Traditionally, German is considered a difficult language to learn, but its popularity is increasing and numerous resources and practical guidelines, tests and online courses are available. This section focuses on English language sources for young adult learners.
Practise German free of charge (Goethe Institut)
The website offers learners of German free material including apps and games, vocabulary training tutorial, for different levels of language ability.
Mein Weg nach Deutschland - information for immigrants
The portal was designed to assist learners of German in studying the language on their own and providing useful information about first steps to living in Germany, e.g. how to seek employment, how to enroll children in preschool and school. A focus is placed on practical knowledge and German language skills. Goethe-Institut intends to translate the portal into 14 languages most commonly spoken by immigrants, [...]
Web Portal for Learning German (Deutsch-Uni online)
The web portal offers Internet-based courses to foreign students, researchers and managers who wish to learn German and stay in Germany. The courses include preparing for studies or basic professional skills, information on German culture, and are accessible in various languages.
German Language Requirement for Admission to Studies (TestDAF & DSH)
The German Academic Exchange Service offers international students information on how and why to learn German, German language tests and required German language proficiency for taking up a university course in Germany.
The German language on Alumniportal Deutschland
Alumniportal Deutschland offers service focusing on foreign learners of German, including a pool of words, placement test, resources for learning German online, a group for registered users.
Deutsche Welle: German courses
The Deutsche Welle broadcasting service maintains this website for teachers and students of the German language. It offers a newsletter for teachers, and allows for the selection of different levels of proficiency (as well as the choice of the learner`s first language). Furthermore, German language audio and video news can be accessed.
TestDaf: Information in English
The website ´´TestDaf´´ offers information on the language certificate ´´DaF´´ (German as a foreign language). The site as such is available in German only, but a shortoverview of the test and different levels is available in English and other languages.
BBC Language Learn: German
The BBC website on learning German provides you with learning resources, including audio and video material, for learning German, its focus lies on the practical use (basic grammar, holiday phrases).
Open your heart: Learn German with Deutsche Welle
The German broadcasting house Deutsche Welle offers a website for newly arrived young people, particularly refugees, who need to learn about Germany and the German language. The multimedia site offers access to audiofiles for learning German, information about preparing for work, 'Germany for beginners', and a German language section for (voluntary) support workers.
Rundblick: Open University German beginners' language course
The Open University offers free access to many of its course materials, including language learning courses. This German language course is accessible free of charge, and a statement of participation can be issued on request.