German translation tools
YourDictionary: Germanic Languages - includes ancient languages such as Old High German, Old Low Franconian, and more!
Other Dictionaries with Additional Features
Pons.eu: das Sprachenportal - includes a vocabulary trainer and Rechtschreibung reference search function.
Duden Online - definitions of German words in German.
For Synonyms and Antonyms
Woxikon - Synonyms (no antonyms); menu has multiple interactive features.
What is the opposite of... - interface in English, but works with German words.
The Literatures and Languages Library circulates print dictionaries. To find a monolingual German dictionary, search the Online Catalog using the subject heading German Language Dictionaries (Tips for Searching the Online Catalog). To find a German/English dictionary, search the Online Catalog using the subject heading German Language Dictionaries English.
German Resources at LLL
Learning German Online
BBC Languages: German - A comprehensive and lively collection of free audio and video courses for both beginners and intermediate learners.
About.com German Language - This website, maintained by About.com's German Guide, features a variety of language lessons, commentary on traveling and teaching skills, and several interactive elements including quizzes.
German Blog: Language and Culture - Offers brief blog post introductions to German culture with interspersed vocabulary lessons. Great for beginning to intermediate students.
Germany Today: Intensive Study of German Language and Culture through MIT's opensoftware.
Radio Lingua German Materials - relaxed, short podcasts on everyday German phrases. Not currently updated, but valuable to casual learners.
Populearn German - free basic German vocabulary lessons based on repetition and staggered recall.
GermanForTravellers (GFT) is a comprehensive free and retail resource (ery inexpensive) site with instruction materials using fun, realistic learning exercises that attempt to mimic the study abroad experience.
Deutschlern.net - Mid-length texts on current pop culture topics; great for intermediate to advanced learners - primarily for reading. Log-in required. Newsletter available to remind users of updates.
Deutsch-lernen.com - beginner and advanced lessons, tests, links to jokes, quotes, and online penpals.
Deutsche Welle: Deutsch lernen - free e-learning with videos, podcasts, and audio courses as well as traditional texts and worksheets for print-out.
FSI Language Courses: German - Free German audio courses designed by the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. The interface is plain and perhaps uncomfortably formal, but there are plenty of exercises, lessons and many audio files.
Woerter Blog - Maintained by Worldblogs GmbH, this blog offers humorous posts on advanced usage topics. Great for graduate student level German learners.
Social Sites to Help Learn German
Livemocha - A language learning community designed to connect you with lessons and two-way exchanges for evaluating oral and written work at beginning to high intermediate levels. Free and fun if you enjoy online social networking.
Busuu - audio and written exercises in an online community setting. Seems best for basic vocabulary.
Mister Wong and OneView - German language equivalents of social bookmarking sites like Digg and Reddit. Using this site allows you to search across blog posts and articles in German. Great way to practice reading skills.
Wordreference.com forums - Active language forums where you can post grammar questions to have them answered by native speakers, or you can learn by reading other threads or answering others yourself. You will almost always get replies by authoritative, knowledgable posters, which you can verify by seeing their native language, number of posts and reputation.
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German on campus
The German Conversation Group (Konversationsgruppe) meets weekly during the semester. Speakers at all language levels are welcome. Extra credit for attendance occasionally is offered by instructors of our language courses. For additional information regarding times and locations, please contact the German department.