Prepare for JYM Language Instruction before you arrive in Munich

As part of Orientation, your German language proficiency will be tested acccording to the Common European Frame of References for Languages. Based on the results of this placement exam, you will be assigned to a section of Advanced German Language with students who have obtained a similar level of language proficiency.

You should prepare for the placement exam before you arrive in Munich. Your goal should be to obtain Level B2 or beyond while on JYM. (Description of Level B2, PDF)


Test Yourself: Online Self-Study Exercises (Begin with Level B1)

Online German Language Course - Deutsch Interaktiv
Covers Levels A1 and B1 of the Common European Frame of References for Languages.

Deutsch als Fremdsprache - Online Aufgaben und Übungen
Covers Levels A1 to C2 of the Common European Frame of References for Languages.

Grammatical Structures and Functional Use

Whittle. Ruth. Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide. Third Edition. Routledge, 2011.
For intermediate to advanced learners, i.e. Level B1 and beyond.
(ISBN 978-0-415-56726-8)

Zojer, Heidi. Modern German Grammar Workbook. Third Edition. Routledge, 2011.
For intermediate to advanced learners, i.e. Level B1 and beyond.
(ISBN 978-0-415-56725-1)

Vocabulary Building according to Themes

Langenscheidt Grundwortschatz Deutsch (Basic German Vocabulary)
Covers Level A1 to B1. (ISBN 978-3-468-49400-0)

Langenscheidt Grundwortschatz Deutsch: Übungsbuch (Exercise Book)
Covers Level A1 to B1. (ISBN 978-3-468-49419-2)

Forst, Gabriele. Mastering German Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach. New York: Barron's Educational Series, 1995. (ISBN 0-8120-9108-6)

Hachenburger, Petra and Paul Jackson. Topics, Questions, Keywords. A Handbook for Students of German. London: Routledge, 2000. (ISBN 0-415-19405-9)

Online Vocabulary

Online German Vocabulary Links

Online Vocabulary Tests (200 exercises to build and test your vocabulary -- excellent!)

Culturally Authentic Pictoral Lexicon (developed by Washington & Jefferson College)


Dictionaries that include Examples of how to use all those Words

Götz, Dieter, G. Haensch and H. Wellmann, eds. Langenscheidts Großwörterbuch. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Berlin: Langenscheidt, 1994.


Dictionaries for Engineering Students

De Vries, Louis. German-English Technical and Engineering Dictionary. First published 1950 by McGraw-Hill, inexpensive used copies of the 1965 edition can be found online.

Freeman, Henry G. and Günter Glass, eds. Taschenwörterbuch Technik. Ismaning: Max Hueber Verlag, 2000. Available as Deutsch-Englisch, or Englisch-Deutsch.