If your child is reading, a free language app like Duolingo may be an enjoyable way for him or her to practice German. It’s set up like a game and my ten year old loves it! There are other apps available, but I am not familiar with them. You can take some time to check them out and see which one would work best for you. Duolingo may be used on a smartphone or on your computer.
This course introduces German to younger students through stories, songs and short videos, many of which are the very same stories and songs loved by German children. Each week will have new songs and stories based on a vocabulary theme. Instructions for how to enroll are below! (If you have an older student ready for something closer to high school German, check out my free online German course for high school.)
• Wildes Deutschland, a collection of short texts for the beginning German student, by Dana Hanley.
• Bobo Siebenschläfer, von Markus Osterwalder (make sure it is the version linked). I have permission from the author to read the chapters aloud in this course, so it will serve as a nice textbook!
• And consider joining the course’s facebook page for some extra practice and a chance to ask questions!
Note: Enrolling is a two step process. First, register for the site using this form. Then make sure to click “Enroll.” The first module will be available August 28! If you have any trouble, drop me a note and I will help you get signed up.
Before You Begin
Everything you need to get the most from this course.
Kapitel 1: Introduction to German
In this module, you will begin learning the sounds that make up the German language.
Kapitel 2: Die Farben
This week, we will start learning some core vocabulary and simple sentences.
Kapitel 3: Wie geht's?
By the end of this module, you should be able to have a simple conversation, with guidance.
Bei Bobo zu Haus
Backe, Backe Kuchen
Days of the Week and Shopping
Months and Seasons