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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.

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BBC logo BBC German Online – this page has been archived and is no longer updated.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


DerDieDaF logo Derdiedaf – erstellt von der Ernst Klett Sprachen GmbH, einem Unternehmen der Klett Gruppe [created by Ernst Klett Languages Company, an enterprise of the Klett Group]. Unterrichtsmaterial für Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF): alles, was auf diesem Portal angeboten wird, ist gratis! Bitte lesen Sie zur Nutzung der Downloads unsere Nutzungsbedingungen [Teaching material: everything that is offered on this portal is free; please read the conditions of use]. Use the drop-down selectors at the top of the page to choose a target group (adults, children & young people); level (A1, A2, B1, B2; field (eg grammar); and topic (eg Kasus/case).

Deutsch Lernen

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

Deutsche Welle

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Deutsche Welle – Deutsch Lernen, includes:

Duo Lingo – Learn German online

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

FluentU German

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FluentU German is a German language and culture blog that FluentU uses real-world videos to bring German to life with movie trailers, music videos, news and talks. FluentU participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program, as well as other affiliate advertising programs for products and services, to support their ability to provide free language learning content. Categories in FluentU include:

Ghoethe Institut

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


iReviews logo iReviews – 34 apps and resources to help learn a language.

Mango Languages

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

Online Aufgaben und Übungen

Schubert Verlag logo Online-Aufgaben Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Schubert-Verlag) – Die Online-Übungen und Aufgaben werden laufend aktualisiert und ergänzt [the online exercises are regularly updated and added].

Online Deutschkurs

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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

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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

Beolingus (Chemnitz) logo Chemnitz English-German and German-English dictionary – Since 1995 Chemnitz University online dictionary has offered German <> English translations: fast, efficient, user-friendly and, of course, free. The Beo (German for Hill Myna) was chosen as the symbol for because this bird is very communicative, gathering and imitating words and noises. The word "Beo" comes from Indonesia and means "chatterbox".

Dict.CC English-German and German-English dictionary logo Dict.CC English-German and German-English dictionary – ist nicht nur ein Online-Wörterbuch. Es ist der Versuch, eine Plattform zu schaffen, über die Benutzer auf der ganzen Welt ihr Wissen in Form von Übersetzungen austauschen können.


Duden logo Duden – Wörterbuch – Das Onlinewörterbuch bietet Ihnen umfassende Informationen zu Rechtschreibung, Grammatik und Bedeutung eines Wortes. Außerdem zeigt es den richtigen Gebrauch sowie die Aussprache und Herkunft eines Wortes und verzeichnet dessen Synonyme. Aktuell umfasst das Onlinewörterbuch mehr als 236.000 Einträge.


Langenscheidt logo

For over 150 years, Langenscheidt has specialised as a publisher in languages. The online German-English dictionary includes British and American English as well as Austrian and Swiss German terms.

Linguee English-German and German-English dictionary

Linguee logo Linguee English-German and German-English dictionary

Wortbedeutung Wörterbuch

Wortbedeutung Wörterbuch logo Wortbedeutung Wörterbuch ist ein Wörterbuch mit Erklärungen zur Bedeutung und Rechtschreibung, der Silbentrennung, der Grammatik, der Aussprache, Anwendungsbeispielen und Übersetzungen. [Wordmeaning is a dictionary with explanations about meaning, correct spelling, syllabification, grammar, pronunciation, examples of usage and translations (into English, French and Geramn)]


Systran logo Systran online translation – This uses Systran machine translation technology for translation between languages.

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

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Deutsche Welle (DW) – Themen. Nachrichten & Analysen: der globale Blick auf Schlagzeilen. Zum Beispiel:

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

Deutsche Welle langsam gesprochene Nachrichten

Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche

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Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche – Bietet Ihnen jeden Freitag die großen Themen aus den Ressorts Politik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft, Feuilleton und Wissen.

nachrichten leicht

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nachrichten leicht. Der Wochen-Rückblick in einfacher Sprache.


Spiegel logo

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


Stern logo

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

Junge Welt

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Junge Welt – Die linke Tageszeitung.

Die Welt

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Die Welt

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

Die Zeit

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Die Zeit

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

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