Chapter 2
Freely accessible Language Resources: Dictionaries, Machine Translation, Language Courses

Complete language learning books are rarely found on the Internet. However, there are older copyright-free English courses at the Inter­net Archive.

The school television classic „Englisch für Anfänger“ (DE → EN), whose 51 episodes can be found completely on Youtube, occupies an absolutely exceptional position. A masterpiece of didactics.

Classical dictionaries and network dictionaries with sound files or with phonetic spelling for pronunciation form a central learning basis. Free dictionary programs and browser extensions (e.g for Be­o­lin­gus and QuickDic) as well as countless freely downloadable dictionaries in the form of text or HTML lists are available for offline operation. Their usage is comfortable and effective, even without a dictionary search mask:

Hold the respective dictionary open in the tab of a web page reader, press the key combination Ctrl + F and en­ter the word, which automatically jumps to the cor­re­spond­ing translation if the word to be translated is in­clud­ed.

Make use of other free learning materials on the Inter­net, look for grammar rules, text documents (PDF, HTML), pronunciation aids, sound files, complete scanned books with sound files (audio books or books read in [Youtube]videos), complete video courses, spe­cial­ized dictionaries and much more. Matching keyword combinations lead to high-quality materials.

The phonetic notation in your dictionary allows you to pro­nounce newly learned words with the correct intonation. With knowl­edge of five central terms, you can read and speak with the correct stress, and understand many other lin­guis­tic facts; inform yourself in this chapter: 1. vowel, 2. con­so­nant, 3. syl­la­ble, 4. stress sign, 5. length sign.

The present list of language-relevant web pages is an ex­em­pla­ry compilation, it makes no claim to completeness and is deliberately kept manageable.

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2.1 Online Dictionaries, multilingual, with Sound Files and multi-language User Interfaces
For Language Studies and Translation Projects

Make intensive use of online dictionaries. In word translation results lists, vocabulary and idioms are usually presented in different frames of reference (contexts). By pressing the accompanying speaker symbol, you memorize the native speaker sound, including the correct emphasis. Some web pages also display the pronunciation in written form, in so-called IPA notation. This allows you to memorize new words twice, acoustically and visually.

The online dictionaries examined have a high level of performance and a wide range of functions. The possibilities and selection menus are therefore only partially described. Almost all projects offer a participation: Submission of word suggestions, sound file recording, quality control and more. Begin by going through all the features, categories and subpages to find the areas that are relevant to you and get the most out of the content on offer. Get overviews!:

Read the “Alpha Dictionary ”. Study the reference lists of Lexilogos. There, numerous online dictionaries are listed for more than 108 languages, which can also be addressed directly via a search mask. In addition, this site offers extensive reference col­lec­tions to freely downloadable dictionaries, rulebooks and other language learning materials.

Read the online dictionary section of Omniglot, one of the most comprehensive and substantial language sites on the Internet. also offers numerous pre-sorted cream-de-la-cream web­sites on the subject of language: If you en­ter the address of a web­site, all known related web­sites of the search index will be compiled and presented in a list (WP article “Web­site correlation”); 18 or 19 lan­guages are available for the menu navigation. Similar​ and Similar​ prepare the pres­ented search results differently. Here are three example search queries for three language-relevant pages:, and

Further dictionaries can also be found in “Wi­ki­pe­dia:​Nach­schla­ge­wer­ke im In­ter­net/Wör­ter­bü­cher” (Wiki­pe­dia:Reference Works in the Internet/Dictionaries), in “Wi­ki­pe­dia:​Nach­schla­ge­wer­ke im In­ter­net/Kosten­lo­se Über­set­zungs­dien­ste“ (Wikipedia:Reference Works in the Internet/free Trans­la­tion services) as well as in the WP-​overviews “Ca­te­go­ry:​On­line dic­tio­na­ries” and “Ka­te­go­rie:​On­line­wör­ter­buch”.

Short defi­ni­tions of various dictionary-relevant terms, defi­ni­tion extracts are taken from the linked WP-sources:

“[...] A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. [...], “[...] Complementary antonyms are word pairs whose mean­ings are opposite [...]”.

Etymology [...] is the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time. [...] By extension, the term ‘the etymology (of a word)’ means the origin of the particular word. [...]”

A Definition for “thesaurus” (plural: thesauri): “[...] In general usage, a thesaurus is a ref­er­ence work that lists words grouped together according to similarity of meaning (con­taining synonyms and sometimes antonyms), in contrast to a dictionary, which provides definitions for words, and gen­er­al­ly lists them in alphabetical order. The main purpose of such reference works is to help the user ‘to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly ex­pressed’ – to quote Peter Mark Roget, architect of the best known thesaurus in the English language. [...]” Word defi­ni­tions at Wik­ti­o­nary and at Merriam-Webster.

The overview article “Free Typesetting Software for the Pro­fes­sion­al Document Preparation” also discusses language-specific aspects of text input.

Beolingus  •  •  Linguatools  •  Linguee and DeepL  •  PONS  •  Reverso  •  LEO  •  •  Langenscheidt  •  Woxikon  •  •  Weitere

2.1.1 Beolingus
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BEOLINGUS offers comprehensive dic­tion­aries of the TU-​Chem­nitz, with pho­netic transcription and sound files created by humans. The languages offered in­clude: German ↔ Eng­lish, German ↔ Span­ish, German ↔ Portuguese.

The search acuity can be encircled by a filter and the pho­net­ic transcription display can be switched on and off. All criteria can be defined centrally over the pref­er­ences and usage tips category, even solid expressions can be displayed (“Show also vulgar and slang words”).

The „Help“-category contains detailed operating in­struc­tions, in the Word lists for special subjects you will find dictionaries on numerous areas of life and work. In the Con­ver­sions of Units-site, you can convert units of meas­ure­ment of the Anglosphere into metric units. Fur­ther sections contain grammar aids.

BEOLINGUS has an exceptional position among the dic­tion­aries with regard to the extensive range of possible uses; more detailed information is available in the FAQ sec­tion; browser extensions as well as dictionaries for off­line operation are also available free of charge. Excerpt from the WP article „Beolingus“ "Beolingus" (as of De­cem­ber, 2016), translated:

“[...] Beolingus offers translations of more than 706,000 (German-English), 120,000 (German-Spanish) and 44,000 (German-Portuguese) terms (as of December 2016)[...] In addition to word translations, explanations, synonyms, an­to­nyms, sayings, aphorisms and quotations can also be found there. It is one of the three largest German-English dictionaries along with and LEO. German and Ameri­can pronunciation by native speakers can be lis­tened to. It also offers translations into Spanish and Por­tu­guese.[...]

BEOLINGUS: Offered Menu Languages (User Interface)
German English Spanish

Image source and copyright:, the „online dictionary German-English“, presents itself with a clas­sic, simple and ap­peal­ing user interface that is avail­able in En­glish and in German. Vocabulary ex­ten­sions can be suggested in the Enter new word section. The license basis is GPL-based, see “License-in­for­ma­tion” for more details. draws on a vocabulary that has grown during decades, and has been con­tin­u­ous­ly expanded since 2004. Sample translation queries: instantly, refined. Some result lists are several pages long, so it's a good idea to scroll all the way down.

2.1.3 linguatools
Image source and copyright: offers powerful context dictionaries, with auto-completion sug­ges­tions as you type. So far the user interface is only available in German. You don't have to understand German to use it, except for the following headings: “Über­set­zun­gen” = translations; “Ver­wen­dungs­bei­spie­le” = examples of use; “Com­pu­ter­ge­ne­rier­te Über­set­zungs­vor­schlä­ge” = com­put­er generated translation sug­ges­tions.

Extract of the self description (May 18, 2017): „Context Dictionary[:] The Context Dictionary translates between German and ten European languages. It provides mil­lions of bilingual example sentences for each language pair that show you how words and phrases are actually used in real world contexts.“ The dic­tion­aries can also be accessed at Example translation query: in my opin­ion, background knowledge.

The Lin­gu­a­tools context dictionary, on the Internet since 2009, is a mature lan­guage system that provides excellent services. Detailed information can be found in the section “Über das Kon­text-​Wör­ter­buch”. Recommendations for refined searches are described in the blog entry “Mit Fil­tern Tref­fer ge­zielt ein­schrän­ken”. Further In­for­ma­tion: “Neu­es Design und neue Da­ten für das Kon­text-​Wör­ter­buch Deutsch-​Eng­lisch”, “Com­pu­ter­ge­ne­rier­te Über­set­zungs­vor­schlä­ge Deutsch-​Eng­lisch”, “Au­to­ma­ti­sche Wör­ter­buch­er­wei­te­rung”.

The founders of Lin­gu­a­tools, Pe­ter Kolb and Pet­ra Pro­chaz­kova come from the field of com­pu­ta­tio­nal linguistics (WP-article “Computational lin­guistics”). Articles in Ger­man: “Über uns” (research focus and staff description) • lin­gu­a­tools-​Blog • lin­gua­ • Englisch website, lin­gu­a­ • Pet­ra Pro­chaz­kova's blog on the Czech language, Tschechisch-Blog.

Linguatools: Offered Language Dircections
German ↔ English German ↔ French German ↔ Spanish
German ↔ Schwedish German ↔ Dutch German ↔ Portuguese
German ↔ Greek German ↔ Italian German ↔ Czech
German ↔ Polish

2.1.4 Linguee and the DeepL-Translator

Linguee consists of a classic dictionary and a context-based translation system based on human translations. It shows you how others have translated your text (word, phrase or fragment and complete sentences) in different contexts. The basis is a continuously updated data­base of high-quality, i.e. man-made translations, in­clud­ing bilingual websites from the Internet.

Thus, numerous translation situations from everyday life are automatically taken into account in translation requests. Example query (EN ↔ DE): continous im­prove­ment; this results in a primarily suggested trans­la­ tion compared to “less common” resp. less frequent phrases, as well as in an “Examples” and a “See also” column followed by “Ex­ter­nal sources [...]” listing nu­mer­ous translations in context. Users have the possibility to par­tic­i­pate, whereby a continuous improvement of the data stock takes place.

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The sound re­cord­ings of the dictionary are re­cord­ed by native speak­ers and are avail­able in Ameri­can Eng­lish as well as British Eng­lish for words with very different expressions. Example trans­la­tion requests for words whose pronunciation in Gen­er­al Ameri­can is clearly different from British Eng­lish: ask, answer, adver­tisement.

Further information can be found in Linguee's own description as well as in the WP-​Artikel “Linguee”. Linguee has been publicly available since 2009 and provides excellent services. Comparable context-based dictionaries: Linguatools, Reverso Context.

Linguee: Offered Menu Languages (User Interface)
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Linguee's vast database forms the basis of what is currently the most powerful computer translation system. Section 2.2 contains instructions on how to use DeepL.

2.1.5 PONS

PONS, “PONS - The free dictionary for foreign lan­guages, German spelling and full-text trans­la­tions”, offers dictionaries for more than a dozen languages, with phonetic transcription and com­put­er-generated sound files,- as well as a translation system.

The pronunciation (loudspeaker symbol) and the cor­re­spond­ing phonetic transcription for Brit­ish Eng­lish and American Eng­lish

are listed in parallel in PONS. Example words: ask, an­swer. When the mouse pointer is moved over the phonetic transcription, example words in which the respective sound occurs are displayed for each individual IPA char­ac­ter. Call up already known words and memorize their written sound pattern, thus you will quickly become fa­mili­ar with the phonetic symbols.

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Phonetic characters are illustrated with examples as you drive over them (here the German unser interface)

Important for the preparation of English texts: The word gaps (hyphenation gaps) are displayed. This is very advantageous, as the syllabification of the English languages is not carried out according to the same simple rules as in German. Note, however, that hyphenation patterns vary within the Ang­lo­sphere. [1] [2] [3] [4].

Within the header line of the word entry in question is a small information-​i on the right. Press it to display fur­ther “options”, including PONS' syno­nyms; if you select “Links to further information”, a menu of 16 dic­tion­aries or lan­guage-rele­vant pages will appears. Click on the corresponding entry to forward your word request directly to the corresponding Online dictionary.

Sample sentences are available for the individual words, both editorially checked and unchecked from the Internet. Note the tabs and pop-up menus, and go right down to the bottom of the page to get an overview. In­for­ma­tion about the publisher can be found the German WP-​ar­ti­cle “Pons-​Ver­lag”.

PONS-Verlag can look back on decades of history; PONS-Online has existed since 2001.

[1] “Canadian, British and American Spelling [,] General Rules for Regional Differences

[2] “American and British English spelling differences

[3] WP-article “Syllabification

[4] WP-article “Phonetics

PONS: Offered Menu Languages (User Interface)
German English French Russian Spanish Portuguese
Italian Slovak Greek Turkish Polish Chinese

PONS-Online-Dictionary: English ↔ Other Language
(there are numerous further Language Directions)
English ↔ German English ↔ French English ↔ Russian
English ↔ Italian English ↔ Chinese English ↔ Portuguese
English ↔ Spanish English ↔ Slovenian English ↔ Arabic
English ↔ Polish

2.1.6 Reverso

Reverso offers pow­er­full dictionaries Reverso offers powerful dictionaries, various grammar aids and a con­text-based word or phrase translation system com­pa­rable to Linguee, Reverso ContextReverso Context. The dictionaries cover a total of 14 languages. Users can participate, which has a positive effect on quality control. More detailed information can be found

in Reverso's own descriptions, e.g. in in “About the con­tex­tual dictionary” (also contains operating instructions), in “What is Re­ver­so all about?” and in the WP-​article “Re­ver­so (logiciel)”.

Already during the input the auto-completion lists known words and/or word combinations and idioms as input sug­ges­tions. The results are presented in groups.

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The menu of Re­ver­so Con­text, the pow­er­ful context based dictionary, is available in 12 lan­guages: In German, English, French, Spanish, Por­tu­guese, Russian, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Arabic and He­brew. Example trans­la­tion requests for the direction Ger­man ↔ English: “in my opinion”, “under the cir­cum­stances”. Already during the input the auto-completion lists known words and/or word combinations and idioms as input suggestions. The results are presented in groups. If you move to the individual areas highlighted in light blue, an information window will display the total number of the respective example translations, which will then be listed by pressing.

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Directly below, in a "German ↔ English" comparison, a subset of the results is displayed. If you move the mouse pointer into the respective line, it will be highlighted in colour and symbols for various functions will appear, including the loudspeaker symbol: Press to play the pronunciation (com­put­er generated pronunciation). Move to the respective symbol to display the function behind it.

There is a book symbol to the right of the search entry. By clicking on it, the query is forwarded to the classic Reverso dictionary. This comprises 14 languages, the menu navigation is available in a total of 6 languages: Ger­man, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Re­ver­so Conjugation conjugates verbs of German, English, French, Spanish, and Heb­rew. The menu is avail­able in German, Eng­lish, French, Spanish, and in Italian.

The Re­ver­so Online spellchecker is available for Eng­lish and French, whereby settings can be made

for American English and British English. Available menu languages are: Eng­lisch, French and Spanish.

Re­ver­so Grammar offers grammar checks for English and French. The menu is available in English and French.

Re­ver­so Translation provides machine translation ser­vices:

Reverso Translation: Offered Menu Languages (User Interface)
German English French Spanish Portuguese
Russian Italian Czech Japanese Romanian

Reverso Translate: Translation Directions
English ↔ German German ↔ English French ↔ German German ↔ French
German ↔ Spanish Spanish ↔ German Russian ↔ German German ↔ Russian
Portuguese ↔ German German ↔ Portuguese English ↔ Spanish Spanish ↔ English
English ↔ Russian Russian ↔ English English ↔ Portuguese Portuguese ↔ English
English ↔ Hebrew Hebrew ↔ English

2.1.7 LEO
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LEO is one of the oldest online dictionaries in the Ger­man-speaking world. The accompanying sound files were and are re­cord­ed by native speakers. You can use the information-i to forward your request to other dictionaries, including the “On­line Ety­mo­lo­gy Dic­ti­o­na­ry”, which lists information on the origin of words. Examples: Translation request for “answer”, results at, dictionary entry at

Pay attention to the sometimes very small speaker symbol of other dictionaries. LEO offers various short guides to the individual website functions, including the online dictionary func­tion (a total of 11 pages). LEO also offers also an extensive collection of link list to other lan­guage-relevant web pages: “Useful links”. Information on the history of the LEO-​project can be found in the WP-​article “LEO (website)”; the origins of LEO go back to the early 1990s. Sample translation request: interested.

LEO: Offered Menu Languages (User Interface)
for the Direction German ↔ [other Language]
Deutsch English French Russian Spanish Portuguese
Italian Polish Chinese


The very comprehensive online dictionary offers support for dozens of other languages in addition to the German-English dictionary. Almost all entries are pro­vid­ed with sound files recorded by native speakers. Users can participate in the expansion of vocabulary and idioms, and submit suggestions for improvement.

In addition to subject-specific word lists, the entire vo­cabu­lary database can also be downloaded. Such a

pure text file is very effective for offline operation, even with­out a dictionary search mask. The settings for the re­sult output can be specified directly below the search field via “Options”.

Detailed information can be found in's own de­scrip­tion, under “About/​Ex­tras”, in the WP-article “” and in the sections “FAQ”, “Tips”, and “Downloads”. ex­ists since 2002.

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An application example: Translate the word typewriter into German. The auto­com­ple­tion function suggests input as you type, which is use­ful if you don't remember the correct spelling.

The left column now contains the German result, “Schreibmaschine”, followed by further relevant words (compound nouns, associated verbs etc.). When you left click on the word, the result list is pres­ented differently. Right-clicking opens a menu for the vocabulary train­er and other functions.

When using a dictionary for the first time, always go down to the very bottom to get to know all functions and additional information. Press the speaker icon to the left of each word entry to listen to the pro­nun­cia­tion. By default, the recording of a native speaker is played; if this is not available, you will hear a computer-gen­er­at­ed pronunciation. At the same time a window opens in which you can choose between the available sound recordings.

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This menu can also be used to call up information on the linguistic background of the speakers (click on the profile name) and on the voice recording itself (“Info”). Note that for many menus and func­tions, descriptions and additional information appear after a short wait when you move the mouse pointer over them (WP-​ar­ti­cle “Tool­tip”), such as in this sentence, at the last word. Translation request for heu­tig, at

On the right of the loudspeaker symbol there is an information symbol, a small i. By pressing on it with the left mouse button a menu window opens, the preset function is the “Voice Out­put”. For example, let the entry of one of more than a dozen other network dictionaries be displayed: 1. Select “PONS”, whereby the entry of for “Schreibmaschine” appears in a separate broswer tab. (“Tab (GUI)”).

2. At PONS you can now also listen to the pronunciation. In addition, it is also displayed there in IPA-​phonetic-​tran­script­ion. The pronunciation (loudspeaker symbol) and the corresponding phonetic description for British English and American English are displayed in parallel in PONS. Example words: ask, answer.

PONS also displays separation joints, although the syllabification of the English written language may vary from country to country (Britain, U.S.A., Canada, etc.).

Instead of the loudspeaker symbol, now always displays the symbol of the last called function, in this case a “P” for “PONS”. The default setting is restored by calling up the “Voice Output” function again.

Some are still under construction. How­ever, for the sake of completeness, most of them are listed here. The language of the activated dictionary is also indicated by a flag symbol in the tab (favicon), with the exception of English. Offered Menu Languages (User Interface)
English German English ↔ Other Languages.
English ↔ German English ↔ French English ↔ Spanish
English ↔ Portuguese English ↔ Russian English ↔ Hungarian
English ↔ Serbian English ↔ Croatian English ↔ Slovakian
English ↔ Dutch English ↔ Schwedish English ↔ Norwegian
English ↔ Danish English ↔ Finnish English ↔ Icelandic
English ↔ Romanian English ↔ Bulgarian English ↔ Italian
English ↔ Greek English ↔ Polish English ↔ Czech
English ↔ Turkish English ↔ Bosnian English ↔ Albanian
English ↔ Latin English ↔ Esperanto German ↔ Other Language.
German ↔ English German ↔ French German ↔ Spanish
German ↔ Portuguese German ↔ Russian German ↔ Hungarian
German ↔ Serbian German ↔ Croatian German ↔ Slovakian
German ↔ Dutch German ↔ Schwedish German ↔ Norwegian
German ↔ Danish German ↔ Finnish German ↔ Icelandic
German ↔ Romanian German ↔ Bulgarian German ↔ Italian
German ↔ Greek German ↔ Polish German ↔ Czech
German ↔ Turkish German ↔ Bosnian German ↔ Albanian
German ↔ Latin German ↔ Esperanto


The tradition-rich Lan­gen­scheidt-Verlag (WP-​article) offers a comprehensive online dictionary with (presumably com­put­er generated) audio files and a synonym section.

Example translation query for the direction German → Eng­lish: hin­ter­fra­gen.

Langenscheidt: Offered Menu Languages
User Interface, language menu there at the top-right
English German Spanish French Italian

Langenscheidt-Dictionaries: German ↔ Other Language.
German ↔ English German ↔ French German ↔ Spanish
German ↔ Portuguese German ↔ Italian German ↔ Dutch
German ↔ Russian German ↔ Greek German ↔ Danish
German ↔ Schwedish German ↔ Czech German ↔ Arabic
German ↔ Persian;

2.1.9 Woxikon

Woxikon offers dictionaries for a total of 22 languages as well as a powerful sy­no­nym dictionary for the German language and other languages; users can participate. In addition, there are other useful language sections. By pointing at the

loudspeaker symbol, the pronunciation of a word recorded by native speakers is automatically played back (not yet available for all words). Example translation requests for German ↔ English: mind, synonyms for mind, ex­cel­lent.

Woxikon: Offered Menu Languages (User Interfaces)
German English

Woxikon-Dictionary: English ↔ other Language
English ↔ German English ↔ French English ↔ Spanish English ↔ Russian
English ↔ Dutch English ↔ Portuguese English ↔ Italian English ↔ Danish
English ↔ Schwedish English ↔ Polish English ↔ Afrikaans English ↔ Hindi
English ↔ Hungarian English ↔ Bulgarian English ↔ Czech English ↔ Slovenian
English ↔ Japanese English ↔ Chinese English ↔ Vietnamese

Woxikon: Synonym Dictionaries for the Languages
English German French
Spanish Portuguese Dutch
Schwedish Italian Polish

Grafikquelle: is a huge database for phrases, as well as a translation system for phrases, for the direction German ↔ English.

An example of application: You would like to familiarize yourself with common idiomatic expressions/correspondence phrases in connection with ordering.

1. Enter the word Bestellung.

2. Numerous phrases appear that contain the word Be­stel­lung.

3. Select the entry “Bit­te be­stä­ti­gen Sie den Er­halt der Be­stel­lung”

4. Now the corresponding entry appears, with a reference to the English translation, “Please con­firm receipt of the order”, in addition, related German phrases are listed.

5. Click on the English entry to open the corresponding record for the English equivalent and its related phrases.

The link list “Wei­ter­füh­ren­de Links zum The­ma Re­cher­che, Wör­ter­buch, Wort­schatz und Spra­che” (Related links to the topics research, dictionary, vocabulary and language) lists thematically related websites.

A translated excerpt of the self description of phra​ (10/17/2016):

Dictionary of English/German idioms is a dictionary for English-Ger­man, Ger­man-English expressions (idioms, emp­ty phrases, prov­erbs, dictums etc.). however also offers translation examples of entire sentences without idio­mat­ic reference.

To look up translations for a particular idiom and expand your vocabulary, you can either feed the search mask with keywords or use the alphabetical overview.

German original text:

Wör­ter­buch eng­lisch/deut­scher Re­de­wen­dun­gen ist ein Wör­ter­buch für eng­lisch-​deut­sche, deutsch-​eng­li­sche Re­de­wen­dun­gen (Re­dens­ar­ten, Flos­keln, Sprich­wör­ter, ge­flü­gel­te Wor­te etc.). bie­tet aber auch Über­set­zungs­bei­spie­le gan­zer Sät­ze oh­ne idi­o­ma­ti­schen Be­zug.

Um Über­set­zun­gen für ei­ne be­stimm­te Re­de­wen­dung nach­zu­schla­gen und Ih­ren Wort­schatz zu er­wei­tern, kön­nen Sie ent­we­der die Such­maske mit Stich­wor­ten füt­tern oder die al­pha­be­ti­sche Über­sicht be­nut­zen.

2.1.11 More Online Dictionaries and Link Lists

Have a look at the WP-link-lists “Wi­ki­pe­dia:​Nach­schlag­ewer­ke im In­ter­net/Wör­ter­bü­cher” (Wiki­pe­dia:Reference Works in the Internet/Dictionaries) and “Wi­ki­pe­dia:Nach­schla­ge­wer­ke im In­ter­net/Kosten­lo­se Über­set­zungs­dien­ste” (Wikipedia:Reference Works in the Internet/free Trans­la­tion Services),

which list many other dictionaries, including specialized ones.

Google search for dictionaries (you can add a language), online dictionaries, and sayings (you can optionally add a language).
Grafikquelle: maintains an “Online dictionary for 28 languages”, and offers many other language sections as well as computer-generated sound files. The site is available in a total of 28 languages (user inter­faces) and provides a participation function.

Sample translation request: excellent. Sample translation request, English ↔ Ger­man: excellent.

Self description by, Youtube video „Welcome to“. Redensarten-Index
Grafikquelle: [German] contains a lot of information about idioms and say­ings. Translated excerpt from the own de­scrip­tion (October 02, 2016): “[...] With this data base all those are to be given a assistance, which want to look

up the meaning of phrases and idioms. [...]”. The Re­dens­ar­ten-Index exists since May 2001 and is constantly ex­tend­ed. [...]”. To the entries of the example rubric.
Grafikquelle: provides dictionaries of words and synonyms as well as a machine full-text trans­la­tion system for four languages. Computer-generated sound files help you learn the

pronunciation. More information can be found in the [German] manual; there is also a join-in function. Example translation requests: imagination, synonym for imagination. Offered Dictionaries
German ↔ English German ↔ French German ↔ Spanish German ↔ Italian
Grafikquelle: maintains trans­la­tion and synonym dictionaries. Extract from the own description (August 07, 2019): “[...] The Blueseal dictionary provides trans­la­tions of words and expressions between German, Eng­lish, Spanish and French in all possible combinations.

It also provides a synonym dictionary for all these lan­guages. All the dictionaries offered by Blueseal are also avail­able for use with smartphones or tablets under: [...]”

Sample translation request for the word recurrent, ex­am­ple synonym request for extraordinary. Dictionaries
German ↔ English German ↔ French German ↔ Spanish
English ↔ Spanish English ↔ French Spanish ↔ French Snyonym Dictionaries
German English Spanish French QuickDic [with download option!]
Grafikquelle: is an excellent dictionary for the language directions German ↔ English. Mark the option “Show pho­net­ic tran­scrip­tions” in the start menu from the outset.

There is also a version for offline operation available for download, which you can extend and maintain with your own entries. Wie sagt man noch?

Wie sagt man noch? offers dictionaries and translations (including whole sentences) to dozens of languages, for the direction German ↔ [Other language] (overview) and English ↔ [Other language] (overview). In addition, com­pre­hen­sive basic information on the subject of language is provided.

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Application example: Request the translation for the word nach­denk­lich. On the left side of the result list, Ger­man synonyms are listed for the word "nach­denk­lich" (thoughtful), referring to the frame-dependent mean­ing of the word in brackets. To the right you will find the translation proposal. All these English words are in turn linked to a further entry. A second sy­no­nym table is presented below. Established since 2004, Wie-​sagt-​man-​ offers an extensive vo­cabu­lary. operates a powerful “German-English Dic­tion­ary”. Activate the phonetic transcription display op­tion from the outset (introductory article) and try out the following word translation requests: work out, answer.

The user interface can be optionally displayed in English and German. In addition, there are numerous learning ma­terials and articles for personal language study. Various
Online dictionaries for the English language, held in English:

Google search queries: online dictionaries  •  offline dictionaries  •  dictionaries

Fahne der Konföderierten. Verweis auf Quelle:

“Rhodesians Worldwide” has a “Dictionary of Rhodesian Slang”. A very comprehensive site, with extensive photo collections: “Window on Rhodesia – the Jewel of Africa” (www.​ Further information, among others: You­tube vi­deos: “Beautiful Rhodesia” (10m, 1970s)  •  “Rhodesia Today” (17m, 1960s)  •  “Face of Rhodesia from rhodesia me uk” (19m, 1975)  •  “Rhodesia Airline” (28m, 1960s). . Google image search for Rhodesia Salisbury, for Rho­desia Bulawayo  •  Authentic portrayal of the history of Rhodesia: “Requiem for Rhodesia” by Carlos Whitlock Porter.[1] “LIVE: Jan Lamprecht takes us back to turbulent times in Rhodesia - 1970s”. See also the Rhodesia-related German maps in the section „Internet Links on various Topics“.

[1] maintains „A Glossary of Quaint Southernisms.“

The Southern States: Interview excerpt translated into English, presents detailed, realistic background information on the history of the Southern States and the current situation in the “U.S.A.”. German original interview on Youtube, “107. Ta­ges­e­ner­gie mit ale­xan­der”, from the time 1:39:40 (99th minute), as well as in Con­reb­bi's contribution “Ge­schäfts­wer­dung der Welt- USA”. Dictionaries with Phonetic Transcription for German Pronunciation: Pons and Wiktionary und provide detailed IPA phonetic transcriptions as well as information on word origins. You do not need to know about every IPA detail, what is important are the basic terms mentioned in sec­tion 2.2.2 or, depending on your language to be learned, the corresponding basic stress signs.

The basic stress of the syllables of a word is of central importance for understanding in conversation, besides sound files for pronunciation there are classical phonetic transcriptions. Excerpt from section 2.2.2: “The phonetic notation in your dictionary allows you to pro­nounce new­ly learned words with the correct intonation. With knowl­edge of five central terms, you can read and speak with the correct stress, and understand many other lin­guis­tic facts; inform yourself in this chapter: 1. vowel, 2. con­so­nant, 3. syl­la­ble, 4. stress sign, 5. length sign.”. Jump into section 2.2.3 to gain knowledge of these 5 key terms.

Some identically spelled words have multiple meanings; in conversation, the emphasis tells you which one is meant.

Example: In the German word Hoch­zeit (Au­dio at, Hochzeit resp. [ˈhɔxˌt͡saɪ̯t], the emphasis is on the first syllable of the word; it stands, among other things, for the ceremony and implicitly also for the legal contract of marriage, for an undertaking that is as­so­ci­ated with the most extreme risks for men.[1]

For a (cultural) heyday (golden age), the word Hochzeit bzw. [ˈhoːxˌt͡saɪ̯t] is often used, this also carries the stress on the first syllable of the word, but the letter “o” is pro­nounced long (stretched) here (see section “2.2.8  The Length Sign”), audio at; some German words related in content, where the stress is equally on the first syllable of the word:: Hoch­pha­se, Hoch­kul­tur, Hoch­zi­vi­li­sa­ti­on, Hoch­tech­no­lo­gie u.a.

Read the two word meanings on, call up the corresponding entry for “Hochzeit” in the German ↔ Eng­lish dictionary and slowly move over the two different pho­net­ic notations [ˈhɔxtsait] bzw. [ˈho:xtsait], the phonetic char­ac­te­r­is­tics of the individual IPA signs are explained using superimposed example words.

[1] Marriage contracts are often arbitrarily declared null and void by the directive-bound courts. Introductory ar­ti­cles and videos: “Marriage”, “Prenups Are Toilet Paper - MGTOW”, “3 Reasons Your Prenuptial Agreement Is Worth Less Than Toilet Paper”, “Men Going Their Own Way”,

2.1.12 Building the Personal Language Literature Library

In order to build up your personal language library and to continuously improve your language skills, as many books and language teaching films as possible should be archived locally, on your computer and of course in parallel on several backup data carriers (USB memory, DVDs, etc.).

As far as possible, make yourself independent of the availability of online language resources so that you can continue working even if there should be a prolonged Internet outage or if computer servers should be shut down. A huge Stock of copyright-free digitized Books: The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive (WP-article) offers a huge collection of literature relevant to language learning, including language courses, dictionaries, phonetic and linguistic books. Some of the more recent works can be borrowed online, but most can be accessed directly. In addition, there are huge collections of copyright-free books that continue to be of great use in learning today's everyday languages. Books published before 1923 are largely copyright-free. Books published after this date are subject to different regulations for libraries. Read the blog entry “Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!”

Search for the books that are relevant to you. Encircle the search, name the language in which the books are to be written, list the thematic keywords. Search the library several times, there are tens of thousands of book titles on the subject of language, everything depends on the right search terms. Download the titles that are relevant to you, and from the start create an orderly structure in your file archive, with meaningful folder and subfolder names.

In addition to the in-house search system, you can also use separate search engines such as Google to find relevant textbooks. Example searches: English Phonetics; American English Phonetics, German Phonetics, American English.

English: Learn about two standard dictionary works on the English language, read the following WP articles: “Webster's Third New In­ter­na­ti­onal Dic­tion­ary” und “Oxford Eng­lish Dic­tion­ary”. Also browse: “Cat­ego­ry:Eng­lish dic­tion­aries”. It is a good idea to save several ex­tensive dictionaries in PDF format for your local li­brary so that you can look them up and continue work­ing even when you are offline. Scrolling through PDF doc­uments of scanned books is a bit slower, but the huge vocabulary is invaluable for a network-in­de­pend­ent language literature private library. Some PDFs are al­so available in a black-and-white version (two-color), usu­ally referred to as “B/W PDF” (black and white); they are more lightweight and therefore easier to flip through than books scanned in grayscale or color. Always down­load all available PDF versions; one or the other version

is more advantageous for grayscale or color images.

The Internet Archive maintains various copyright-free downloadable versions of Webster's New In­ter­na­ti­o­nal, one of which dates from 1910 and contains 2820 pages (PDF: 2.4 GB): “Webster's New international dictionary of the English language, based on the International dic­tion­ary of 1890 and 1900”.

One of the Oxford dictionaries is “The concise Oxford dic­tion­ary of cur­rent Eng­lish”, 1084 pages (PDF: 122 MB). For the Oxford Eng­lish Dic­tion­ary there is al­so a freeware soft­ware available at, for MS-​Win­dows, “Ox­ford Eng­lish Dic­tion­ary, 1888” ( shows an enlargeable screenshot).

German: Introductory WP-​articles: “Deut­sches Wör­ter­buch”, “Ka­te­go­rie:Deut­sches Wör­ter­buch”. Highly rec­om­mend­ed MP articles (de.​metapedia.​org): “Ge­brü­der Grimm” • “Wör­ter­buch” • “Du­den”. Online dictionaries: “Di­gi­ta­les Wör­ter­buch der deut­schen Spra­che” ( • “Deut­sches Wör­ter­buch von Ja­cob Grimm und Wil­helm Grimm” (online-Wörterbuch) • Search at, via deut­sches Wör­ter­buch

The Internet Archive holds numerous titles of the classic Muret-​Sanders en­zy­klo­pä­di­sches Wör­ter­buch der eng­li­schen und deut­schen Spra­che, including a version from 1910. Read the description at, Muret-​Sanders Classic.

The Metapedia article “Deutsche Sprache” (de.​metapedia.​org) contains highly significant knowledge of German for both German learners and native speakers, which is not summarized anywhere else in a comparable way, es­pe­cial­ly with regard to contemporary aspects. It is con­sid­er­ably shorter than the Wikipedia article of the same name and does not represent a treatise on aspects of linguistic history. Rather, it focuses on the description of the characteristics of the German as well as the factual efforts of certain circles to abolish German. In the opinion of the author of this website, Study of Languages with Computer and Internet, reading the Metapedia article “German Language” is recommended for every German and for everyone interested in German: Working with Dictionaries in Text File Format (.txt)

Scanned dictionaries are often available as PDF files, in e-book reader formats (epub, kindle, etc.) and in other versions. Search functions can be performed directly from the corresponding book title entry, as well as from the files themselves, on your local computer.

PDF files from scanned books can be bookmarked and used in a variety of ways, but their contents are not as directly accessible as encoded text files (text PDF files, .txt, .epub, etc. formats), apart from those that have been combined with text in parallel. The individual book pages resemble photos in a photo album. offers an internal document search function (“Search inside”) and presents the results, i.e. the individual sources, with blue pointers on the page number bar. If you move the mouse over a pointer, the content is displayed in a window. If you press on it, you jump to the corresponding book page in which the found entry is marked. In “Webster's home, school and office dictionary”, 1921, for example, 4 entries or references for the word “appreciate” are found on pages 41, 260, n643 and n660.

You can also look up words directly within a text file stored locally on your computer. The automatically cre­ated text file versions of a book have different qualities, not every one is suitable for practical use as a local dic­tion­ary. Also some books present the respective vo­cabu­lary exclusively with syllable boundaries, so that a direct looking up of words turns out difficult, since one would have to always know and enter the syllable bound­aries for finding.

However, some text files are available in an excellent us­able form, so that you can use them highly effectively

in your web browser or via a text editor as a local ref­er­ence dictionary.

In the above title, the text version can be viewed both on the website (“FULL TEXT”) and locally on your computer after saving. Please note: In the “Download Options” of the respective title there is the category “SHOW ALL”, if you press on it the directory with all available file versions and additional information and/or accompanying docu­ments appears. For many films and documentations the film text is offered parallel.

Now save the text file on your local computer. Open the file for example in Firefox, or in a file viewer or in a text editor. Drag the file directly into the browser (or into a previously opened tab), or open the file via the “File” menu. Press CTRL + F to open a search window. Now enter the word appreciate. Press the Enter key several times to get to the search results, or click the up and down arrows to the right of the search field. Use the ALT + Tab key combination to conveniently switch between the application windows. If you have opened the dictionary in a separate tab within your browser, hold down the CTRL key and use the TAB key to switch to the corresponding tab window.

2.2 Learning Pronunciation Ⅰ: Phonetic Transcription

Written information (phonetic transcription), recordings and sound files as well as video films are available to you for the study of pronunciation. The pronunciation varies from region to region. However, there are often widespread tendencies, such as General American within American English.

In the long run, you could become familiar with a certain regional or local dialect; there is plenty of freely ac­ces­sible source material available.

Examples for American English: “Dialect Map of Ameri­can English” • “27 fascinating maps that show how Ameri­cans speak English differently across the US” • “International Dialects of English Archive, United States of America” •

“North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns” • “American Dialect Society [WP-article]” • “List of dialects of English” • “Search Term: American Dialects” , Examples for German ( “Deut­sche Mund­ar­ten” • “Ka­te­go­rie:​Deut­sche Mund­art” • “Ka­te­go­rie:​Deut­sche Spra­che”.

“Verbreitung der Deutschen Mundarten” (Distribution of the German dialects), nach Prof. Dr. W. Stammler, Maßstab 1:8000000. Bibliographisches Institut A.G., Leipzig; “Meyers Geographischer Handatlas”, “[...] siebente neubearbeitete und vermehrte Auflage [...], 1928”; Raw file, WP-article “Meyers Handatlas”

2.2.1 Phonetic Alphabets

Various phonetic alphabets are avail­able for transcribing the pronunciation, including the widely used IPA (In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Phonetic Alphabet)

Even without a thorough course of study, you will benefit from the IPA in a short period of time through pattern rec­og­ni­tion.

1. Look up the IPA phonetic notation of any words in your native language, or read introductory texts to the IPA at the beginning, in which the phonetic symbols are introduced using sample words in your native language, such as English phonetic, „English phonology“, „Ap­pen­dix:​English pro­nun­cia­tion“, and „Ap­pen­dix:​Ger­man pro­nun­cia­tion“. In ad­di­tion to specialized dictionaries, there are numerous on­line dictionaries that contain the pho­net­ic transcription as well as sound files and sample sen­tences for each list­ed word, including Linguee (good pro­nun­cia­tion ref­er­ences from native speakers, list of language directions) and Wiktionary (sample words: ex­cur­sion, ascent).

2. Now look at the pronunciation of words you already know in your target language, e.g. in German, British Eng­lish or French.

3. As you learn new words, you' ll pay attention to the IPA pho­net­ic transcription notation and by reading familiar pho­net­ic transcription patterns, you''ll get your first clues to pronunciation.

Searchengines form a good initial basis to find material for illustration, example queries: English Pho­netics, pho­né­tique anglaise, American English Phonetics, phonétique anglaise américaine. German Phonetics, phonétique allemande. The WP overview “Category:Pronunciation by lan­guage” also represents a good starting point for ap­prox. 80 languages, example contents: “Ap­pen­dix:English pronunciation”, “Ap­pen­dix:German pro­nun­cia­tion”, “Ap­pen­dix:​French pro­nun­cia­tion”. Further pronunciation ar­ti­cles: “Category:Phonologies by language”, et al: “English pho­nol­ogy”, “Standard German phonology”, “French pho­nol­ogy”. See also: “Cat­ego­ry:German language”, “Cat­ego­ry:Languages of Germany”, “German language”, “Cat­ego­ry:​English language”, “English language”.

2.2.2 Basic knowledge on the International Phonetic Alphabet, IPA

The IPA is one of several phonetic alphabets. It is available in different versions, some char­ac­ters have been changed or discarded.

Illustrating there are vowel diagrams (vowel chart), graphics, which symbolize an oral cav­ity in side view. They indicate how sounds (e.g. vowels) can be located in the mouth where they originate. For each language there are adapted vowel diagrams, with more or less listed sounds. Call up the WP graphic “IPA vowel chart with audio” and click on the in­di­vid­ual sounds to listen to them. Try: “Interactive IPA Chart”.

Wikimedia Commons has a large collection of country-specific diagrams which you can use to refine your search to locate the language areas of your interest, for example with the search term combination IPA German vowel chart for German. Use search engines and also use the search terms phonetics and linguistics, skim the WP article “Linguistics” to get an idea of the different sub-disciplines. Further (search) examples: WP article “Stand­ard German phonology”, “Category:German language”, “Kategorie:Deutsche Spra­che”, “English phonology”, “Category:Phonologies by language”. Search examples for Ger­man: German phonetics, image search German phonetics, video search German pho­net­ics.

Read the WP article on the IPA and the overview article Help:​IPA (with sound files), which contains references to graphics with sound files in the “External links”, in­clud­ing the following:

“IPA Chart With Sounds”, IPA tables with superimposed audio links, link sensitive tables to the IPA. “Seeing Speech” contains IPA tables with audio and video links: When you press a sound, you hear several spoken ex­am­ples and see a radiographic film documenting the mov­ing speech anatomy. Fly over: “Extensions to the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Phonetic Alphabet”, „International Phonetic Al­pha­bet chart”.

The stress on the words of a language can vary from (coun­try) region to region, and in the case of several lan­guages, stress changes and sound changes are said to have occurred over the centuries. However, taking this into account, dictionaries are relatively long-lived, es­pe­cial­ly when it comes to pronunciation; there are al­so prevalent pronunciation tendencies over wide areas.

Printed dictionaries contain their own “instructions for use” which also describe the phonetic alphabet used,

some­times a (publisher's) own, this must be read at the be­gin­ning.

In the IPA, pronunciation, accentuation and length varia­tions are presented in detail, with many different char­ac­ters, the following selection is only a small excerpt. For more detailed pronunciation and accentuation details, please read the German overview “Diakritika und Supra­seg­men­ta­lia”, in which numerous other symbols are ex­plained. In the documentation of the TIPA document you will find the names of the IPA symbols in the appendix chap­ter, in the English manual under “Appendix A, An­no­tated List of TIPA Symbols”. See also “LATEX für Lin­gu­i­sten: IPA, Glos­sing und Baum­struk­tu­ren”..

The phonetic notation in your dictionary allows you to pro­nounce newly learned words with the correct stress. With knowl­edge of five central terms, you can read and speak with the correct stress, and understand many other lin­guis­tic facts; inform yourself: 1. vowel, 2. consonant, 3. syl­la­ble, 4. stress sign, 5. length sign:

2.2.3 Vowels and Consonants

English: Examples of words that contain a vowel at the be­gin­ning of a word: Apple, owl, apricot. “[...] In English there are five vowel letters in the alphabet, but there are many more vowel sounds. [...] These letters are vowels in English: A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. [...] The rest of the letters of the alphabet are consonants: [...]” (source: SE-​WP-​article “Vow­el”).

Read introductory: “Introduction to English Vowel Sounds” • “Long and Short English Vowels” • “9 Con­so­nant Digraphs You Need to Know” • “How to Pronounce & Spell Vowel Digraphs” • “Eng­lish Consonant Sounds” • “Eng­lish Vowel Sounds”. Searches: English vowels • English consonants

German: Examples of words that contain a vowel (Selbst­laut) at the beginning of a word: Apfel, Obst. The letters a, e, i, o, u as well as the umlauts ä, ö, ü (and the diph­thongs (Zwie­lau­te [also: „Dop­pel­lau­te“ resp. „Di­phton­ge“] au, ai, ei, eu, äu) form the vowels in German, the other let­ters of the German alphabet, are consonants (Mitlaute). In addition to the sources listed in section 2.2.1, detailed over­views with examples can also be found in the WP-​ar­ti­cle sections “Vo­ka­le im Deut­schen”, “Kon­so­nan­ten im Deut­schen” and in “Diph­thon­ge im Deut­schen”.

Introductory reading:: “Selbst­lau­te/Mit­lau­te”, “Vo­kal”, „Kon­so­nant“, “Diph­tong”.

2.2.4 Syllabels, Syllable and Word Boundaries resp. Wortfugen, the Rules for Word Division in the German Language

Words can be divided into smaller units, so-called syl­la­bles, using separation rules. A syllable contains at least one vowel.

English. Syllables are often considered the pho­no­logi­cal ‘building blocks’ of words. [...] Syllabification is the sepa­ra­tion of a word into syl­la­bles, whether spoken or writ­ten.” (extract from WP-​article “Syllable”).

Examples: The word potato has three syllables (vowels high­lighted): po ta to. Damson consists of two syl­la­bles: dam  son, so does the word table: ta ble. You may wonder why the word apricot consists of only two syl­la­bles instead of three: apri cot.

That's because of the following fact: The written English lan­guage has no simple hyphenation rules (see 2.2.5).

German. A syllable contains at least one vowel. Ex­am­ple: The word Hei­mat­lie­be (Heimat + Love [Homeland + Love of one's native country]). Here there are four syl­la­bles, each containing one vowel: Hei  mat  lie  be or with black highlighted vowels Hei mat  lie be. The syl­la­ble boundaries are marked in the IPA with a dot resp. in­ter­punct ().

Separation rules vary from language to language. From the German separation rules, the following were used in this ex­am­ple:

1. You can separate before a consonant. The word Heimat contains the consonant m, before this we can sepa­rate and receive Hei- mat or Hei  mat . In Lie­be the con­so­nant b is contained (Liebe), before this we can al­so sepa­rate: lie-be or lie  be.

2. If two consonants follow each other, then one can sepa­rate between these two consonants. In the word Hei­matliebe the consecutive consonants t and l are con­tained, between these we can sepa­rate: Hei­mat- lie­be or Hei­matlie­be. Since this is a compound word (Hei­mat + Lie­be) we can also separate there because at this point the word joint (Wort­fu­ge) of the compound word is located.

3. Further separation rules (not complete):

There are exception rules for consonant separation. The mne­mon­ic “Tren­ne nie st, denn es tut ihm weh!” (“Never sepa­rate st, because it hurts it!”) has its justification. Sepa­rating the st can lead to reader-unfriendly sepa­rations,[1] even with many compound words where we should ac­tu­al­ly sepa­rate according to the double consonant rule, e.g. with the word Bau­stahl (structural steel): If the st-rule is tak­en into account, the result is Bau- stahl resp. Bau  stahl, if not taken into account, the word Baus-tahl is the result; the Wach­stu­be ([guardroom] Wach-stube) oc­cu­pied with guard personnel becomes a tube, from which wax comes out (Wachs-tube), if not observed.[3] For some compound words in which s and t border on each other, e.g. in Don-ners-tag (Thursday), the correctness is pre­served.[2]

The double consonant ck is written with kk when sepa­rating, so that the correct stress is maintained. In “Zuk-ker” (sug­ar) the short “u” is kept, but “Zu-cker” leads to a long, wrong­ly emphasized “u”.

In syllabification cases may occur where the correct em­pha­sis is not maintained despite observance of the rules. For­eign words can also lead to incorrect hyphenation: Ado­les­cents are teenagers and not Tee-nager [te:ˈnaːɡɐ] (tea ro­dents).

Words are not separated in such a way that one vowel stands alone. Abend could be separated to A-bend, but no space would be gained and it would look typographically un­pleas­ant.

Consonant clusters ch, sch, ph, ß, as well as z, x are re­gard­ed as single consonants for purposes of syl­la­bi­fi­ca­tion.” Ex­am­ple: Mäd­chen (Mädchen). “In the case of groups of consonants, the last one in the series usually starts the new syllable”. Examples: Schlendrian (Schlendri  an), Pünktchen (Pünktchen), “[...] ch is treat­ed as one consonant”, (Quotations, knowledge con­tent excerpt and examples of this paragraph taken from [2], p.9).

Reading recommendations:

[1] Der gro­ße »Blöff«, Neue deut­sche Recht­schrei­bung: ein­fach un­lern­bar [,] Clau­dia Lud­wig und Ka­rin Pfeif­fer, Stolz Ver­lag, 2005. (auf Ama­ [S.47, „Ku­ri­o­si­tä­ten und kein En­de“]

[2] „Schaum's Out­lines, German Grammar, Third Edition“, 1997, El­ke Gschoss­mann-​Hen­der­shot, Lo­is Feu­er­le. [Chapter 1, page 9 and 10, section “Syllabification”, subsection “Consonant Clusters and Groups of Consonants”]. McGraw-​Hill ti­tle page of the sixth edition, 2018: Schaum's Out­line of German Grammar, Sixth Edition (ti­tle on Ama­, on

[3] „'Recht­schreib­re­form': Tren­nung“,

[4] „Grund­schu­le: Wort- und Sil­ben­tren­nung ein­fach er­klärt“

[5] Typesetting and hyphenation (appendix chapter A.3): “9.1 The Soft Hyphen”, “9.2 Separation Points without Hy­phens, protected Spaces and Words”, “9.3 The Problem of Hyphenation in E-Books and HTML-Documents, and its par­tial Solution”.

2.2.5 The English Language has no simple Hyphenation Rules
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In German and probably in some other languages, few rules are enough to divide words into their syllables. In the English language there is no comparable simple set of rules. The following ex­cerpt of the WP article “Syllabification” explains and il­lus­trates the reasons for this:

“[...] At the end of a line, a word is separated in writing into parts, conventionally called "syllables", if it does not fit the line and if moving it to the next line would make the first line much shorter than the others. This can be a par­ticu­lar problem with very long words, and with narrow columns in newspapers. Word processing has auto­mat­ed the process of justification, making syllabification of shorter words often unnecessary.

In some languages, the spoken syllables are also the ba­sis of syllabification in writing. However, possibly due to the weak correspondence between sounds and let­ters in the spelling of modern English, written syl­labi­fi­ca­tion in English is based mostly on etymological or mor­pho­logi­cal instead of phonetic principles.

For example, it is not possible to syllabify “learning” as lear-ning according to the correct syllabification of the liv­ing language. Seeing only lear- at the end of a line might mis­lead the reader into pronouncing the word incorrectly, as the digraph ea can hold many different values. The his­to­ry of English orthography accounts for such phenomena.

English written syllabification therefore deals with a con­cept of “syllable” that does not correspond to the linguistic con­cept of a phonological (as opposed to morphological) unit.

As a result, even most native English speakers are unable to syllabify words according to established rules without con­sult­ing a dictionary or using a word processor. Schools usually do not provide much more advice on the topic than to consult a dictionary. In addition, there are differences between British and US syllabification and even between dictionaries of the same English variety. [...]”

2.2.6 The Accent (Stress)

Through the accentuation ("accent" or in English “stress”) language elements can be emphasized.

“[...] As a medium come to use


“[...] The role that the accent plays within a language is also used to typify languages. A distinction is made between [...]:

  • Accent languages in which the word accent is phonologized and carries meaning. Examples are German, English and Polish.
  • Tonal languages in which a word accent does not exist and the pitch is significant. Examples are Chinese and related languages.
  • Pitch accent languages [...] which have the characteristics of accent and tone languages. Examples are Japanese and Swedish. [...]“

Excerpts taken (and translated) from the WP-​article „Ak­zent“.

2.2.7 The Stress Sign and the Secondary Stress Sign

The stress sign (ˈ) of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) indicates that the following syllable carries the primary stress (main stress). It is placed before the emphasized syllable.” (translated excerpt from: “Be­to­nungs­zei­chen”)

The secondary stress sign (ˌ) of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) indicates that the following syllable carries the secondary stress [...].” (translated excerpt from: „Ne­ben­be­to­nungs­zei­chen“)

Examples. The IPA notation was mainly taken from the dictionaries and, the tran­scrip­tion detail varies by dictionary and word entry. The main stress is highlighted in green, with some words the sec­ond­ary stress is highlighted in light blue.

🍒 “cherry” [ˈtʃeri] consists of two syllables: cher  ry, the stress is on the first syllable: cher ry, cherry; Linguee en­try, article at Wik­ti­o­nary /ˈt͡ʃɛɹi/, Pons entry. German die Kir­sche also has the accent on the first syllable: Kir  sche [ˈkɪrʃə] (Lin­guee entry).

The German word Pro­dukt [proˈdʊkt] consists of two syl­la­bles: Pro  dukt. The main emphasis is, according to the stress sign, on the second syllable: Pro dukt resp. Produkt resp. Pro-dukt, or, in the phonetic transcription, [proˈdʊkt]. In the Lin­guee entry for “Produkt”, click on the speaker icon to the right of the word to listen to the na­tive speaker pronunciation and accent.

The English word engagement is pronounced differently in British and American English. If we call up the word entry at, we receive the following information on phonetic transcription: “en  gage  ment [ɪnˈgeɪʤmənt, Am enˈ-] NOUN”. “Am” (or the flag symbol shown) refers to the (different) American pro­nun­cia­tion of the first syllable. The word consists of three syllables, the emphasis is on the second: en∙ gage∙ ment resp. engagement or en-gage-ment, or [ɪnˈgeɪʤmənt] or American [enˈgeɪʤmənt]. Listen to both the British and American pro­nun­cia­tions of the Lin­guee entry for engagement. Also call up the Wik­tio­na­ry word entry and the Merriam-Webster entry for en­gage­ment and listen to their audio recordings.

Review the phonetic transcriptions, some of which contain ad­di­tion­al information or may differ.

infrastructure [ˈɪnfrəˌstrʌktʃəʳ, Am -ɚ] contains three syl­la­bles: infra  struc  ture. According to phonetic transcription, the main stress is on the first syllable, the secondary stress on the second syllable: infrastruc ture, infrastructure, [ˈɪnfrəˌstrʌktʃəʳ] and [ˈɪnfrəˌstrʌktʃɚ]. Wik­tio­na­ry en­try /ˈɪnfɹəˌstɹʌk(t)ʃɚ/, at Linguee, at Pons.​com.

resist: re·sist [rɪˈzɪst], Linguee pronunciation, Wik­ti­o­nary en­try /ɹɪˈzɪst/ resp. /ɹəˈzɪst/. 🍪 Humorous word-​ex­pla­na­tion on Youtube with the Cookie Monster “Sesame Street: Ian McKellen Teaches Cookie Monster to Resist”.

Also read the WP-article versions “Stress (linguistics)” and “Sec­ond­ary Stress”. Always note the links at the end of the articles, they usually contain high-quality knowledge sources. From the “External Links” of the article „Stress (lin­guis­tics)“: “Word stress in English, SIX BASIC RULES of word stress” and an extremely detailed web page on stress, which also offers interactive exercises, “Word Stress Rules” (

🥔 Engl. “po·ta·to <pl -es> [pəˈteɪtəʊ, Am -t̬oʊ] NOUN” (Pons), German [karˈtɔfl̩] Kar­tof­fel (Linguee, Pons), French “pomme de terre” [pɔm də tɛʀ] (apple of the soil), Lin­guee entry 🥪 Sandwich, sand wich “[ˈsænwɪʤ, Am -(d)wɪtʃ]” (Pons, Lin­guee, Wiktionary). 🌶️ Chili in German: [ˈtʃi:li] (Pons, Linguee), Chili in English: [ˈtʃɪli] (Pons, Linguee, Wiktionary).

2.2.8 The Length Sign
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The length sign (ː) similar to the colon (:), [used] in the so-called International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), indicates that the sound represented by the pre­ced­ing letter must be pronounced long (stretched).

The word ‘length sign’ serves as a generic term for three char­ac­ters: the two stretch signs length sign (ː), half long sign (ˑ), and brevity sign (˘) of the IPA.

Translated excerpt from the WP-​article “Länge­zei­chen”. See in particular: “Length (phonetics)”.

🍓 The straw·berry “[ˈstrɔ:bəri, Am ˈstrɑ:ˌberi] NOUN” re­spec­tive straw·berry. German die Erd­beere [ˈeːɐ̯tbeːrə] has three syllables, the stress is on the first: Erd bee  re. The sound displayed before the length sign (ː) must be pro­nounced long (stretched): [ˈeːɐ̯tbeːrə] respective Erdbeere. (Lin­guee, Pons, Wik­ti­o­nary entry: “[ˈeːɐ̯tbeːʁə], re­gion­al­ly also: [ˈɛʁtbeːʁə]”).

🍉 Dt. die Me­lo­ne [meˈlo:nə] (Linguee, Pons). die Saat [za:t] (Linguee, Pons), engl. seed, [si:d] (Linguee). Dt. der Pfad [pfa:t, plural ˈpfa:də] (Linguee, Pons).

2.2.9 Various Examples

🍆 Dt. die Auber­gine [obɛrˈʒi:nə] (Pons, Linguee). British English: aubergine, auber·gine [ˈəʊbəʒi:n, Am ˈoʊbɚ-] NOUN. American English and Australian English: eggplant, ˈegg·plant NOUN esp Am, Aus 🥑 Engl. avocado, avo·ca·do <pl -s [or -es]> [ˌævəˈkɑ:dəʊ, Am -doʊ] NOUN. Dt. die Avo­ca­do [avoˈka:do] (Linguee, Pons). 🥨 Engl. pretzel pret zel [ˈpretsəl] (Pons). Dt. die Bre­zel [ˈbre:tsl̩] (Linguee, Pons). 🍔 Engl. ham­bur­ger, ham  bur  ger „[ˈhæmˌbɜ:gəʳ, Am -ˌbɜ:rgɚ] NOUN GASTR“ (source: Pons. sound at Linguee),

Figure skating, fig·ure skat·ing [ˈfɪgəʳ] [ˈskeɪtɪŋ, Am -t̬-] (Pons I, -II; Linguee). Deutsch: der Eis­kunst­lauf, Eis·kunst·lauf [ˈaɪ̯skʊnstˌlaʊ̯f] (Wik­ti­o­nary, Linguee). Engl.: top sporting achievement, top sport ing achieve ment [tɒp, Am tɑ:p] NOUN + sport·ing [ˈspɔ:tɪŋ, Am ˈspɔ:rt̬ɪŋ] ADJ SPORTS + achieve·ment [əˈtʃi:vmənt] NOUN. Deutsch: Sport­li­che Höchst­lei­stung, sport li  che Höchstlei stung, [ˈʃpɔʁtlɪçə] [ˈhøːçstˌlaɪ̯stʊŋ] (Wik­ti­o­nary I, -II; Linguee).

Female grace (charme), fe·male grace [ˈfi:meɪl] [greɪs] (Pons-I, -II). Dt. Weib­li­cher Lieb­reiz (weib­li­che An­mut), [ˈvaɪ̯plɪçɐ] [ˈliːpˌʁaɪ̯t͡s] (Wik­ti­o­nary-I, -II). Engl. Elegance [ˈelɪgən(t)s] (Pons, Linguee), dt. Ele­ganz [eleˈɡant͡s], [eləˈɡant͡s] (Wik­ti­o­nary), Engl. triumph, tri umph [ˈtraɪəm(p)f] (Linguee, Pons); dt. Triumph, Tri umph, [triˈʊmf] (Linguee, Pons). Time­less, time·less [ˈtaɪmləs] ADJ, dt. zeitlos, zeit·los, IPA: [ˈt͡saɪ̯tloːs].

A viv­id example from Portland, Oregon: ❄️ Tonya Harding Vi­deo I, Tonya Harding Vi­deo II. (more Tanya-Harding-videos: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08). “Tonya Harding Performs in Portland”, “Tonya Harding Interview - 1994 (Best Quality)”. A central documentation on the concept of art and the essence of art: “Why beau­ty matters”, by Roger Scruton, 59 min.

Tonya Harding (USA) - 1991 Skate America, Figure Skating, Ladies' Free Skate Harding I
Tonya Harding - 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Long Program Harding II
Tonya Harding 1991 Skate America Exhibition Harding III
Tonya Harding 1991 Skate America Exhibition Triple Axel Harding IV
Leni Riefenstahl: Olympia - Fest der Völker (1936) Fanfare
Joan Anita Parker: Dodge Fever Commercials J.A. Parker

🏳️ Engl. flag [flæg] NOUN, dt. die Fah­ne, Fah ne [ˈfa:nə] (Linguee, Pons). Engl. fanfare, fan·fare [ˈfænfeəʳ, Am -fer] (Pons entry) resp. ceremonial trumpet. Dt. Fan fa re [fanˈfa:rə], (Linguee Pons. Wik­ti­o­nary: [ˌfanˈfaːʁə]). A classic example: Olympic fanfare from 1936 (15th minute), from “Leni Riefenstahl - Olympia 1 - Fest der Völker 1936 (German version)”. Part II, “Leni Rie­fen­stahl - Olym­pia 2 - Fest der Schön­heit 1936 (Ger­man ver­sion)” (Aesthetics-​Play­list). City portrait “Ber­lin 1936 (in Far­be)”.

🎹 Engl. synthesizer, “syn·the·siz·er [ˈsɪn(t)θəsaɪzəʳ, Am -ɚ] NOUN MUS” (Pons). Engl. “Con·tin·uum <pl -nua [or -s]> [kənˈtɪnjuəm, pl -njuə] NOUN form SCI” (Pons); 𝅘𝅥𝅮 example: “Klaus Schul­ze - Kon­ti­nu­um” (Yt.-vid­eo). 🕰️ The time machine [taɪm məˈʃi:n] (Linguee); dt. die Zeit­ma­schi­ne Zeit ma schi ne [ˈt͡saɪ̯tmaˌʃiːnə] (Wik­ti­o­nary, Linguee). Videos: “1928-1929: Early Sound Foot­age of Germany”, “1928-1929: Life in England (real sound)”. “Ger­man Empire around 1900 [part 1]”, “Ger­man Empire around 1900 [part 2]”. Feature film excerpt: Marty McFly begins to realize that he has arrived in a (prob­able) year 1955: “BTTF 1955 Hill Valley Mr. Sand­man”.

The Snow­man [ˈsnow·man], deutsch der Schnee­mann [ˈʃneːˌman] (Wiktionary). Car­toon “Der Schnee­man”, 1944, a snow­man sits down in the fridge to wait for sum­mer (re­ap­pear­ance in a 1950s com­mer­cial).

Dt. “Gri­mas­sen schnei­den” [ɡʁiˈmasn̩] / [ɡʁiˈmasən] [ˈʃnaɪ̯dn̩] (Linguee), Engl. to grimace “[grɪˈmeɪs, Am esp ˈgrɪməs]” (source: Pons. Sound at Linguee). Dt. Kon­tern [ˈkɔntɐn], Engl. to counter [ˈkaʊntəʳ, Am -t̬ɚ] (Pons). Il­lus­trating: “McDonald's - Traffic Jam”.

Gutmensch /ˈɡuːtˌmɛnʃ/. For this central term in the political debate, the English Wiktionary article and, in par­ticu­lar, the detailed articles „Gutmensch“ and „Lü­gen­pres­se“ in the German-lan­guage Metapedia (, with many ex­am­ples, are recommended.

Illustrating this is a cult figure from the German Sesame Street, a prime example of a do-gooder: Uli von Bödefeld. Turning reality or facts upside down, moralizing, accusing, acting indignant and outrageous for the purpose of gaining an advantage, and at the same time acting like a ben­efac­tor, Mr. von Bödefeld leaves Tiffy, Samson, Lilo and Uwe stunned in the face of so much audacity and chutzpah. On Youtube, in German: “Herr von Bö­de­feld hält al­le für zu fett | 80er Jah­re” (“Herr von Bödefeld thinks everyone is too fat | 80s”), around 1980.

2.2.10 Further Articles on Phonetics

Sentence stress resp. “Prosodic stress” • “Phonetics” • “Satz­ak­zent” • “Ka­te­go­rie:Pho­ne­tik” • “Pho­ne­tik” • „Dia­kri­ti­ka und Su­pra­seg­men­ta­lia“

2.3 Notes on the Use of Machine Translation Systems, by the Example of DeepL

DeepL ( represents a quantum leap in ma­chine translation. Test the functions and fine functions, write individual sentences, copy text blocks and com­plete texts or upload documents to be translated and ex­am­ine the results. Click on individual words in the trans­la­tion text. Depending on the text, al­ter­na­tive for­mu­la­tions are also listed outside the windows.

Changes in the source text or in the translation text dy­nami­cal­ly lead to (partial) new translations, the system con­tinu­ous­ly and directly takes into account changes and extensions made by the user. This also applies to the correction of any translation errors that may occur: If you start to reformulate something (partially) in the trans­lated text, DeepL immediately dis­plays suggestions for sentence changes or re­for­mu­la­tions when you write the first word, including the actually correct translation if this has not been selected by the system or if the source text has not been formulated clearly enough. The sys­tem is extremely user-friendly, even with regard to in­cor­rect input, such as typos or omitted words.

For its translations, DeepL accesses the huge data treas­ure of the context-sensitive dictionary Linguee, which it has acquired since 2007. Currently the following 24 languages are supported for translations: Bul­ga­rian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Ameri­can Eng­lish and British English), Estonian, Finn­ish, French, Ger­man, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japa­nese, Latvian, Lithua­nian, Polish, Por­tu­guese (also Brazilian Por­tu­guese), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Span­ish, Swedish.

The lan­guage of the user interface fol­lows your browser's identification, but it can also be set ex­plic­it­ly in the menu at the bottom left.

Machine translations can never be taken over unchecked by computers, since more complex texts may have room for manoeuvre and more subtle interpretations. However, the machine translation standard that has now been achieved is staggering. Since the translations proposed for factual texts are absolutely ready for printing, it is no longer possible to speak of raw translations. Paragraph by paragraph, polished diamonds are supplied, absolutely natural-language texts; from time to time there are rough diamonds among them, which require minimal post-processing. This system is also excellent for checking the fluency of formulations, partially verifying the grammatical cor­rect­ness of individual phrases, sen­tences and sen­tence constructions, fine-tuning and displaying trans­la­tion al­ter­na­tives.

Inform yourself: WP-​article „DeepL Translator“, DeepL Blog, „Über­set­ze Do­ku­men­te mit DeepL“.

Modern translation systems such as DeepL work context-based, analysing the contextual frame of reference to se­lect the right terms and phrases. Once they have identified the subject area or sub-discipline in which the text is to be lo­cated, they can precisely encircle, compile and arrange the required translation elements, drawing on huge data­bases of subject-vo­cabu­lary-specific (man-made) trans­la­tions, whereby the jargon-specific phrases, idioms and for­mu­la­tions of the target language are accurately selected and assigned.

If an entire, complete document is loaded for translation, as much reference frame information as possible is transferred. If individual sentences or paragraphs are entered for translation, the user must, depending on the case, add additional information for reference frame re­cog­ni­tion, or subsequently make corrections himself, either by overwriting (partially) the translation result, rewriting or supplementing it, or by clicking on individual words in the translation to select alternative proposals. In both cases, the rest of the text may be dynamically retranslated by the system, or new suggestions may be presented in windows that appear.

Translations can also be saved as text files.

Example: We are in the field of mathematics and our title or section title to be translated is: “Ein­füh­rung in den in­di­rek­ten Be­weis”.

If we leave it at this single sentence, the system has too few points of reference or orientation to be able to de­ter­mine in which subject area or in which sub-discipline the text is to be located, so that a more general frame of ref­er­ence may be chosen which results in a translation that is not appropriate.


Translation of a document title without further frame of reference information.

By clicking on a translated word, alternative suggestions appear:

If we write the discipline, mathematics, before the individual sentence, the correct translation appears from the outset:


By explicitly naming the subject area, department or (sub)discipline, it is possible to provide support for sentences with little reference frame information.

However, it probably requires only in the fewest cases of such extra references, the contentwise paragraph in­for­ma­tion delivers mostly already sufficient in­for­ma­tion.

When translating, it is recommended that you keep a second tab window of the translation system open so that you can enter individual sentences or formulations sepa­rate­ly if required.

Recommendation: Open one or two DeepL tabs in your brows­er as well as a linguee tab to look up the German mean­ing of the translations suggested by DeepL in the con­text dictionary, if necessary.

Repeated note: If the appropriate translation is not dis­played, it is usually already available as an alternative in the selection menu. Click with the mouse pointer on any emp­ty space in the text, at the beginning of the sentence or in the middle, or click on any words to display al­ter­na­tive sentence introductions, (partial) formulations and word al­ter­na­tives.

Another possibility is that you have a translation that is no longer coherent for the intended context after a certain point. Select and delete the remaining, non-coherent translation text and add your own trans­la­tion element (word, sentence fragment, sentences) starting from the re­main­ing final position, whereupon the DeepL translator will dynamically provide you with new translation suggestions for the remaining text, taking into account your previously entered translation correction.

Until now, many people could not produce print-ready trans­la­tions without prior checking by native English speak­ers if the text was too large or complex. And still po­et­ry (classical literary English, French, etc.) is a separate field.

For factual texts, however, a completely new starting point is given: Highly complex texts can now be translated into the respective target language ready for printing, even without a native speaker of the target language. Even though many people may not be able to do this without the machine help of DeepL, they can still reliably recognize whether a text is in natural English and whether or where a machine translation needs to be corrected. Years of consuming English texts enable them to do this, and any corrections that may be necessary can usually be done alone, if necessary by evaluating search engine statistics.

2.4 Complete Language Courses with Video or Sound Files

Save your relevant course materials (PDFs, sound files). To save videos from Youtube and similar platforms, you can use browser extensions such as

Video DownloadHelper or separate, free programs such as xVideo​Service​Thief

Course Moderation Language  →  Target Language

Tar­get Language →

↓ Course Moderation Language

Fahne des Deutschen Reichs. Quelle:


Fahne der Konföderierten. Verweis auf Quelle:




Flagge Rusßlands.Quelle:






Fahne der Konföderierten. Verweis auf Quelle:


“Deutsch – Warum nicht?”

“French in Action”. Video playlist, 52 episodes.

“Destinos”. Video playlist, 52 episodes.

Fahne des Deutschen Reichs. Quelle:


“Deutsch – Warum nicht?”

“Englisch für Anfänger”

“Bon Courage”

“Russisch Bitte!”

“Hablamos Español”

“Avanti, Avanti!”. Video playlist, 26 episodes.



“Deutsch – Warum nicht?”

Flagge Rusßlands.Quelle:


“Deutsch – Warum nicht?”



“Deutsch – Warum nicht?”



“Deutsch – Warum nicht?”

Target Language →

↓ Course Moderation Language

Fahne des Deutschen Reichs. Quelle:


Fahne der Konföderierten. Verweis auf Quelle:




Flagge Rusßlands.Quelle:






2.4.1 “Deutsch – Warum nicht?”
German Language Course (A1, A2, B1) in 30 different Language Versions (EN, FR, ES, RU, etc. → DE)

“Deutsch – wa­rum nicht?” (“German - Why not?”) is a German course produced in 1991 by the German radio station “Deutsche Welle”, which comprehensively, thoroughly and easily conveys the basics of the German language. Further German courses from can be found on the “Learn Ger­man” subpage or on the other language version learning sections, “Apprendre l'Allemand” etc. (Lan­guage se­lectable in the upper right corner, “ in 30 Lan­guages”)

The course comprises four series, consisting of 104 written individual lessons with solutions, 24 appendix chapters and 104 moderated accompanying radio podcasts to the lessons. “Deutsch – wa­rum nicht?” is avail­able in 30 language versions, i.e. all PDFs and audio accompanying documents are available in 30 lan­guage-moderated versions.

The PDF documents and MP3 files are available on the course accompanying page (EN, FR, RU etc.) of Deut-

sche Welle, the sound files are also published parallel on several websites, in each case complete, also directly and free of charge accessible and, like the PDFs and MP3s on, also directly linkable (hotlinking).

The table after the language version over­view table refers directly to all course contents of the English language version on To save the PDFs and MP3s, point to the respective link with the mouse arrow, press the right mouse button and select the save function (Firefox: "Save target as..."). You can archive all individual documents on your local computer, or view and listen to the contents via your browser. You can also listen to the sound files via the radio podcast title page or via the embedded audio player.

The other language versions (PDFs and MP3s) can be accessed via the language version page of “Deutsche Welle”: Select your national language at (top right), then switch to the course section. Here is an over­view of all language versions (skip table):

„Deutsch – Warum nicht?“, Moderation Language Versions
DW Language Learning Site DW Course Homepage Series Overview

Albanian Shqip

course site

Pjesa 1, Pjesa 2, Pjesa 3, Pjesa 4

Amharic አማርኛ

course site

ተከታታይ 1, ተከታታይ 2, ተከታታይ 3,
ተከታታይ 4 (ጀርመንኛ | እንግሊዘኛ)

Arabic العربية

course site

السلسلة 1, السلسلة 2, السلسلة 3, السلسلة 4

Bengali বাংলা

course site

সিরিজ 1, সিরিজ 2, সিরিজ 3, সিরিজ 4

Bosnian B/H/S

course site

Serija 1, Serija 2, Serija 3

Bulgarian Български

course site

Серия 1, Серия 2, Серия 3, Серия 4

Chinese (Simplified) 简

course site

系列一, 系列二, 系列三, 系列四

Chinese (Traditional) 繁

course site

Croatian Hrvatski

course site

Serija 1, Serija 2, Serija 3, Serija 4

Dari دری

course site

سلسلۀ 1, سلسلۀ 2, سلسلۀ 3, سلسلۀ 4

English English

course site

Series 1, Series 2, Series 3, Series 4

French Français

course site

Série 1, Série 2, Série 3, Série 4

German Deutsch

course site

Greek Ελληνικά

course site

Σειρά 1, Σειρά 2,
Σειρά 3 (Γερμανικά-Αγγλικά),
Σειρά 4 (Γερμανικά-Αγγλικά)

Hausa Hausa

course site

Jeri na 1, Jeri na 2, Jeri na 3, Jeri na 4

Hindi हिन्दी

course site

सीरीज़ 1, सीरीज़ 2, सीरीज़ 3 (जर्मन । अंग्रेजी),
सीरीज़ 4 (जर्मन । अंग्रेजी)

Indonesian Indonesia

course site

Seri 1, Seri 2, Seri 3, Seri 4

Kiswahili Kiswahili

course site

Mfululizo 1, Mifululizo 2,
Mifululizo 3, Mifululizo 4

Macedonian Македонски

course site

Серија 1, Серија 2, Серија 3, Серија 4

Pashto پښتو

course site

1, 2, 3, 4

Persian فارسی

course site

سری یک, سری ۲, سری ۳, سری ۴

Polish Polski

course site

Seria 1, Seria 2, Seria 3, Seria 4

Portuguese Português para África

course site

Serie 1, Serie 2, Serie 3, Serie 4

Portuguese Português do Brasil

course site

Serie 1, Serie 2, Serie 3, Serie 4

Romanian Română

course site

Seria 1, Seria a 2-a,
Seria a 3-a, Seria a 4-a

Russian Русский

course site

Часть 1, Часть 2, Часть 3, Часть 4

Serbian Српски/Srpski

course site

Serija 1, Serija 2, Serija 3,
Serija 4 (engleski | nemački)

Spanish Español

course site

Serie 1, Serie 2, Serie 3, Serie 4

Turkish Türkçe

course site

Dizi 1, Dizi 2, Dizi 3, Dizi 4

Ukrainian Українська

course site

Серія 1, Серія 2, Серія 3, Серія 4

Urdu اردو

course site

سیریز 1,
سیریز 2,
سیریز 3 زبانیں: جرمن | انگریزی,
سیریز 4 زبانیں: جرمن | انگریزی

Recommendation: Create a file folder with the name “German-course” and a subfolder with the name “Series-01”. In this folder you create 32 subfolders (01 to 26 and A-01 to A-06). Then copy the “Series-01” folder three times and name the copies “Series-02”, “Series-03” and “Series-04”. Then download each individual PDF and MP3 document and save it in the corresponding folder. Finally, save the complete course several times, on different data media, also on several USB storage media.

This course teaches the naturally developed written Ger­man (descriptive linguistics), which in its expressive pos­si­bil­ities is incomparably more powerful, more pre-

cise and more scientific than the present, on prescriptive linguistics based BRD-​End­pha­se-​Schrift­deutsch, which was forced by the occupying power administration (SHAEF unchanged valid! [1]) still during the fading dark age of the information monopoly, at the end of the 1990s. The latter is merely a distorted subset of the naturally-origi­nated written German. More information, with ex­am­ples and references, can be found in the appendix article “Naturally-originated Written German”.

Find out about free PDF viewers on, read the Wikipedia article on the free VLC media player that plays countless file formats (including mp3.) and offers numerous functions.

[1] German MP-article on the supreme legal framework SHAEF: “Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force”

Read: “Loanword”  •  “List of German expressions in English”  •  “Liste deutscher Wörter im Englischen”  •  “Li­ste deut­scher Wör­ter in an­de­ren Spra­chen”

2.4.2 „Eng­lisch für An­fän­ger“, “English for Beginners”, 63 Episodes (EN / DE → EN)

Moderation is held partly in English, with English text boards

A classic among the Telekolleg's school television series. This course is an excellent way of teach­ing the essential, fun­da­men­tal and more consistent core of the English lan­guage, which is likely to outlive the continuous, ever-changing dynamics of speech. With this introduction, the creators, presenters and actors have created a high-quality, relatively timeless English reference.

The video sequences are divided into 15 to 30 minute units, the didactic preparation and the speakers are excellent. Extract from the WP article Eng­lisch für Anfänger (Fern­seh­sen­dung)” (September 16, 2015), translated: „Englisch für Anfänger is a German language course in the form of a 51-part television series, which was produced in 1982 on behalf of Bavarian Television for the Telekolleg I, which led to the intermediate school leaving certificate, and has been broadcast as a repetition ever since. The course is aimed at German-speaking adult viewers who want to learn English from the ground up. The British author Graham Pascoe will present the programmes in two languages.

The two British actors Jane Egan and Russell Grant play short scenes of everyday occurrences that bring

English grammar and vocabulary to the viewer on a beginner level. The series is accompanied by accompanying books and DVDs with episodes 1 to 51. [...]“

The WP-article also contains the ISBNs for the five accompanying volumes and the accompanying DVD with all 51 episodes, as well as further information.

Meanwhile all episodes, including the exercises, have been published on the official Youtube channel of the “ARD-Alpha” channel. All episodes can be watched di­rect­ly or downloaded via Firefox extensions such as “Video Down​load​Helper” and then watched on your computer, or on the TV via USB data carrier, or via a self-burned DVD (e.g. burned with “DVD Styler”).

Complete link list of all episodes of the official Youtube channel of "ARD-Alpha" (Status: February 03, 2019), of­fi­cial site at BR-Alpha, with all episodes (also down­load­able) “Englisch für Anfänger Alle Aus­strah­lun­gen”:

Englisch für Anfänger (followed green links not yet activated)

New, 10/24/2022: Youtube playlist from the official channel, “alpha Lernen”
“Englisch für Anfänger | alpha Lernen retro”

Exercise broadcasts on Englisch für Anfänger (followed green links not yet activated)

Further background information on the contributors to “English für Anfänger”, most of the information is taken from the Internet Movie Database: Regie was directed by Ian MacNaughton, the director of “Monty Python's Flying Circus”. “Englisch für Anfänger (1982– ) Full Cast & Crew”; director Ian MacNaughton (1925–2002), lead host Graham Pascoe, actors: Jane Egan, Russell Keith Grant, David Savile.

You can download the episodes using the Firefox extension Video DownloadHelper (WP-article).

Video and Literature Recommendation for French Beginners:

2.4.3 „Bon Courage“, 39 Episodes (DE → EN)

“Bon Courage” is an outstanding classic of school television, with excellent speakers.

Translated extract from the German-language WP article “Bon Courage” (Sep­tem­ber 16, 2015): “Bon Courage (literally: ‘Viel Erfolg!’) is a French language course in the form of a multi-part tele­vi­sion series, which was produced by Bayerischer Fern­se­hen and runs during the 1st to 3rd trimester of the Telekolleg. The first broadcast was on 21 September 1991. The 39-part series in three seasons of 13 epi­sodes is aimed at adults and is presented by Anouk Charlier.

The French actors Diane Stolojan (from episode 27 Diane Du Mont), Alain Leverrier, Henri Allan-Veillet and Gilles Marchais appear in scenes that portray everyday

situations in a humorous way. In each episode, be­fore and after the actual language course, a French location is also presented, to which the respective game scene sometimes re­fers. Anouk Charlier speaks the exercises and comments on the films on French culture and history in German. [...]”

Complete playlist from Youtube channe “Learn Lan­guages”: “Bon Courage”.

Official site at BR-Alpha, „Bon Courage“, all episodes also down­loadable.

Bon Courage (followed green links not yet activated)

New, 10/24/2022: Youtube playlist from the official channel, “alpha Lernen”, all 64 parts
“Französisch | alpha Lernen retro (Bon Courage, C’est ça, la vie)“ ”

“C’est ça, la vie” is the advanced follow-up series to Bon courage, entirely in French. Excerpts from the as­so­ci­at­ed WP-article:

“C'est ça, la vie is a French language course in the form of a multi-part television series produced by Bay­e­ri­sches Fernsehen, the first season of which is part of the Telekolleg's 4th trimester.[...] The 26-part series in two seasons of 13 episodes is intended as a continuation of the Bon Courage beginners' language course and is aimed at adult, advanced learners. [...]

C'est ça, la vie presents the French-speaking professional world in France, Belgium and French-speaking Swit­zer­land in the form of documentary reports. The programme is moderated by Anouk Charlier, who also conducts inter­views with the protagonists in the reports. In the pro­grammes of this language course, only French is spoken.”

Official site at BR-Alpha, „C'est ça, la vie“, all episodes al­so downloadable.

C’est ça, la vie (followed blue and green links not yet activated)

2.4.4 “Russisch Bitte!” (“Russian, please!”) (DE → EN)
Flagge Rusßlands.Quelle:

Translated excerpt from the identical German WP-article: “[...] Russian, please! is a 30-part Rus­sian course of the Telekolleg, in which the Cyrillic alphabet, the Russian grammar as well as the Russian basic vocabulary are taught.

The individual programms have a length of 30 minutes and are presented by Olga Barbian (called Astrid) and ac­com­pa­ny Heikki Kinnunen on a trip to the Soviet Union in the 1980s. [...]”

Read also the article “5 Grün­de, Rus­sisch zu ler­nen“ (“5 reasons to learn Russian”), from Russland​

(accompanying video).

Article excerpt: “[...] To­matis discovered that ev­ery language moves in a cer­tain frequency range. The result was that Rus­sian covers a wider fre­quen­cy spectrum than Ger­man, Brit­ish and Amer­i­can English, French, Span­ish or Italian (see graphic). [...]”

2.4.5 FSI Language Courses (all Courses held in English)

The Foreign Service Institute offers free downloadable language courses with audio files, written in Amer­i­can English. The courses are available on many mirror sites, the original presence is no longer avail­able (2019). provides an introductory text: “Study 40+ Languages with Free Lessons from the U.S. Foreign Service Institute”. The courses are mirrored on and numerous other sites, including the Internet Archive (

All courses are held in English and consist of illustrated textbooks with practice chapters (PDF documents), together with the corresponding audio files spoken by native speakers (.mp3 format).

With corresponding search term combinations you will find the language(s) you are looking for, e.g. for German: FSI German.

Please note: The respective courses can be conveniently downloaded as a ZIP archive, which eliminates the need to save the files individually.

Overview on the offered Languages of the FSI Language Courses (Mirror Page)

Amharic German Lao Shona
Arabic Greek Lingala Sinhala
Bengali Hausa Lugunda Spanish
Bulgarian Hebrew Moré Swahili
Cambodian Hindi Nepali Swedish
Cantonese Hungarian Norwegian Tagalog
Chinese Igbo Polish Thai
Chinyanja Italian Persian Turkish
Czech Japanese Portuguese Twi
Finnish Kirundi Romanian Vietnamese
French Kituba Russian Yoruba
Fula Korean Serbo-Croatian

2.4.6 “Hablamos Español”, 39 Episodes (DE → ES)

A classic among the Spanish courses, accompanied by 3 text­books. Translated excerpt from the German WP article WP-​article “Hablamos Español”:

Hablamos Español (Spa­nish for We Speak Spanish) is a Spanish language course in the form of a 39-part tele­vi­sion series produced by NDR in 1971 and de­signed by María Rosa Serrano.

The series is divided into three seasons, each con­sisting of 13 episodes, in the first of which the basics

of the Spanish language are taught.

As actors Jeannine Mestre appeared as Carmen, Jo­sé Luis Gómez as José Lu­is and Al­bert Boadella as Paco. [...] [textbooks with ISBNs]”

Link List “Spa­nisch ler­nen : Hablamos Español”.

2.5 Further Language Resources
2.5.1 Basic English Speaking

Basic English Speaking (basic​eng​lish​speak​ offers extensive learning ma­terials for everyday communication in Eng­lish, with sound files, including "Common English Idioms “Common English Idioms”: “There are up to 102 les­sons of common idioms used in daily life. These les­sons can make English learners sound more native.

Each idiom lesson is written with a clear and con­cise definition. Each idiom is well illustrated by some ex­am­ple sentences to demonstrate how it is used in context. High-quality audio recording is also included to help im­prove your listening and speaking skills. All you need are your ears.”

2.5.2 The Language Course Directory of Open Culture

Open Culture provides a comprehensive over­view of free lan­guage courses, ar­ranged alphabetically: Learn 48 Lan­guages On­line for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More”; separate link lists are maintained for some lan­guages, including German, Japanese, and Italian.

From the self description: “How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 48 languages, in­clud­ing Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Rus­sian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you're good to go.”.

2.6 The sovereign Use of the Keyboard, Language Acquisition

Use the opportunity to write with 10 fingers, learn the ten-finger system. This results in several advantages:

A big time saver, since you write down your thoughts in words blindly and directly, immediately, work on texts with highest efficiency and productiveness

No more distractions by unnecessary glances at the keyboard, continuous reading of telex dialogs on the screen, fast reaction times, calling of program functions by key combinations instead of time-consuming mouse clicks.

If necessary, you will also learn the original keyboard

layout and the ten-finger system for an additional language of your choice. Example: The keyboard layout(s) for French or the layout for German or the Russian PC keyboard(s) in Cyrillic. You can switch the keyboard layout in a flash by pressing a key combination or clicking the mouse. Newly learned words and phrases are written down several times in the ten-finger system of the original keyboard layout, in a word processing file, for the purpose of memorization. This also ensures immediate, fast written communication with language learning partners during direct written communication (telex dialogues, chatting).

2.6.1 Free Software for learning the Ten-Finger System, Teaching Articles

People of all professions write in the ten-finger system, for sig­nif­i­cant time savings and increased responsiveness, and for max­i­mum concentration on content. Your attractiveness as a lan­guage learning partner is simply greater if you can an­swer your lan­guage tandem partner directly in writing in telex dialogues.

In the WP article “Touch typing”, various aspects are ex­plained and in the German article ver­sion a com­pre-

hen­sive list of free software for the touch system and online help is referred to. Among the free programs, the free cross-platform writing trainer TIPP10 [English website version] (German WP-article) stands out. It offers a so­phis­ti­cat­ed, interactive and self-adaptive writing course.

In the Internet, countless information is available free of charge and directly. Examples: Google search for “touch sys­tem typing”, Google video search for “touch system”.

2.6.2 Language and Keyboard Layout

Acquire the ten-finger system not only for your mother tongue, but also for the other language you wish to acquire. There are usually several (country-specific) keyboard layout variants available for each lan­guage. The English Wikipedia article “Keyboard layout” offers a very comprehensive overview. The article itself is offered in different languages (menu on the left), other Versions may not be as comprehensive as the English original. The article contains numerous hyperlinks re­ferring to national and country-specific Keyobard information; These subarticles can provide you with a lot of in­for­ma­tion, also in languages other than English. Al­ways look (in each [sub] article, category, etc.) on the left for other language versions.

Modern operating systems support all common world­wide assignments. Switching is done either by mouse click or via a self-defined key combination (short­cut).

The following procedure is recommended for learning the keyboard layout of your target language:

Find the corresponding information in the WP-article “Keyboard layout” (or in one of its other language ver­sions)

Example for German, French, and Russian: German: Jump to the section “QWERTZ”, from there follow the link “Main article: QWERTZ” (German article version: “QWERTZ-Tastaturbelegung”). The section “Austria and Germany” contains the hyperlink “Main article: German keyboard layout”. This article, “German keyboard lay­out”, provides comprehensive country-specific in­for­ma­tion (German article version “Tastaturbelegung”). Now click on the keyboard shown there, whereupon the WP page German keyboard layout "T1" according to DIN 2137-1:2012-06 appears. Press “More details” at the bottom right, which will take you to the File:KB Germany.svg. French: Go to the “AZERTY” section and select “Main article: AZERTY”. In this article (French version: “AZERTY”) you will find the relevant in­for­ma­tion. In the “French” section, click on the keyboard shown there, whereupon the WP page “AZERTY layout used in France” appears. Press “More details”, at the bottom right to go to the Wikimedia Commons page „File:KB France.svg“. Russian: In the Cyrillic section “6.4.2 Russian”, several keyboard layouts for Russian are shown. The separate article “JCUKEN” provides more information about the Russian standard keyboard layout.

Now click on the keyboard shown there, whereupon the WP page “ЙЦУКЕН key­board la­yout” appears. Press “More details” at the bottom right, which will take you to the Wikimedia Commons page „File:KB Russian.svg“.

There are now two ways to print the keyboard: You click on the original-SVG-​vector graphic file (German: “original file”, French: “Original file”, Russian: “Ori­gi­nal file”) and it opens in your web browser. Afterwards, go to the print preview in the browser menu: “Print” → “Print pre­view”. Now select “Landscape” for the orientation and then click on “Print”. Alternatively, you can also use a precalculated PNG-​file (different resolutions) for prin­ting. The table with the PNG versions is located under the respective SVG file.

As long as you have not yet mastered the keyboard layout of your target language, pro­ceed as follows: 1. Print the keyboard. 2. Stick it on a firm cardboard base that you can cut or fold. 3. Attach the keyboard to your workplace so that it is always in your field of vision, or make a stand-up display.

To learn new (chapter episode) words, open a word processing file. Write down each new word to be learned in the ten-finger system, at least over several lines. Pro­ceed word by word, paragraph by paragraph. Writing down entire texts is also useful for memorizing them.

Use the numerous instructions on the Internet to select the appropriate keyboard layout. For example, use the search query Russian keyboard or generally the search com­bi­na­tion [target language] keyboard layout [operating system]. Keyboard layout graphics can also be found directly via the image search, for example via the Google image search for Russian keyboard, or for Russian key­board layout.

Your language learning partner will be amazed if suddenly you can write just as fast or even faster than them. In the physical world, language is the key to the culture of peo­ples and to the hearts of your people. Read the com­pre­hen­sive article on free, powerful online and offline dic­tio­naries, language learning and translation projects: Freely ac­ces­si­ble Language Resources: Dictionaries, Machine Trans­la­tion, Language Courses.

Seriously striving to speak the national language of a local peo­ple involves a fundamental respect. The local people will be aware of this and, no matter how advanced your lan­guage skills are, you will be met with a correspondingly open-minded attitude.

2.6.3 Your National Keyboard Layout and the US-American PC-Keyboard-Layout, EFI and BIOS

Take a look at the English WP-​article “Keyboard lay­out”, whi­ch contains de­tailed information about your national key­board lay­out as well as hyperlinks to further articles about each individual keyboard character; WP-SVG graphics are also offered, e.g. on the the German PC-keyboard-layout. On the left side of the “Keyboard lay­out”-article, you can look up the language version that contains the relevant information for your national keyboard version

Keyboard lay­out and EFI: In rare cases the EFI and pos­si­bly also the predecessor system BIOS or another program require an input with US-American keyboard mapping. Confirmations with “Y” (for “Yes”) and the reconstruction of already set system passwords can only be made if the US mapping is known. It is therefore essential that you file a printout of the US keyboard layout in your physical com­put­er folder (WP-article on the US-keyboard layout, over­view on the WP graphic file versions [various resolutions]).

2.6.4 Mechanical Keyboards

Frequent writers, authors and programmers prefer me­chan­i­cal keyboards, for example the timeless, world fa­mous Cherry G80-3000 LSCDE-2 (black version). There are worlds between PC foil circuit board keyboards and the right ones, the so-called mechanical keyboards, both in terms of writing comfort and touch precision, as well as in terms of consistent writing quality, robustness and durability of the keyboard.

Two articles about this keyboard class and its different types: “Benefits of a Mechanical Keyboard for Writers” • “Best Mechanical Keyboards For Typing – 2018 Edi­tion”.

2.7 Maps on the German Language

“Völker- und Sprachenkarte von Europa”, “Map of peoples and languages of Europe”, Scale 1:30 000 000. Bibliographisches Institut A.G., Leipzig; „Meyers Geographischer Handatlas“, „[...] siebente neubearbeitete und vermehrte Auflage [...], 1928“. Raw file, WP-article “Meyers Handatlas”. Also read the Metapedia article “Deutsche Sprache” (auf

Distribution [resp. dissemination] of the German language around 1913, original maps, freely and directly available at the Internet Archive. (title page map 1, title page map 2). The best resolution quality is provided by the respective PNG file versions under “Show All”, they can also be linked directly, like the two preview images below:

Detailed information on these maps are also available on the presentation site of of „Verbreitung der Deutschen Sprache“, „Die hauptsächlichsten fremden Muttersprachen im Deut­schen Reich, 1913“.

“Verbreitung der Deutschen Mundarten” (Distribution of the German dialects), nach Prof. Dr. W. Stammler, Maßstab 1:8000000. Bibliographisches Institut A.G., Leipzig; “Meyers Geographischer Handatlas”, “[...] siebente neubearbeitete und vermehrte Auflage [...], 1928”; Raw file, WP-article “Meyers Handatlas”

Note to the maps published after 1915: The maps from "Meyer's Geographischer Handatlas" 1928, seventh edi­tion (“Verbreitung der Deutschen Mundarten”, “Völker- und Sprachenkarte von Europa”) are from 1928. It is un­like­ly that copyrights still exist on them, the maps also ap­peared to the knowledge of the website author al­ready in previous editions. However, only works pub-

lished in 1915 or before 1915 can be completely excluded from any copyright aspects. Therefore it is up to the users wheth­er they want to publish the maps further or not.

Considering this: The maps can be used 100 % free of charge, both for commercial and non-commercial pur­poses, all raw files are also downloadable.

2.8 Special Videos on the German language
Fahne des Deutschen Reichs. Quelle:

Watch on Youtube: „Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can“ (4 min­utes), a film of „The School of life“. Related article: „Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can“. Excerpt:

   “We’re hugely dependent on language to help us ex­press what we really think and feel. But some languages are better than others at crisply naming important sen­sa­ti­ons.
    Germans have been geniuses at inventing long – or what get called ‘compound’ – words that elegantly put a fin­ger on emotions that we all know, but that other lan­guages require whole clumsy sentences or paragraphs to express. [...]

German version, with German subtitles: „Wie­so Deut­sche Din­ge sa­gen kön­nen, die kein An­de­rer sa­gen kann.“

The Youtube channel Mo­ment­auf­nah­men provides an extraor­di­nary video on central and fundamental pe­cu­li­ar­ities of the German language, including numerous his­tori­cal aspects. “Die Le­ben­dig­keit der deut­schen Spra­che” (J.G. Fichte), 26 minutes.

Translated description: “In this audio from 7/31/ 2018, the pe­cu­li­ar­ity of the German language in comparison to Romanized peoples is pointed out. The German language has always been able to maintain its continuity with its original and peculiar sources. Only this fact, according to Fichte, has produced our great German poets, thinkers and musicians. The German language is in great danger due to overshaping by foreign languages ( especially Anglicisms ). Against this, an awareness of its peculiarity and uniqueness must be awakened.

Video from Olly Richards: The German Language: Its Fascinating History, Diverse Dialects & More!, de-

scription: “Think that German is only spoken in Germany? Or that there is only one version of the language? Think again! In this video, I share 1) the fascinating history of the German language, 2) how widespread and varied the Germanic world can be, and 3) the many reasons German is well worth learning.

Comment by John de Nugent, link added: “This simpatico Briton [...] does not mention the most striking thing about German. Its grammar is six thousand years old and very ancient, complicated, and full of rules. You cannot just start talking in deutsch. You have to plan your sentence out.

And so when on German tv reporters ask average Germans questions about some event or their opinion, there is this two-three second gap where they are planning and building their sentence. 😉

All nouns must first be designated as a male, female or a thing. Nouns and verbs must be singular or plural… Adjectives must get proper endings. And sometimes you must pick up the verb and throw it, like a “Hail Mary” pass in American football, to the very end of your very long sentence. 😉 The advantage is that no one can interrupt you until then because until your verb lands, they don’t know entirely what you are talking about.” [1]


Natural German: Did you know about the incomparably great­er expressive power of the naturally developed supra-regional written German? In the meantime the allied oc­cu­py­ing power administration (“BRD”/“FRG”) teaches only a strongly deformed version of the German language at schools and universities. Learn more about the dif­fer­ences in expressiveness and precision: “Natural Written Ger­man”.

2.9 News Broadcasts and Magazines in German


Learn German with German language news sites! Get overviews.

2.10 Learning the Pronunciation Ⅱ: Search Engine for finding Pronunciation References in Video Films

The search engine You​Glish provides you with pro­nun­cia­tion references from You­tube video films. Type in the word for which you want the pronunciation, and You­Glish presents you video films (lectures, factual films, discussions, feature films, etc.) as results, in which you hear reference pro­nun­cia­tions by native speakers. Pinpoint accuracy, i.e. you will be presented di­rect­ly with the film passages (jump marks) in which the word is pronounced (starts a few seconds before). YouGlish maintains databases for 19 lan­guages, in 7 language menu interfaces, which can be selected in the foot­er (“Choose your language”): Arabic  •  Chinese  •  Dutch  •  Eng­lish  •  French  •  Ger­man  •  Greek  •  Hebrew  •  Italian  •  Japanese  •  Ko­rean  •  Polish  •  Portuguese  •  Russian  •  Spanish  •  Turk­ish  •  Sign Languages.

For English you can circle the pronunciation accent: „All“, „US ac­cent“ (American English only), „UK ac­cent“ (Brit­ish English only), „AUStral­ian Ac­cent“ (Australian Eng­lish), Canada, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand.

Try it out for an­swer me: Press the respective accents (US, UK, AUS) below the search input field, start the search and listen to some of the respective search re­sults. Try out the navigation buttons. Click on the rec­tan­gu­lar “Toggle Thumbnail” icon, which will open num­bered thumbnails of the video clips, and back and forth ar­row keys to browse the results list.

2.10.1 Extended Search Example

Not only in business life does politeness and decency de­mand to know the correct pro­nun­cia­tion of (company) names. Example: You want to know how to pronounce the name Toshiba . The following information can be found in the corresponding Wikipedia article: “[...] (株式会社東芝, Kabushiki-gaisha Tōshiba, Eng­lish: /təˈʃiːbə, tɒ-, toʊ-/[2]) [...]”.

The IPA notation provides the following information: 1. the main emphasis (see 2.2.7) is on the second syllable: To shi ba resp. təˈʃiːbə. 2. the length sign (see 2.2.8) in­di­cates which letters must be pronounced long Toshiba resp. təˈʃiːbə.

Through appropriate search queries (e.g. pronunciation [word]) you can obtain pronunciation references from na­tive speakers of Japanese, including on Youtube: “How to Pro­nounce TOSHIBA”.

A search query on the Japanese YouGlish version (Eng­lish input is possible) provides contextual usage, including quick pronunciation (open the rectangular “toggle thumb­nail”!).

2.11 Minna Sundberg’s Language Tree: An Extraordinary Synthesis of Didactics and Art

Minna Sundberg created an extraordinary information graph­ic on the origins of languages, in the context of her own literary and graphic work: Direct link to the graph­ic (click twice to enlarge), on the author's website, “Stay Still, Stay Silent” (Sundberg’s You­tube-​Ka­nal „Hummingfluff“, Twitter-Kanal).

Official description at (poster order option): „Lan­guage Family Tree Illustration of the Indo-​European and Uralic lan­guage families, adapted from an infographic page from the comic Stand Still. Stay Silent.. [...] The languages represented are the

ones spoken or mentioned in the context of the comic Stand Still Stay Silent. This is not a complete in­ter­na­ti­o­nal language map, nor is it intended to be

Various articles about Sundberg’s language tree: The Guard­ian, “A language family tree - in pictures” • The Lan­guage Nerds, “Magnificent Linguistic Family Tree Shows How all Languages are Related.” • design Week, “An il­lus­trat­ed language family tree” • boredpanda, “This Amaz­ing Tree That Shows How Languages Are Con­nect­ed Will Change The Way You See Our World”

2.12 Language in Film and Television

Elaine Benes has a bad feeling at the beauty salon and brings in linguistically competent reinforcement to get to the bottom of it: “Frank Translates Korean For Elaine | The Understudy | Seinfeld” (Vocabulary: “Knock-knock joke”).

2.13 Miscellaneous

David Crystal's presentation on the importance of multilingual libraries and about the multiple benefits and gains that come from learning another language, held at the Kittiwake Trust Multilingual Library, (Youtube, 23 minutes).

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