Language Learning Center

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 llc@willamette.edu.

Online Dictionaries

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Online Dictionaries

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.

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Verb Tense

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Verb Tense

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.

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Reading

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Reading

German Newspapers - This site provides links to newspapers from throughout the country.

Der Spiegel - German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg.

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Vocabulary

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Vocabulary

Quizlet.com - Quizlet is a flashcard website where users may either create their own flashcards or choose from millions of other sets already created. There are several ways to study your flashcards, including multiple choice tests or study games. You can even add images or listen to audio files for individual words. It is easy to create and share material and Quizlet is good for studying almost any subject!

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.

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Grammar

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Grammar

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.

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Speaking

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Speaking

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! 

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Keyboard

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Keyboard

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.


Microsoft Word
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!

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