THE BEST RESOURCES TO LEARN GERMAN

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Check out our list of the best resources to learn German for free online. We've organized the websites and apps we chose by category to make them easier to navigate. Browse through them and click on a title or image to try one out and start learning German today.

Our German teacher, Magda, even made a video about the MosaLingua team's favorite resources for practicing German in case you don't know where to start. Watching it is a great way to practice your listening skills, since the video is in German! There are subtitles in English or German if you need them, and you can slow down the video speed by clicking the gear icon in the bottom corner (set the playback speed to 0.5x or 0.75x). Enjoy, and happy learning!

Memorizing Vocabulary

Techniques and apps for learning words and phrases

MosaLingua Web

MosaLingua Web, our online learning platform, is the best method to learn German words and phrases, immerse yourself in the language, and practice different skills. It features resources such as German videos, audiobooks, books, articles for beginner and intermediate learners, and more.

MosaLingua Learn German App

Our mobile app is great for German learners who are always on the go. Get a personalized learning path based on your goals, and memorize the most common and useful German vocab quickly and easily, thanks to the built-in Spaced Repetition System. The app also has lessons, dialogues and bonus content to help you become fluent in German.

Online dictionaries

The Best Online German-English Dictionaries

A good translation dictionary is a must for anyone who wants to learn a language, whether they are at the beginning or advanced stages of doing so. But not every German to English dictionary is created equal. Here is a list of the 5 best German to English online dictionaries to make the choosing process easy for you!

Linguee

Linguee is a fantastic online German-to-English dictionary for German language learners. It provides examples from authentic Internet sources. Editors review every source to ensure that they are excellent examples of the words in their right context. Mouse over the speaker button to hear a word pronounced in German.

Leo

Free German<->English (+ 7 other languages) online dictionary. There's also a Leo app for iPhone in case you need to look up words on the go.

Duden

This online monolingual German dictionary features definitions, audio clips to help with your pronunciation, and information about word frequency. Duden also produces a German podcast about language and have developed a writing assistant tool that's free to try.

Listening Comprehension

Techniques for improving listening skills

MosaSeries: A German Series for Listening Comprehension Practice

"MosaSeries: Der Mann ohne Namen" is a MosaLingua original audio series that's totally in German, and designed to help learners work on their listening skills. It's also a great German resource for vocab acquisition and learning grammar through exposure. Plus, you'll get hooked on the story!

Podcasts

List of the Best Podcasts for Learning German

Podcasts are wonderful German learning tools. Some are designed specifically with English-speaking learners in mind, but if you have a more advanced level of German, feel free to listen to podcasts for native speakers. We made a list of some of the best podcasts for learning and practicing German.

Movies and TV

The Best German Movies to Watch with Subtitles

Maybe it's obvious, but the best way to learn German is with your favorite fun activities. Like watching movies! We've picked out a few German movies that are first and foremost good cinema, but that can also help you improve your listening comprehension skills and vocabulary.

Learn German with TV Shows

In this article, we put together a list of the best TV shows to learn German and discover a little more about German culture. Bonus: you'll also work on your listening skills! If you're wondering how to become fluent in German fast, series are great tools.

YouTube channels

The MosaLingua YouTube Channel

Take a look around our YouTube channel for tons of smart tips, hacks, and resources for learning German – and other languages, too! We publish new videos every Tuesday. Don't forget to turn on your notifications (click the little bell when you subscribe), because you won't want to miss a single second!

Learn German with Anja

Learn German with Anja has videos and playlists categorized by difficulty, mostly at the A1-A2 level (beginners). Anja, the host, makes videos on topics like German pronunciation and everyday conversation. She's funny, energetic, and, to borrow her words, "teaches German in an un-German way."

German with Jenny

Different YouTube channel, different teaching style. Jenny approaches learning German from a more serious perspective, but she's a great teacher. Her new company, Lingoni, is working on developing channels for other languages, too.

Learn German - Deutsch für Euch

Grammar, pronunciation, and German lessons for learners at every level. Katja's channel is another one that's full of good quality content for people who are learning German online. Which one of these three German teachers is your favorite?

Online TV

ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

ZDF, channel 2, is one of the most watched basic cable networks in Germany. You can watch shows, movies, and news reports, as well as live TV on its website.

ARD - Das Erste Deutsche Fernsehen

ARD is a public-service broadcasting company in Germany. Das Erste means "the first" (which makes sense, since it's channel 1) and ARD stands for "Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Rundfunkanstalten Deutschlands."

Music

DW: Learn German through Hip-Hop Music

Deutsche Welle has a good platform for German learners, including this mini course for learning German with hiphop songs and music videos. Includes 40 video diary-style clips about the group's tour.

Speaking

Online speaking courses

MosaSpeak: Speak German with Confidence MasterClass

An 8-unit course designed to help you improve your German pronunciation fluency, and confidence, so that you can actually enjoy talking to native German speakers and get more out of your conversations.

Language exchanges

iTalki

Meet lots of German speakers who are interested in forming language tandems (partner up and chat with someone who wants to learn your native language), or book paid lessons with a German tutor.

How and Where to Find a Conversation Partner

Chatting with a language partner online might be the most entertaining and overall best way to learn German. Work on various skills, from speaking and pronunciation to vocab and listening, and even culture and confidence. We tested the most popular language exchange websites and created a guide to help you decide which one is best for you.

Guides and tools for conversation and pronunciation

Free German Travel Guide and Conversation Phrasebook

Download our free German conversation phrasebook. Inside, you'll find the most useful words and phrases so that you can start speaking in German right away. It's definitely something you'll want to have handy on your next trip to a German-speaking country!

Forvo German

With Forvo, learn how to pronounce nearly any German word you can think of! Native speakers volunteer to record themselves, so that all you have to do is search for and click on a word to hear it pronounced. Sometimes there are even several recordings for the same word, so you can listen to the accent you want to learn.

Reading and Writing

Newspapers and other media

Bild-Zeitung

The most-read daily paper in Germany, Bild-Zeitung is a tabloid that reports on scandals, crimes, affairs and politics. It's perhaps not the most reliable news source, but that doesn't stop it from reaching over 2.9 million readers each day.

Die Süddeutsche Zeitung

A national newspaper that leans center left, and the second largest daily paper in Germany by circulation.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

FAZ is a daily newspaper which has about 360,000 readers per day. Politically, it leans a little more towards the center-right but is known for excellent reporting.

Die Welt

This German newspaper sells about 190,000 copies a day.

Die Tageszeitung (TAZ)

A well known liberal news source. The "Tageszeitung" means "the daily paper" in German.

Literature for learners

Books for German Learners

This article has a list of some good books for people who are learning German (Spanish and French, too) and want to improve their reading comprehension skills, and it even includes links to some free German ebooks.

Grammar tools

German Grammar Guide

You don't need to start learning German grammar right away. But it can be a great tool for intermediate learners who want to take their skills to the next level and learn to write German correctly. Our free German grammar guide has easy-to-use lessons and videos on various grammar topics, including conjugation and tenses.

Other Useful German Resources and Guides

Our best tips, plus some extra resources for learning German. Check it out if you want to know how to learn German on your own, and as quickly as possible.

MosaTraining: How to Learn Any Language

This course was designed to give you the tools, techniques, and best resources for learning German (or any other language!). Learn the secret techniques used by polyglots, practice the most effective learning methods, and stock your proverbial toolbox with every resource you could possibly need to learn German quickly and have fun doing it.

The BBC has lots of activities for learning the basics of German. They are pretty comprehensive and practical!

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We hope these free online resources for learning German will be of a big help to you. We’re constantly searching for the best resources to help you improve your German skills and updating this page, so be sure to come back from time to time. And finally, if there are any great German tools or resources we didn’t mention but that deserve to be on the list, click here to let us know about them.

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