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German Language: Home

Online Duden Dictionaries

Datenbank-Paket Duden--contains 18 online Duden dictionaries, including Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache and Das Stilwörterbuch.

German Translation Tools

Online Dictionaries German


YourDictionary: Germanic Languages -

includes Old High German dictionary and more. das Sprachenportal -

includes a vocabulary trainer.

For Synonyms and Antonyms

Woxikon Synonyms (no antonyms); menu has multiple interactive features.

What is the opposite of... - interface in English, but works with German words.

Verb Conjugation German Verb Conjugator

Verbix - German Verb Conjugator

Reverso - German Verb Conjugation



Google Translate

Print Dictionaries

The Literatures and Languages Library circulates print dictionaries. To find a monolingual German dictionary, search the Online Catalog using the subject heading German Language Dictionaries. To find a German/English dictionary, search the Online Catalog using the subject heading German Language Dictionaries English.

Rosetta Stone 

The Library subscribes to Rosetta Stone Foundations, which features 30 languages from around the globe. To enter the database, go to Rosetta Stone Foundations/Alternative link . You can also use Rosetta Stone on a mobile device. To get set up, use the Tutorial for Rosetta Stone Mobile. If you have trouble entering the database and signing up for an account, contact Paula Carns at If you have difficulties once you set up your account, please use the "Contact Support" option at Rosetta Stone (linked off of the entry page).

German Resources at LLL

Conversational German in 7 days. by Baldwin, Shirley and Sarah Boas 

Call Number: PF3121 .B35 1998 (Literatures & Languages)
Publication Date: 1998

Listening Skills

German Podcasts

To listen to or subscribe to a podcast, you can use these individual websites, or you might find it easier to search in the iTunes music store.

Here are a few major starting points for searching for podcasts:

One of the top German podcasting portals is called The podcasts are organized by subject. For advanced listeners, this directory can be a great way to find challenging listening materials. Searching for keywords such as "Deutsch lernen" may retrieve some podcasts appropriate for beginners.

Beginning German

The "Learn Out Loud" website has a list of beginners' German podcasts that you can play directly in your browser - no need to download iTunes, iPodder, or similar software for these.

MyGermanClass - lots of video skits with goofy humor. There are German subtitles and episode scripts in English/German available.

Learn German with this Free Podcast - the name of this podcast is accurate!

Young Germany - The Young Germany website has intermediate German podcasts as well as a "starter kit" page that links to  grammar basics as well as some "survival German" (beginners') podcasts.

Intermediate and Advanced German

Slow German - Short podcasts of German texts spoken slowly. Texts available as PDFs. Difficulty ranges from beginner to intermediate-advanced.

Schlaflos in Muenchen - Buchkritiken, Filmreviews, Interviews, Anniks Gedanken und vielen anderen Geschichten. From the maker of Slow German.

Pukka German - A podcast that teaches slang, idioms, and common words and phrases. (View in iTunes)

German GrammarPod - Podcaster Laura focuses almost exclusively on German grammar. Her blog accompanies the podcast that you can listen to in your browser window.

German LingQ - free podcasts with full transcripts. (View in iTunes)

A Flavour of German - ten episodes of German phrases for intermediate to advanced learners (View in iTunes)


Audio Books & Courses

German today [sound recording]. 

Call Number: 438 Sa87g 1993
Publication Date: 1998

Reading Skills


Readers offer mini-lessons in grammar and vocabulary before and after each reading and thus are a great way to improve reading skills. To find readers, try searching the Online Library Catalog using the following words as a subject:

German language--Readers

Primers, German

German language--exercises and readers


Popular Magazines


Guide to Magazines in German - written from a student's perspective.

Stern - very rich in photos; one of Germany's top illustrated magazines.

Der Spiegel Online - One of the best German magazines online.

Computer Bild - Computer magazine that addresses games, software, etc.

Bunte - popular woman's/gossip magazine.

Das Beste - the German edition of Reader's Digest.

Capital - weekly finance magazine.


Book Reviews


In German

Frankfurter Allgemeine - Feuilleton - Buecher der Woche

NDR Buchtipps

Rezensions-Datenbank - from Deutsche Welle

In English

Words Without Borders - organized by author and country, often reviews of books in translation

Litrix - monthly book reviews from the Goethe Institute

New Books in German - book reviews of popular German titles sponsored by the Goethe Institute in London

In English and German

German Studies Review - academic journal devoted to German studies includes numerous book reviews in English and German 


All countries - select from a large list of newspapers.


Frankfurter Allgemeine - a well-respected national daily newspaper. 

Goyax - stock exchange and finance news.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung - very famous (and densely written) German daily.

Die Welt - another one of Germany's most famous daily newspapers.

Die Zeit - nationally renowned weekly paper.


Wiener Zeitung - one of the most famous and oldest, still published newspapers in Europe.

Wirtschaftsblatt - daily financial news service in Austria.

Tiroler Tageszeitung - daily newspaper for Tirol region from Innsbruck.

Salzburger Nachrichten - regional news from Salzburg.

Kronen Zeitung - well-known Austrian tabloid.


Basler Zeitung - daily newspaper from Basel, Switzerland.

Neue Zuercher Zeitung (NZZ) - large daily newspaper from Zuerich.

Historical Newspapers

UIUC Library Newspaper Database - the database lists German-language newspapers, published in Germany, Austria, the United States and other countries, held by the UIUC Library in print and or microfilm.  The database also includes freely available German and Austrian newspaper titles that have been digitized and are freely available through the Austrian National Library and the Berlin State Library websites.

International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON) - this Center for Research Libraries page highlights and links to past, present, and prospective digitization projects of historic newspapers listed by country (look for various projects listed under Austria, Germany, Luxemburg, and Switzerland). 

Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers - the database of digitized American historic newspapers, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, includes 26 German-American newspaper titles.  For more information about this project see, Leah Weinryb Grohsgal, Chronicling America’s Historic German Newspapers and the Growth of the American Ethnic Press.” 

Writing Skills

Orthography (die Rechtschreibung)

Die neue Rechtschreibung : alle Regeln zum Lernen und Nachschlagen byStang, Christian

Call Number: 431.52 St24n (Main Reference, non-circulating)
ISBN: 3468299575
Publication Date: 2004

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Specialized German

Business German and German Slang

German for business and economics by Paulsell, Patricia Ryan 

Call Number: PF3120.C7 P38 1999 (Literatures & Languages)
ISBN: 0870135384
Publication Date: 1999
Call Number: PF3120.C7 W55 2002 (Literatures & Languages)
ISBN: 382763170X
Publication Date: 2002
Call Number: PF3120.C7 H37 1995 (Literatures & Languages)
ISBN: 0415128447
Publication Date: 1995

Business German


Business German Phrasebook - English to German; also includes sample resumes. doing business in Germany - a lot of good information about regulations for travel and business in Germany.

ExecutivePlanet - yet another good German business site.


German Slang


Dictionary of German slang and colloquial expressions by Henry Strutz.

Call Number: 437.09St89d2009

ISBN: 9780764141140 

Publication Date: 2009      

Pukka German - maintained by an American living in Germany. The site provides podcasts with scripts and vocab lists of German slang.

German Words to Avoid - a helpful directory of possibly offensive German phrases.


Medical German


Medical and Dental Vocabulary - English-German glossary Dictionary - Subject: med. - This online dictionary has great lists of subject words, including medicine.


Learning Grammar

German Idioms - German to English Idioms Glossary

German Verbs


A number of websites provide verb tables and exercises. A few examples are listed:'s German Verb Guide - Basic verb vocaulary, verb cases/tenses, verb classes, and links to the most common verbs.

German Verb Tables - Paul Joyce at the University of Portsmouth has designed an excellent website with verb tables and explanations of variouses tenses, moods, irregularities, etc. Great for all learning levels.

German Online Exercises - Links to exercises are organized by the order of topics in Deutsch - Na Klar! -  a commonly used German textbook.

German Verb Conjugation Activities - Links to easy-to-print verb tables.