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A. Interesting Encyclopediae in German ("Lexika" and "Enzyklopädien")

At the moment, please have a look here.


B. Interesting Dictionaries for German ("Wörterbücher")

It is always advisable not to rely merely on a Google search, as some students seem to do these days, especially if one has left the beginner's state of learning a language. It is much better to use real dictionaries, as they provide many alternative translations and often examples for the use of a word. Fortunately, for learning German, there are a few good choices.

At the moment, you can find some here, too. Else and especially (and very useful to students of various nations, as offering translations into multiple languages):
  • Pons
  • Leo (offering a good grammar and a forum where you can ask questions, too)
  • Langenscheidt
  • for Japanese: Wadoku (if you are looking for Japnese-English dictionaries, see here and here)
  • for Chinese: Handedict (the original site seems to be offline, for further information see here) and Dehanci (you might need to use a VPN, but that may work neither). For English, there are quite a few interesting ones, please see here.
Please note that it can be very helpful to compare translations, particularly if one has got the feeling that the one one dictionary is giving, somehow feels "off". This may be rare, but it does happen.

There are, furthermore, dictionaries that are only in German, but still, depending on the case, very helpful for learning once a certain progress has been made, as they will offer you explanations even a German may need to know (grammar, forms), and in these they may be more extensive, depending on the case. Here are some you can find online:
  • Der Duden (This is the dictionary that used to set the rules until the spelling reform took away that privelege. It is still a helpful tool for spelling, though. Or is it? For recently it started listing to use the gender star under  "options", although refraining from actually recommending it according to the linked article. Nevertheless, citing Art. 3 of the Basic Law in this context is, quite... devious, in my eyes. Ideology is nothing that should be allowed to thus grossly distort the German language. One needs to put a stop at this tendency, to run after the crowd... Rather simply teach it correctly! But what is to be expected of linguists who allowed the spellinig reform because students' wrote badly? Last I checked, if students make mistakes, they sould be corrected instead of changing the norms. And that is still the case. You can also access the Duden - albeit not necessarily in the most current edition - if you are using Kindle: access a book written in German, look up a word, then the Duden will be presented to you and you can search it).
  • The Deutsche Wörterbuch of the Grimm Brothers - probably the largest German dictionary.
  • The Goethe-Wörterbuch
  • Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache des Zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts
Please note that I myself continue to advocate the traditional German spelling. To read more about this in German, have a look here and follow the links there.


C. Especially for Linguists


D. Grammar


Here - currently, only in German -  https://leo.org is a good option, although oriented a bit on factual use rather than unapplied rules (says the site), so with a certain amount of discernment. However, apart from that, still one of the best online grammars I know.

For further information about and details of German grammar, see here.


E. Teaching Materials

These are primarily for teachers. You can find further information here.


F. Online Classes

Contact us for online classes. (Else, see e.g. http://www.dw-world.de/deutschkurse).


G. German Institutions in your Country where you might find German spoken

I. In General

You should be able to find Germans and perhaps a possibiliy to talk in German in the following locations
  • the German, Swiss and Austraian (and perhaps Luxembourgian?) embassies
  • the Goethe-Institut, where you can also visit and borrow from the library
  • the German chamber of foreign trade in your country (AHK)
  • church communities
  • German societies and / or clubs
  • originally German or Swiss cities and villages (e.g. in South America, Russia)

II. In Japan

E.g. the Deutsche Schule in Yokohama, the Evangelische Kirche in Tokyo and the Katholische Kirche in Tokyo. Further information about institutions linked to cultural exchange you will find on the respective pages of the German embassy in Tokyo.

The German Institute for Japanese studies in Tokyo has, shamefully, switched to English. Unthinkable that a British, U.S. or French institution would even conceive treating its own linguistic heritage liek that.

H. Support

  • If you wish to spend money for Gemans, maybe you could have a look at the Schulverein zur Förderung der Rußlanddeutschen in Ostpreußen e.V. which seems to work effectively in supporting Germans from Russia who have moved to East Prussia and which has a school in Trakehnen. In general, if you support the activities of those Germans working in East Prussia to help build the culture there again (as a I am a vegetarian, I would like to ask for support only for those matters, where material, food and remedies are not produced from or with the "help" of dead animals), that should be greatly appreciated.

I. Looking for Books or Magazines ?
  • Here you can order them.
  • Scientific and good books can also be attained from the Wissenschaftlichen Buchgesellschaft. If you would like to order anything from there, I would be glad if I could arrange that for you, but, of course, you can do that yourself, too.
  • I also like Readly very much. Again, if you should decide to sign up, contact me before, and we both might be able to get a free month.