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German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Worldwide there are over 120 million native speakers and many people also learn German as a second language. Germany is the world's third largest economy, with many successful brands and companies like BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Lufthansa, SAP, Bosch, and BASF. Germany is an international place for business, and with practically all global players keeping offices in Germany, speaking German will enhance your career prospects, and provide you with a clear competitive edge over your rivals.

As a nation committed to research and development, Germans are on the frontline of new technologies, and some of the world's most innovative companies are located in Germany. Berlin is an international center of music and art, and from the Jugendstil to the Bauhaus movement, from Dürer to the expressionist masterpieces of Nolde, Kirchner, and Kokoschka, Germans have made substantial contributions to world art and architecture, and philosophers like Kant, Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche, have had lasting influences on modern society. Speaking German gives graduates an important advantage in practically any career and access to important knowledge and research. Start learning German from Beginners’ level up to native speaker competence with us. 

Resources in the Language Resources Centre

German Resources Catalogue
The PDF file contains all resources for German that can be found in the Language Resources Centre. It is divided into 3 categories:

 

  • Book
  • Audio CD/DVD
  • Films/TV

In the 'Notes' column you will find details of, for example, CDs that accompany textbooks and vice versa. Other information had been included throughout the catalogue to help identify a specific item if viewing these off-site.

Please note that these resources are offered on a reference-only basis.

 

Resources in the Maughan Library (King's students only)

Library Services Support Pages
The Library Services support pages for the German department where you will find a wealth of material.

Online Test

Goethe Institut: Short German proficiency test
This short online test will give an approximate placement in one of the six levels (A1-C2) of the Common European Framework.

Complementary websites to textbooks

 

Berliner Platz 1 – online activities - Beginners
This complementary website to the textbook features interactive activities like grammar and vocabulary exercises.
You can find the textbook (incl. audio CDs) in the Open Learning Centre.

Optimal – online activities - Beginners / Intermediate
This complementary website to the 3 vol. textbook features grammar and vocabulary exercises as well as exercises for reading and listening comprehension.
You can find vol. 1& 2 of this textbook (incl. audio CDs) in the Open Learning Centre.

Schritte International – online activities - Beginners/Intermediate
This complementary website to the 6 vol. textbook features interactive vocabulary and grammar exercises.
You can find vol. 1& 2 of this textbook (incl. audio CDs) in the Open Learning Centre.

Tangram aktuell – online activities - Beginners / Intermediate
This complementary website to the 6 vol. textbook features interactive activities like texts for reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises.
You can find vol. 1/A1.1 & 1/A1.2 of the textbook (incl. audio CDs) in the Open Learning Centre.

Aspekte 1 – online activities - Intermediate
This complementary website to the textbook features interactive vocabulary and grammar exercises.
You can find the textbook (incl. audio CDs) in the Open Learning Centre.

em neu – online activities - Intermediate
This complementary website to the 2 vol. textbook features interactive activities like texts for reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises.
You can find the textbook “em neu. Hauptkurs” (incl. audio CDs) in the Open Learning Centre.

Mittelstufenbuch DaF – online activities - Intermediate / Advanced
This complementary website to the 2 vol. textbook features interactive activities like texts for reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises.
You can find vol.1 of the textbook (incl. audio CDs) in the Open Learning Centre.

 

Listening

 

Audio-Lingua - a collaborative bank of authentic audio resources - All Levels
You can listen to short (max. 2 minutes) recordings on various subjects by native speakers. The archive can be searched for recordings by level of difficulty, length of the recording, age or gender of the speaker.
You can directly listen to the audio files, download them or subscribe to the podcast.

lyrikline.org – a multilingual internet platform for contemporary poetry - Intermediate / Advanced
You can read over 1500 poems in German or in one of the various translations. This site also features audio files (poems read by the author), bibliographies and biographies for each poet.

Locopodia - audio-guides for many Austrian, German and Swiss cities -  Advanced
Choose a city on the interactive map and you can not only listen to factual information about this place but also to stories, fairy tales and legends. You can also download the audio-files or subscribe to the podcast. For some of the recordings you can even print out the transcription for reading along.

vorleser.net - free audio-books in German - Advanced
Download hundreds of free audio books (classic and contemporary literature) to your mp3 player or computer. For many of the classics a full text version is also available for download.

 

Watching

KuBus - videos on cultural and social life in Germany - Intermediate / Advanced
These 49 videos cover topics from “Bildende Kunst/ visual arts” to “Wirtschaft und Soziales/ economy and social matters”. All films and accompanying materials (texts with background information, transcripts) can be accessed in German, English, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese.

Tatort - Crime Show - Intermediate/Advanced
This long-running crime show production is a substantial part of German/Austrian/Swiss Sunday night entertainment. Different regions of those three countries have their own inspectors, so you can watch a crime being solved in Bremen one week and try to find the murdered in Vienna in the next one.You can watch the latest episode here and enjoy the feeling that fully adapted to German-speaking entertainment culture.

Weltspiegel - news from around the world - Intermediate/Advanced
In four to six short documentaries per week, 'Weltspiegel' shows details of global issues, which might not have made it into the daily news. Great journalism and a great way to improve your listening skills.

Reading

 

SPIEGEL Online,   Zeit Online,   FAZ   and   Sueddeutsche Zeitung - Intermediate / Advanced
Web presence of some of Germany's most important magazines and newspapers.

Perlentaucher – web magazine focusing on cultural issues - Intermediate / Advanced
This excellent online magazine offers a daily round up of reports from major German language newspapers.

19th-Century German stories in German and English - Advanced
You can read stories, narrative poems, twenty fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers' and six classic picture stories by Wilhelm Busch. This site not only features dual-language texts, but also an online dictionary, quiz questions on some of the texts and interesting information about writers and their work.

Projekt Gutenberg - free electronic books in German -    Advanced
The “Projekt Gutenberg” offers texts in German from more than 400 classical authors. At the moment you can read about 5000 novels, 20 000 poems, 1800 fairy tales, 1,200 fables and 3,500 legends!

Literaturport - database for contemporary German literature - Advanced
The “Autorenlexikon” provides profiles of almost 4000 writers from both past (only from the Berlin-Brandenburg region) and the present. Many profiles of contemporary authors are linked to free audio clips. Other interesting features are weekly book recommendations and “Literatouren” where various authors take the reader on a literary tour through Berlin.

Neon Blog - Intermediate/Advanced
Neon is arguably the most popular print magazine withing Germany's Generation Y. Their blog offers articles on society, fashion, love, jobs and friendship, tailored for an audience in their twenties and thirties. Very good website if you want to practice your reading skills with some lighter topics.

 

Dictionaries

 

LEO   and   Beolingus
Very helpful online dictionaries

Pons
Dictionary with flash card builder for beginners.

 

Grammar, Spelling
University of Portsmouth German Course - Beginners
Great online course with a detailed guide to German pronunciation, comprehensive explanations and interactive exercises.

 

 

Interactive Grammar Exercises - All Levels
This site of the renowned publishing house Schubert-Verlag offers interactive grammar exercise for all levels.

Grammatical Terminology - All Levels
Test your knowledge of grammatical terms with this interactive game.

Grammis – a grammar for linguists and readers with a keen interest in discursive grammatical explanation - Advanced
This   comprehensive grammar, edited by the Institute for German Language, provides grammatical rules, a "terminological dictionary" for non-experts and a "grammatical dictionary" for experts and professional linguists.

 

Cultural / Intercultural Information

 

The Goethe-Institut London 
The Goethe-Institut organises a broad variety of events to present German culture.
With more than 30,000 books, videos, audio-cassettes and computer software available, its information centre serves as an excellent resource for those interested in contemporary Germany and the German language.

Tatsachen über Deutschland - key facts about Germany
This site, available in 17 languages, offers information about industry and business, social life, culture and politics. 

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Servicel
This useful site for German/ foreign students and scholars provides information on study and research opportunities in Germany, a scholarship database and even two German proficiency tests.

OEAD - Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research
This useful site for Austrian/ foreign students and scholars features information on study and research opportunities in Austria and a scholarship database.

Swissuniversity.ch  - Internet Portal of the Swiss Universities
This useful site for foreign students features information on study and research opportunities in Switzerland and a scholarship database.

German Dialects Link Catalogue
A helpful resources for all those who are interested in the development of different German dialects.

 

Games

Duden Sprachspiele - online language games - Advanced
This page   offers online games like cross words or trivia questions on idioms and quotations. You can also put your grammar and spelling to the test with the “Deutschquiz”.

The German Quiz
How German are you? The German Quiz might not help to enhance your German language skills, but it does give you an entertaining 5 minute insight into German culture (e.g. Which of the following adjectives best describes your relationships to recycling? Reluctant, passionate, dedicated, over-zealous?).

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Evening Language Courses
Members of the public can study German at King's at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Assessed Modules
Doing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree? You can take a German course as part of your studies (all levels).

Tailor-made Tuition
We offer tailor-made courses in German for individuals and groups.

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