Resources for German Students
These are very brief descriptions and do not take into consideration the specific attributes of each resource; please stop by the Language Learning Center where our staff will be able to assist, or email us at email@example.com.
WordReference.com - An excellent online dictionary that has both traditional dictionary definitions and extensive discussions of regional variations, idiomatic expressions, and common phrases. You are able to pose a vocabulary question and receive responses from around the globe.
Beolingus - A dictionary, as well as a place to create and store vocabulary lists!! The site also has native audio for the vocabulary, as well as an unit conversion page.
LEO Deutsch-Englisches Wörterbuch - LEO's German-English dictionary.
Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon - A great dictionary offering images as a helpful resource for building your German vocabulary.[Hide Text]
Verbformen - A website where you can write a verb in German and it will conjugate the verb in all tenses.
Deutscher Wortschatz - A website created by the University of Lieipzig, which offers full verb conjugations, verb synonyms, explanation of verb form and type, and possible modal verbs.
Wordchamp.com - Have you ever gotten frustrated by vocabulary in your reading assignments? With Wordchamp’s Webreader, you can upload any text or view any webpage with mouse-over translation. This tool is also great for reading German newspapers or magazines online. You can even download a Webreader toolbar directly to your computer, so you can use it without opening WordChamp. You can access WordChamp through a tab on WISE via My German Space or you can go directly to wordchamp.com.
Check out the Video tutorial for Wordchamp![Hide Text]
Wordchamp.com: WordChamp’s flashcard function can help you study for tests and learn new words. And the best part is: you don’t have to spend all that time and paper writing them down! Create flashcards or search Wordchamp’s flashcard database. You can practice them online or download them to your personal computer. Studying just got way easier.
Vokabel - This site allows students to create their own vocabulary lists, and then tests them on verb conjugation. In addition the site also has pre-made lists based on subject.
You Know The Drill - An interactive dictionary that allows users to study a lot of different languages using vocabulary lists.
Web German - This resource has extensive tools such as audio, video, animations, and web exercises.[Hide Text]
Internet Handbook of German Grammar - This website offers an online-based reference German grammar.
German Language Guide - A German Language site with grammar help.
German Grammar Worksheets - Worksheets can be printed out and used for practice.[Hide Text]
Tutoring - Get essay help, ask grammar questions and practice your language skills with native German speakers! Click “Sign-up” on the left side of WISE to schedule an appointment with your language assistant.
LiveMocha - LiveMocha offers structured lessons in your language of choice. Users 'enroll' in courses based on their current skill level, and can also opt for private language instruction by other users. The site also offers chatting capabilities, flashcards, writing and speaking exercises.
Mixxer: Through Skype, you can be matched up with a native speaker, who is also interested in learning English. Don’t stress, you’re both sharing and learning!
Busuu.com - Busuu.com offers much the same services as Livemocha but with a different format. Try them both see which one floats your boat![Hide Text]
German word processing in the LLC
The LLC at Willamette University, in the World Languages Studio of the first floor of Ford, is a mac lab with 18 macs, and 10 PC laptops.
Each computer also has Quelle v.1.00a, a writing assistance program for German.
English (United States) Keyboard
1. Typing special characters: to type special characters in Microsoft Word, you must do it in two steps. The first step involves pressing the control key plus other keys simultaneously. The second step is typing the letter you want. Here is a chart that explains how to type the various characters:
PC Windows XP Keyboard
- ä - control key + shift + ; , then a
- ö - control key + shift + ; , then o
- ü - control key + shift + ; , then u
- ß - control key + shift + 7 , then s
Mac OS Keyboard
- ä - option + u; , then a
- ö - option + u; , then o
- ü - option + u; , then u
- ß - option + s
If you are having technical difficulties, this is a good site to use for accents: notengoenie.com - when you click the letter with the accent you want, it automatically copies it for you![Hide Text]