Ultimate list of free German language resources (2020)

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The most comprehensive list of practical, free, and exciting German language resources for German learners. We update this list regularly. Feel free to get in touch if you have suggestions – we’re always eager to improve this list.

Watch

German language lessons from YouTube polyglots and tutors

German lessons on youtube

EasyGerman
About: We produce a show that helps you learn the German language and get to know Germany. We publish two new videos each week, one on Wednesday for beginner levels (A2 – B1) and one on Sunday for more advanced levels (B1 – C1).
Subscribers: more than 450 000 subscribers

Learn German with Anja
About:
A teacher from Germany who teaches German language in an un-German way. Willkommen!
Subscribers: more than 445 000 subscribers

Learn German with Jenny
About: Jenny produces fun and useful German lessons for the A1 – C2 levels. She teaches you how to communicate in German by showing you what you can say in different situations, like at the airport, in the office or when you are spending time with your family.
Subscribers: more than 480 000 subscribers

Learn German
About:
Learn German from an experienced team of teachers for all levels: Beginners (Level A1 and Level A2), Intermediate (Level B1 and Level B2) and Advanced (Level C1 and Level C2). Our high quality German lessons provide you 24×7 German learning lessons free of cost! Choose your topic, level, category, time, place and pace to learn as per your needs. Learn not only words and grammar but also their usage in day to day life.
Subscribers: more than 275 000 subscribers

Deutsch lernen mit DW
About:
Learn German for free with Deutsche Welle. German language lessons and videos from Duetsche Welle’s online courses and materials
Subscribers: more than 315 000 subscribers

froehlichDeutsch
About: Willkommen auf meinem Kanal! Mein Name ist Michaela Fröhlich, ich bin Deutschlehrerin (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) und hoffe, dich mit meinen Videos beim Deutschlernen unterstützen zu können. Viel Spaß und Erfolg!
Subscribers: more than 70 000 subscribers

Get Germanized
About: Learn German, get to know Germany and German culture and have fun doing so! My videos are directed at English speakers that want to know about my country, its language and culture online for free and be entertained while doing so!
Subscribers: more than 360 000 subscribers

smarterGerman
About: Hi we are professional German tutors sharing our insights and experiences as well as samples of our German lessons for free on this channel.
Subscribers: more than 70 000 subscribers

Learn German with GermanPod101
About: Learn German with GermanPod101.com – The Fastest, Easiest and Most Fun Way to Learn German. 🙂 Start speaking German in minutes with Audio and Video lessons.
Subscribers: more than 370 000 subscribers

Popular YouTube channels in German

popular youtube channels

MrWissen2go
About
: History events explained in a simple way in German. Ideal for learners with B1 or higher levels
Subscribers: more than 275 000 subscribers

Gedankentanken
About: Knowledge-sharing and motivational talks in German. Similar to Ted-Talks.
Subscribers: more than 416 000

Quarks
About: Learn about science, mysteries of the universe, wildlife and nature in German
Subscribers: more than 244 000

ScienceSlam
About: Young and aspiring scientists or science enthusiasts share their knowledge and insights in a fun and concise manner in German
Subscribers: more than 35 000

taff
About: German lifestyle channel about all aspects of life, interesting news, celebrity coverage and more
Subscribers: more than 1.1 million

Knallerfrauen
About: Hilarious German comedy channel with short sketches on daily life situations
Subscribers: more than 1.3 million

Listen

Podcasts in German

podcasts in German

Slow German
About: Slow German is a podcast for German language learners – especially for those who’ve already mastered the basics. Annik, the journalist from Munich behind the podcast, covers interesting topics on culture, history, daily life, and so much more.

News on Deutsche Welle || Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten
About: Deutsche welle is a treasure chest for German learners and one of the amazing free resources they offer is slowly narrated international and local news they publish daily from Monday till Saturday. This section targets users from B1 upwards.

Deutsch – warum nicht?
About: The language course “Deutsch – warum nicht?” tells the story of Andreas, a journalism student who works as a doorman at a hotel. Each series consists of 26 lessons with dialogs, exercises and downloadable audio clips. The language course covers levels A1 to B1

Top Thema on Deutsche Welle
About: Audio stories on important cultural, social, political, economic and other topics from all over the world. Great resource to expand your vocabulary

Sozusagen
About: This podcast about German language from Bayern 2 – a radio station based in Munich. In each episode, the moderators speak about the quirks, beauty and evolution of the German language.

Elementarfragen
About: The host Nicolas Semak interviews various exceptional personalities across Germany to learn more about what drives them and their life stories.

Gemischtes Hack (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast)
About: Comedy podcast is in the top 10 most popular German podcasts. Behind the show, are Felix Lobrecht and Tommi Schmitt, comedians and comedy script-writers.

Verbrechen
About: Sabine Rückert from die Zeit is an expert in crime and fight against crime. She has covered some pretty loud cases, including two scandalous cases when the verdicts were wrong. In this podcast, she investigates and shares various criminal cases and how they were cracked.

Herrengedeck
About: Another poupart German comedy podcast about daily life. The hostesses reject the mainstream ideas and have unique perspectives on everything from travel to household to career.

Was jetzt?
About: If you don’t like the slowly narrated news, then perhaps this podcast catches your fancy. Die Zeit editorial team’s coverage of the latest and most interesting news in German.

German music

German music

Pop
Glasperlenspiel
Glasperlenspiel is a German electropop duo from Stockach, consisting of vocalist Carolin Niemczyk, and keyboardist Daniel Grunenberg

EULE/Jazzy Gudd
Jazzy Gudd is a German singer, TV actress and show hostess. She appeared in the 5th season of the program The Voice of Germany and made it to the knockouts.

Clueso
Thomas Hübner, better known by his stage name Clueso, is a German singer, songwriter, and producer. Born in Erfurt, he started performing at the age of 15.

Andreas Bourani
Bourani was born to Egyptian parents and adopted as an infant by a German family in Augsburg. In 2010, he received a recording contract with Universal Music. In April 2013, he was nominated for the German Grammy, GEMA, in the Best Pop Text category. Bourani’s second studio album, Hey, was released in May 2014 and spawned the single “Auf uns” which topped the German and Austrian Singles Chart.

Lotte
Lotte is a young, but quite popular German singer and songwriter from Ravensburg. Her second album Glück will be released in autumn 2019

Elif
Elif Demirezer currently known by her stage name Elif, is a German-Turkish pop singer and songwriter

Wincent Weiss
Wincent Weiss is a German pop singer, songwriter and model. His first big public appearance was in Deutschland sucht den Superstar, a talent show, back in 2013.

Tim Bendzko
Tim Bendzko (born 9 April 1985) is a German singer-songwriter. He achieved nationwide recognition with his song “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten” and becoming the winner on the Bundesvision Song Contest.

Rock
Revolverhead
Revolverheld is a German rock band from Hamburg, Germany. Originally formed under the name Manga in 2002, the band renamed in 2004 to “Tsunamikiller” and later decided upon the current name after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

AnnenMayKantereit 
AnnenMayKantereit is a German rock band from Cologne, which was founded in 2011. They sing in both German and English; a notable feature is the distinctive rough voice of the singer Henning May

Maxim
Maxim Richarz is a German singer and songwriter. He began performing in 2005 and released his most recent singles in 2014. Though called a Reggae artist he is hesitant to refer to himself as such and does more contemporary pop music in recent years. Maxim’s music is frequently credited as having a strong emotional impact, with his lyrics often having darker emotional undertones. He is praised for his ability to both have this darker tone while keeping his music powerful and easy to listen to.

Rap/HipHop
Samy Deluxe
Samy Sorge, commonly known as Samy Deluxe, Wickeda MC or Sam Semillia is a German rapper, and hip hop artist from Hamburg. In 2001, Samy Deluxe released his self-titled debut album, which ranked #2 in the German Album Charts for the 19th calendar week of 2001. The first single from the album, “Hab’ gehört…”, ranked #26. The final single, “Weck mich auf”, peaked at #4 in Germany, becoming a national hit and the album’s most successful single. Following the success of his solo debut, Samy Deluxe became a highly acclaimed hip hop artist in German rap and internationally.

Olexesh
Olexesh is a well-known German rapper of Ukrainian and Belarusian descent from Darmstadt-Kranichstein.

Kontra K
Kontra K is a street-smart, martial-arts obsessed German rapper based in Berlin. As a troubled adolescent, he found inspiration in American rap artists like Nas and Notorious B.I.G., and began writing his own lyrics after dropping out of high school at age 16.

K.I.Z.
K.I.Z is a German hip hop group from Berlin. The members are the three rappers Tarek, Nico and Maxim. Until 2018, DJ Craft was also part of the group. Their lyrics often contain a lot of black humor and irony as well as socio-critical content.

KRAFTKLUB
Kraftklub is a five-person band from Chemnitz, Germany. Their music is generally considered to be a mixture of rap and indie.

Namika
Namika (given name, Hanan Hamdi), also known by the stage name Hän Violett, is a German singer and rapper from a Berber Riffian Moroccan family. She is most famous for her song “Lieblingsmensch”

Seeed
Seeed is a German hip hop, reggae and dancehall band based in Berlin. Founded in 1998, they have become well known in Germany and its neighboring countries. Seeed consists of eleven band members, including three singers, a horn section and a DJ. Seeed is recognized for their catchy fusional mix of German hip hop, reggae and dancehall styles and their use of horns, which is unusual in contemporary popular music.

Read

Popular German blogs and online magazines

German blogs

kwiko blog –  German learning strategies, tips and hacks
About: Our blog is created by and for German language learners like you =). Here we share tips, best practices, strategies and resources to boost your German
Most popular posts:

  1. A must-do step to learn German vocabulary smarter. Learn how to memorize words and retain them long-term
  2. Learn daily life German slang and expressions
  3. Brilliant insights from Ted Talks on language learning
  4. Why people learn German? Here is what our poll discovered 
  5. Learn about Forgetting Curve and how to beat it – strategy to retain German words for life
  6. No app alone can teach you German. Here is why and what to do about it

Deutsch perfect
About: An amazing resource, especially for more advanced learners that offers an ideal combination of professional journalism and successful language training.

Freeletics blog – Health and Fitness
About: Freeletics is a fitness app for functional training, running and bodybuilding. They have a great blog with tips on healthy nutrition, fitness, and health. If you are interested in sports, their posts are both insightful and useful for your German

Black Dots White Spots – Travel Blog
About: If you like travelling, then this blog might catch your fancy. Colorful, exciting posts full of images about Susi’s travel adventures across the world. Susi’s blog often makes into the top German blogs in the travel category

Meerblog – Travel
About: Another travel blog with a twist – it’s about travel by see and locations with direct access to seas and oceans.

Gourmet Blog – Travel and Food
About: Who doesn’t like delicious food? This blog is full of stories about the most delicious foods from all over the world 

30Tausend.de – Business and Career
About: Arthur and Michael share their experience and advice (since 2008!) on the topics of entrepreneurship, business, career, self-development. One of the top 10 blogs in the self-development and career category in Germany

Lebeblog.de – Lifestyle and Self-development
About: The purpose of the blog is to help its readers with self-realization through increased self-awareness, mindfulness, and self-development

Leben ohne Limit – Psychology and Self-development
About: Similar to lebeblog above, this blog helps you better learn yourself, improve your understanding of psychology and embrace a positive outlook on life

Hafawo – Happy work. Happy life
About: best articles, reports, quotes, tips and information for a self-determined and meaningful way of working and living, business management or foundation.

Online tests

online tests

5-minute German test
Quick test to assess where you are at with your German. Just enough to get a sense of your level.

Placements tests from Deutsche Welle
Assess  your level with the placements tests from Deutsche Welle. You can take three types of tests — For A1, A2 or B1.

Goethe online tests for all levels
Goethe Institut is one of the premium German-learning schools and offers a German test online for all levels from A1 to C2. It is quite comprehensive, so make sure to block at least 45 minutes of time.

About this list

I update this list regularly to keep it fresh and keep adding more interesting and useful resources for German learners. If you have a suggestion, please send me an email at hello@kwiko.app or via our contact form.

Mach’s gut,
Sher from kwiko

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