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There are a few things available at smarterGerman, but the main one is their Everday German Course (A1-B1). Throughout the 54 lessons, learners will study German with the help of a crime story and a plethora of exercises to improve every area of your German. It’s a thorough, challenging, and fun course. Read the full review.

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It is great to have a native speaker to practice German with you from the first day. If you don’t have someone already, you can find one – a tutor, teacher, or a language exchange partner – on Italki. Chatting with a conversation exchange partner won’t cost you money. Lessons from professional teachers will, but you’ll spend significantly less than you thought you would. You can search for the people from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other countries, depending on your preferences. Also, if you are a native speaker of a language other than English, you can find someone who speaks your language too. Read the full review of italki.

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Memrise courses are pretty fun. Most of them are generated by users, and the quality varies, but when you pick one, learning the lessons is like playing a game. The concept of the app will make you memorize words, phrases, spelling, pronunciation, syntax, just name it. And you can choose from hundreds of courses or create your own. Any 5 minutes of your spare time is enough to study German, on any device. Best of all, these courses are entirely free. Read our Memrise review.

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One of my favorite resources for improving speaking skills in German (and a few other languages). The free version makes it easy to record yourself speaking sentences in German and compare to a native speaker. There are also additional exercises, such as dictation, to help you improve your listening skills. The premium version allows you to submit an unlimited number of recordings each month and receive feedback on your pronunciation. Read our review of Speechling.

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Pimsleur German

The Pimsleur method is an older course which some people swear by and others feel is outdated and overpriced. You learn to speak the language by listening, imitating (syllable by syllable) and answering questions. The lessons are 30 minutes long, require full concentration, and you speak throughout. The addition of a subscription option makes it so Pimsleur is no longer overpriced but instead, quite good value. Read the full review.

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News in Slow German

News in Slow German releases a weekly 30 minute episode. As you’d expect, this includes news stories narrated and discussed at a slower pace, but there’s actually a lot more to it than that. They teach grammar and expressions in a natural and fun way. These parts age very well and there are huge catalogs of grammar and expressions lessons to study. It’s a great resource for those with an intermediate levels of German. Review.

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FSI German

FSI language courses were developed by Foreign Service Institute – U. S. Department of State using the FAST methodology (Familiarization & Short-Term Training). There are four different courses of German available. FSI Basic German covers the essentials comprehensively, and includes textbooks and audio recordings. Other courses include FSI German Fast Course, FSI German Programmed Introduction Course, and FSI German Headstart Course. These materials are considerably old and a bit old-fashioned, without any interactive solutions or flashcards – you might even need a teacher to guide through – but they are very thorough and entirely free.

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German Uncovered

German Uncovered (and the similar Spanish, French and Italian courses) come from Olly Richards, the creator of the super-popular blog I Will Teach You A Language. It’s quite a bit different than most courses as it revolves around a story. It can be a bit more challenging than other courses, as you begin reading somewhat long texts right off the bat. Overall, I found it to be a more fun way to approach language learning that will be great for some but not ideal for others. Review.



GermanPod101 has audio and video lessons for German learners. Although the lessons are available for everyone from absolute beginners to advanced students, the number of lessons drops off significantly as you move up. Overall, I was pretty disappointed with GermanPod101. The lessons are very boring, the videos are too short, and many of the extra features aren’t very useful. Review.

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Grammar Hero

Grammar Hero is a product from Olly Richards, the creator of I Will Teach You A Language. It follows the story-based method of teaching languages, but this time with a focus on the most difficult grammar points. You start out by reading a story and the grammar point is underlined, later you learn the rules, then you re-read the story with explanations, and finally you’ll practice using the grammar point to express your thoughts and opinions. It’s a comprehensive method that’s meant to help you internalize the grammar. Review.

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Lingoda offers online German classes for all levels of students. You can take private or group classes with a native speaking tutor and access their well-structured curriculum. The price varies depending upon several factors but is pretty affordable and includes an official certification: A1 to C2 – The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Read the full review. 


Babbel German

Babbel is an interactive app that offers lessons of many languages, including German, aiming to be a decent substitution for real-life classroom lessons. It isn’t free, but you can take a free trial. The essentials – a way to introduce yourself and say where you’re from – are presented first. Each subsequent lesson is designed to enhance your ability to communicate in a practical situation. There are three modules available – the basic courses, the grammar courses, and additional ones, like German idioms and numbers. You can start as a beginner and advance to an intermediate level by using Babbel. Read our Babbel review. 



One of the most popular free language sources, Duolingo offers fun, bite-sized lessons of German. 5 minutes a day is supposed to be enough to develop solid reading, writing, and speaking skills. It is easy to use and it feels like you’re playing a game. Unlocking new levels and earning virtual coins keeps you motivated and, if we are to believe to the authors, 34 hours of Duolingo are equally valuable as one semester in the university.

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The creators of LingQ promise you’ll never need a boring textbook again. The natural process of learning through context is more pleasant and surprisingly more effective than memorizing grammar rules. You can pick the content you find most interesting – and the choice is large – and read and listen to the subjects that interest you. They may try to do too much, from language exchanges to avatars and coins, but the reading section, which is LingQ’s main feature, can be a really useful tool. Read the full LingQ review. 


Rocket German

Rocket Languages cover Levels 1-3 of German – from absolute beginners to around an intermediate level. Lessons consist of interactive audio lessons, language and culture lessons, and survival kit lessons. There are lots of review exercises for each type of lesson. Unfortunately, these get very repetitive and basically amount to rote-memorization. It’s not a bad course, but not my favorite either. Read the Rocket German review. 



This app is quite different from the “cannon” language learning resources. It is a compilation of videos in German (among other languages), supplemented by the interactive captions, so you learn by watching interesting content. While there is a free trial available, you’ll need to subscribe to enjoy the benefits. As promising as FluentU sounds, I found it to be rather disappointing. Read the full FluentU review. 



Glossika is another course that promises to teach you German without memorizing the rules. The keyword here is internalization – you internalize grammar rules and adopt the patterns of speech, by repeating the most commonly used sentences in the German language. However, not everyone would be thrilled with the study material – it consists of isolated sentences, without any context or story – but many say it works for them. Read the in-depth review of Glossika. 



Another language exchange platform – a mobile app that allows you to connect with native speakers of the German language, chat with them, and help them acquire a command of your native language in return. It supports text, voice, and video; contains tools for pronunciation, translation, and corrections; is free and easy to use.


Coffee Break German

Substantial podcasts and course from the Radio Lingua Network for beginners to advanced level learners of German. The course includes audio and video material, as well as comprehensive notes. You can access the audio lessons for free from your chosen podcast player app or purchase the courses.

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Chatterbug LogoChatterbug is a language-learning platform that prides itself on combining the ease and convenience of digital-learning apps with the value that comes with one-on-one speaking practice. You’ll find a variety of different resources here including flashcards, writing practice, reading practice, video comprehension and of course one-on-one lessons. Despite providing several different ways to study, its actual material can be rather limited. Where Chatterbug does excel however is in its Live Lessons. Read the full review of Chatterbug.

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A language learning social network that enables you to talk to or have your writing corrected by a native German speaker for free on their website or the mobile app. There are also Premium Membership features like grammar lessons, vocabulary trainer, offline mode, and certification (from beginner level A1 up to upper intermediate level B2). I found Busuu to be great for getting feedback from a native speaker, but not worth paying for a subscription. Read the full Busuu review here.


Get Germanized

This guy is not a professional teacher, but he has created tons of helpful and often hilarious videos, and made the German learning process more relaxed to over 300K subscribers. You may find them useful too.


The Mimic Method

A course that aims to help you master your German pronunciation regardless of your level of proficiency – although total beginners would benefit the most. The course is self paced and once you’ve paid the relatively high fee, you get lifetime access to the materials. The content is quite technical and thorough. Read our review of The Mimic Method. 



Clozemaster is a great way to practice vocabulary, sentence structures, and reading by completing tons of fill in the blank exercises. You can fill in the blank by either typing the answer or choose from a multiple choice option. You’ll score points as you go. While there is a pro plan, the free version offers a ton of value.

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Language Transfer

This is a free and popular method to study German online. In many ways, it’s similar to Michel Thomas with the teacher helping a student learn the language, but without the price tag. With 50 lessons available, it’s a great introduction to German. Review.

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A popular program that enables you to learn many things using flashcards and spaced repetition, and is especially convenient for language learning. You can use an existing deck, created by some of the users – and there are more than 100 shared decks for German – or create your own. Anki is an open-source app that works on most of the operating systems, and enables you to sync your decks across devices.

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Word Dive

Word Dive LogoIf you’re looking for a convenient and simple app to help you learn a language then Word Dive may be a good fit for you. Word Dive provides a rather efficient and effective way to study vocabulary through their spaced-repetition algorithm and entertaining interface. Unfortunately, it lags behind in its grammar explanations which tend to be rather high-level and leave a lot to be desired. It’s likely best used in conjunction with other methods as it doesn’t really provide any support for speaking or listening skills. Read the full review of Word Dive.

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Easy German (Easy Languages)

This YouTube channel takes you to the streets of Berlin, Graz, Göttingen, Nürnberg, Bremen, Düsseldorf, and other awesome places throughout the world where German is spoken, enabling you to listen to a variety of native German voices. The episodes have a form of street interviews with random passers-by, yet the questions are not random. Each episode has a topic, which makes it easier for you to find what you’re interested in on their channel. There are no grammar lessons in these videos, and the speech you’ll hear is not always grammatically perfect, but you’ll get a feel of the language as it is spoken in everyday life. The videos contain subtitles in both German and English.

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A substantial collection of all kinds of different videos featuring native German speakers. Not only that all those videos come with subtitles and translation; you can also slow them down, go back and forth phrase by phrase, use the built-in dictionary, and make flashcards of the entries that you find important. Check out the sample videos first, and if you like them you can sign up and get full access for a monthly fee. Read our review of Yabla. 



Lingvist is a newer app that is already becoming quite popular. Available in several languages, including German, it could be a good alternative to Duolingo. Learning is done through flashcard style fill in the blank sentences. There’s a limited free version and a premium version available. Read the Lingivist review. 

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German with Jenny

This teacher has created tons of useful content, including over 500 worksheets, over 100 podcasts, and over 400 videos – many of which you can watch and listen for free on Youtube – and an interactive app. You can also book skype lessons or enrol one of the three courses she is currently providing: A1 (total beginners), A1 & A2 (complete elementary), and B1 & B2 (Intermediate and Advanced).

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Deutsche Welle

With over 300 video lessons and over 14000 exercises, this is one of the most substantial free German language learning resources. DW Learn German section offers a variety of language learning material, sorted by level (A1 to C2 – European Framework). It contains hours of interactive audio and video material, animated series, pronunciation exercises, and more. Advanced level learners (C1 and C2) can also use the main content of DW – the news.

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Udemy German

At the moment, there are over one hundred different Udemy courses of the German language available. The quality varies, the price not that much – most of these courses are offered at the discount price of $11,99. It is hard to tell whether all of them are worth paying, but there is something for everyone. All levels are covered, and some of the courses have quizzes included.



This app aims to enable you to learn German from any of the 33 languages that they support. The learning starts with listening to a conversation, memorizing core words, and using them to generate other phrases and sentences. At the end of a lesson, you are supposed to be able to reconstruct the conversation. We found it to be pretty disappointing and not as good as competitors. Read the Mondly review.



Assimil does it a bit differently and reminds you of the difference between US and European models of education. You might find the course too intensive (even the one for beginners). Instead of chunking everything down, it makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a real-time conversation that requires your full attention – and you still can’t follow it completely, and it’s okay; you’ll repeat that lesson anyway. Assimil German With Ease (for English speakers) consists of 4 audio CDs and a substantial course book. This material should make you feel comfortable with the language in three months of learning, and you’d gain a solid base in German within six months.



If you aren’t sure how to pronounce a certain word or phrase in German – from greetings, apologies and flirting (Do you have a boyfriend? – Hast Du einen Freund?) to whichever expression you may find in the book you’re reading – you can type it down in Forvo, and hear it pronounced by a native speaker.


Rosetta Stone

A fancy language learning software and app that nearly everyone has heard of. It may also be known as one of the most overpriced apps that offers considerably less than many free ones. However, if you’re struggling with concentration issues and love to learn in tiny steps with lots of (often unnecessary) repetition, you may wish to try it. Read our full review of Rosetta Stone. 



The news site in German. Not just for the advanced learners; the intermediate ones can also take advantage of it because all video materials are followed by transcripts.



The Mosalingua app is essentially a way to memorize basic vocabulary and phrases. It focuses on the most important, “the 20% that you’ll use 80% of the time,” and relies on advanced learning, association, and memorization techniques. There are additional features on the web version, and while a subscription does cost money, there’s a free 15-day trial available.


Live Lingua

Live LinguaLive Lingua is an online language school. The tutors are native speakers from Germany and Austria who are required to speak a second language and hold university degrees. The lessons start at $29/hour (the price depends on the certificate you’re after and the number of lessons you purchase at once), but the first one is free. You can also use what they claim to be the internet’s largest collection of free public domain language learning materials. Read the full review of Live Lingua.


TED Talks German

Another language exchange platform – a mobile app that allows you to connect with native speakers of the German language, chat with them, and help them acquire a command of your native language in return. It supports text, voice, and video; contains tools for pronunciation, translation, and corrections; is free and easy to use.


Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide (Routledge Modern Grammars)

A comprehensive, innovative, and practical reference guide for intermediate and advanced learners of German. It covers both traditional grammatical categories and practical language functions including all those situations that are vital for communication. There is an accompanying workbook available too as a separate item on Amazon.


BBC German

BBC offers some excellent material for learning German – from shows for preschool children (The Lingo Show), students (GCSE German), online video tutorial (Talk German) to news, TV, and radio for advanced level learners. The German language and culture are introduced through numerous short videos, accompanied by transcripts. Audio clips and pronunciation guides help you speak confidently. You can also take quizzes, download printable materials, worksheets and activities from the website.


Learn German by Podcast

German podcasts for adult intermediate and advanced learners. The themes include current affairs, opinions on Brexit, a discussion about a car accident, and many more. You can download a lesson (audio + PDF lesson guide) for $1 or all 200 lessons for $100. Check out the sample lessons first.



While most language learning apps focus on flashcards and memorization, this one utilizes a different approach. It lets you learn the language naturally by simultaneously reading and listening to various stories in German and your native language (as long as you speak one of the 13 languages they cover at the moment). This way, you learn words within a context and internalize grammar rules at the same time.


Practice Makes Perfect: Complete German Grammar

The lessons in this practical grammar book are concise, and most of them do not require more than 20 minutes to complete. All explanations are clear, with realistic examples, featuring the German language as it is really spoken. The book contains a number of various exercises, vocabulary panels, and advice on how to avoid common mistakes.



Tandem is a language exchange app created to connect learners from around the world. You can teach someone the language you speak and they’ll help you learn the language you’d like to learn. It comes with lots of useful features to make connecting with other users easy and facilitate language practice.  Read our full review of Tandem.


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Preply is a global platform that allows you to find a German tutor from the country of your liking. You can find a number of qualified teachers and pick one according to your needs (business/conversational/intensive German, lessons for beginners or children) and budget. They use Skype, which allows you do speak, write and share materials with your tutor, just like you would do in a classroom.

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Flowlingo helps you to immerse yourself in a language via tv shows, music, books, blogs, and more. You can highlight sections of text and get translations. It is still quite new and has a lot of potential for improvement. It’s available for free online or as an app.


Rype App

This image shows the name "Rype" in bold black letters.The goal of Rype App is to be the go-to app for busy individuals who don’t have a lot of time to learn a language. It supposed to do this through one-on-one Skype lessons available 24 hours a day. For German however, the number of available teachers is quite low compared to other resources like Italki. Probably the biggest issue surrounding Rype App is that it just doesn’t offer anything unique that you couldn’t find better elsewhere and for less. One good thing about it is that it offers 30-minute long lessons which does help with the flexibility aspect, but isn’t by any means exclusive to Rype App. Read the full review of Rype App.



Langliter is best for intermediate or higher students and aims to take you past the intermediate plateau. Their app makes it easier to read and study various news articles and ebooks. You can look up words as you read, make flashcards, and even use offline.



Speaky LogoSpeaky is a social language-learning app for those looking to engage with others while learning their target language. The app contains a large database of users with which you can chat, share photos, leave voice messages and even have voice calls. There is a paid version that allows you more than five automatic translations when chatting with someone, but for the most part the app is free. There definitely are other resources out there that do more or less the same thing, so if you’ve used other social language apps then you probably have a good idea as to what to expect with Speaky. If you aren’t a total beginner and want some practice with real-life individuals then Speaky may be something to look into. Read the full review.


Deutsch für Euch

A popular Youtube German teacher who concentrates on both extensive and accessible grammar explanations, but covers vocabulary and pronunciation as well. All levels are covered. You’ll find plenty of easy, “A1” (for beginners) material, including vocabulary. There are also listening comprehension lessons and exercises, as well as advanced, very thorough analyses of grammar topics. These video lessons are enhanced by corresponding vocabulary exercises on Memrise.

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Conversation Countdown (Fluent in 3 months)

For those who are not very self-disciplined and are only efficient under pressure, “Fluent in 3 months” offers a crash-course that aims to help you develop a ‘mission-mentality’ and strategize your learning. The 7 lessons consist of bare essentials and shortcuts, but the fact that you have a scheduled conversation with a native German speaker in a week creates a sense of emergency and keeps you super-motivated.



A useful site for both students and teachers of German (among other languages) that offers a large number of activities for vocabulary and grammar practice. The activities, as well as associated worksheets and games, are free. Other features of the website, such as student-recorded grades and teacher-created activities, are limited unless you purchase the access to the premium version of the site.



Audible is Amazon’s audiobook service and also an excellent resource for learning German. There are several resources from popular language learning resources such as Pimsleur, GermanPod101, several books of short stories, and many more. This is in addition to the thousands of regular books narrated in German. Best of all, you can get a 30-day free trial which includes two free audiobooks!

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The Michel Thomas Method

This highly acclaimed (and just as expensive) method comes through courses in 3 levels in German, called “Start,” “Total,” and “Perfect.” The “Start” course introduces the German language through 50 most common words and their use; “Total” is their standard course, which contains interactive exercises, and “Perfect” is supposed to help you achieve a flawless fluency. Unfortunately, we weren’t impressed. Review.


Drops App

A 5-minutes-a-day app that helps you memorize words (mostly nouns) with the help of simple visual illustrations. Includes games and exercises that cover vocabulary (matching word and image), spelling and translation. It feels effortless but it is efficient and you do learn those words, but without any context or grammatical construction. If you’d like to use the app for longer than five minutes per day, you’ll have to pay.


Learn German with Anja

Anja is a native German speaker and one of the most popular German teachers on Youtube. In addition to those videos and a free ebook on avoiding the most common mistakes in German, you can buy Anja’s diary-like story book (with audio) and learn authentic real-life German.



Earworms’ Rapid German is meant to help you learn useful phrases (and get a feel of the grammar constructions on the way) by exposing yourself to catchy tunes. You get the German language essentials the way you memorize lyrics, refrains, and jingles. While some may really like this method, most will probably find it more annoying than helpful. Read our review of Earworms.


German Short Stories for Beginners

10 short stories narrated twice – slowly and at a normal speed – by native speakers with flawless pronunciation, and followed by the ebook version, help you enhance your reading and listening comprehension. Common grammatical constructions are varied throughout the book, which makes it easier for you to acquire them naturally. A German and English glossary is included. German Short Stories for Intermediate Level by the same authors are available in three volumes, as separate items on Amazon.



A conjugation tool that aims to be the coolest one around. It is free and works in over 40 languages, including German. Type a verb (it doesn’t have to be in infinitive or even in German – any, tense, mood, or form in German or English would do) and you’ll get conjugated forms, English translations, examples, transcriptions, pronunciation hints, and more. At the commercial section of the site you’ll find ‘Interlinear’ bilingual ebooks that might be worth checking.



A free dictionary and, more importantly, a community forum where you can find and interact with people like you, doing the same as you do – studying German and pondering over the ways to express themselves using that language.


Deutsch Akademie

In addition to on-site German courses in Vienna, München, Berlin, and other cities throughout Europe, this language school offers a huge archive of German language learning materials online. Over 20.000 German grammar and vocabulary exercises as well as over 800-hour interactive online German course are now entirely free and available without logging in.

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A Q&A app created by the Lang-8 team. You can ask questions to native speakers of German, and answer those made by the learners of your language. Available on iOS and Android. Read our full review of HiNative.



Readlang Web Reader is an extension for Google Chrome that enables you to read online content in German (and over 40 other languages). Just click any word or phrase and you’ll have it translated and saved in the flashcard library. The free version is limited to 10 phrases a day, while the number of individual words you can translate remains unrestricted.

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MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT provides a number of free undergraduate university lessons. German I, II, III, and IV are the courses that were taught throughout 2004-2008 at MIT, cover all aspects of the language, and are aimed at beginners, intermediate, and advanced level students. Upper-intermediate and advanced level learners can also pick from several courses on media, culture, and literature in German. You can learn online or download all course materials for offline use.



Another free app from the Duolingo team, for those who love bite-sized lessons, spaced repetition and gamification. You can pick from the endless list of German flashcard decks, or create your own. The app is fun, easy to use, and available on all platforms.


Bravolol / Learn German Phrases

A phrasebook app for iOS and Android that helps you to pronounce and memorize the most common words and phrases in German. Includes clear audio and you don’t need internet connection to practice the language.


Living Language

The Living Language German comes as the Complete Edition and contains three Books (beginners, intermediate, and advanced level), nine CDs, and free online learning resources: games, flashcards, and interactive quizzes. The Platinum Edition also includes live e-tutoring.



A collection of linguistic tools that facilitate translation, conjugation, and pronunciation, and include a dictionary and free spell checker. Translation tools use translation memory feature, and dictionaries combine several sources. You can also learn about latest changes in the German spelling, the feminization of the professional titles, and hottest neologisms.


Project Gutenberg (German)

An extensive collection of public domain books in German, both fiction and non-fiction, including the works of Freud, Goethe, Hesse, Kafka, Mann, and others, as well as the translations of a large number of classics originally written in other languages.


DLI German

Free courses created by the Defense Language Institute (U.S. Department of Defense). The courses are thorough and intensive. The materials consist of heavy books (the basic course has over 1000 pages), corresponding textbooks and audio files. As long as you ignore the military-related content and you’re not afraid of large books, you’ll find those courses immensely useful.



Free courses created by the Defense Language Institute (U.S. Department of Defense). The courses are thorough and intensive. The materials consist of heavy books (the basic course has over 1000 pages), corresponding textbooks and audio files. As long as you ignore the military-related content and you’re not afraid of large books, you’ll find those courses immensely useful.



OptiLingo uses a process called Guided Immersion to teach the most common words and phrases in the language you’re learning and place them in the context of everyday activities. It also incorporates Spaced Repetition Systems so that you can retain information more efficiently. They focus a lot on listening and speaking to help you develop an ear for the language.



The basic vocabulary of the German language in images and sound. When you touch an object, word, or phrase, it is pronounced aloud. It contains the entries on numbers, body parts, clothing, food, animals, and family.


Transparent Language

The language learning software and online course used by many public institutions in the US. The creators have developed the so-called “Declarative Method” (focus on long-term memory) and “Declarative Acceleration” technique to make the newly acquired knowledge stick. Unfortunately, we found it to be pretty bad and definitely not worth paying for. Review.


Language Trainers

These lessons are only available for the learners in the USA, Canada, UK & Ireland, Australia & NZ, Brazil, Germany, and Spain. The approach is highly personalized. After you’ve taken their free language proficiency test and completed a trial skype lesson, you’d get a qualified native teacher develop a curriculum based on your needs and work with you in one-on-one sessions. There are also some specialized courses available, such as German for business, healthcare, family relationships, real estate, relocation, and more.

VocabularyBeginnerIntermediateAdvancedCourseSpeakingListeningReadingWritingGrammar is a dictionary – and a lot more than a dictionary. It translates words within the context rather than isolated. is a powerful tool which you can use to, for example, write an impressive cover letter in the language of your liking (in this case, German) and prepare for the interview by finding the right sentences in your native language and defining the language pair (e.g., English-German). It is free to use, and you can download thematic mini-phrasebooks from any page.


Lingvopedia German

Lingvopedia is an encyclopedia of languages. You’ll find a wide range of interesting facts about the German language, history, and more, including basic grammar and vocabulary. This is not a basic course or just another boring encyclopedia entry – it contains curiosities like the longest words in German, unusual words and sentences, and funny idiomatic expressions in German such as “Alles tote Hose” (literally: it’s all dead pants / meaning: really boring).


A Frequency Dictionary of German (Routledge)

The 4000 most frequently used German words in Germany and other countries; core vocabulary, with detailed explanations, translations, and sample sentences. There are two main listings – the frequency list and the alphabetical one – but you can also find the word you need using thematically organized lists.



Tatoeba is a different kind of dictionary – an impressive database of translated sentences, created and maintained by the user community (which you can join). Enter the word, and you’ll get in translated in numerous contexts and sentences.


Grimm Grammar (COERLL / UT Austin)

The staff of Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning at the University of Texas at Austin has created this unconventional German language resource. German grammar concepts are introduced through peculiar stories that feature the characters from the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales. The stories contain amusing dialogues, and are followed by illustrations and audio recordings in a variety of German dialects, comprehensive grammar explanations, and exercises.



RhinoSpike helps you get German language audio on demand. It is a language-learning exchange network and great tool for listening/speaking practice. If there is any piece of text that you’d like to have read aloud and recorded, just submit a request, and a native German speaker will provide an MP3 file. In return, you’d be expected to help those who are learning your native language. You can also listen to some of the 2170 existing recordings in German to get a feel of how it works.



Linguaphone offers several courses of German. The German PDQ course is aimed at beginners, and it consists of 4 hours of audio material and a small course book. The “All Talk” course is audio-only and includes 16 lessons on two levels. The complete course has materials for all three levels – Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. There is also an eLearning online course with 36 modules for beginners.The importance of speaking is highlighted, and the practice involves both imitating the way native speakers talk and taking part in conversations. The course creators say that the content is not just useful, but also enjoyable, and helps build confidence while you speak German.


Book2 (50 Languages / Goethe Verlag)

100 free lessons for beginners and intermediate learners of German. The course includes text (free on the website, but if you’d prefer a physical book, you can buy it on Amazon), and audio files spoken by native speakers. The free mobile app contains 30 lessons, tests and games. The paid version contains the same volume of content, but it is add-free. The goal of the course is to learn the basics quickly, and use them in typical situations. You don’t need to know English (as long as you speak one of the 50 world’s most popular languages); it is possible to learn German using your native language.


Slow German

The host of Slow German, Annik Rubens, has prepared three different podcast series – one in English, for absolute beginners; the main “Slow German” podcast – featuring some common topics as well as simplified classic fairy tales, adapted for language learners – for intermediate level students, and premium for advanced level learners of German. Each episode is followed by transcript, and there is more material available on the premium section of the website.


Learn German by Mawuood Academy

86 free video lessons for beginners. The focus is on vocabulary and helping you learn some basic expressions in German, including the vocabulary related to holidays and festivals in Germany, body parts, food, sports, and other common topics.


FLLITE (Foreign Languages & The Literary in the Everyday)

Creative lessons for first and second year college students. The creative moments and language play found in everyday German are turned into internet memes, YouTube videos, blogs, and slam poetry. Contains the examples of wordplay, perspective play, symbolic play, genre play, and more. This free resource is not suitable for beginners.


GreenLife Apps – German English Translator

This translator app offers sentence correction and voice recognition. You can use it to translate emails and sms messages as you receive them (the free version lets you do this 50 times). Your translation history is saved for your reference.


German-English Translator (Klays-Development)

Another free translator app that enables instant translations of words and entire sentences. It includes a list of favorite words and phrases, and supports voice input. Available on Android.


Learn German Offline (ufostudio)

This is a free phrasebook app that works completely offline. It contains over 2000 most frequently used phrases, organized in 18 categories, which include general conversation, time and date, directions & places, eating out, family, and more. All entries are followed by native pronunciation.



Another platform that enables you to speak German with native speakers on Skype. There are teachers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other countries available. They use a standardized framework of references to describe your progress – the European one. As for the learning process, you choose a tutor according to their profile, feedback from other learners, price, location, and availability; book a lesson (a part of the fee should be paid in advance) and there you go.


Colloquial German (Routledge Colloquial Languages)

Routledge’s Colloquial German is a complete course for beginners and it contains the up-to-date textbook, accompanied by audio files which you can download for free. Colloquial German helps you learn the language as it is written and spoken today. The explanations are both meticulous and easy to understand. The goal is to grow your skills and speak German confidently in various situations.



Another convenient compilation of essentials in German. Helpful if you’re visiting Germany, but insufficient for those who wish to gain comprehensive knowledge of the German language and grammar. Popular phrases are accompanied with variations, as there is always more than one way to say something. This site can help you practice pronunciation, but it is not interactive and requires you to go back and forth until you lose your patience and go to another site.


This free German language learning resource includes a number of online exercises, grammar tables, a vocabulary trainer, conjugation tool, solid explanations of the German cases, as well as plenty of examples and exercises written by native speakers. There are also some texts for reading comprehension practice, specifically written for A1 to B2 level learners of the German language. The texts are followed by quizzes, but unfortunately not with audio recordings.


Learn 101

These free online lessons are designed as a basic introduction to German. They cover the German alphabet, vocabulary (adjectives, nouns, numbers, verbs, phrases), grammar (plural, gender), and 500 most widely used words with audio.


Polly Lingual

Polly Lingual offers online courses for beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners, and several specialized courses, such as German for Travel, Medical, Business, and the German Grammar. The lessons cover all aspects of the language, include cultural references, and contain audio recordings. You can also hire a teacher (a “Polly Ambassador”) to help you with the lessons, or ask a relevant question and get a video answer for free.



A free collection of videos and transcripts covering everyday situations and conversations in German as it is spoken in Germany. The material is developed by the staff of the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages (FCCSWL) with the help of student native speakers from the Five College Consortium.


This comprehensive free online platform is a part of the Erasmus+ program, supported by the European commision. Aimed at motivated learners of German with diverse backgrounds – students, workers, and tourists – this platform offers free courses for beginners to intermediate level learners (A1 to B2), rich with audio-visual materials and interactive exercises; German grammar rules explained and shown through examples; a large media library; a dictionary; and multilingual community forums.


Digital Dialects

A free resource for beginners in German, which allows you to practice basic vocabulary, spelling, and grammar through online (flash) games.



This resource offers free lessons for beginners (integrative German lessons, vocabulary, phrases, and grammar) that consist of text and audio recordings, and a chance to contact the course creator and book some one-on-one lessons.



Free multilingual text to speech solution that works on PC, Android, iOS, and online as the Chrome extension. Talkify instantly recognizes supported languages (including German), and reads any webpage or PDF (beta). You can even save audio as MP3.


OpenLearn German (The Open University)

The Open University offers several free courses for beginners, intermediate, and advanced level learners, including a course focused on the French regional landscapes. You can begin with the essential phrases, practice your comprehension and conversation skills, learn grammar, and creative writing.


Get Started in German (Teach Yourself)

The Teach Yourself Language edition contains several books on German. This Absolute Beginner Course of German contains a book that covers the basic grammar and vocabulary and help develop listening, reading, writing, speaking and pronunciation skills. The two CDs are included, containing 120 minutes of audio material. Teach Yourself offers other courses too, such as Complete German, Get Talking and Keep Talking German (the last two are audio courses).



Lingro’s tagline “The coolest dictionary known to hombre” is well deserved. It makes reading in German (among other languages) way more accessible. Just enter the URL of the page in German, and Lingro will make each word on it clickable. It’s like there’s a built-in dictionary on every page you’d like to read. Furthermore, all the words that you look up while reading are saved for your future reference.


German Wikibook

A free online community-created grammar book and course (beginners to intermediate). Contains numerous passages for reading comprehension practice in four levels. The subjects include greetings, time, numbers, and also art, science and history. Useful content but contains no audio files whatsoever.


Essential German Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar)

A handy reference book for those who’d like to comprehend the logic behind the rules they have noticed while learning German using flashcards or any other method for instant learning, but have no time and patience to read some long, detailed grammar books. This book aims to clarify the vital points of the German grammar and enable simple, everyday communication.


501 German Verbs

This combined book and software package contains the 501 most commonly used verbs (and 1000 additional ones, which are conjugated similarly as the 501 in the title) presented in tables. One page contains a single verb in all its forms in German, which helps you notice the patterns behind grammatical structures, and the English translation.



If you’re a language student struggling with German verb conjugation, this little tool can save your precious time. You just need to enter a verb in the infinitive, and you’ll get the complete inflection of that verb. Verbix works on Windows and online, and is entirely free.



This prominent European language learning organization provides online courses of German for students of all levels, from beginner to advanced. The lessons are individual or for two students of the same level. The prices vary, with the lowest during the “happy hour” – 3pm-5:30pm CET (UTC+1). You can take a free level assessment test before you sign up.


Café in Berlin

Another “short stories for beginners” book, but a fairly popular one – with a reason. The protagonist of these stories is a guy who has just arrived in the German capital. His perspective helps you get a feel of daily life in Berlin, find out interesting stuff about the city and its people, and learn tons of real-life phrases and expressions. This is the first book in a 9-book series of similar stories by the same author, with the same protagonist, but covering different German, Swiss, and Austrian cities and their local culture.


Deutsch Lernen by ActiLingua Academy

This Vienna-based language school offers a number of free online lessons for independent learners. The 10 lessons for total beginners serve as an introduction to basic verb forms and German syntax, and include grammar tables, word lists, examples, and exercises. Another 24 lessons are sorted by level (1-3), followed by exercises and a self-assessment test.


Goethe Institut

This reputable educational institution provides German language courses and certification for all levels, including individual and special (writing and grammar) online lessons. They also provide specialized courses and cultural training. You’ll also find plenty of German language learning material, including apps and video, in the DEUTSCH FÜR DICH (Free German) section on their website.



Spotify is more than just a music-streaming service. It offers over 200 hours of free language lessons, including even 42 hours of German. In addition to these audio lessons, there is other content available, such as language-learning playlists created by users, podcasts, audiobooks, Disney movies, and more.



A collection of super-short videos featuring correct pronunciation of German letters (including consonant groups), words, common abbreviations, and phrases. This channel is no longer updated, but the existing content is still very useful for beginners.


German Skills

Language lessons and coaching for expats by an experienced language instructor. You can choose between one-on-one tutoring or some of the various mini-courses (lasting up to a month – check the schedule on the website) – such as conversational course with the focus on listening comprehension, vocabulary, or grammar; pronunciation course; book and film related conversations; and much more. Most of the material – including ebooks available for purchase and free videos on Youtube – is in German, so you’d need at least basic proficiency to get started.


Dirty German

A vulgar phrasebook of German, more fun than useful, that will present you the common slang of the Germans, from casual street-talk, funny ways to ask someone to go to bed with you, to serious insults. Use it with caution, especially because it seems that this book contains phrases and idioms that are not in use anymore.



The Freelang dictionary is a free online dictionary and a platform which enables you to have some (short, non-commercial) content translated for free by a volunteer, or to find a professional to translate whatever material you may have.


My Language Exchange

A platform that hosts language exchange practice. You can find exchange partners and practice online in voice chat rooms, using tools such as an online dictionary, pre-made lesson plans, and a notepad. Voice chat rooms are designed and work best for intermediate and advanced level learners, while the beginners can engage in text chat (using a tool called Chat Companion) or find a penpal.


The German Project

A little website that offers free German lessons for beginners (include numbers, telling time, convenient phrases, conversation fillers, and essential grammar) and the German version of some good old children’s stories, narrated very slowly and followed by text in both German and English.


Dialogues for German Learners by University of South Wales

37 podcast episodes developed by the teachers and students of The University of South Wales. Aimed at beginners who want to practise and consolidate new language skills, these dialogues introduce the German language and its common structures within a work-related context. Each dialogue is accompanied by PDF transcript.



A publishing house specialising in German as a second language learning material. You can purchase various textbooks, CDs, apps, board games, workbooks, and more. There is also a lot of free online content available, including printable worksheets and exercises, all sorted neatly by level and topic. The website is entirely in German, but you can easily navigate using Google Translate.


StackExchange (German)

A community-driven Q&A site for teachers and learners of many languages, including German. Anybody can join and discuss the delicacies of the language and individual expressions. You can ask questions, offer the solutions for someone else’s dilemmas, and vote for the responses that you find the best. The most helpful entries are voted up and appear close to the top of the thread. It is free, but it is not for beginners; you’ll need some command of German to participate in the conversation.


The Everything Learning German Book

A book and CD that teach you basic German vocabulary, grammar, and correct pronunciation. The audio material consists of pronunciation guides, vocabulary lists, dialogue examples, exercises, self-tests, and a dictionary. The book serves as a step-by-step guide and is supposed to enable you to communicate confidently in no time.


A huge and very thorough collection of German language learning materials covering all aspects of language and all levels – except for absolute beginners. The site is entirely in German and might be a bit scary for novices.


German All-in-One For Dummies

If you’ve read some of the books from “For Dummies” series, you already know what to expect – an easy-to-follow guide through the basics and some interesting phrases and idioms that will help you have a small talk and won’t leave you helpless on the street. There is also the popular top-tens section, which includes ten quick ways to pick up German swiftly, ten popular slang expressions, and ten expressions that can make you sound fluent. But there is more. German All-in-One is one of the most comprehensive books from “For Dummies” edition. It consists of several other books (German for Dummies, German Essentials for Dummies, German Grammar, Intermediate German, and so on), any of which you can buy separately if you aren’t interested in this complete guide to the German language.


QuickStudy BarCharts

Probably the most concise, yet surprisingly comprehensive reference you’ll ever find regarding German Vocabulary and Grammar. Sold as two separate items, the two three-panel (six pages) charts – covering basic vocabulary, grammar, conversation models, verbs, and verb conjugations – contain everything you’d put into a cheat-sheet and more.


Google Translate

Imperfect as it is, Google Translate is a powerful and immensely useful tool – as long as we use it properly and don’t expect to get 100% correct and complete translations from it. The outcome is always a work in progress. A considerable portion of actual work is finished instantly, but you still need to do your part. You can use it to translate words, documents, and entire websites. The translation is editable with a lot of ready-made alternatives for any word or phrase. The extension for Google Chrome enables you to translate and navigate through the interface of sites that are entirely in German, which has been used more than once during the creation of this list.


The Oxford New German Dictionary

This concise (but not too small) bilingual dictionary contains over 100000 words and phrases, chosen to help all groups of the German language learners, including students, business people, and occasional travelers. It is enhanced by 60,000 translations, pronunciation of all entries, and German verb tables.


Larousse Concise German-English/English-German Dictionary

A fairly comprehensive bilingual German-English and English-German dictionary from a famous publisher in an affordable paperback edition.


Easy German Step-By-Step

A German language book for beginners from the popular Easy Step-by-Step Series. The book explains grammatical rules and concepts in order of importance, and introduces more than 300 verbs and key terms on the basis of frequency. The content is organized in 15 units and includes 200 exercises that help you grasp the basics quickly.