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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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.
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.
6. 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
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.
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
1. Possessive pronouns: Nominative only! Very easy.
2. Possessive pronouns: With family vocabulary.Two-in-one exercise.
4. Personal pronouns: nominative and accusative personal pronouns.
5. Personal pronouns: nominative and dative personal pronouns.
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.)
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.
14. Es geht mir nicht gut: different ways to express that you are not feeling well.
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.”