In the beginning, it’s all about familiarise yourself with German. Don’t stress about it. Just get comfortable with the pronunciation and learn some basic words and sentences, and try to learn some of these things from film and music. If you don’t have the possibility to take German classes, make sure to get at least one text book, so you can get a proper introduction to the German language.
In the start, you will not need a grammar book or some other advanced material to tell you how the German language works. Unless you already know some other foreign languages and in details know about linguistic structure, you will need a book with a pedagogical approach. In other words, a proper text book. There are several free text books online.
An average adult or teenager will, under normal circumstances, not be able keep attention for more than 20 minutes. While watching a film, you are able to keep attention for much longer time. This is the main reason, why films are so essential, when it comes to developing an efficient learning process. To start with, watch films with subtitles in your own language and later, when you feel ready, change to German subtitles. In my article on German Films you can read about how to find interesting German films, download them, and finding English/German subtitles for them.
There is so much passion in music. If you can discover a handful of German artists that you like, you should be able to transfer some of their passion to your learning process. This will, first of all, stimulate your curiosity, but of course also help you with pronunciation and have a significant effect on your vocabulary. I have made article about German music that will help you to find some good tunes that will fit your individual taste.
Different interactive material:
This site is fantastic. There are courses for both beginners and more advanced speakers, and trough its online community you can exchange languages with other users.
Eleaston.com | German Quizzes
Links to more than 100 online quizzes and tests.
Omniglot.com | Language Learning Tips
Simon Ager speaks 10 languages, and he has written a lot of helpful learning tips on his website.
German Steps – German for beginners (BBC)
BBC have developed a very good beginner course.
Goethe Zertifikat A1
Beginner course from Die Goethe Institute – excellent stuff.
A superb web page with online lessons.
Learning German for Beginners
Beginner course mainly built up upon grammar.
Fine little German course for beginners in 11 episodes.
Stumble Upon | German
Stumble Upon is a website, where a click on a button takes you to random interesting places on the web. I have inserted German as your interest, so click on the link above to get to a random page about something to do with German.