The Deutsche Welle now has multimedia project on their site that has researched Jewish Germans who have gone to other countries and collected their stories. It’s a fascinating project that tells stories from around the world.
So many of you have wonderful office suite skills that you can apply to your German learning. If you have a list of vocabulary that you’re learning, go ahead and use a list in Excel and sort it randomly to practice. Click here for a how-to on how to shuffle your vocabulary in Excel.
Because I meet students outside of normal classrooms without large maps on the wall, I’ve been tracking down maps to print out and take with me. Check this out–great maps of Germany!
Print them out, bookmark the page, and learn more about Germany through these maps. They are a great accessory and visual tool for your study sessions and when you're in class.
An "Elfchen" is similar to a Haiku in that it has a set form, however it is unique in that it has 11 words, the lines having 1-2-3-4-1 words, respectively. Here’s one I wrote for my student’s Valentine’s Day (Valentinstag!) lesson last night:
veraendert das Herz
bringt uns neue Gedanken
The Deutsche Welle (translated: German Wave) is Germany's international news broadcaster and has news in 30 languages, including English and German, as well as podcasts, German spoken s-l-o-w-l-y (langsam gesprochene Nachrichten), and resources for learning German.
Be sure to check out their Media Center for video, audio, pictures, and podcasts. Remember to listen to a segment repeatedly--you will understand it better if you listen to it more than once or twice!!
The Deutsche Welle used to have a newsletter that you could receive regularly with short news items; I used it for practicing my German at the beginning, much like I use German magazines now for practice. This is a very reliable, solid resource for you. Use it!
Spiegel Online is the web version of the German magazine “Spiegel.” It's like Time or Newsweek in its circulation and reputation. Check the English section for news written in English.
This is a highly reputable news source with everything from politics to business, personal feature stories to humor. I read it almost daily and highly recommend it.