Free German audiobooks

May 17, 2012

Students of German looking for recordings with which to practice their listening comprehension can try looking about LibriVox, a site that publishes public domain recordings made from public domain texts. There are a great many recordings in German; students not ready to try their ears at Fontane’s Effi Briest might find Bürger’s Münchhausen, Busch’s Max und Moritz or Hoffman’s Erzählungen für Kinder within the reach of their listening abilities.

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Auf der Hut sein

August 20, 2010

At my German discussion group last night some of us were talking about politics and having difficulty coming up with German equivalents of financial terminology like ‘mortgage’.

I can recommend dict.cc‘s vocabulary trainer.  It allows you to create your own list of words you’d like to learn, and to feed that into a virtual flash card system.  Users can make their lists public.  There are quite a few public lists on special topics, like this list of  financial vocabulary in German, including ‘to take out a mortgage’ (eine Hypothek aufnehmen), but also ‘to be wary’ (auf der Hut sein).

There are also lists of vocabulary for beginners.

One place where a a great deal of useful material can be found to help teachers as well as students get to grips with German is Nancy Thuleen’s page of teaching materials (Lehrmaterialien).

Three bilingual dictionaries

dict.cc. A dictionary based on a user-built corpus, published by Paul Hemetsberger, with a ‘vocabulary trainer’ (flash-card simulator).

BEOLingus, published by the Technische Universität Chemnitz.

wordreference.com. A dictionary published by Michael Kellog, accompanied by language discussion forums.

Two monolingual dictionaries

Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache des 20. Jahrhunderts, von der Akademie der Wissenschaften

Das Deutsche Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, begun in 1854.  Extensive documentation of changes in the meaning of German words.

Noch was dazu?

A long list of dictionaries and other resources is maintained at wordreference.com.