GERMAN FLASH CARD PROGRAM Use this program to practice the vocabulary for any University of Michigan course. Just go to Options > Add Cards > Load Pre-Made Cards and load the cards you want. To create your own cards, or add cards from a tab-delimited list, go to Options > Add Cards > Create Custom Cards. Note that if you take a minute to read the Help menu, you may discover lots of additional useful features!
- Get the mobile version (iOS or Android) via the link below the flashcard interface!
most frequent German words (these 200 or so words
make up 1/3 to 1/2 of almost any German text!)
- The above list was originally based on an older source, but has been updated and is still reasonably accurate. Click here to see a more recent, more rigorously researched list of the 500 Most Frequent German Words!
- If you would like to systematically learn the 4,000 most frequent German words, an excellent resource is A Frequency Dictionary of German, by Randall L. Jones and Erwin Tschirner, published by Routledge in 2006, ISBN: 0-415-31632-4. The 4,000 most frequent German words are listed in order, and alphabetically in the index, and an example sentence is given for each word.
- about.com's list of the 100 most frequent German words Includes some annotations, and links to some related lists.
- languageguide.org Awesome site, focused mostly on nouns. Choose a category of words, roll your mouse over the images to see and hear the German.
Basic "Wie geht's?" Vocabulary
CLIP2GO This is a great site for building vocabulary by looking at words and their translations and hearing them pronounced: choose words either individually, or based on word lists they provide, organized by topic or e.g. based on famous poems. Meanings of the words are shown when you roll the mouse over them, and any word with a "target"-symbol next to it has been recorded and you can listen to it by clicking on the target. Set "your language" to German and then search for any random German word in order to get German word lists to choose from rather than English ones. Before using the site for the first time, you might want to follow the "About Clip2Go" link for information on how to navigate the site.
Vocab Learning Sites
Memrise.com This is a (currently still free) website that applies memory research to the task of helping you learn vocabulary (or other factual information). You can use their existing "courses" to learn some basic vocabulary, or you can make your own list(s). To get started, create a free account and try making a list with a few words that are giving you trouble. Keep the English translations simple, so you can take advantage of existing mnemonic ideas that other users have already entered. Return to the site for a short time every day and complete the tasks for your list(s). If you like the site, you can gradually expand your list(s), and perhaps also use the site to learn other things!
Word of the Day Sites
usually include a translation and a sample sentence
with the word.
Words that Express Concepts for which English Lacks
(vocabulary distinctions and usage notes)
für Deutschkurse an der Universität Michigan
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