Herr Antrim has been teaching German in the classroom setting since 2009 and on YouTube since 2011. In that time, he has come across many books, dictionaries, and online resources that are helpful for German learners and teachers. On this page you will find Herr Antrim’s recommended resources. This page is by no means an exhaustive list of the resources he likes and recommends. None of the links on this page sponsored in any way (except Amazon Affiliate links).
You probably came to this page for a particular kind of resource, so they are separated into categories. Each of the categories listed below is a clickable link. They will take you to Herr Antrim’s recommended resources in that category. There you will find a brief explanation of what they are and why he likes them. The resources are listed in the order Herr Antrim would recommend them. His favorites are at the top of each list. The ones at the bottom of each list are by no means bad. Herr Antrim still recommends them, which is why they are here. He just think that some are more helpful than others.
If you think there is a missing resource that should be included on this page, please email Herr Antrim your suggestions. If he agrees that it should be on this page, he will add it.
- Resources Offered by Herr Antrim
- Online Dictionaries
- Teacher Resources
- Reading German Online
- German Learning Apps
- German Learning Games
- Learn German on Instagram
Resources Offered by Herr Antrim
There couldn’t be a list of Herr Antrim’s recommended resources without tooting his own horn a bit. It is his website, after all. He has a few things to offer German learners. Maybe you will find some of them helpful as well.
Since 2011 Herr Antrim has created a ton of videos. He currently has over 700 videos on his YouTube channel. Every one of them can teach you something about the German language, culture or ways to learn about both. You made it to this website, so you already know this, but his YouTube channel had to make the list of Herr Antrim’s Recommended Resources.
Herr Antrim has created extra materials for every video on his YouTube channel created after 2016. This includes a video script (in German & English) and a worksheet with answer key. In the 3 Minuten Deutsch series starting with episode of 51 there are worksheets available. Scripts and other extras start at episode 43. Several of the German Learning Tips videos also have worksheets to go with them. All of those things are available to those who support his work on Patreon.
He has also begun uploading my materials to Teachers Pay Teachers. His goal is to upload all of his materials that he created for Patreon to Teachers Pay Teachers. If you don’t see what you are looking for on Teachers Pay Teachers, please email him.
A while back Amazon came out with a new program called the Amazon Influencer Program. This allows people like Herr Antrim with online clout to create a list of product recommendations for their fans. When someone buys something off of the list, the “influencer” gets a commission kickback. While it is nice to get a few bucks here and there from this program, Herr Antrim likes the fact that he can add books and movies to Herr Antrim’s Recommended Resources.
Herr Antrim’s Amazon Influencer Page includes his favorite German readers, classic German children’s books, the entire Harry Potter series in German, German culture books, vocabulary trainers, grammar books, and German films. Herr Antrim is sure there is something you will like there.
Now you can get “Learn German with Herr Antrim” t-shirts, hoodies, mugs and more on TeeSpring. Show of your love of the German language and your appreciation for Herr Antrim’s work by sporting some Herr Antrim gear. While this won’t necessarily help you learn German, it will help promote German learning, which is pretty important, too.
A list of Herr Antrim’s Recommended Resources without an online dictionary simply wouldn’t be complete. All online dictionaries include a few options and features that make them unique and more helpful than others in certain situations. It is important to first identify what you need and how you plan to use the online dictionary, so you can choose the correct one. Herr Antrim uses each of the dictionaries listed for different reasons.
Herr Antrim’s go-to online dictionary is dict.cc. If he needs to look up a word or even a short phrase, this is his first stop. It includes more words, word combinations and phrases than any of the other dictionaries on the list. Simply stated, it is the most complete dictionary on the list. It even includes obscure idioms and colloquialisms that you won’t find in any other dictionary on the list.
Of course, there are negative things about any site and this one is no exception. There is a dict.cc mobile app. Herr Antrim used to have it installed on his Pixel 2 XL. Every time he opened the app it crashed immediately. Once the notification that it crashed was gone, he could open it again and it worked perfectly. It is this one minor annoyance that made it so that he didn’t actually use it very often on his phone. This error has since been fixed, but for a while, this error forced Herr Antrim to use a different app. If he is on a desktop or laptop computer, he uses this dictionary almost exclusively, but it was too annoying to use on mobile.
While in Germany using the mobile app is highly recommend. You can download the entire language pack and never use data while using the app. This will definitely come in handy while traveling. Herr Antrim did this on his last trip to Germany and it was fantastic.
Herr Antrim’s go-to online dictionary for a long time (before discovering dict.cc) was LEO. It includes most of the words and phrases you will need, but there have been a few times that Herr Antrim couldn’t find what he was looking for on LEO. It is still a pretty handy dictionary and it includes audio samples like a lot of other dictionaries.
One of the key advantages of LEO is the mobile app. It doesn’t allow you to download the language pack like dict.cc, but it does work flawlessly. When in class Herr Antrim often uses it when a student who asks for a word he doesn’t know (which happens way more often than it should). It is a quick, light mobile app with a great user interface. It is available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phones.
You can even integrate it directly into your web browser, which allows you to find any word on any website without leaving the site. If you do a lot of online reading in German, but often find yourself opening a dictionary in another tab, this is the feature for you.
Herr Antrim has a more complete review of the LEO online dictionary and all of the other features available on their site. It is several years old, but pretty much all of the information is still correct.
This is a different kind of dictionary entirely. Herr Antrim uses this almost every time he writes a video script. In addition to the usual word-to-word and phrase-to-phrase translations, Linguee shows you results of the word or phrase for which you are searching as it is used in articles and websites around the web. If you want to make sure that you are using a word correctly or to confirm that a certain phrasing is more common than another, just type it into Linguee and read a few of the results. If there aren’t any results for exactly the phrase you typed in, assume that it can’t be phrased that way or simply shouldn’t be. Sometimes you will find a usage of a word that you didn’t know was possible.
The Linguee app is available on Android and iOS and works perfectly. It is exactly the same as the online version and you can even use it offline, so you don’t eat up your data allowance on your mobile device. This is a dictionary app like no other. It is a must have for anyone who is really serious about learning the more intricate details of the German language.
Herr Antrim’s Recommended Resources, of course, also includes resources for his fellow teachers. Teachers beg, borrow and steal any materials they can get their hands on to make sure that their lessons are fresh, their classrooms are lively, and their students are engaged. Herr Antrim knows first hand what it can be like trying to find something that you can use in class to reach as many of your students as possible. We all have our select resources we return to, time and time again. While Herr Antrim would love to think that his Teachers Pay Teachers page is on the top of your list, he has compiled a list here of where he goes to get extra materials or even just inspiration for something new to try with his students.
You can’t teach German in a classroom setting in the United States without at least having heard of Nancy Thuleen’s website. While Herr Antrim usually sticks to the worksheets page, which supplies him with more than enough extra work and instructions for his students to get through the toughest of grammar topics, Frau Thuleen also has a ton of other resources on her site for German teachers. She has written numerous essays and articles about German literature. She has her own list of books that she owns and suggests for you, which is much more extensive than Herr Antrim’s Recommended Books.
All of that is nice, but the tab that you want is the “Teach” tab. There you will find grammar worksheets, vocabulary worksheets, writing assignments, cultural information, worksheets for certain video series, song lyrics, and activities for classroom use (including games). If you teach it and it is German, you will find it on this website.
There are a few downsides, however. First of all, everything on her website is formatted in such a way that you really can’t modify it without copying and pasting the text into another document and editing from there. This has cost Herr Antrim hours of cutting and taping papers together so they fit the curriculum at his school. There are also rare occasions when he has found errors either in the answer keys or in the worksheets themselves. Since you can’t edit the original document, he can’t simply fix the errors. That being said, you won’t find a more comprehensive website for teachers of German anywhere on the web.
This is the only paid website on the list. Here you can find lesson plans and activities to use in your own classroom. It will set you back £40, which is just over $50 at the time of writing this, for every 12 months. There is a list of what that gets you here. In the opinion of Herr Antrim it is worth it.
Reading German Online
When you are learning a foreign language, one suggestion would be to change everything you do into that language. Focusing on language learning is tough, but if you really want to learn a language, you shouldn’t focus on learning. Just do what you normally do, but in the target language. With that in mind, Herr Antrim’s Recommended Resources includes a few suggestions for getting your news and other online reading materials in German.
1. Google News
If you own an Android device, you may have noticed that when you swipe right from your home screen, you will be given a list of news articles that you might find interesting. This can easily be changed into any language you want. In order to do this on your computer, simply go to news.google.com and click “Language & Region” from the bottom of the sidebar. From there you can choose German. Now your news will be curated to you based on your interests and it will all be in German. If you are trying to do this from your phone, you will have to change the language of the entire device to German (which Herr Antrim recommends you do anyway) or actually download the real Google News app and change it to German.
One of the cool thing about this app is that it allows you to curate the news you get so you can read about things you actually care about. Herr Antrim reads a lot of news articles about comic book characters (movies and comics) and things about Germany and politics. You can make this feed anything you want it to be and everyday you will have something new to read in German.
If you own an iOS device, don’t fret. You can get this app, too and it is just as easy to switch into German as it is on Android.
If you are still in the beginning stages of learning German, it is very unlikely that you will be able to read most German newspapers or articles meant for adults. If you still want to know the basics about what is going on in the world, but you need a simplified version of the news, you can find a lot of interesting articles on News for Kids.
This website doesn’t write about all of the news like the Google News app would. You won’t be able to find exactly the topic you want, but you will find simplified stories about what is going on in the world and a variety of other topics. As the name implies, this site is intended for children, but that’s exactly where you level of German understanding my be. Most of the articles are within the B1 level. Here is Herr Antrim’s complete review of News for Kids.
3. Slow German
This is a blog and podcast designed to slow down the German language to a rate of speech that learners can easily understand. Again the topics to choose from aren’t as varied as you will find on Google News, but what this site lacks in selection is makes up in value for learners. You can search by topics including: absolute beginner, everyday life, dialogues, food and drink, holidays and festivals, friends and family, history, health and society, art and culture, music, language, and transportation and travel.
There are audio versions to go with the text, so you can listen and read along. The premium version includes learning materials for each episode, an MP3 download, quizzes and more. Herr Antrim uses the text all of the time in class to give his students something to read that isn’t the boring things out of our textbook. His full review of “Slow German” is here.
German Learning Apps
If you need a bit more structure to your German learning, a good place to start would be an online app. Herr Antrim would never suggest that an app can make you fluent in German. The apps on this list should be used with other materials in order to make a complete language curriculum. That being said, he believes they each have their place in your German learning journey and on Herr Antrim’s Recommended Resources.
You have surely heard of this one, but you probably aren’t using it properly. Duolingo is great for an introduction to a long list of topics and ideas in a ton of foreign languages. Assuming Duolingo will teach you everything you need to know about a language, however, is naive. Do a level of Duolingo in order to introduce yourself to a topic. Then go somewhere else on the web for more information about that topic. The information and examples given on Duolingo are nowhere near complete. They give you a place to practice what you know and learn the basics before diving deeper. Long story short, use Duolingo, but use other things too or you will never make much progress. You can find Herr Antrim’s full review of Duolingo here.
Every serious language learner needs a place to store a list of words they want to learn and a way to review those words. Quizlet does both and does it beautifully. At its base form, Quizlet is a flashcard app, but it goes a step further and gives you review games and quizzes. Herr Antrim likes Quizlet so much that he created the flashcards to go with his e-book there.
This site is one of the best ways to make lists and flashcards out of the vocabulary you come across while reading German articles and news online. You can import an entire article or just a word or two. The words and phrases you want to learn are then put into flashcards similar to Quizlet and when you are ready to review them, the site will test you over your knowledge in the same way Quizlet does. Learn with Oliver is a unique take on learning languages through reading. Here is Herr Antrim’s full review of Learn with Oliver.
German Learning Games
There aren’t a lot of games out there for language learners and even fewer for German. To clarify what is meant by “German Learning Games”, Herr Antrim only counts those things that not only seek to entertain, but focus on the educational part. There are a lot of games that claim to be “Language Learning Games”, but they missed the “learning” part of their name. The two on this list get it all right.
With a name like that, you know it has to be good. Babadum is essentially a gamified flashcard app. You don’t get to choose the vocabulary. Instead it chooses the most used 1500 words in a language and shows them as fun (and sometimes funny) images. There are a variety of ways to play. You can have a word with four images, an image with four words, a spoken word with four images, an image with a list of letters to spell it with, or you can shuffle them all. It always says the word out loud when you choose it and it will show you the correct answer if you answer incorrectly. The only downside is that it doesn’t include the article, which is pretty important in German. Here is Herr Antrim’s full review of Babadum.
This website is ancient in terms of the internet, but it has a quality that stands the test of time. It offers a variety of games to help you learn vocabulary and a few grammar topics. They are mostly “click the item that matches” type games, but they are entertaining enough and Herr Antrim’s students seem to enjoy them. These games, however, will only cover the very basic level things you need to learn. If you are at the A1 level, however, you will get a lot out of this site. Of course, Herr Antrim has a review for this site, too. Apparently they have released an update to the site since that review, which changes the layout considerably, but the games remain pretty much the same.