Main Films on Youtube -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-eDoThe6qo - A1 level
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg5P2w_Ro1c - A2 level
https://youtu.be/LkufozluseI - B1 level
https://youtu.be/JPrv_TmmnYg - small film
Main Youtube Channels - 24h Deutsch
Learn German with Ania. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwegPHTG4gvnR0WLzaq5OQ
Learn German with Jenny
Learn German today
Learn German with GermanPod101
Netflix - The Big Bang Theory has the most accurate German subtitles that match what they are saying. The guys in work recommended watching everything in German with German subtitles to train the ear and I have tried a lot of other stuff and this was the best so far. I usually pause it and look up some words on google translate and as they are only 20 minutes it works out at 30 minutes to watch an episode with stopping and starting. The guys in work recommended https://www.deepl.com/translator over google translate as well as the algorithm is a lot better for translating whole sentences although it doesn’t keep a history. Obviously https://dict.leo.org/german-english/ is the best and most accurate but translating sentences is harder so I find the deepl one better for that.
Podcasts available online
You can get these either on Spotify or ‘tune in radio’ app.
GermanPod101 has all podcasts for free on tune in app. it’s good for beginning but translates too much into English and you don’t have to make any effort in trying to understand anything or pause a thing to look it up etc. You can download the PDFs to read along with the podcasts online and if not I can email them to you as well. I have all 1-9 podcasts on my phone as I got them from work as an audiobook for free so goes from beginner to advanced German. It’s good for vocabulary initially and explaining some grammar but not ideal when you want full immersion and defeats the purpose of immersion!
Songs available on spotify that are popular at the moment
The class structure for the intensive course was always the same -
Start of every class we would repeat ‘Deutsch ist einfach’!
Our homework every week was always one letter to write out and she’d take that home with her to correct and give it back the next day. We were paired with people to do some language exchange daily. Homework was usually the ‘test’ section at the end of every chapter and we’d have all of that page to do or two pages usually the “basistraining” and the test or just the test and a brief to write.
TELC practice tests
We did a practice test for the TELC every week once a week and were told in advance what day it would be on so we could prepare. This was usually the listening, reading comprehension and writing section. She’d mark it and give it to us the next day and go through the answers with us in the class.
https://www.telc.net/pruefungsteilnehmende/sprachpruefungen/pruefungen/detail/zertifikat-deutsch-telc-deutsch-b1.html It’s similar to Goethe Institut and both are recognised the same for work and the work council. The TELC is paid for by the government or a portion is paid for for all European citizens and refugees too.
It includes the ‘Leben in Deutschland’ at the end of the three levels A1-B1 course. https://www.bamf.de/EN/Willkommen/DeutschLernen/Integrationskurse/Abschlusspruefung/LebenInDeutschland/lebenindeutschland.html
Apps in order of rating
https://www.mondly.com/ - the technology behind this is incredible. They use Augmented Reality on your phone so you can see a bird flying in your own room through your phone. It is brilliant. I haven’t used it as much as Memrise but it is impressive and there is an AI person talking to you too.
https://www.memrise.com/ - learn vocabulary with articles - I used this extensively and can say it is the best app I have used so far. I have created my own cards on it as well and you can take other people’s words and add them to your own course. Memrise has 7 levels of their own and a year subscription is 45 euro at the moment. It is great to learn the words with articles.
https://www.duolingo.com/learn & Tinycards zusammen! - for more grammar but no articles with vocab, this gets you talking more as you have to speak aloud but you don’t learn anything with the articles which is really hard then later on when you need to know the four cases. Duolingo has been restructured and the stories are really useful for exercises. It’s been aligned to the CEFR now too so you can see what vocab matches what. I LOVE the Duolingo Stories though - they are great and a separate section on the website. They walk through what happens and it’s really entertaining.
Goethe Institut - they have stories on their app - it’s good but not great.
Drops - it’s good but not great.
DW learn German - A little boring
Tageschau for the regular news, I usually watch that daily
FlashAcademy - not great
For connecting to native speakers -
https://preply.com/en/lessons for connecting online with a native speaker - there are others as well but I find this really good. This is paid for but some are really cheap and worth booking in advance.
Apps for all the books mentioned above - Menschen, Schritte neu Grammatik etc have the audio files for the books. I’ve tried a lot of others but this list are the ones I’ve kept on my phone!
https://www.klett-sprachen.de/sophie-scholl-die-weisse-rose/t-1/9783125560246 was the book leading up to the war and comes with a CD to read along to which improved my German significantly. It is aimed at A2 level and an easy read. I was using this during my preply classes with the same native speaker I have kept for the last while.
A1-B1 level Books for teaching
I had this in my A1 course.
The teacher got us to use this and only this table for the entire course - http://www.graf-gutfreund.at/daf/02grammatik/03adjektiv/gr1_deklination.pdf and it incorporated almost everything - she added that if you use dem then the next word would always be en not em and things like that so you could go with the rules then.
She also gave us this venn diagram. This was the other one that we had and always used the ‘Bewegung oder nicht’ as the rule for using Akk and then she would repeat continuously MIT --- Dativ etc