The following is a list of resources that I’ve found useful when learning German – and that I hope you will, too! 🙂 I’ll come back and update this every so often, so if there’s not much here right now, there will be eventually.
dict.cc – if you’re not using this dictionary, well, you probably should be. I used to use LEO, but this one is far superior, with the ability to look up common phrases and even film titles. Plus, there’s a cool iPhone app (I don’t know about android) that’s absolutely free. You need wifi to install it though apparently.
German Kindle Store – not that it’ll be a problem on the year abroad, but when you’re in the UK, you can only buy from the UK Kindle store. Simple. Except, German paperbacks are pretty expensive, so amazon launched a ‘foreign language’ section of the Kindle store, including… you guessed it, German! If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can always see what’s a bestseller on the German site, then come back and search for it on the UK one – if it’s from an indie author, it’s guaranteed to be pretty cheap. And if you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry about it. You can download the Kindle app to pretty much any laptop/PC/phone you want. (Or you could get one, and save yourself the trouble of lugging paperbacks to your destination ;))