Free German Video Worksheets and Resources
Because I am a visual learner and therefore a big fan of video sources, I created these German video resources to help other visually oriented learners with their mastery of German. Each video activity features a video and a related worksheet or online exercise with grammar and/or comprehension questions about the video. Worksheets can be downloaded and printed out so that students can answer the questions while they watch the videos.
Many of the videos are from youtube and therefore subject to change/removal at any point in time. I have not control over the availablity of the videos, but I make an effort to check the links on a regular basis. However, I cannot guarantee that all videos are available at all times. Please note that the links that are included for the German videos on the printable worksheets may NOT be available anymore, but the links included on this page are updated more frequently and may therefore still work. If a video link does not work, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) or search for it online. It may still be available from a different source.
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ATTENTION: the links listed on the individual worksheets may not be accurate anymore, but I do my best to keep the links on this page up-to-date, so please access the activities from the links provided on this page.
Aschenputtel übt die Partizipien: Cinderella outsmarts her wicked stepmother. She lists all the chores she has already done (present perfect tense). Die Bildung der Partizipien. Video ist nur auf Deutsch, aber relativ einfach. Arbeitsblatt/Worksheet (pdf).
Weihnachten: Weihnachtswortschatz (video; worksheet); “Der Weihnachtsbaum” Christmas poem with English subtitles; Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (very easy version of the Christmas story: video; worksheet).
Die Sommer-Olympiade: video with vocabulary that is frequently used in different sports.
Video about the present tense conjugation of “sein”, using all of the forms in practical situations. No worksheet, but easy to watch.
Video about the present tense conjugation of “haben”. A simple story using all of the forms in practical situations. Loosely based on the song “Die Affen rasen durch den Wald.” No worksheet, but easy to watch.
Subordinating Conjunctions: what they are and how they affect word order (English explanations with lots of German examples, no worksheet)
Der Alphabet-Rap: great video to teach the German alphabet to beginning students.
Mainzelmännchen: Ok, so there are no activities for this video, but the Mainzelmännchen, which are used as quick fillers between commercials on ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), are a German national treasure, so you can watch this quick collection of clips just for your viewing pleasure. A related article on the background of these lovable TV gnomes and a simple exercise are available on the deutschdrang blog.
Amadeus: Worksheet about Falco’s “Rock me Amadeus” and a quiz on Mozart. Video 1. Various versions/parts of the movie “Amadeus” are available on youtube. If you would like to watch one of Mozart’s operas, but are not a huge opera fan in general, try the version of “The Magic Flute” which famous Swedish director Ingmar Bergman turned into a movie. It is sung in Swedish, but it is entertaining, even for children. It, too, is available on youtube. A very good article about what the movie “Amadeus” gets wrong, but also recognizing the undeniable charm and fascination of the movie and of Mozart as a person and composer.
A cute video for the simple past and present perfect forms of some common verbs. Great combination of audio and visual learning techniques. No activities to go with it, but it’s really well done and self-explanatory.
Video activities for specific chapters: I am not updating these anymore, but you are welcome to check them and see what is/is not usable anymore. Einführung; Kapitel 1 (Deutsch Heute), Kapitel 1(Kontakte); Kapitel 2 (Deutsch Heute); Kapitel 3 (Deutsch Heute); Kapitel 4 (Deutsch Heute); Kapitel 5 (Deutsch Heute); Kapitel 7 (Deutsch Heute);
Herr Antrim has a very active channel for German videos, mostly aimed at beginning and intermediate-level students.
A complete, free video series to learn German is available from smartergerman on youtube.
Max und Moritz (1. Streich). A summary of the first prank in the story of Max und Moritz. Really quite easy, except that it practices the German simple past (Imperfekt). Worksheet to accompany the video.
Nebenordnende und unterordnende Konjunktionen: Video (auf Deutsch), das den Unterschied zwischen nebenordnenden und unterordnenden Konjunktionen erklärt.
Das deutsche Passiv im Imperfekt und Perfekt: eine sehr einfache Version der Geschichte von Wilhelm Tell illustriert den Gebrauch des Passivs im Imperfekt und Perfekt. Video / Arbeitsblatt. Passende Online-Übung zum Imperfekt.
5 Dative Situations: When and how is the dative case used in German?
ATTENTION: the links listed on the worksheets I created for specific textbooks may not be accurate anymore, but I do my best to keep the links on this page up-to-date, so please access the activities from the links provided on this page.
German TV: Complete episodes of some German TV shows and many movies. No specific activities.
ARD Mediathek: German TV station media library. Lots of videos available, some full-length shows like “Tatort”.
ZDF Mediathek: German TV station media library.Lots of videos available, some full-length shows.
Great Music Video Resource: German music videos, available with German and English lyrics and some teaching activities. Some of the videos are suitable for specific grammar issues (e.g., “Gib mir nur ein Wort” by Wir sind Helden can be used as an introduction to basic verb endings in the present tense). Many of these videos, however, would be more appropriate for at least second-semester German classes.