Frequently asked questions

  1. I've used German games fine but now the site isn't working properly. What has happened?
    We are frequently updating our websites to add new resources and make them load quicker. Sometimes browsers will hold on to old content rather than downloading the new material. This leads to a mix of old and new files in the browser which can break the website. That store of files is called the "browser cache".

    If the site doesn't seem to be working right, the first thing you should try is to "clear your cache" - which means delete the old files and force the browser to fetch the latest ones - this solves 90% of issues (with most websites, not just ours). There is lots of information on how to clear the cache if you search for "clear cache " + your browser name.

    If you need more help, or that doesn't solve your problem, contact us and we will get it sorted!

  2. What is German games?
    German games is a free website for adults and children learning German as a second language. It consists of lessons, games and tests to help learners improve / reinforce their beginner German in a lively and enjoyable way.

  3. What does it cost to use German games?
    German games is free to use for all materials.

  4. How do you use German games?
    German games is very easy to use - you will find help sections on all pages not only telling you how to use the resource on that page, but also giving you some background into how this activity will help with your German learning and retention. Feel free to contact us if you have suggestions for further materials we could include in German games

  5. What German is provided by the resource?
    The German is beginner level, suitable for those starting to learn the language. The language supplied includes a lot of vocabulary plus simple sentences in the first person present tense, plus common phrases.

  6. Who is German games intended to be used by?
    German games was created from a teaching product we developed for primary and secondary pupils (5 to 16 years) but it is suitable and enjoyable for adults learning the language at a beginner level.

  7. How do the high score leaderboards work?
    You can choose to use or switch off the high score leaderboards for German games using the tick box in the settings panel accessed by clicking on the flags at top right. With the box ticked (default) some games - Sow grow, The frog flies, Pong and Beetle bee - offer to save scores that are in the top 10 for that game-topic pair.

    Players are allowed to record up to 3 entries for any game-topic pair.

    If there are scores saved for a particular game-topic pair, a gold star on a brown background will appear on the game introduction page. Clicking on the star will reveal the current high scores.

    When a player saves a high score, only the given name, score, date and, if selected, the country code are saved to the database. All scores for all games are deleted each year at the end of August.



  8. Do you do websites for other languages?
    We have language learning websites for:

  9. I am a teacher - do you do any whole class games and activities?
    iclanguage.com has an MFL resource for teaching called Teach German Online which uses many of the same materials as German games. It is free to use, and is designed for whole class teaching in schools and colleges.

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