learn German online
Duo Lingo – Learn German online – Duolingo's bite-sized German lessons are free. The basic principles are:
- 5 minutes a day
- Practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing
- Personalised learning
- Immediate grading and rewards
Ghoethe Institut – Sydney, Melbourne. Among its activities, it offers:
- A rationale for learning German (see their home page)
- Exams, including the Goethe-Zertifikat levels from A 1 to C2, which correspond to the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages
Mango LanguagesMango Languages – German: learn German at home and on the go with our desktop, Android, and iOS apps.
- If you have membership with the Libraries ACT (formerly the ACT Public Library Service), you can access Mango Languages free of charge via the Libraries ACT Mango Languages portal.
- You will need your library barcode and your library PIN.
Online Deutschkurs – According to the home page, the DeutschAkademie's Online German Course is the most comprehensive grammar trainer in the German speaking world, for free.It offers:
- More than 20.000 German grammar and vocabulary exercises
- A more than 800-hour interactive online German course
- Exercises structured according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages
Das Zentrum Australian-German Institute Inc – Griffin Centre, Canberra City.
Das Zentrum was founded in 1997 to fill the gap left by the Goethe Institute’s withdrawal from Canberra and to take over its extensive local library and resource material. Among its activities, it offers evening classes and groups such as:
- German for tourism
- Beginning, Intermediate and Continuing German classes
- Conversation groups
Reference sites for learners of GermanOnline sources to look up words and phrases – a quick option is to run a Google search with the required expression in English followed by the words "in German", eg accommodation in German, then select from sources (some of which also provide an audio version of the German) such as the ones below (listed alphabetically):
Chemnitz English-German and German-English dictionaryChemnitz English-German and German-English dictionary
Dict.CC English-German and German-English dictionaryDict.CC English-German and German-English dictionary
Linguee English-German and German-English dictionaryLinguee English-German and German-English dictionary
News and current affairs for German speaking communitiesThese are listed alphabetically. The leading definite article is not used in determining the sequence.
Deutsche Welle: Der Tag – Die Geschichten hinter den Nachrichten.
Deutsche Welle langsam gesprochene Nachrichten
Täglich von Montag bis Samstag findet ihr hier aktuelle Tagesnachrichten der DW – langsam und verständlich gesprochen. Neben der Audio-Datei zum Herunterladen (MP3) gibt es auch den vollständigen Text zum Mitlesen. Niveau: B2, C1.
Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche
Bietet Ihnen jeden Freitag die großen Themen aus den Ressorts Politik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft, Feuilleton und Wissen.
Das deutsche Nachrichtenmagazin Der Spiegel erscheint wöchentlich im Spiegel-Verlag in Hamburg.
Auf STERN.DE finden Sie News, ... Überall in Europa und vor allem in Deutschland.
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