TIPS FOR PRACTICING AND TESTING GERMAN
Listen, read, test and practice German
Dear learners and lovers of German!
Our believe is that you will succeed with German if you consider the following :
study with a teacher + self-study => learning success
Below please find informative and entertaining tips for different skills for your self-study.
If you match them with a “traditional” text book – a list is on a separate page – you have the ideal material mix.
Taster lesson A1
Would you like to learn how to start with the level A1? Which first steps to take? Which grammar to learn? Then have a look at our taster lessons.
You will find 12 chapters for a download covering the grammar of the language level A1 The structure of each chapters is 1) explanation of the new grammar, 2) examples, 3) exercises, 4) key, 5) vocabulary list. Nota bene: To train your writing, listening and speaking skills, we recommend our German 1-to-1 trainers.
Language level A1 – chapters 1 to 12
Click on the individual chapters and start your free German taster course!
- Chapter 1: Artikel
- Chapter 2: Deklination von Substantiven
- Chapter 3: Nominativ | Akkusativ
- Chapter 4: Negation “kein/e/er”
- Chapter 5: Dativ
- Chapter 6: Plural
- Chapter 7: Personalpronomen
- Chapter 8: Präpositionen
- Chapter 9: Verbkonjugation im Präsens
- Chapter 10: Trennbare | untrennbare Verben
- Chapter 11: Perfekt
- Chapter 12: Modalverben
- Vocabulary list
Enjoy your first steps in German! If you want to test yourself download our free placement test and do the pages 1 to 4.
Reading helps to expand your vocabulary. We selected a few stories, books for different levels. https://www.learn-german-online.net/de/lese-tipps/index.html.
- Texts for the level A1 – about 600 words
- Texts for the level A2 – about 1000 words
- Texts for the level B1 – about 1800 words
- Texts for the level B2 – about 2400 Wörter
From level C1 you should read German literature in theoriginal.
Listen to German
Nancy Thuleen has a great site with German “classics”. Songs sung along by parent and children for generations – http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/lyrics.html
We also selected a few German singers for you, too
- Anna Depenbusch: Was wäre wenn
- AnnenMayKanereit: Ungefragt oder BBarfuß am Klavier
- Elements of crime: Am Ende denke ich immer nur an dich
- Ina Müller: Ich halt die Luft an
- Ingo Pohlmann: Wenn jetzt Sommer wär’
- Johannes Oerding: An guten Tagen
- Lotte: Farben
- Max Raabe: Fahrrad fahren und Der perfekte Moment:
- Roger Cicero: He died at the age of 40 – Murphys Gesetz oder Frauen regieren die Welt
- Revolverheld: Halt dich an mir fest!
Public radio and TV stations
- Recommended for all learners of German: Deutsche Welle
- ARD also called “das Erste” and ZDF also called “das Zweite”
- Each of the 16 federal states in Germany has its own TV and radio station
BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk), HR (Hessischer Rundfunk), MDR (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk), NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk), SWR (Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk), RB (Radio Bremen)
- Since we are located in Bavaria, please find the list of radio stations in our area – Bayerischer Rundfunk:
- Bayern 1 (B1) – for traditional entertainement and basic information
- Bayern 2 (B2) – high quality information – culture, education, music
– this is our favourite podcast Bayern 2
- Bayern 3 (B3) – traffic news, service inforamtion and pop music
- Bayern 4 (B4) – classical music
- Bayern 5 (B5) – news channel, short, precise, topical
Watch in German
- German for the job – 45 videos from the Goethe-Institut
- Popular German films
- News & backgrounds from Germany prepared for learners of German
Test your German
Test your German with the tests below:
- General placement test – Institut für Internationale Kommunikation Düsseldorf
- Placement test – business German – Institut für Internationale Kommunikation Düsseldorf
- Placement test “Deutsch als Fremdsprache” and other languages by the editor Ernst Klett
- General placement test – Goethe-Institut
- Our detailled placement test
>>> Informationen about our special training for the preparation of the exams of Goethe and telc
>>> Preparation for TestDaF– you will find details about the exam and the exam on our site:
With best wishes from Bamberg/Bavaria Alexandra von Rohr