Engines for German Language Sites
Search Engine Colossus and Search Engine Guide are
comprehensive global master directories of local search
engines for regional, country, or language-specific
searches. Yahoo! provides country-specific, regional, and official government site search options. Google
Translate is a useful option. Glearch
allows you to search for language and country-specific
content in "top results from Google, Yahoo and Bing as
well as the most popular search engines for the selected
Internet broadcasts in German are
accessible through the International Radio and Television
page of this WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs
• BBC Learning Online Basic German Courses--
Several short online introductory courses, with audio and
video support, from the British Broadcasting Corporation.
• bund.de – Verwaltung Online--
Internet portal for information from the German federal
and länder governments, as well as a directory for general
information about Germany-- "für Bürgerinnen und Bürger,
Unternehmen und Verwaltungen der zentrale Zugang zu den
elektronischen Leistungen und Informationsangeboten der
Verwaltung im Internet."
• Deutsch Akademie's Online German Course--
"The most comprehensive [free] grammar trainer in the
German speaking world." The grammar and vocabulary
exercises are structured according to selected textbooks
and to the levels of the European Framework of Reference
for Languages. The program allows exercising particular
grammatical problems, with answers. Requires free
• Deutsche Kultur International--
Major source of information on German language and
literature at home and abroad, including foreign cultural
policies, exhibitions, conferences, libraries, schools,
multimedia services, documentation centers, and student,
scientist, or artist exchanges.
• Deutsche Welle-- The official German shortwave radio news and features service, with online audio. Note their free online German language courses with audio, designed for beginners, advanced users, and teachers of the German language. There are also slowly spoken news reports in German.
• Deutsched-- "German lessons divided into pronunciation lessons (along with audio examples), vocabulary lessons, and grammar lessons (along with exercises and grammar tables), plus other features... all the German lessons you'll ever need to learn the language."
• dict.cc-- Interactive and extensive
online English-German and German-English dictionary, with
forum, audio, toolbar, and vocabulary trainer, where
"every visitor can suggest new translations and correct or
confirm other users' suggestions."
• Die Zeit-- Famous national weekly
German newspaper, with a free online archive of stories
going back to 1946.
Exchange Service-- The main German sponsor of
student and professor exchange between Germany and other
countries, internationalization of education, promotion of
German studies overseas, and German educational
cooperation with developing countries-- the best source on
study, research, and teaching in Germany, with information
on and applications for each program.
• German Language-- About.com's
colorful and helpful guide to things German, but
especially to the language.
• German Language Guide-- German language facts, culture, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, tests, and more.
• German Resources-- From Schoolshape, many interactive audio and visual exercises for various levels of proficiency, in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Mostly free and created by teachers. Visitors can also create their own resources and share them with others.
• German Studies Web-- Selected and
evaluated scholarly resources in German Studies, for all
German-speaking countries, from the Western European
Specialists Section of the Association of College and
• German for Travellers-- For a small fee, lessons on over 2000 audio files to begin learning German, by Dr. Peter Gölz of the University of Victoria, Canada, with forum and free culture information online.
Research Web-- "Interactive research guide for
Germanic Studies at Harvard University created by
librarians in the Harvard College Library in collaboration
with faculty and departments."
• Germanistische Fachinformationen im WWW--
Annotated guidance from the Freie Universität Berlin.
• Goethe-Institut-- German
government-sponsored but autonomous cultural foundation
with a worldwide network that supports "all those actively
involved with Germany and its language and culture." Posts
some of its publications and information on many aspects
of Germany and the German language.
• Learn a Language: German-- From Visual Link Languages, "created by the U.S. Institute of Languages... to help people bridge communication gaps and to give back to the world in which we live." Includes vocabulary, phrases, dictionary, cultural notes, blog, and forum.
• Noows-- Online magazine with
national and international news such as politics,
economics, sports, life, and so on, with special city
sites for Berlin.
• TypeIt.org-- "This page allows you
to easily type German characters (such as umlauts) without
a German keyboard. You can edit your text in the box and
then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc."
• Vocabulix-- Learn German free online, with vocabulary lessons, conjugation tables, verb drills, grammar tips, and dictionary.
• Web German: Deutsch im Netz--
"Interactive webexercises, animated grammar presentations,
audio enhanced vocabulary lessons, and select links to
sites in German-speaking countries. Designed for
German language learners, teachers and travellers who want
to get the most out of the Internet for foreign language