Peter Jockisch

Part I: Learning a Language by Self-Study
Part II: Extended Language Study with Native Speakers

Never before have the opportunities to learn a language independently been as comprehensive and powerful as they are today, after the widespread introduction of modern computers and the Internet. Even without a language partner, your language competence can be raised to a high level. You will learn the correct pronunciation of new words with the help of dictionaries containing sound files or with the IPA description. of words. Even with a slow Internet connection and even without an Internet connection, equipped only with an old computer, you have numerous free programs at your disposal to develop your language potential.

The language exchange with a native speaker is the culmination of your personal language studies. There is no longer any dependency on locally available partners. Thanks to the Internet, you can write (chat) directly by telex free of charge, make PC telephone calls and video calls, or exchange audio recordings of texts by e-mail.

This introduction discusses only free, directly accessible sources of learning materials on the web, although the reader is strongly advised to look for a classic textbook as a central learning resource, with chapter episodes that introduce new vocabulary in context.

May you develop your language potential as much as possible!

    Peter Jockisch                                                                                         Frei­burg i.Br., March 19, 2023

The first chapter presents free programs relevant to lan­guage study. Chapter 2 lists free, directly accessible learn­ing materials. The third chapter is devoted to meth­ods of self-study of a language. Chapter 4 describes pos­sibil­ities and methods of a language tandem. Chap­ters 5 and 6, which will appear at a later date, will con­tain advice on finding a suitable language tandem part­ner. Further sources of information are listed in the ap­pen­dix.

Reading Comfort

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Why some Hyperlinks are only written out

Numerous websites publish high-quality information on the subject of language, they are abundantly referred to. Some of them, however, contradict the official his­to­ri­og­ra­phy of the FRG, the allied occupying power ad­min­is­tra­tion, which is still subject to the SHAEF-“legislation” [1] (through­out company structure).

These include, for example, the German-language on­line encyclopedia Metapedia [2] (more than 74,000 ar­ti­cles!), which is also listed and linked in the English-lan­guage Wikipedia under “List of online encyclopedias” [3] and which contains extremely valuable information on the German language. [4]

Even one of the oldest renowned German-language pub­li­ca­tions/​news sites, the National Journal [5] cannot cur­rent­ly be directly linked, and the same is true of one of the Anglosphere's most renowned news and culture maga­zines, the Renegade Tribune [7], as well as the library Scriptorium [6], the blog of multilingual political analyst John de Nugent,[8] John Friend's Realistreport [9] and the Truth and Justice for Germans Society.[10] These sources, as well as several others, have been used for citations on language as well as lan­guage knowledge topics, but, un­like hundreds of other sources, cannot be directly ref­er­enced at this time.[12]

Until today (2023), the occupying powers, under threat of punishment, prescribe bindingly the official his­to­ri­og­ra­phy as it is to be taught in the occupied Rest-Germany at schools, at universities and at other (occupying power ad­min­is­tra­tion) institutions, and they forbid a public ques­tion­ing of their central aspects and statements.

For this reason, some hyperlinks are not activated in the source references and are only listed in full, or shown in blue and italics.


[1] “Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force”

[2] Culture and science encyclopedia Metapedia (DE)

[3] “List of on­line en­cy­clo­pe­di­as” ,

[4] e.g.: “Deutsche Sprache” (DE)

[5] National Journal (DE)
Weekly analyses “Schlagzeilen heute”:
Main portal page of the National Journal, with
search function:

[6] The Scriptorium (EN,DE)

[7] Renegade Tribune

[8] John de Nugent (EN,DE,FR)

[9] The Realist Report

[10] Truth and Justice for Germans Society

[11] Terraherz (video aggregator, DE)

[12] The “Basic Law” is neither a constitution nor has it
ever granted freedom of speech or freedom of pub-
li­ca­tion. In this regard, the introductory article
Schlag nach im Grund­ge­setz (8.3.2017)”, by
Michael Winkler, among others still readable here:​

March 19, 2023

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