Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache
Gustav Langenscheidt founded a publishing house for “self-teaching letters” and dictionaries in Berlin in 1856 after literally running out of words during his travels in Italy and France. The monolingual dictionary of German as a foreign language is now the standard reference work for professionals. Over 120,000 keywords, example sentences, and clear definitions.
With his “Complete Orthographic Dictionary of the German Language,” Konrad Duden created the basis for a simple, uniform, and easy-to-use German spelling system in 1880. Today it is the standard: the 28th edition, 2020. Discover a wealth of German vocabulary with 148,000 keywords.
DWDS - Digital Dictionary of the German Language
This project on German vocabulary at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 1600 pools lexical information from large dictionaries such as
Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s German Dictionary
Reference corpora, e.g. on the US presidential election.
Linguee – online dictionary
Online since 2007, a bilingual dictionary combined with a webcrawler that searches bilingual texts to provide translation examples: huge translation database. Recipient of an award at the 2008 start-up competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology; company based in Cologne, Germany.
Founded in Berlin in 1945; highest circulation among Berlin newspapers.
Motto: “Rerum cognoscere causas” by Virgil, “Know the causes of things”.
BACKGROUND: exclusive daily political briefings for experts in politics, business, associations, science and, NGOs. CHECKPOINT: award-winning daily newsletter for Berlin (Grimme Award).
1999 in Hamburg ins Leben gerufen, Name entstanden aus einem Wortspiel: Redaktionsadresse Brandstwiete 1- und englisch brand für Marke, monatlich erscheinendes Wirtschaftsmagazin, redaktionelle Werte: Offenheit, Unabhängigkeit, Mut, Qualität und Respekt. “Our goal is to make business understandable.”
Since 2005, published monthly; magazine for learners of German with audio trainer and exercise book perfectly complement your language training with interesting information about everyday life, society, and culture in the German-speaking DACH countries of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Articles in three difficulty levels with word explanations.
Die ARD wurde 1950 gegründet. ARD ist die Abkürzung für „Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“. Die ARD veranstaltet als Gemeinschaftsprogramm den Fernsehsender „Das Erste” sowie jeweils eigene Fernseh- und Hörfunksender aus den neun deutschen Landesrundfunkanstalten, die in diesem Verbund zusammengeschlossen sind. Zehntes Mitglied der ARD ist die Deutsche Welle (DW), die deutsche Auslandsrundfunkanstalt.
Die Sendung mit der Maus
One of the most successful children’s programs on German television: “laughing and learning stories,” not only for children, but also a good source of vocabulary and listening practice for learners of German, with explanations of everyday objects, history, politics, technology, nature, sports. For example:
Founded in 1991, public service channel based in Strasbourg, German-French cooperation, programmes in German and French.
The focus is on culture, history, Europe. Theme nights on economic, geopolitical, and social issues. Karambolage - a series that humorously explains the small and big differences between Germans and the French: e.g. Little Red Riding Hood.
Since 1963, ZDF news programme with current daily news, main programme daily at 7 pm, started as a combination of news and background reports with an editor in the studio, in contrast to the “Tagesschau” with its “newscaster”. By the way: In 1971, Wibke Bruhns was the first woman to read the news of the day. It was not until 1976 that a woman, Dagmar Berghoff, also spoke in the “Tagesschau”.
Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein
A science walk across the Telegrafenberg hill, Potsdam. PDF-Download
Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung AWI
Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung PIK
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)
Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam AIP
UNESCO sites in Germany at a glance
Maps with regional variants in German-speaking countries - e.g. Where do you say Samstag or Sonnabend? Brötchen, Semmel, Weck, Weggli or Schrippe?
Project by Prof. Dr Stephan Elspaß (University of Salzburg) and Prof. Dr Robert Möller (Université de Liège)
Interview with Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia, a Peruvian linguist who speaks 30 languages. Published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung magazine on 15 June 2020.
Nadine Roßa, who devoted her thesis to this special letter. “For some, it is the fall guy of German orthography, for others, a typographical eyesore; for me, it is a gem and the most beautiful letter of all – the eszett [ß].”
Information about Goethe and the art and culture of his time, a project by scholars at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
When Henri Théodore Fontane was born in Neuruppin in 1819, his Huguenot family had already lived in the Margraviate of Brandenburg for several generations. In 1849, he gave up the profession of pharmacist he had learned and established himself as a journalist and freelance writer. He was a war correspondent, travel writer, theatre critic, and author of novels. He died in Berlin in 1898. Entdecken Sie Geschichten über Fontanes Leben, Arbeitsweise und Werk auf dem Informationsportal des Hauses der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte in Potsdam. Basis sind die beiden Fontane-Ausstellungen im Jahr 2019. / “Whether it is red brick or stony grey, you transfigure it, Havel, in your blue.” Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg, volume 3, Havelland, 1873
Kurt Tucholsky, born in Berlin in 1890, was a pacifist and humanist, an important writer, and a journalist in the Weimar Republic, who warned early on against the rise of the political right. He published most of his texts under the pseudonyms of Ignaz Wrobel, Kaspar Hauser, Peter Panter, and Theobald Tiger. In 1929 he went into exile in Sweden and from there continued to criticise developments in Germany. He died in Sweden following an overdose of painkillers in 1935. “Language is a weapon. Keep it sharp.” Castle Gripsholm. A Summer Story is the title of a story he published in 1931. This cheerful yet melancholy love story is one of his most famous works and recalls his 1912 debut novel Rheinsberg: A Storybook for Lovers. “Anyone can manage to be happy for a brief time. A brief happiness: none other is conceivable.”
Als Rudolf Ditzen 1893 in Greifswald geboren, gestorben 1947 in Berlin, Schriftsteller im Stil der „Neuen Sachlichkeit”, große Erfolge mit gesellschaftskritischen Themen „Kleiner Mann – was nun”. Sein Roman „Jeder stirbt für sich allein” (1947) über deutschen Widerstand gegen den Nationalsozialismus ist 2010 neu übersetzt erfolgreich in den USA und Großbritannien.
Born in Nițchidorf, Romania, in 1953, she was part of the German minority as a Banat Swabians, and emigrated to Germany in 1987. A Germanist and author who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009. Confronting dictatorships and the importance of language are her key themes.
“Freedom is the opposite of despotism. It is how a writer resists oppression using language.” A eulogy to Herta Müller by Caroline Fetscher, Der Tagesspiegel, 28 March 2010.
“Each language has different eyes sitting inside its words.”
Herta Müller in conversation at the 2018 Salon Sophie Charlotte organised by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Project run by the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin on poetry collections read by their authors, e.g. Otto’s Pug, Ernst Jandl, Austrian lyricist (1925 -2000)
Over 1,400 poems by 112 German-language authors to listen to.
The German Digital Library (DDG) is a project jointly operated by federal, state, and local government in Germany. As a central national portal, its goal is to give everyone free internet-based access to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage, i.e. to millions of books, archival materials, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other audio documents, films, and sheet music.
Launched in 1994, Project Gutenberg-DE offers a large German-language full-text literature collection free of charge.
Präsentation von mehr als 500 besonderen Unterkünften, architektonisch anspruchsvolle und außergewöhnliche Ferien- und Gästehäuser ideal zum Kennenlernen von Deutschlands Vielfalt.