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Last Updated ( Monday, 13 May 2013 )
FREE access to Original German Exercises Index

bookmark.gifAccess to the Original German Exercises Index is now open to all for FREE; however, if this website is useful to you, I would be very grateful if you could show your thanks with a donation.

Remember that there are actually two indices of links for online German exercises on this website: the original index with over 3200 links and the new database-driven index with over 650 links. Make sure you check both if you are looking for resources.

Running this website costs me many dollars every month!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 July 2009 )
Saarbrücken, Homburg, Ottweiler
by Wolfgang Staudt on flickr

Located in south-western Germany, Saarbrücken is the capital city of the small state of Saarland and makes an excellent base to explore the local area.

Centrepoint of the Altstadt is the St. Johanner Markt, a bustling pedestrian precinct with many shops, cafés and lanes to explore. From the fountain in the the marketplace there is a good view of the palace, which is located across the river and easily accessed via the Alte Brücke. The palace itself is a combination of old and new architectural styles. It serves as an administrative center and a venue for cultural events. The palace wall offers a good vantage point for panoramic photographs of the city. On the same side of the river, the Ludwigskirche (pictured) is the most famous example of Friedrich-Joachim Stengel's architecture in the city. Completely rebuilt after WW2, it is nevertheless a beautiful example of protestant baroque style.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 November 2008 )
Gallery update Oct 2008

P1040605-SpearLily.JPG I've added the best of the last couple of months' photos to the Nature of Australia gallery pages. I'm taking some inspiration from some words of the American photographer Walker Evans who described art in photography as "the capture and projection of the delights of seeing".

In each gallery page, click on a thumbnail to show the full size image and description. Left and right mouse keys can be used to quickly go from photo to photo. Please feel welcome to explore!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 November 2008 )
German Spell Checking

openoffice.jpgOpen Office 3 was released this week. I have long appreciated the German spell checking in OOo2, and for almost all word processing tasks, have found Open Office Writer to be the match of Microsoft Word.

However, in the English version of OOo3, German spell checking does not work 'out of the box'. While there are dictionary extensions available online, I was looking for an easy solution to recommend.

The German version of OOo3 does spell check both German and English texts. Open Office is free software.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 October 2008 )
Doctor's Advice Game

doctor.jpgThis is a classroom matching game with a twist! Make two sets of cards, one with ailments, and one with advice. You will need several more cards than there are students in the group. Print them on different colours. Each student gets a card and needs to find someone with a card of the other colour. "Sounds simple", I hear you say. Well, make sure you read on, because there's much more depth to this than a simple game of finding a matching pair!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 October 2008 )

suetterlin.jpgSütterlin was named after the graphical designer, Ludwig Sütterlin, although the term is often applied to any old style of Germanic handwriting. Many German-speakers, particularly younger people, can no longer read this handwriting, although the skill is useful when called upon to decipher old letters and other texts.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 October 2008 )
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