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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

German Studies: Language

A beginner's guide to German Studies research at the UIUC Library.


This page provides library and web resources for German language learners.  For on-campus language classes, visit the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Language Learning Apps/Websites

Learn German by Podcast


Intermediate and Advanced

Other Online Resources

Social Sites

German Verbs

Writing Skills / Orthography (German Writing Conventions)

Library Resources for Learning German

For other titles, try the following search terms in the library catalog:

  • German language
  • German language -- Self-instruction
  • German language -- English
  • German language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English

Some examples are linked below.

Specialized German


Slang and Idioms




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 Library Catalog using the following subject terms:

  • German language, Readers
  • Primers, German
  • German language, Exercises and readers

A few examples are linked below.

German Grammar: Library Resources

Dictionaries and Vocabulary

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 Browse Search using the subject heading German Language Dictionaries English.