Keep an online dictionary open during lessons to support your learning. Here are some of the best:
Reverso – A super dictionary by the publisher, Collins. Examples show each word in context within sentences. In addition, you can see additional translations for colloquial words and expressions that have been added by users. It also has a good verb conjugator.
WordReference – Like Reverso, WordReference is constantly growing through user input. If the dictionary doesn’t show the translation you’re looking for, you can check the forum results at the bottom of the page.
Forvo – A dictionary for learning pronunciation. At the time of writing it has recordings of over 500,000 German words pronounced by native speakers!
Finally, we recommend enabling Google Translate in your browser or downloading the extension if necessary so that you can very quickly translate German sentences. Just be aware that it does not understand context so well, so the translations are not always 100% accurate.
Slow German – A free podcast series by Larissa Vassilian, a journalist from Munich. Unless you have an advanced level of German, it can be difficult to understand German spoken at full speed. Larissa speaks slowly, making her podcast an ideal resource for A2-B2 level students. If you click ‘more’, you can read the transcripts and check words you don’t understand. The topics cover German culture, society and history.
DW Learn German – Lots of free learning materials from Germany’s public broadcaster, including videos, transcripts and exercises for all levels. For levels B1-B2, we recommend ‘Jojo’, a video series following a Brazilian lady as she moves to Germany and tries to ‘find happiness’.
Lingolia – Provides clear explanations and exercises for improving your grammar and building your vocabulary. You can switch the explanations between German and English in the top right.