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AmyinWI
07-26-2013, 01:58 PM
My son would like to try to learn some German(mostly because his girlfriend was an exchange student to Germany and is fluent in the language now )
But I really don't to spend too much money on a course he may only be interested in for a short time- he will graduate in January and I can't seem him having time for that once he is in tech school and/or working.

Looking for free or inexpensive resources, either online, or a CD type course. (LOVE Rosetta stone, but not looking to spend that kind of money right now).
Can anyone help?

Hollie in SC
07-26-2013, 02:14 PM
Trudy linked this site for Spanish the other day. The left margin lists 3 levels of German. I think it is fairly traditional, though.
http://www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources/SharedGerman1.aspx

CINDY LB OH
07-26-2013, 05:46 PM
Check and see what your local/state library has. Ours has Mango Languages that you use through the library for free.

Robin in Colorado
07-26-2013, 08:00 PM
Itunes has Coffee Break German (and a boatload of other languages, too) and it's free, in the form of conversational, 15-minute podcasts.

Kelly K
07-26-2013, 08:48 PM
I didn't check, but I'll bet itunes university has German.

AmyinWI
07-26-2013, 08:52 PM
wow, never thought to check on iTunes!?

Cindy- what is Mango? I doubt our very small town library has it though. Maybe in a nearby larger city.

CINDY LB OH
07-27-2013, 06:28 AM
Amy-- Here is a link to find out about Mango. (http://www.findmango.com/) Also, before our library had it, we could get a library card from our state library and go through them. That was free as well, and we could do it all online and they mailed us the card. So you could check that as well.

AmyinWI
07-27-2013, 07:56 PM
Amy-- Here is a link to find out about Mango. (http://www.findmango.com/) Also, before our library had it, we could get a library card from our state library and go through them. That was free as well, and we could do it all online and they mailed us the card. So you could check that as well.

Awesome! a not to far away library has it,and my son happens to have a card for that particular library, so then he can log in and use it at home??

CINDY LB OH
07-28-2013, 04:50 PM
Awesome! a not to far away library has it,and my son happens to have a card for that particular library, so then he can log in and use it at home??
Yes! If he has a card from the library that has it, he can go ahead and use it. There should be a link on that library's web page.

AmyinWI
07-31-2013, 07:59 PM
Yes! If he has a card from the library that has it, he can go ahead and use it. There should be a link on that library's web page.

well even though the Mango website says that library has it, they don't. Went to the library's main page and all I could find under "learn a language" is something called "Rocket Language". I had him log in and it seems ok, not sure how it compares to Mango,and I've never heard of this one either.
But I guess free is free, so it will have to do! :)

Amy in Ohio
08-13-2013, 01:31 PM
Hi Amy!
My oldest really likes Duolingo (http://www.duolingo.com/) for her German lessons. :)