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.

This is a specifically created Community Wiki which gathers resources for learning German and it has been approved by the Community itself.

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Organization

  • Answers have a type of resource each.
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  • Add the resources in alphabetical order so they're easier to find. :)

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Alphabetical Index

  • Audio Resources: Audio files where you hear a voice talking or reading.
  • 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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German TV-Stations

ARD
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

ZDF
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

Sat1
Navy CIS, Hannibal, Elementary, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, ...

RTL
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.

RTL2
Detroit SWAT, Game of Thrones, the Stargate series, Torchwood
and again lots of no-brain German shows.

Pro7
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, ...

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

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

ARD.alpha
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.


In general: the german TV is divided in two parts: the public broadcaster and the private broadcaster.
the public broadcaster consist of ARD and ZDF, where ARD also consists of the following regional stations (which meanwhile are receivable supraregional): BR, HR, MDR, NDR, Radio Bremen, RBB, SR, SWR, WDR
also there are special channels of

  • ARD: One, tagesschau24, ARD-alpha,
  • ZDF: ZDFinfo, ZDFneo
  • ARD and ZDF together: 3sat, Arte, funk, KiKA, Phoenix

These channels can mostly (there are big restrictions by law) be found online in the media centers (Mediathek) of ARD and ZDF, partly as live-streaming.

A more complete list can be found in the english wikipedia or, more actual, in the german wikipedia. There also the private / commercial stations are listed, which mostly have media centers too.

Books

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

Dictionaries

  • 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.

  • Linguee: English-German Dictionary. Search 1,000,000,000 translations.

  • korrekturen.de: Portal für Rechtschreibung

  • Offline: Dictionaries in text processing programs, for browsers

  • Use Wikipedia as translation service for single words: search for the term in your language, and see, whether there is such an article in German

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    I also like korrekturen.de a lot; especially the "Beliebte Fehler"-section. – Torsten Jan 29 '14 at 13:22
  • I also like linguee.com – Iris Dec 10 '16 at 12:36
  • These are great resources, but does anyone know of a digital dictionary for Swiss German <-> German? This book was recommended to me but I would prefer a digital version with a search function: Heinz Gallmann - Zürichdeutsches Wörterbuch. I'm most interested in the dialect from Zürich. – Bobby Apr 13 '17 at 8:51

Websites

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.

Blogs

"Official" sites

Online exercises

German history

Other Sites

Other link collections

Newspapers

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. Politically 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.
  • Stern: general-interest magazine.
  • Heise Online: publisher of several renowned 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
  • Auto Motor und Sport: Automotive and motorsport news, test reports, and reviews.
  • Nachrichtenwerk, German news in plain language
  • Nachrichtenleicht, German news in plain language
  • derStandard, Austrian national daily newspaper published in Vienna (no online subscription required).

(Online) courses

Free

Paid

  • 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.

  • busuu.com: Join the global language learning community, take language courses to practice reading, writing, listening and speaking and learn a new language.

Software

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

Audio resources

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

Free

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
  • 1
    I would like to add the youtube channel Deutschretter as a resource of very helpful videos. – Kai Noack Jan 23 '16 at 17:26

Textbooks

needs content: Grammar books that teach you the grammar of the language with theory and exercises.

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