Apps for learning German
Duolingo is probably the most used app for learning German (or other languages), and it’s a nice supplement. It’s always better to play around on Duolingo while waiting for the bus than counting the passing cars.
However it’s not sufficient to learn German with Duolingo because you will need solid instruction on how to pronounce sounds, and how to apply the grammar.
Other useful apps:
lets you read simple texts and save words you don’t understand yet
good vocabulary trainer, there is a deck available for our textbook
Online dictionary with reference to German grammar
Youtube channels for learning German
You should surround yourself with as much German language as possible, but there is a catch: you can’t just randomly listen to German podcasts or interviews, it will only frustrate you. The material has to be just a bit difficult for you – not too difficult. So you have to find something suitable for your level! That can be a bit of a challenge, but here are a few suggestions:
Authentic videos recorded by a German-Polish couple living in Berlin. Every video has both German and English subtitles, making it a bit easier to understand for learners. Contrary to the name of the channel, the material is not soooo easy; you’d better wait until a solid A2 level before you start watching.
Our own Youtube channel with videos about pronunciation, important grammar questions, learning strategies, vocabulary …
Peppa Wutz (Peppa Pig)
It’s a cartoon for kids available in many languages, also in German. The language is super simple, so it’s fun to watch.
The following three channels focus on pronunciation, but are only explained in German:
Deutsch mit Benjamin
Richtig Deutsch sprechen
Do what you like …
Once you have reached a certain level of German, make sure to work with material you are interested in. Do you like gardening? Then maybe you can find something about gardening in German. Or do you like music? Listen to German songs where you can find the lyrics online.
All of these will help you to keep up your interest and to make your German language learning process a fun experience – however you will have to learn basic German first.
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