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Why learn German

German 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 German

These are listed alphabetically. The leading definite article is not used in determining the sequence.

BBC German Online

BBC German Online – this page has been archived and is no longer updated.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:

Deutsch Lernen

Deutsch Lernen – Learn German online. Lessons for Beginners and Advanced:

Duo Lingo – Learn German online

Duo Lingo – Learn German online – Duolingo's bite-sized German lessons are free. The basic principles are:

Ghoete Institut

Ghoethe Institut – Sydney, Melbourne. Among its activities, it offers:

Mango Languages

Mango Languages – German: learn German at home and on the go with our desktop, Android, and iOS apps.

Online Deutschkurs

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:

Das Zentrum

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:

Reference sites for learners of German

Online 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 dictionary

Chemnitz English-German and German-English dictionary

Dict.CC English-German and German-English dictionary

Dict.CC English-German and German-English dictionary

Linguee English-German and German-English dictionary

Linguee English-German and German-English dictionary

News and current affairs for German speaking communities

These are listed alphabetically. The leading definite article is not used in determining the sequence.

Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Deutsche Welle: Der Tag – Die Geschichten hinter den Nachrichten.

Deutsche Welle langsam gesprochene 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

Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche

Bietet Ihnen jeden Freitag die großen Themen aus den Ressorts Politik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft, Feuilleton und Wissen.

Spiegel

Spiegel

Das deutsche Nachrichtenmagazin Der Spiegel erscheint wöchentlich im Spiegel-Verlag in Hamburg.

Stern

Stern

Auf STERN.DE finden Sie News, ... Überall in Europa und vor allem in Deutschland.

Junge Welt

Junge Welt

Die linke Tageszeitung.

Die Welt

Die Welt

Nachrichten, Kommentare, Liveticker, N24-Videos sowie News aus Politik, Wirtschaft, Finanzen, Wetter, Sport, Fußball, Kultur, Literatur, Reise und Internet.

Die Zeit

Die Zeit

Aktuelle Nachrichten, Kommentare, Analysen und Hintergrundberichte aus Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft, Wissen, Kultur und Sport.

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