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Beginner-Level German Worksheets

 

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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Creating the materials on this website has taken hundreds of hours of unpaid work, and while deutschdrang.com is a labor of love, a small Paypal donation would be greatly appreciated if you have found the materials on this website to be of use to you.


Additional beginner-level German exercises are available under Audio Activities, Video Activities, Powerpoints, 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: 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.   

 

II. Verbs:

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.

5. Modal verbs/infinitives: easy Modalverben worksheet. Audio activity with text and exercises.

beginner-level german6. 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

 

III. Cases:

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.

3. Dative Prepositions: easy worksheet and listening activity.

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

 

IV. Pronouns:

1. Possessive pronouns: Nominative only! Very easy.

2. Possessive pronouns: With family vocabulary.Two-in-one exercise.

3. Possessive Pronouns: Arbeitsblatt (PDF worksheet that accompanies a youtube video)

4. Personal pronouns: nominative and accusative personal pronouns.

5. Personal pronouns: nominative and dative personal pronouns.

 

V. Miscellaneous:

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.)

10. Body parts: German idioms using body parts. A second worksheet, easy body part labeling; a list of body parts.

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.

obst214. Es geht mir nicht gut: different ways to express that you are not feeling well.

15. Vocabulary expansion: adjective opposites; Adjektive und ihre Gegenteile: easy worksheet for beginner-level vocabulary expansion, based on a Gegenteile/Opposites picture.

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.”

33 Responses to Beginner-Level German Worksheets

  1. Mansi Aggrawal says:

    I love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. anita says:

    Tausend Dank…ich habe das sehr hilfsreich gefunden. Definitely a labor of love. Will it be possible for you to upload small texts as comprehension passages for students in the anfaenger Stufe?

    • ddyve says:

      Please check out the Reading Comprehension page (http://deutschdrang.com/dir/reading-comprehension/), which has lots of short texts with exercises, and specifically “Der Deutschbüffler,” a one-page monthly pdf with short texts and exercises (also found on the Reading Comprehension page). I hope you will find some useful passages there. Make sure you also check out the resources found at the bottom of that page.

  3. Frau C says:

    These are amazing, thank you so much for sharing. I love that teachers can be so generous with activities that have worked for them.
    Vielen Dank,
    Frau C

    • ddyve says:

      Danke! I’m glad you find the materials helpful. I still have lots of worksheets that I haven’t uploaded yet. If you need anything specific that you can’t find on the site currently, let me know and I’ll see what I have.

  4. ronja says:

    danke, i am a highschooler and found that i won’t be able to continue to the next level of german, so these worksheets are going to help me keep my fluency strong.

  5. Dan Dominquez says:

    Thank you very much for the materials. Your efforts are appreciated. I have recently started a relationship with a wonderful women from Hamburg and wish to become fluent in German but need the basics first. The materials you have provided have given me a good head start.
    Thank you again. Tschuss

  6. Maryanique says:

    Thanks these worksheets helped me. I am in high school right now and I take an online german 2 class, even though these are basic meanings it still helped me out alot. THANK YOU !!!

    • ddyve says:

      Bitte gern geschehen. Versuchen Sie doch auch die “intermediate-level” Arbeitsblaetter, unsere Online-Aufgaben oder die Lesetexte (reading comprehension). Viel Spass.

  7. Ally says:

    Thank you! I am also self-learning for the sake of my boyfriend’s family and their family friends. I’m tired of having to use Google translator for everything, and I don’t make enough money for Rosetta Stone, so all of this is very helpful for a beginner.

    • ddyve says:

      Bitte gern geschehen. There are lots of free resouces out there for learners like you. Also, make sure you follow our facebook page, where I’m posting links to other resources all the time. Viel Spass!

  8. Rachael says:

    Danke! Thank you so much for your site. I am self learning German right now and I am so happy to have stumbled upon your website! I have found your worksheets especially to be such a help!!

  9. quang says:

    Hi, in the second possessive pronouns worksheet 2 (the one with family vocab.):

    answer: 10.Ihre Eltern haben eine Tochter. Sie ist ihre Schwester.

    If her parents have only one daughter, will that one be herself? If she has a sister, her parents would have two daughters.

    Just thought i should point it out 😛

    • ddyve says:

      I know that it could be construed that way, but you are making the assumption that the sentence implies that they have ONLY one daughter, which it does not. It just says “Her parents have a daughter” (who, in this case, is her sister). I understand your point, and I did think about that, but the whole purpose of the exercise was more about using the possessive pronouns and the family vocabulary. The same exercise, btw, is under online exercises as well, but it’s a little less ambiguous there because the family relationship is given and only the possessive pronoun form is required. I hope you are still getting something out of the exercises on the website. 🙂

  10. Faye says:

    Really usefull website I am aged 13 and have been having german lessons at school for nearly a year. As the term ends soon I need to consolidate my new skills and I was hoping to learn some new things and this site is great.

    • ddyve says:

      Thank you. I wish you the best of luck with your studies. If you need help with something specific, please let me know at deutschdrang@gmail.com and I’ll try to point you in the right direction. You might also want to check out our facebook page, where I post links to various other resources and useful materials on a daily basis. Alles Gute und viel Spass mit Deutsch!

  11. sanju says:

    really a useful and informative site… i like it!!

  12. QWERT says:

    extremely helpful site for young german learners like me
    DANKE

  13. abcd says:

    a very very nice site for beginners

  14. JS says:

    Thanks so much for providing these free of charge, very generous. Maybe my next comment will be in German!

    • ddyve says:

      You’re welcome, or “bitte, gern geschehen”. Good luck with your German studies. I look forward to your next comment in German.

  15. aman says:

    there is no personal pronoun worksheet

  16. timar noemi says:

    thank you very much for these wonderful worksheets ,they are very useful.

  17. Janaki Srinath says:

    Thank you for these very useful worksheets. I have a KDS and teach German to students from home after retiring from a corporate career. Its a pleasure for me and I’m happy to find good teaching resources for my kids!

    Best regards,
    Janaki Srinath

    • ddyve says:

      You’re welcome. Please let me know if you’re looking for something specific that you can’t find on my site. Chances are that I have some related exercises somewhere that I can put up. I still have a ton of stuff that I haven’t posted. Good luck with your teaching. I know teaching German has always been a great joy for me.

  18. Martin says:

    Thank you so much for the very useful work sheet, I start a new german glass in the new term in a new school and found the sheet are very good for beginners,
    thank you again
    Martin

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