This list includes ideas for supplements for grammar in German so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – learning grammar is an important part of learning a language. If you are using a German curriculum that does not teach grammar explicitly, you might wish to supplement grammar to try to make faster progress.
Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add supplements from other areas to give your child a well-rounded foreign language education. Finally, once your child is ready, try out the German Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff
GERMAN SUPPLEMENTS FOR GRAMMAR
Verbito will conjugate the infinite of verbs that you enter, and it will also create worksheets with verb exercises. The languages available for conjugation and worksheets are German, Spanish, and French. Italian is available for conjugation, but not worksheets. Free.
Speak the grammar aloud
Speak the grammar aloud as you act it out. A partner helps a lot, but when you don’t have one, use your imagination.
Busuu is a website or app. There are grammar units, McGraw-Hill level completion certificates, a vocabulary trainer, and conversations with native speakers available. Free to register and do some lessons. Available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, Russian, and Arabic.
Duolingo is free, but you can purchase a subscription. Duolingo is a weaker choice for adding grammar, but could be appropriate depending on your child and the main curriculum you’re using.
The Ielanguages.com website has free online lessons, plus many links and recommendations. There are links for “realia” in the foreign language, such as ticket stubs, signs, and receipts. There are also grammar tutorials and audio, some of which is spontaneous and unscripted from native speakers. You can purchase e-book courses for some languages. The courses vary by languages. The website says, “The most popular courses, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, include interactive exercises and audio recordings created by native speakers.”
Babbel. This is a program available via website or app. It feels less repetitive to me than Memrise or Duolingo. It gives explicit grammar instruction for the beginner level. Available in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian, Russian, Danish, Norwegian, but the amount of lessons per language varies. It costs $12.95 per month, per language, at the time of this writing, and you can get discounts if you pay for multiple months at a time. There is enough out there for free that I have not tried this app.
This is coming at the grammar issue from a different perspective, but it’s a helpful supplement for high school and beyond.
Add a German Grammar book
There are so many to choose from: