German Links

Best internet resources for students of German language.

These are the trusted sources for high quality German language texts and speech. I strongly recommend using German materials only from credible institutions in the beginning.

Short news videos with transcriptions underneath, which match relatively close to the speech in the audio, and to the translations.

  • Switch language in the menu in the top-left corner of the page.

This resource is very useful for people who know or learn multiple languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, etc.

For the minimal exposure to the spoken German language, listen to the daily 100 seconds of the most important news from Germany, on the first official television channel (ARD).

The latest Daily Show (Tagesschau) - official news from Germany.

The videos are around 15 minutes long. Listen at least once, and for the background listening, repeat a few times while you are doing something that does not require your full concentration.

Political talk-show on the second official German channel, ZDF.

Listen to gather practical phrases for dialogues, and for good example of argumentation in German. (categories) (list)

Radio plays in German - listen to the professionally made audio and download the files. WDR3 is my favorite radio channel in Germany.

Cultural news on Arte, a French-German television channel: how artists see the world.

Most of the videos are available in German and French, some - in English and Spanish.

  • Click on the gear icon in the bottom-right corner of each short video to switch the language of the audio.
  • Click on the language menu in the top-right corner of the screen to switch the language of the description.

Philosophie, Lifestyle und die großen intellektuellen Debatten der Gegenwart.

Philosophy, lifestyle, and the big modern intellectual debates.

On Arte you can usually switch the audio language between German and French, and often watch with subtitles in English or Spanish. The videos are normally available for a few months.

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