Free German Lessons

Learn Ger­man for free online. Down­load free audio lessons to your com­put­er or mp3 play­er and start learn­ing Ger­man instant­ly. To learn more lan­guages, please vis­it our com­plete col­lec­tion of Free Lan­guage Lessons.
  • Deutsch — warum nicht? - Web Site
    • An exten­sive col­lec­tion of intro­duc­to­ry Ger­man lessons put togeth­er by Deutsche Welle.
  • Deutschtrain­er — Web site
    • Use the Deutschtrain­er to effec­tive­ly learn basic vocab­u­lary need­ed for every­day life and to improve your pro­nun­ci­a­tion. The 100 lessons are bilin­gual (Eng­lish-Ger­­man) and address var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions — from greet­ing peo­ple and going to the doc­tor, to shop­ping and find­ing accom­mo­da­tions. From the Ger­man broad­cast­er Deutsche Welle.
  • Deutsch im BlickWeb site
    • A free online text­book for learn­ing Ger­man from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas. It’s the web-based first-year Ger­man pro­gram devel­oped and in use at the uni­ver­si­ty.
  • Dia­logue for Ger­man Learn­ers: Begin­ner’s Lev­el — iTunes Free
    • Cre­at­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Wales, these dia­logues will help you to prac­tice and con­sol­i­date some of the lan­guage skills you are learn­ing, either as part of a lan­guage course or as some­thing you need for your work.
  • Mis­sion Berlin — iTunes Free — Web — RSS
    •  Learn Ger­man through a mys­tery adven­ture. Cre­at­ed by Deutsche Welle.
  • Radio D - Series 1 iTunesSeries 2 iTunesSeries 1 RSS — Series 2 RSS
    • Ger­man for begin­ners: Paula and Philipp are Radio D reporters who have sev­er­al mys­te­ri­ous cas­es to inves­ti­gate. Join them as their research takes them across Ger­many — and learn Ger­man along the way! Cre­at­ed by Deutsche Welle.
  • Slow­ly Spo­ken News — iTunes Free — Feed
    • Deutsche Welle pro­vides a night­ly news broad­cast in Ger­man that’s spo­ken slow­ly so that you can work on your com­pre­hen­sion.
  • Talk Ger­man - Web Site
    • A live­ly intro­duc­tion to Ger­man by the BBC. Pre­sent­ed in ten short parts.
  • Deutsch Inter­ak­tivWeb
    • 30-part self-study course in Ger­man. Fea­tures authen­tic videos, slideshows and audio texts that con­vey a vibrant pic­ture of life in Ger­many, Aus­tria and Switzer­land. Cre­at­ed by Deutsche Welle.
  • Duolin­go Ger­man — Web Site 
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments. Check out Duolin­go’s iPhone and iPad apps.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ger­man Pro­grammed Intro­duc­tionWeb site
    • The text (PDF) and tapes (MP3) present, in a pro­grammed learn­ing style, the struc­tur­al fea­tures and vocab­u­lary con­tained in the first six units of the FSI Ger­man Basic Course. Serves to accel­er­ate the progress of stu­dents who sub­se­quent­ly move to the Basic Course.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ger­man Basic CourseWeb site
    • Two text­books (PDF) and 24 audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ger­man Fast Web site
    • Text­book (PDF) and ten audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ger­man Head­start Web site
    • Text­book (PDF) and four­teen audio lessons (MP3).
  • Ger­man­Pod 101 — iTunes Free — RSS
    • Offers mate­ri­als for begin­ners, inter­me­di­ate and advanced.

To learn more lan­guages, please vis­it our col­lec­tion: Learn Lan­guages for Free: Span­ish, Eng­lish, Chi­nese & Beyond.

Sup­port Open Cul­ture

We’re hop­ing to rely on our loy­al read­ers rather than errat­ic ads. To sup­port Open Cul­ture’s edu­ca­tion­al mis­sion, please con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion. We accept Pay­Pal, Ven­mo (@openculture), Patre­on and Cryp­to! Please find all options here. We thank you!

Open Culture was founded by Dan Colman.