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Beginner-Level German Worksheets

 

These free beginner-level German worksheets provide supplemental practice for German students. They are not enough on their own to learn German, but are intended as additional practice to complement a regular textbook or German course. All of these beginner-level German worksheets are in Windows Word format. The answers to the exercises, if available, are found on a separate sheet with each file.

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Additional beginner-level German exercises are available under Audio Activities, Video Activities, Powerpoints, and Vocab Practice. For independent learners, we recommend our Online Exercises since they are self-graded. If you are looking for activities and exercises related to a specific grammar topic or vocabulary unit, you might want to check out our Weekly Brick units and the Weekly Brick Archive found on the same page.

 

 

I. Sentence structure:

1. Word order: changing the word order in simple sentences.

2. Sentence creation: making statements or questions out of fragments.

3. Sentence starters: complete sentences with an appropriate second clause (coordinating and subordinating conjunctions).

4. Subordinating conjunctions: starting sentences with subordinating conjunctions (word order, pdf format).

5. Clauses: team or individual activity to make sentences with subordinating/coordinating conjunctions. Teachers may wish to assign points for correct sentences and turn this into a friendly competition.

5. Fragewörter: beginner-level exercise on question words. Deals with questions, but not specifically about sentence structure of questions.   

 

II. Verbs:

1. Conjugation (present tense): adding correct endings to regular verbs.

2. Conjugation (present tense): very easy worksheet assigning verb forms to the corresponding subject; regular verbs only.

3. Irregular verbs: completing table of irregular verbs in the present tense.

4. Crossword puzzle: Irregular present tense verbs.

5. Modal verbs/infinitives: easy Modalverben worksheet. Audio activity with text and exercises.

beginner-level german6. Separable prefix verbs: worksheet with four separable prefix activities (Deutsch Heute Kap. 4);

7. Present perfect tense: reading text (“Der Wolf und die sieben Geißlein”) with practice for past participles.

8. Present to present perfect: changing present-tense sentences to present perfect.

9. Present perfect practice: making simple sentences in the present perfect tense by choosing elements from different categories.

10. Present to present perfect or simple past: a simple reading text in the present that needs to be turned into present perfect or simple past (answer is given for both).

11. Imperatives: worksheet for “du” imperative only.

12. Verbs used as nouns: oral partner activity

 

III. Cases:

1. Direct objects: practice sentences with typical accusative patterns. Classroom/individual activity.

2. Reise zum Mond: classroom activity to practice accusative objects or separable prefixes.

3. Dative Prepositions: easy worksheet and listening activity.

4. Direct and indirect objects: easy; focus on correct case endings.

5. Direct and indirect objects: grammar handout with practice sentences, focus on word order for dative and accusative nouns and pronouns.

6. Dative and accusative review: exercises for dative and accusative objects and pronouns.

7. Nominative/accusative/dative: recognizing gender and case markers

8. Two-way prepositions: pretty easy exercise

 

IV. Pronouns:

1. Possessive pronouns: Nominative only! Very easy.

2. Possessive pronouns: With family vocabulary.Two-in-one exercise.

3. Possessive Pronouns: Arbeitsblatt (PDF worksheet that accompanies a youtube video)

4. Personal pronouns: nominative and accusative personal pronouns.

5. Personal pronouns: nominative and dative personal pronouns.

 

V. Miscellaneous:

1. Basic introductions: Classroom activity for teachers.

2. Number puzzle to write out addition problems.

3. Calendar activity: days of the week, ordinal numbers.

4. German last names: analyzing some German last names found in U.S. phone books.

5. Chapter 1 review: Review exercises for chapter 1 of Deutsch Heute (9th ed.)

6. General Review: this is actually a placement test, but the first two sections feature good review questions for students with 1-2 semesters of German and could be used in a classroom with teacher assistance/grading. You won’t be able to get online results unless you are applying to Willamette University.

7. Chapter 3 review: review exercises for chapter 3 of Deutsch Heute (9th ed.)

8. Chapter 4 review: review exercises for chapter 4 of Deutsch Heute (9th ed.)

9. Chapter 5 review: review exercises for chapter 5 of Deutsch Heute (9th ed.)

10. Body parts: German idioms using body parts. A second worksheet, easy body part labeling; a list of body parts.

11. Ordinal numbers: Writing out the birthdates of some famous people.

12. Ordinal numbers and holidays: writing out ordinal numbers for special days in the German calendar

13. False friends: some common German words that look like English words, but have different meanings.

obst214. Es geht mir nicht gut: different ways to express that you are not feeling well.

15. Vocabulary expansion: adjective opposites; Adjektive und ihre Gegenteile: easy worksheet for beginner-level vocabulary expansion, based on a Gegenteile/Opposites picture.

16.  Obst und Gemüse: worksheet for classroom use.

17. Filmtitel: a very early worksheet about the meanings of some movie titles (can be completed even without any previous knowledge of German)

18. ABC: German alphabet activity. One German noun for each letter. Particularly suitable for children.

19. Vocabulary expansion: Der Wort-Igel. Students find words related to a given word and pin them to the “word hedgehog.”

33 Responses to Beginner-Level German Worksheets

  1. Frau C says:

    These are amazing, thank you so much for sharing. I love that teachers can be so generous with activities that have worked for them.
    Vielen Dank,
    Frau C

    • ddyve says:

      Danke! I’m glad you find the materials helpful. I still have lots of worksheets that I haven’t uploaded yet. If you need anything specific that you can’t find on the site currently, let me know and I’ll see what I have.

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