German Basics: Resources For Language Learners

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German Basics: Resources For Language Learners

Looking for more resources to spice up your German studies? You’ve come to the right place! This is Babbel’s German Basics Resource Hub. It’s a regularly updated place you can find all of our articles about the German language, including everything from basic expressions to tips about pronunciation and grammar to facts and stats about German. 

This guide is organized in a way that lets you get to know the basics before diving into more complex topics. That way, it follows the general path of the language learning process from more simple to a little more involved.

Whether you’re just getting started on your journey to learn German or you’re well on your way to becoming a master of Deutsch, this hub will be a helpful and handy resource for you on your language journey.

German Basics: Words and Phrases

To get started, you’ll need to know the German basics. Here’s how to talk about some of the introductory conversation topics in German.

How To Say Hello
Learn the different ways to say “hello” in the German language. You’ll fit right in regardless of where you are in the country, and you’ll master the meaning of the little two-letter salutatory conundrum “na.”

How To Offer A Warm Welcome In German
No matter where you are in the German-speaking world, who you’re talking to and what time of day it is, this article will teach you the most suitable German greeting for your needs.

How To Insult Someone
German food may not be very spicy, but German insults certainly are.

German Vacation Phrases
Make the most of your upcoming trip to Germany by focusing on these German phrases ahead of your flight abroad.

The 20 Most Common Verbs (And How To Use Them)
What are the most important verbs in German, how do you conjugate them and how do you use them? Here’s a handy intro to German verbs.

The 20 Most Common Adjectives
Whether something is alt or neu, groß or klein, learning the most common adjectives in German will help you describe it. We’re here to get you started!

General Tips For Beginners Learning German

Every language learner struggles with something. Here are some tips and tricks to make learning German basics easier if you’re just starting out.

5 Very Good, Very Specific Tips To Learn German
Are you ready for some serious tips for learning German? We’ll guide you through some tips to help you get your head around this complicated but majestic language.

8 German Words You Might Struggle To Pronounce
We chose the most difficult German words we could find and asked people learning German to pronounce them. Here’s what happened, with pronunciation tips below.

7 Common Mistakes English Speakers Make In German
Every English speaker makes mistakes when trying to speak German. We’re here to help you learn from those mistakes, avoid the most embarrassing ones and be a better traveler.

Quintessential German Words, Idioms And Expressions

If you want to actually sound like a native German speaker, you’ve got to learn the nuances of the way the language is used by real-life speakers. We’ve got you covered.

10 Useful German Phrases That Germans Actually Use
What are the most useful German phrases you need to know to successfully navigate everyday life? Here are our top 10 most important German sentences you simply need to learn!

9 German Expressions That Will Make You Sound Like A Native
These popular expressions about (new) beginnings, endings and sausages are an unbeatable way to understand the German mindset.

7 Sentences To Impress A German
Welcome to Berlin! All you need to do is survive the city. No problem: Here are seven useful phrases to wow any German.

The 9 Best German Words You Don’t Know
Jiminy Cricket! Balderdash! Humbug! Every language has its share of old-timey words and expressions, and German is no exception. We take a look at some of our favorite vintage German words.

12 German Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
German and English share common roots, but there are tons of false cognates you’ll need to sidestep if you want to avoid embarrassment. Here are 12 of the most amusing (and kinda NSFW) German false friends.

8 Words You Thought Were German, But No One Uses Them In Germany
Which “German” words do you use that would sound totally strange to any native German speaker? Find out the answer, and learn some German grammar along the way.

9 Of The Best Compound German Words And How To Use Them
What do you get if you stick a pig and a dog together? A pigdog, of course. But why is he so intent on stopping you from doing your tax return?

7 German Words We Should Be Using In English
Let’s take a stroll down a list of our favorite German words — funny German words, clever German words, “I wish we had this in English” kind of German words.

German Numbers

From telling time to writing the date, there’s no shortage of opportunities to use your German counting skills. Let these articles help you out.

How To Count To 100
You may know 100 German phrases, but learning how to count to 100 in German is a skill that’s easy to overlook.

How To Tell The Time
It’s never the wrong time to learn this important German language skill.

How To Write The Date
German is pretty close to English, as far as writing the date goes. But there’s still enough difference to confuse you when you’re learning.

German Vocabulary Lists

To talk about the world around you in German, you’ll need words, words and more words. Here’s a list of important German basics you’ll want to know.

German Food Vocabulary
What’s the point of a vacation without the food?

German Travel Vocabulary
Transportation can be one of the trickiest things to figure out when you’re in a new country, so make sure to prepare ahead of time!

German Color Vocabulary
Roses are rot, violets are blau; here’s a guide to master German colors right now! Here’s an overview of all the colors in der Regenbogen (the rainbow).

German Weather Vocabulary
Rain, sleet, hail or snow, German weather vocab is good to know!

German Animal Vocabulary
Can you say das Eichhörnchen three times fast?

German Emotions Vocabulary
If you’re happy and you know it, learn how to say so in German!

German Hobby Vocabulary
Whether you spend your free time playing instruments or exercising at the gym, learn how to talk about it in German!

German Body Parts Vocabulary
There are non-clinical uses for this vocabulary too, you know.

German Grammar Tips

German grammar can be notoriously tricky for English speakers. But with enough practice, you can become a master of articles, cases, verbs and everything in between.

Top Tricks For Der, Die And Das: Navigating The German Articles
Confused by the German articles? Unsure whether you should be saying der, die or das? Read on to discover some tips to enhance your German language.

How To Use Separable Verbs In German
Why do Germans chop some verbs in half, and how are you supposed to keep track of the pieces? Welcome to the weird world of German separable verbs.

An Introduction To German Verb Prefixes
In German, verb prefixes can completely change the meaning of the root verb. Here are some tips on how to dissect German verbs into their particles to help you remember what they really mean.

German Movies, Books And Other Media

Check out our recommendations for media resources to supplement your German basics — from movies and TV shows to books to music and podcasts. 

German TV Shows To Stream
Binge-watching television has never been more educational!

German Movies To Watch
Eager to find some enjoyable movies to help you learn German? Our language experts have got you covered.

German Beginner’s Playlist
Listen to German music and learn more about each song’s pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary with our guided playlist.

German Songs To Listen To
Between yesteryear’s polka and today’s techno, there’s great German music you can sing along to when you’re learning the language.

German Spotify Playlists To Listen To
Whether you like modern music or prefer to throw it back to polka, you’ll find something to love on one of these Spotify playlists.

German Books To Read
Supplement your German studies with these German books, chosen by experts to help you learn!

German Podcasts To Stream
Whether you’re just starting out or have been speaking German for years, one of these German podcasts is sure to keep you entertained and informed.

German Twitter Accounts To Follow
Who better to learn from than a curmudgeonly satire version of Angela Merkel?

German Instagram Accounts To Follow
Make your social media usage a bit more informative with these German Instagram accounts.

German Puzzles, Quizzes And Other Fun Stuff

Let these puzzles, quizzes and other fun activities offer some levity and lightheartedness to the German basics.

How Much Do You Know About German? Quiz
Find out what you know, and what you don’t know, about the German language by taking this quiz.

Do You Know The Colors In German? Quiz
Can you tell the difference between rot and blau? Take this fun German colors quiz to test your knowledge.

Can You Guess The Animal By Its German Name? Quiz
German animals have pretty funny names. Or rather, Germans have pretty funny names for animals. Test your knowledge of German animal names with this quiz.

Do You Know The Days Of The Week In German? Quiz
You can’t pine for das Wochenende if you don’t know your German weekdays. Take this quiz to see where you stand and determine where you need some more work.

German Language Facts Crossword Puzzle
How strong is your German know-how when the stakes are raised — or should we say criss-crossed?

How To Host The Perfect German Dinner Party
These are the recipes and phrases you need to host an authentic German meal. Lederhosen optional.

Miscellaneous German Facts

Curious about German and its varieties, place and positioning around the world? Want to find out some facts and stats about the language? Read the articles below to learn more.

How Many People Speak German, And Where Is It Spoken?
German is one of the most popular languages in the world, and you might be surprised how many countries it’s spoken in.

Top German-Speaking Countries To Visit That Aren’t Germany
Looking to test out your German language skills? Keep things interesting by taking a trip to one of these German-speaking countries.

How Hard Is It To Learn German?
Are you inexplicably drawn to the German accent? Or perhaps curious about what an Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher is? Whatever your motivation, here’s the lowdown on how hard it is to learn German as an English speaker.

Top 5 Reasons To Learn German
Want to finally learn a foreign language, but can’t decide which one? Beyond the obvious benefits that learning any language brings, here are our top 5 reasons to learn German.

Everything You Wanted To Know About German Dialects
If you’re wondering about German dialects — what they are, where they come from and how many there are — we have the answers.

How The Grimm Brothers Changed German Linguistics (And Fairy Tales)
You probably associate the Brothers Grimm with Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but their contributions to the German language are just as important.

10 Steps To Germanize Yourself
What does it take to be German? The author of Make Me German “adds his mustard” on becoming “germanized.”

The Awful German Language, Revisited
In 1880, Mark Twain wrote the now infamous essay, “The Awful German Language,” an account of his frustrations with the German language. It’s about time we update his marvelous essay to see what has changed in the intervening years.

Do You Know These 5 German Gestures?
Germans are not known for gesturing wildly, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few German gestures out there. Can you guess what they mean?

The German Animal Names Flowchart
Animal names in German can be both funny and bizarre due to their lego-like construction. This flowchart shows why.

How To Name Animals In German
Can you guess what a STINK ANIMAL is? How about a SHIELD TOAD? This video explains the beautiful logic behind how to name animals in German.

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