RT Deutsch and Heute-Journal also have closed captioning, as an FYI. (RT France does not have closed captioning).
I found this tool that checks your text for errors:
This is more for advanced users, who want the text to be perfect, other than a replacement for Google Translate.
There is also an online course I’m using, and basically is where I do all my exercises (it’s free but you need to register):
Honestly, the TC for German is horrible as a majority of the cards & their answers are completely taken out of context.
For a verb, one might have 6 different conjugations which TC just throws out there.
Duo itself at least has dropdown on the words that give multiple translations when possible, but TC is black & what and 100% on what words have been highlighted in Duo at some point as “new” words.
I thought TC would be great for German… but it increases confusion.
Also… Duo/TC could include genders for nouns, the most difficult part of German and requiring flashcard style memorization, but they don’t and one has to learn genders seperately from the nouns which every discussion of learning German says NOT to do.
This I didn’t see in the list or comments …
Germanforenglishlearners – http://germanforenglishspeakers.com/
German with Herr Antrim on Youtube is also quite helpful – https://www.youtube.com/user/MrLAntrim/featured
I’m Anggoro from Indonesia.
In addition to Memrise, I use Duolingo, Deutche Welle and Goethe website. I mostly use Duolingo and Memrise. I use these two resources to build up my vocabulary list.
DW and Goether are additional resources which I use sometime, they provide grammar references and some other material.
the Deutsche Welle resources for learners
a few grammar books by Hueber and Klett
Apart some of the ones already mentioned (Doulingo, Lingvist, DeutscheWelle’s resources, Clozemaster) here’s one that’s not been mentioned:
As I felt ready to put my German reading skills to test, I found this app for side-by-side reading of texts in source and target languages; I was also looking to read literature in German (even better, german literature) rather than news or technical articles or blogs…
Märchen und Erzählungen für Anfänger free e-book is not for complete beginners, but helps improve reading with fairly basic words. The stories are fairytale style
Can be read online or downloaded.
Part 2 if you’re a bit more advanced.
If you like that you might want to try these 2 for dual reading:
Vielen Dank, mikatu!
I don’t use an extension for this yet, but you can install extensions/addons in your browser to more finely control the playback speed.
This is one of the top results for Chrome for example:
I am using:
Coffe Break German podcasts
I made the disastrous mistake of not learning genders with nouns originally, and now, at a more advanced stage, I’m paying for it. Genders underpin the entire German grammatical structure, and without them, confusion abounds. Right now I’m using German Grammar Spy ( iOS / [Android](Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ie.jackkinsella.germanGrammarSpy) ) to drill the genders of the top 5000 most frequent nouns. The app also teaches the signals behind why a noun is one way or the other (e.g. words ending in -ung are usually “die”) and it has an SRS system for scheduling reviews.
Disclaimer: I was involved with this project, but please don’t automatically discount it for this reason alone. If you compare its feature set with any other software out there for learning German genders, you’ll see that there are no other apps that i) focus on the rules or ii) order the words by frequency or iii) rely on professional translators. This was a passion project for me and I don’t foresee earning a penny from it.
It seems to be a nice app but it’s very laggy on my SG5 - 5 or so seconds at least from gender select to result. I don’t think my phone is running anything else crazy in the background (aside from email) and I’m on a WiFi connection.
After a while you develop a feel for what the gender is. Same goes for plurals, or weak or strong verbs. The number one mistake beginners make is not buying a decent grammar book.
- Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com/
- Clozemaster https://www.clozemaster.com/
- FluentU https://www.fluentu.com/
- Quizlet https://quizlet.com/
- learnalanguage http://www.learnalanguage.com/
Sometimes I use:
- wordreference http://www.wordreference.com/
To be honest I find that Memrise is all I have really needed to get to grips with most of my German vocab.
To anybody who has reached a solid intermediate level I warmly recommend the children’s news program called Logo! It’s broadcast daily, lasts under 10 minutes, and provides subtitles in German. I’ve been watching it regularly for several months and find it does a great job of handling diverse subjects and showing current language usage. Not just for kids! From it I collect all kinds of anecdotes to tell my friends.
I’d love some feedback on whether other people enjoy it, too.