GERMAN LANGUAGE

What can you do from here in California even before you go to the country?
Here are some of the materials I have found helpful in trying to keep up with my German:

A. Wikipedia, Google, and Amazon.com in German
GERMAN--Wikipedia
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Hauptseite
GERMAN--Google
http://www.google.de/

B. Bibles and Devotional material
Read your Bible in German.
German Gospel Resources
Thru the Bible: German at OnePlace [available through iTunes]
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/thru_the_bible_german/

C. Department store websites

GERMAN--Breuninger Department Store
http://www.breuninger.com/store/index.jsf

GERMAN--Otto Department Store
http://www.otto.de/

D. News: sample websites

Kidon Media Link
http://www.kidon.com/media-link/de.php

GERMAN--News and Newspapers (MIT Libraries)
http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/types/flnews/german.html

GERMAN--Google News
http://news.google.de/nwshp?hl=de&tab=wn

GERMAN--Die Welt
http://www.welt.de/

GERMAN--Der Spiegel
http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/

GERMAN--Rhein-Zeitung
http://www.rhein-zeitung.de/startseite.html

E. Television: sample websites

GERMAN--Tagesschau
http://www.tageschau.de/

GERMAN--Deutsche Welle
http://www.dw-world.de/

F. LibriVox Audio Books in German
http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search_advanced.php?title=&author=&cat=&genre=&status=all&type=&language=French&date=&reader=&bc=&mc=&action=Search

G. Books I have found useful:

Barron's German Vocabulary. ISBN 0-8120-4497-5
Easy Ways to Enlarge Your German Vocabulary
Teach Yourself German
Teach Yourself German Vocabulary. ISBN 0-8442-3985-2
Cassell's Colloquial German
Berlitz German Phrase Book and Dictionary. ISBN 0-8315-7845-0
Berlitz German Vocabulary Handbook. ISBN 2-8315-6392-5
Mastering German Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach. ISBN 0-8120-9108-6
Oxford 10,000 German Words. ISBN 0-19-283095-3
Oxford German Wordpack. ISBN 0-19-860336-3
501 German Verbs ISBN 0-7641-0284-2
2001 German and English Idioms. ISBN 0-8120-9009-8
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning German. 2nd ed. ISBN 0-02-863925-1
Harper Collins German Concise Dictionary, 3rd ed. ISBN 0-06-057577-8