Resources For Language Learners
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Finding the right resources for learning languages is so important for making good progress. There are so many ways to learn languages, the choices can be overwhelming. We all learn languages in different ways. What works for one person, might not work for another. I have tried a variety of methods for learning German. Below are my favourite tried and tested resources that I love.
Whether you like to work through a structured online course, work through grammar books or want to learn languages through reading and watching TV, there’s something here for you!
Online Courses & Apps
Rocket Languages produces online language learning courses aimed at complete beginners to intermediates. It uses immersion based learning rather than studying grammar.
The lessons are in an interactive podcast style format with audio lessons which encourage the learner to repeat back phrases. You’ll also get a tonne of interactive features to reinforce what you learned during the lesson.
Lingopie is an online video streaming platform for language learners. Immerse yourself in thousands of hours of locally produced TV shows & films.
Interactive clickable subtitles provide translations on demand. Flashcards for translated words are automatically added to a flashcard deck for review later.
Languages available: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese & Korean.
Glossika uses spaced repetition to teach vocabulary in full, everyday sentences. You can choose to learn about subjects which interest you, and leave out topics that don’t.
Native speakers read each flashcard and you record and playback your own attempt at each flashcard. An excellent way to learn vocabulary and improve pronunciation.
German Grammar Books
My favourite book for complete beginners. Start speaking German from day 1. In this conversation course, each chapter covers an everyday topic from introductions & shopping to using the past & future tenses.
Short Stories in German
General Free Tools
A FREE tri-weekly online meet-up for German learners. Every meet-up there is a different topic of conversation to discuss with fellow German learners from around the world.
Note: Meet-up times on website are CET.
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