These free intermediate-level German worksheets provide supplemental practice and exercises for intermediate-level German students. They sometimes include short grammar explanations, but they are not enough on their own to learn German. They are intended as additional practice to complement a regular textbook or German course. All 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 intermediate-level exercises are available under Audio Activities, Video Activities, Powerpoints, Reading Comprehension, 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: switching main and subordinate clauses.
2. Cause and effect: connect sentences with “denn”, “weil” and “deshalb”. Online exercise.
3. Sentence structure with subordinate clauses.
4. Simple past: easy text that uses only the verbs “sein” und “haben” (possible for advanced beginners as well)
5. Dative verbs: most common German verbs/expressions requiring the dative case
6. Separable prefix verbs: quick review and practice sentences.
“The Germans have an inhuman way of cutting up their verbs. Now a verb has a hard time enough of it in this world when it’s all together. It’s downright inhuman to split it up. But that’s just what those Germans do. They take part of a verb and put it down here, like a stake, and they take the other part of it and put it away over yonder like another stake, and between these two limits they just shovel in German.” (Mark Twain)
7. Indirect speech: fairly easy worksheet on indirect speech
8. Indirect Speech (partner activity): students work with a partner to put simple sentences into the indirect speech and check each other’s answers (intermediate level and up).
9. Future tense: partner activity to practice future tense
10. Future tense: Der Wahrsager/die Wahrsagerin. Partner activity for future tense.
11. um . . . zu infinitives: worksheet; can be used for partner activity if students do alternating sentences and check each other’s answers (just cut the answer sheet in half).
12. Infinitives: worksheet; suitable for partner activity
13. Infinitives: famous quotations; is “zu” required or not?
14. Double Infinitives: double infinitives with modals in the perfect tense.
15. Reflexive Verbs: most common reflexive verbs with accusative/dative examples.
16. Playing with Tenses: game board with simple sentences that have to be converted to different tenses (includes present, present and past perfect, simple past, and future)
1. Genitive: classroom worksheet to practice genitive
2. Genitive: easy worksheet for genitive forms with wilhelm Busch illustration
3. Genitive: worksheet with practice sentences
4. Genitive: use of the genitive in German movie titles
5. Genitive: worksheet about phrases that require the genitive (verbs, adjectives, and less common prepositions)
6. Two-way prepositions: illustration of the two-way prepositions and practice sentences
8. German n-nouns (n-Nomen): add an “n” or “en” to the n-nouns in the text if necessary.
1. Possessive pronouns: logic and comprehension exercise with possessive pronouns.
4. Relative clauses/pronouns: writing job descriptions with relative clauses.
5. Relative clauses: comparing English and German relative clauses; job-related vocabulary.
6. Da- and wo-compounds instead of pronouns with prepositional elements.
7. Personal pronouns/da-compounnds: partner activity. Students replace direct objects, indirect objects and prepositional objects with pronouns or da-compounds.
2. Preceded adjectives: flashcard format to practice preceded adjectives based on the gender or number of the noun (sing./plur.). Note: quizlet also has an audio now, so you can hear the correct ending as well as seeing it. If you would like to test yourself, choose the test option; question type: written; start with: term.
3. Preceded adjectives: nouns preceded by “der” – words only.
4. Adjectives: Vocab expansion worksheet. Synonyms for the word “gut”. Not all synonyms are suitable in all situations. Which synonym does not work in a given sentence?
5. Adjective endings: suitable for oral classroom practice. Preceded and unpreceded. Students need to repeat and add their own adjectives. Useful to improve intuitive knowledge.
6. Adjective endings: A boring story that needs to be supplemented with adjectives (preceded and unpreceded).
9. Article & Adjective combinations: This worksheet focuses on which combinations of article forms and adjective endings are possible. It is not intended to TEACH the adjective endings, but to make them more automatic for students who already know the article and adjective endings in theory. You may want to go through this powerpoint first.
10. Adjektive mit spezifischen Präpositionen: worksheet for adjectives that come with specific prepositions.
11. Ordinal number + superlative combinations (second highest=zweithöchste, third fastest=drittschnellste etc.)
1. Umwelt: worksheet for reading comprehension and vocab building. Topic: environment/environmental protection/”green” living.
2. Millionaire: “Who wants to be a millionaire”-type quiz.
3. Vocabulary recall: recalling vocabulary for different categories. Useful for early schoolyear to refresh vocab after summer break. Could also be used as an oral activity.
5. Descriptive German nouns: vocabulary expansion worksheet with great descriptive German nouns like “Nilpferd” (Nile horse=hippopotamus).
7. Review questions: multiple-choice review questions that are suitable to start an intermediate-level class or to evaluate your students’ abilities.
8. German idioms with animals.
9. General grammar: choose the correct of two options to complete a reading text. Involves cases, adjective & article endings, prepositions etc. Das perfekte Liebeslied.