Deutsche virtuelle Grammatik in brief

What is Deutsche virtuelle Grammatik?

Deutsche virtuelle Grammatik is a web-based German grammar resource designed for both independent study and directed classroom study.

It contains a potted summary of German grammar rules in Finnish, Swedish, German and English, accompanied by a range of exercises varying in difficulty. Interactivity is its key feature: when you complete an exercise, you receive instant feedback on how you have performed. You also have the option of listening to the exercise solutions as spoken recordings.

Who is it for?

Deutsche virtuelle Grammatik is principally designed to serve as a grammar revision package for tertiary-level students with 2-5 years of high school or university German studies (CEFR levels A2-B1), but it is also a useful resource for anyone interested in brushing up their German skills.

User’s guide

Each unit is accompanied by exercises progressing in difficulty from simple to more challenging activities. While doing the exercises, you can easily go back and check details by dragging and opening the page that is partly visible in the left-hand margin, which instantly leads you to the relevant grammar rules. When you have completed the exercise, you can check your answers by clicking on the ”Lösung kontrollieren” button. Correct answers show up in bold face type. If your answer is incorrect, the space is left blank and you may try again. The program also calculates your percentage of correct answers at first attempt.

How to use this website

1. Select the grammar rule you wish to revise.
2. Read through the relevant section.
3. Read the instructions before starting the exercise.
4. Complete the exercise. You may return to the grammar rules section whenever you wish while doing the exercise.
5. Click on the ”Lösung kontrollieren” button to check your answers. If you answered any questions incorrectly, try again. If you need help completing the exercise, click on the "¤" buttons alongside the blank spaces, or by clicking on the  ”Tipp” button at the end of the exercise, which reveals the correct answer letter by letter.
6. Listen to the audio recording of the entire text spoken by native speakers.
7. Move on to the next exercise by clicking on ”back”.
You may alternatively listen to the recorded version of the text before starting the exercise.

The authors

Deutsche virtuelle Grammatik was compiled as a collaborative project between six Finnish universities: the University of Helsinki, the Helsinki University of Technology, the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Tampere and the Tampere University of Technology. The project was launched in 2002 and funded out of the Finnish Virtual University project.

The team of authors – Withold Bonner, Åsa Forsman, Pauli and Silja Kudel, Sirkka-Liisa Lainio, Päivi Lappalainen and Peter Wagner – wish to welcome you to the DVG website. Viel Spaß!

We would like to express our thanks to all those who provided constructive feedback. We owe a special debt of gratitude to the students who provided voices for the audio recordings: Nora Aumayr, Janine Bachmann, Pia Bradler, Philina Löhr, Robert Ploss, Tamara Reichert, Linn Richter, Fabian Schifferdecker, Sabine Stangl, Matthias Voigt, Katharina Vörtler, Florian Vollmer, Markus Wutzler, Torben Wagner.

26-10-2009