Landeskunde allgemein [=in general]
Bundesamt: Zahlen & Fakten Fantastic site with all manner of official statistics about Germany
German Way A plethora of information on all aspects
of everyday German culture. Perhaps sometimes
to be taken with a grain of salt, but overall a wonderful
Institut Great resource for lanhguage instruction and cultural info about Germany
Collaboration of the German embassy and consulates, and the German Information Center.
Offers all kinds of political and cultural information and news.
Cross-Cultural Consulting Click on "Artikel/Articles"
to see a list of downloadable
articles on topics such as "US-German Communication
Styles" etc. There are also articles on countries
other than Germany. Most are by the website's author,
Patrick Schmidt. You can also order his books on cross-cultural differences from the site.
in Germany Official site with info on student
life and resources for studying in Germany.
World Factbook What the CIA wants you to know
about Germany and the rest of the world :)
Official website of the German parlament
Info on most recent election and
opinion poll [Umfrage] results etc.; a more opinionated
site than bundestag.de.
Jugendmagazin der Bundeszentrale für politische
Bundesregierung Official website of the German government
Homepages der politischen Parteien
im Deutschen Bundestag
Homepages von einigen Parteien,
die im Moment nicht im Bundestag sind
- FDP Freie Demokratische Partei
- Piratenpartei Deutschland Grew out of an interest in protecting internet freedom
Deutsche Kommunistische Partei
Right-wing radical party that had a surge of popularity
in the 80s, but is now generally out of the headlines.
Less radical than NPD and DVU; not related to the
U.S. Republican Party.
Partei Tierschutz = Protection of animals
Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands. The
oldest of the right-wing radical parties.
- Bündnis C
Coalition of "Christian" parties
Homepages der politischen Parteien in Österreich
- Zeitklicks Great site, made for kids, that lets you click through timelines ("Zeitstrahl"), text, images and videos on 20th century German history. Click on "Hilfe" at the top to get an overview. Or click the arrow on the right to choose a time period, and then play around. Note also the "Teste dich" and other options that appear at the bottom of the screen once you've chosen a time period.
Museum Online Online museum of German history
since 1900. A fantastic site!
- Zeitstrahl = timeline; Zeitzeugen = "witnesses of the time" ==> this tab gets you to a collection of first-person accounts; Bestand = inventory, holdings ==> this gets you to an inventory of resources available on the site, incl. Note in particular the "Biografien" and "Videos" options.
- German History in Documents and Images Awesome collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. It comprises original German texts, all of which are accompanied by new English translations, and a wide range of visual imagery. Site can be navigated in German or English.
historisches Museum Berlin
Dialekte & Schwyzerdütsch
- Dialektkarte.de Just click on a marker in the region you're interested in and then listen to the sample sentences for that region!
Dialekte A list of links for each dialect. If a target link is broken, just scroll down the
page. Most of the links lead to written information, and
some of the "real" links are broken, but this is a great starting point
for exploring the various German dialects.
- Atlas zur deutschen Alltagssprache Brilliant overview of regional language variations. Click on "Erste Runde," "Zweite Runde" etc. on the left to see the various terms covered in each "round" of the project. Clicking on a term shows you the geographical distribution of the variants of that term. The maps are less detailed than for the Spiegel Dialekt-Quiz below, but this project covers many more terms.
- Spiegel Dialekt-Quiz Germans can take this quiz about how they would say various things and get a surprisingly accurate short-list of guesses as to where they are from. As a non-native speaker, it's fun to take the quiz and enter fake answers just to see the questions and possible answers. Click here to see the overall results of the survey. The results are shown on the map in the MIDDLE of the article. Use the arrows at the top of the map to navigate between terms.
Wörterbücher" List of German-language
dictionaries on various specialized topics--primarily
Sie Wienerisch? A small online dictionary of Viennese
expressions ("aber kein Dialektwörterbuch,"
it says), including a special "Kulinarisches
Schwyzerdütsch [Note that there is a LOT of regional variation between the various Swiss German dialects - even in the term "Schwyzerdütsch" itself!]
- Wikipedia: Schweizerdeutsch - Wortbildung und Wortschatz Summarizes some characteristics of word formation in Swiss German, and then provides a list of distinctive Swiss German words
- Wikipedia auf Alemannisch Swiss German belongs to the "Alemannisch" group of dialects. This link takes you to the Wikipedia pages in Alemannisch.
- dialekt.ch Speech samples from various Swiss German dialects
- YouTube clips of bands performing in Swiss German - and one of Roger Federer: