Great websites for German beginners

Language taster class season is in full swing now! After the successful completion of French at Waterstones Lancaster this February, I have now completed the next set of classes. March was all about German, and as with the last French Collection of great links for learning French, here is the next part:

Great German learning websites

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  • Motivation: Beautiful German castles  and Deutschland Reise
    Sometimes it's necessary to just check out of verb tables and remember why you chose to learn this language. What better way than to dream of hiking up beautiful hills and discovering romantic castles? Try out the castles website if you're a beginner, or the great resource page Deutschland Reise if your confidence is already 5/10.

  • Game: Lernabenteuer Deutsch
    Die Himmelsscheibe von Nebra has already been topic of a full review here on the Fluent Language Blog, so don't miss out on this great resource. An adventure game set in Germany, and suitable for learners at about A2 level. Great!

  • Website and Video: Mein Weg nach Deutschland
    This is another great project from the Goethe institute. Where would we be without them! Follow the story of Nevin, a newbie in Germany (who excitedly photographs pretty much anything on her mobile phone). The videos are available with and without subtitles and each episode has practice exercises too!

  • Telenovelas: Deutsch Plus and Jojo sucht das Glück
    There are some truly great telenovelas out there, designed especially for German learners. Lovers of retro Germany will like Deutsch Plus, the story of shy TV intern Nico from Romania - it's vintage 1996 BBC work. Even better - it's suitable for starters from day 1. I really love it. For improvers, Brazilian student Jojo will be a fun resource.
  • Listening: Radio D
    Another suitable resource for beginners right from day 1 - Radio D is an audio course. Nice plot and a very well supported website with grammar hints and word lists make this resource a go-to page for German learners of any age.

  • Dictionary: LEO
    No German learner can do without LEO - it must be one of the best online dictionaries around! Language searches available in both directions, 7 supported language pairs with German, audio pronunciation and a well-attended forum finding even the most obscure expressions make this a bookmark no-brainer. 

  • Explained: Deutsch Happen
    This cheery blog supplies bitesize German videos, podcasts and news from Kirsten Winkler.  She has a lot to offer, from a video series explaining the most common grammar phenomena to her own poppyseed cake recipe.

Do you know others?

The German learning community out there is always growing, and I'd love to hear your suggestions for websites to include in the Deutsch collection. Leave a comment if you know where to go for grammar that makes sense, or the best Swiss expressions.  I will add them to my selection on pinterest for you!