Submitted by jean-paul on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:33

Here's a list of my favourite resources for learning German. I open them as needed, but I figured I'd put some of them together here too. I'd eventually like to create a django site for my translation needs, because each site has just a bit of what I need, and a lot of what I don't, plus ads. It's annoying to need one tab for conjugation, another for translation, another for word building/etymology, and then separate apps for studying needs. The trouble is, each service demands that nobody else use it, so I'm stuck with tiled tabbed browser windows.

Do you know of a great resource not on this list? Let me know in a comment below.

Dictionaries - This one is nice. look up a word, and it returns links to a bunch of different things, among which are lists of words using search term as a base, as well as the search's normal uses. Word forms include case endings, and verb conjugations. Searching using globs works here, so finding words with the same root is easy.


Translation Dictionaries - I like Linguee because its search bar suggestions include translations and gender, which means I often don't even have to complete the search to find what I'm looking for. Once a search is completed, you see some results, which often include some extra translations under a "less common" heading. Down below there is a section for chunks of text that contain both your search terms, and a known good translation.

One thing it's missing is noun endings, but with the number of tabs that I use, and my Langenscheidt, I manage.  *Linguee offers a download of a text version of their dictionary. I will proably start with that when I build my site. Why not! - Decent results, and comes with an app and separate vocabulary trainer app. I didn't get them to link, but I think that's what they do. Look up a word on the site or app, and it's added to your flash-card rotation. A great idea, if I get it to function. - I have only used it for translation, but it includes a trainer, has a toolbar, and forum. The entries are good, but I don't find I use it as often anymore.


Google Translate - This can do single words, or whole phrases and documents.

Verb Conjugation

Reverso Conjugator

Audio and Video

Keep the language in your head for longer, and look for German media!

ARD - The world's largest public broadcaster. I can't really say more. Below are some of the bits that I've found.

Carte stations ARD

Das Erste - Nation wide Live TV! You may or may not have to live in the right place to see this.

Deutsche Welle

Local TV Streams: Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Saarländischer Rundfunk, Sudwestrundfunk, Bazerischer Runkfunk (current show highlighted blue), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

No Live TV: Radio Bremen

Radio ARD - You can see the featured content on their radio stations here.

Radio ARD Radionet - This is the master list. All of their streams in one place, listenable from the site.