Along the lines of the same question on French Language & Usage, what are good, free online resources for an English-speaker to learn German properly from scratch?

Ideally, important areas such as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation should be covered, to the point where a self-learner can start to read, write, listen to and speak simple German, firstly for use in everyday life and work, and thereafter be able to advance to a higher level with a strong foundation.

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    With "online resources" do you mean free?
    – Phira
    Jun 3, 2011 at 20:30

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Try the Deutsche Welle resources. There's a free 30-lection course going from A1 to B1. In addition, there's a ton of resources for all levels up to C1.


Try Babble, it's extremely useful for beginners. You'll learn basic knowledge of German, plus it's as user-friendly as possible cause it's designed by flash. To start learning, finding a dynamic website is very important, as I experienced.

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    This is not a free resource. In fact, one has to committed to periodic (monthly/quarterly/ etc) payments.
    – gphilip
    Aug 2, 2011 at 12:52
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    @gphilip: You could invite your friends and get a free week of it. More people you invite, more free weeks you get. right, It's potentially free.
    – user508
    Aug 2, 2011 at 14:25
  • I just finish the beginner's course 1. I actually liked it a lot. I think it's worth it. Jun 25, 2012 at 9:43


lots of free stuff in different formats