About German Island

October 2012

Message from Roslyn Green

The name of this blog is based on  one of those imaginative and colourful word combinations that Germans excel in creating: Sprachinsel, or language island. The word refers to an area where a different language is spoken from the one that dominates the surrounding region. When I began to learn German, my study gradually became a kind of language island, with German books and dictionaries scattered everywhere and German voices on my iPod.

That’s why after a few years of frenetic study I decided to create this little blog for German learners. I’ve enjoyed my island refuge very much and I hope that anyone who uses this blog and the resources collected here experiences the kind of joy that I have found in learning the language.

If you would like to use or comment on any task or resource, feel free to do so. Comments would be received with gratitude.

I am a teacher of English, German, History and Psychology at Box Hill High School in Melbourne, Victoria. I can be contacted at the school.

Kind regards,

Roslyn Green

Der Name dieses Blogs stammt aus einem bildhaften deutschen Wort: Sprachinsel. Das bedeutet ein kleines Gebiet, in dem eine andere Sprache gesprochen wird als in dem umliegenden Bereich (Duden). Am Anfang meines Deutschlernens ist mein eigenes Arbeitszimmer nach und nach eine Art Sprachinsel geworden, mit vielen Büchern und Wörterbüchern und deutschen Stimmen auf meinem iPod. So eine Sprachinsel kann eine Art Zuflucht werden. 

Dieser Blog ist auch eine kleine deutsche Sprachinsel, auf die man kommen kann, um mehr zu lernen und um Links zu Lernmaterialien und Lernstoff zu finden. 

Liebe Grüße,

Roslyn Green

Message from Nathaniel Smith

My name is Nathaniel Smith, and I am a German and History teacher at Box Hill High School. I am very pleased that Roslyn Green has included me in German Island, and hope that my contributions benefit students and teachers alike. I am passionate about language learning and linguistics, technology, games, and coffee!  You can find me on twitter as @Herr_Smith.

Hallo, ich heiße Nathaniel Smith. Ich bin Lehrer an der Box Hill High School. Vielen Dank an Roslyn Green für die Einladung. Ich freue mich auf die Möglichkeit Blogmitarbeiter zu sein! Ich interessiere mich für Sprachen, Sprachwissenschaft, Technologie, Videospiele und Kaffee! Twitter: @Herr_Smith

July, 2015

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8 Replies to “About German Island”

  1. Guten Tag!

    I love the work you’re doing on your German Island blog. I have used this as an example on The Edublogger to show teachers from around the world what is possible. The Edublogger is Edublogs’ blog about blogging.

    Here is the link https://www.theedublogger.com/2017/11/29/global2-my-blogging-story-and-a-showcase/

    You may get a few more visitors taking a peek at your work in the coming weeks!

    Keep up your great blogging!

  2. Wow… what an amazing resource you have created with so many interactive, fun, interesting and easy to follow tasks, activities, lessons and language experiences for students. It is so exciting to find this and all that it includes – so many useful links, quizzes, listening opportunities and ways to develop and remember language!

    This has clearly taken a very long time to put together. Finding everything so clearly labelled and links all ready to go is truly wonderful!

    I love the concept of the Language Island and am grateful for your kindness to share this with other teachers and learners.

    1. Dear Libby,
      Thank you very much for your kind and appreciative message. You have made my day!
      Kind regards from Roslyn

  3. Hello,

    Great site!

    I am a German teacher in Mexico and wanted to know whether you have more resources available that can be used?

    Kind regards,


    1. Hi Nils,
      Thanks for your feedback!

      I’d like to develop more materials, but I’m not teaching any German next year, so it’s really a hobby for me. You could also look at my podcast at http://germanisland.podbean.com. I hope to upload more materials gradually, for instance, on prepositions and preparing for oral tasks, but I imagine that this will be a slow process, as I am teaching other subjects and devoting most of my time to them.

      All the best!

  4. Hi, I found you through Tiny Cards. You are a fantastic Tiny Cards maker, teaching vocabulary with layered progression. Your decks are logical and effective, and I am writing to ask for some instruction from you in making these decks like you do it. I see the Tiny Cards format is a great tool for Language Revitalization for languages with limited speakers and with limited text/recorded materials. I am a student of Chinuk Wawa, the trade language of the Pacific Northwest tribes, from Northern California through Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and up to SE Alaska. It is based on Old Chinook, with vocabulary from other indigenous languages, and eventually, some twisted French and English. Around the world, tribal members and linguists are working to save and revitalize fragile languages. Most of these groups lack resources to create their own fun phone apps, etc. Tiniy Cards is a great format for that, along with everything on your Sprachinsel. I played all your Advanced German Tiny Cards, and wished for more. They were fun and I constantly wished for help from you to figure out how to do that. Other decks are poor by comparison, and your logic as a teacher comes through clearly. I don’t see a different way to email, please feel free to delete this as comment and email me directly. Thanks for reading my email! Rachel

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