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Since they have same questions on different language learning SE websites(resources for learning Russian), I'd like to write one for German language since it's a great idea to have all kinds of resources in one place.

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Alphabetical Index

  • Audiobooks: Audio files where you hear a voice reading the book you've chosen.
  • Books: Books from German authors or translations.
  • Dictionaries: Stand-alone or dictionary files for you to use on your computer.
  • Newspapers: Famous or not services that provide news for Germany and the rest of the world... in German.
  • Online courses: Free or paid services online that teach you the language through lessons.
  • Podcasts: Audio files that feature people speaking about the language or giving tips/lessons to learners.
  • Software: This can be any software ranging from plugins for the browser over mobile apps up to standalone applications for the computer.
  • Television: TV channels, shows in German.
  • Textbooks: Grammar books that teach you the grammar of the language with theory and exercises.
  • Video Resources: Video resources which help learning German and are not TV stations
  • Websites: Sites that give help for learning German. They give material, tips, hints, and various help for self-learners or regular students.
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The problem with any recommendation is that they might not be available in your country due to copy right legal things. There is a site called Watchever.de in Germany and they have tons of stuff but I don't think it would work outside of Germany unless your skilled enough to make them think you're in Germany. –  Emanuel Nov 21 '13 at 10:40
yep try to find a germany proxy :) –  RayofCommand Nov 21 '13 at 10:59
thanks @Emanuel, no problem i can connect through Germany :) –  Ahmet Yeşil Nov 21 '13 at 11:18
For beginners, I'd recommend to watch YT videos of "Miffy". It's actually for little children, but a very easy German with a clear pronunciation. –  falkb Nov 21 '13 at 12:15
I have been watching a cartoon named Trotro in German on YT, I think that this is a pretty good source since it focuses on vocabulary. However, I must admit it is still a bit over my level. –  JimmyJackson Jan 28 '14 at 19:02

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German TV-Stations

Choose Fernsehen and then Sendungen A-Z for a complete list.
Mostly News and Edutainment, it seems. I don't think there's any American Show on there

Again, choose Sendungen A-Z for a complete list.
A quick scan revealed only "Inspektor Barnaby" as non-German series, lots of news, cooking and quiz shows

Navy CIS, Hannibal, Elementary, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, ...

CSI, House MD (Dr. House), The Following, The Glades, etc
... and a lot of German reality trash. Note that only the shows marked with "free" are, well, free.

Detroit SWAT, Game of Thrones, the Stargate series, Torchwood
and again lots of no-brain German shows.

You're looking for pictures marked with "Ganze Folge", others are trailers and snippets.
2 Broke Girls, Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother, Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Two and a half Men, The Big Bang Theory, ...

Arrow and CSI:NY are the only American Series marked as "free" here.

Collaborative channel of ARD and ZDF focused on news and documentaries. It is easy to understand.

Formerly named "BR.aplha" has some German lerning program: GRIPS, Grundkurs Deutsch and Telekolleg Deutsch. Deutsch Klasse is kind of a TV series. On the right hand side you find a box named "Sendungsinfo" with broadcasting times.

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  • dict.cc is a free, multilingual online dictionary. Read this answer for more information about the dictionary and its offline version.

  • LEO dictionary: excellent online, free multilingual dictionary. They also have a great discussion forum and links to audio files for pronunciation.

  • canoonet: Free German only dictionary. Great resource for orthography, morphology, and grammar, including conjugation tables. Cross-links to entries in DWDS, LEO, PONS, TheFreeDictionary, Wikipeida. and more.

  • DWDS: Free German only dictionary. Concise etymology entries. Many usage examples including quotes of "Die Zeit".

  • DUDEN: German only dictionary. The print edition used to be a reference dictionary for orthography. Links to audio samples of the "Aussprachedatenbank der ARD" for appropriate pronunciation.

  • Mac OS X Built in Dictionary: Can be expanded with 3rd party add ons and made to talk with high quality German voices. Is built into the OS and you can highlight any word on the web or in any text and get a definition in the correct language.

  • Hurraki: Dictionary for plain language

  • Wörterbuchnetz: Network of cross-referenced German dictionaries

  • Bildwörterbuch: Dictionary with entries supported by images

  • Wiktionary: a collaborative project to produce a free-content multilingual dictionary

  • Pons: free online dictionary by a major publisher of dictionaries; includes verb patterns.

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I also like korrekturen.de a lot; especially the "Beliebte Fehler"-section. –  Torsten Jan 29 '14 at 13:22


For a list of easy to read German literature please have a look at our reference question on that topic:

The top voted answers to this question are listed here for your convenience:

Books in easy German

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Here are some (automatically generated) vocabulary lists for some of these books, to help people to read them: germanvocab.com –  Neil D Aug 12 '14 at 17:43


needs content: add links to websites with a short description only if they are not an online-dictionary, or provide online courses, and the site is in other ways relevant to learning of the German language.


"Official" sites

Online exercises

German history

Other Sites

Other link collections

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needs content: add links to non regional German newspapers of general interest. For regional newspapers also see Wikipedia: Liste deutscher Zeitungen.

  • Die Zeit:
    weekly newspaper with concise and well researched articles on all topics. Known for an elaborate language which may not be suitable for beginners.
  • Der Spiegel: One of the major weekly newspapers. Politcally left.
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ): One of the major daily newspapers, not really restricted to Frankfurt. Politically conservative.
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ): One of the major daily newspapers, not really restricted to southern Germany. Politically left.
  • Bild:
    high-circulation yellow press daily newspaper with an easy to understand but sometimes rather lurid language.
  • Heise Online: publisher of several reknowned fairly independent monthly journals on computing with a high standard of journalism (e.g. c't).
  • Handelsblatt: A daily newspaper about business and economy. It also offers a wiki: WirtschaftsWiki
  • Nachrichtenwerk, German news in plain language
  • Nachrichtenleicht, German news in plain language
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(Online) courses



  • Babbel.com: Babbel is the new way to learn a foreign language. The comprehensive learning system combines effective education methods with state-of-the-art technology. Basic courses are free.
  • Rosetta Stone: professional language learning for many devices

  • memrise. Great site for learning all kinds of languages, especially since users can create memes for words (i.e. custom images) to help you remembering. They also have an achievement system to increase motivation. Besides, most courses even feature pronunciation and are free to use.

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Babbel is not a free resource. –  optim1st Sep 10 '14 at 6:55
@optim1st: the Babbel basic courses are free. –  Takkat Sep 19 '14 at 16:59


needs content: URL, supported software/hardware, installation instruction, short description, optional screenshot

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needs content: URL, supported readers, free/commercial, short description, optional screenshot


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Video resources

  • Ticket nach Berlin (online, free) is a niveau B1 video series from the Goethe-Institut and Deutsche Welle for those who want to learn German
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I would really like to add this website (dw.de) to the list:

Deutsch lernen mit Nachrichten

I have learned from it really a lot, and the best thing about it is: you are getting LIVE-News read in slow voice and having the text to follow.

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