Are you a train enthusiast? And a German learner?
Great! I have found some interesting German websites for anybody who wants to learn more about trains and practise their German.
This site from the Deutsche Bahn is aimed at German children, therefore perfect for those learning German. It has lots of information, videos, games and craft activities for younger German children, like these screenshots show:
I particularly like the cardboard trains you can make by downloading the instructions and sheets, and then, by following the instructions (in German, of course), make your own.
This site is also from DB, but aimed at German teenagers, so the language is more advanced. It has videos and information on the topics ‘erleben’ – experience (anything topical or videos, for example, about the different types of jobs and apprenticeships there are), ‘bewegen’ – move (DB has some sport camps), and ‘ankommen’ – arrive (useful info for safe travel).
Another site from Deutsche Bahn, this time for people who have mobility problems and need help when travelling by train. But the site is also aimed at those who appreciate some easier German – perfect for those who are learning German!
Just look at these sentences about what the mobility service offers. You should recognise many key words that you would have learned when you covered the topic of buying train tickets:
Das bietet Ihnen der Mobilitätsservice:
Er sucht Züge heraus, mit denen Sie fahren können
Er schickt Ihnen Fahrkarten mit der Post zu
Er reserviert Plätze im Zug für Sie
Er bringt Sie zum richtigen Bahnsteig
Er hilft Ihnen beim Einsteigen und Aussteigen
Er hilft Ihnen beim Umsteigen. Zum Beispiel bringt der Mobilitätsservice Sie von einem Zug zum anderen.
A German Wikipedia article about the history of rail transport. If you find this article too difficult to read, you can always click on the English version.
Another article about the history of rail transport.
More videos and articles for children about trains.
And if you’d like to watch me discuss some of those things, then here is episode 20 of Ask Angelika!