German Resources and Information

For those who are interested in the German language, our computers are equipped for German language word processing, including grammar and spell checking. If you would like to learn how to type German accent marks and diacritics, check out our section on Multilingual Computing. In addition, the center is available for students who would like to use technology to practice and improve their German. This may take the form of:

Links to these resources and activities are provided below. You may use the resource center for these programs or follow the links from your networked personal computer.

Note: For streaming television, radio or other media-rich Web sites, you must have a few plug-in applications installed on your computer. All of the computers in the Language Resource Center are already configured with these applications. If you would like to view any of these sites from your personal computer, you should download the free software by clicking on the links below. These programs will add the necessary functionality to your Web browser and allow you to view multimedia and streaming media on the Web. The most common plug-ins for streaming media are Real Player, QuickTime, and Windows Media Player. In addition to these, it is a good idea to download the Shockwave and Flash players. Many language tutorial sites use these plug-ins to display media content, such as animation, sound, and interactive exercises. When downloading the plug-ins, be sure to look for the free player, since many of these companies offer an enhanced version of the plug-in for a price.

Real Player
QuickTime
Windows Media Player
Shockwave
Flash
 
 
Streaming Television  

 

 

Streaming television offers you the chance to view live or prerecorded video from German speaking countries. These programs are authentic broadcasts designed for native speakers, but can be very useful for the language learner. If you would like tips on how to get the most out of streaming television from a language learning perspective, visit our page on Language Learning Technology. We offer tips on how best to approach and learn from such material.

Germany
 

Deutsche Welle - News from Germany.
http://www.dwworld.de/german/

  Onyx TV - News/Entertainment from Germany.
http://www.onyx.tv
  Viva TV - German music TV from Berlin.
http://www.viva.tv
  n-tv - News from Berlin
http://www.n-tv.de/
  ZDF - General channel.
http://www.zdf.de
   
Austria
  TW1 - Travel and information channel.
http://www.tw1.at
   
Switzerland
 

TeleBasel - General Channel from Basel, Switzerland.
http://www.telebasel.ch

   
Guide to Streaming Television/Radio Sites Worldwide
  COMFM
http://www.comfm.com
 
 
Streaming Radio

Streaming radio will allow you to listen to live or prerecorded radio broadcasts from many German speaking countries. These programs are authentic broadcasts designed for native speakers, but can be very useful for the language learner. If you would like tips on how to get the most out of streaming radio from a language learning perspective, visit our page on Language Learning Technology. We offer tips on how best to approach and learn from such programs.

Germany
 

Deutschland Radio - News from Berlin.
http://www.dradio.de/index.html

  Deutschlandfunk - News from Köln.
http://www.dradio.de/dlf/index.html
  Dom Radio - Books, literature...the world of writing from Köln.
http://www.domradio.de/
  Info Radio - 24 hours of news from Berlin.
http://www.inforadio.de/magazin.php
  MDR Radio - News from Leipzig
http://mdr.de/mdr-info/
   
Austria
  Krone Hit Radio - General interest station from Linz
http://www.kronehit.at/
  Orange - Alternative news from Vienna.
http://www.orange.or.at/
  Radio Österreich International - International Austrian Radio
http://roi.orf.at/
   
Switzerland
  Schweizer Radio DRS - Radio from Basel
http://www.drs.ch/
  Radio Ri - News and culture from Buchserberg
http://www.radiori.ch/
   
Guide to Streaming Television/Radio Sites Worldwide
 

COMFM
http://www.comfm.com

   
 
Newspapers and Magazines

Many newspapers and magazines have an online edition in which you can practice your reading skills and learn new vocabulary. If you would like tips on how to get the most out of reading authentic materials online, visit our page on Language Learning Technology.

 

Germany
 

Nordwest-Zeitung Online
http://www.nwz-online.de/home_nwz.html

 

Rheinische Post
http://www.rp-online.de/

  Süddeutsche Zeitung
http://www.sueddeutsche.de
  The Munich Times
http://www.mtimes.com
   
Austria
  Wiener Zeitung
http://www.wienerzeitung.at
  Der Standard
http://www.derstandard.at
   
Switzerland
  Basler Zeitung
http://www.baz.ch/
  Der Zürcher Oberländer
http://www.zol.ch/
   
Guide to Newspapers Worldwide
  Online Newspapers
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com
   
 
Online Tutorials and Language Practice

You can now find many language related Web sites, which offer tutorials, exercises, and practice for the learner. These are pages written specifically for those who are learning the language and can be an excellent opportunity to gain additional practice outside of the classroom.

 
 

Deutsch lernen mit Jetzt Online - Resources for teachers and learners of German, based on the online magazine Jetzt, including German grammar, reading strategies, and an online forum for teachers.
http://www.goethe.de/z/jetzt

  BBC German Steps - An online course for beginners from the BBC.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/lj
  German Internet Project- UNC's German Internet Project takes you to language learning links, from elementary to advanced levels.
http://www.uncg.edu:80/~lixlpurc/GIP/
 
 
Chat Groups and ICQ

Chat groups are an excellent way to meet native speakers online. You can join a group and simply "listen" to the conversations, or you can try out your language skills by participating. If you would like tips on how to get the most out of chat groups from a language learning perspective, visit our page on Language Learning Technology. We offer tips on how best to approach and learn from this technology.

 
  Yahoo Chat Germany - A list of chat groups from Germany
http://de.chat.yahoo.com/
 

ICQ International - Lists of groups and users organized by language and country.
http://www.icq.com/languages

 
 
Multimedia Production in the Language Resource Center

We are also set up for limited multimedia production. We have the capability and equipment to digitize video, record audio, and edit digital movies with iMovie for the Macintosh. You can burn these to a CD-ROM or record these in a VHS format. You can also create an interactive Web site using software available in the center.

If you are interested in creating a multimedia or Web project for one of your language classes, talk to your instructor and the language center manager about possibilities.