Free German Lessons





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  • 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.

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