Here are my most highly recommended resources for learning the German language.
I frequently refer to them in many of the articles I write on this site because I know they’re fantastic and they’ve been crucial to my own learning.
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Learn German with podcasts
GermanPod101: This is an excellent German course in the form of audio podcasts and downloadable lessons.
As well as podcast-style lessons, you’ll find videos, a vocabulary database and dictionary, grammar explanations and various other useful features.
Best online German audio course
Rocket German: This is one of my favorite online courses which has some of the highest quality German dialogue material available.
Rocket German doesn’t follow a ‘cookie cutter’ approach like other well-known programs such as Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur, and it has a tonne of excellent audio content for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Here’s a video I made recently showing the new edition’s features:
Learn German using video
Yabla German: This is an excellent site for using video to learn German where you can control the speed of playback and select words from the subtitles for definitions.
Yabla has recently had some major improvements and new video content added making it well worth a try (I wrote a Yabla review too).
It has many of the same features as Yabla but a wider array of video content to choose from.
Learn to speak German with music
Rapid German: This is the most unique and effective German phrasebook alternative I’ve ever seen and one I frequently recommend on this site.
Based on solid research into memory and ‘stuck song syndrome’, Rapid German teaches you the language over the top of highly repetitive tunes that cause the phrases to ‘get stuck’ in your head. It’s surprisingly effective and is so enjoyable that it doesn’t feel like study at all.
Read my Earworms review too for more info.
German fluency courses and guides
Glossika German: This is another very unique product that improves your fluency through a highly repetitive ‘listen and repeat’ approach.
It is, in my opinion, one of the the most useful resources I’ve seen for training German listening comprehension. Definitely not a conventional course but you’ll be amazed at how effective it is at improving your German fluency if you use it daily (read my Glossika review).
German Uncovered: An extremely well-made and very unique German course aimed at teaching German through a unique “immersion method”.
If you’re looking for a full German curriculum that leads you all the way through to fluency, and are facing difficulties getting your head around how German works, this will definitely help you.
Best mobile apps to learn German
Mondly: Mondly is a beautifully designed learning platform (also available as a mobile app) in 33 different languages including German.
It also teaches conversation in a Rosetta Stone-style way.
Inexpensive German lessons via Skype
italki: Not too long ago it was really difficult or impossible to practice German without actually traveling to Germany.
Thankfully, tools like italki have made it possible to connect with native speakers from all over the world to practice or to take personalized lessons over Skype (read my italki review).
The great news is, German lessons over Skype through italki are incredibly cheap compared to most teachers in person. All the frustration of payments and scheduling is handled brilliantly by italki too which makes it very easy and stress free to arrange sessions.
Other free resources to help your German
Memrise: This is an outstanding online vocabulary training tool that lets you select German ‘courses’ to study (or create one yourself). Many of the courses also include audio.
AnkiSRS: A highly versatile flashcard app.
Forvo: If there’s ever a German word or expression that you’ve seen written but don’t know how to pronounce, you can search for it here (or request it) and hear a native speaker pronounce it for you.
Duolingo German: Duolingo is a fun, free and effective way to study German grammar.
Check out these relevant posts and German resources:
- 25 Best (And Worst) Online German Courses
- The Most Balanced Rosetta Stone Review You’ll Ever Read
- Honest Pimsleur Review
- How To Learn Languages With Music And Interlinear Lyrics