Improve your German and ‘Learn with Oliver’

Improve your German and 'Learn with Oliver'

If you are a regular reader you know that I’m always looking for extra activities that you, the German learner, can do in addition to your normal German lesson. I have found sites with videos, music, games, smartphone apps, to name a few. If you want to find online ideas, check out the ‘Free online resources‘ category.

But practising German with videos, music or games isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, so today I’m telling you about a different site. Oliver Antosch and his wife Wei Hsiang Lin have a website with digital flashcards for various languages including German. I have been trying out their German flashcards for a while and think they will appeal to many German learners.

The main idea is to make your own collection of flashcards with words you want (or need) to learn.

You need to register otherwise you cannot collect your cards. Once registered you are asked how quickly you want to learn German and get told how much time you would need to spend every day to become fluent in that time.


You then specify at which level you’re at and can decide what type of newsletter you would like. Their standard newsletter comes out daily (but you can also chose to receive it less frequent) and contains a selection of sentences and words for you to learn. It’s then your choice which of those words you want to learn and add to your flashcard collection. You can practise the words on various ways and, of course, delete them if you don’t want them any more.

What I also like is their selection of texts, some basic, others more advanced. As you hover your mouse over unknown words, a box appears with the translation. There is also the listening option but that is only available if you subscribe to the paid version.



But what I like most is their Text Analyzer: if you come across a German text online which you would like to understand, copy and paste it into their analyzer and they will help you understand it. I took a sentence from a German website and tried to make a screenshot to give you an idea but the picture doesn’t really do it any justice – far better for you to register and try it out for yourself ☺

text analyzer

The newsletter and most activities are free but there is a paid version, too, which you can try out for free for the first seven days when you register.

0b33385a-4ca4-4279-8b70-1bb1516982d7As you can see here, most of the activities are free, so it’s a great way to try them out.

Here is the link again:

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

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