In this post I want to draw attention to a few German language resources that I use to maintain and improve my German. Once I established an A2 level proficiency, I wanted to find ways to hear, read, and speak German on a regular, if not daily, basis. The good news for those of us who cannot at present visit or live in Germany or other German-speaking countries due to the pandemic, finances, or family or work obligations is that there are multiple, excellent German language materials that you can access online, many of which are free!
Reading Articles in German
Deutsche Welle (DW) offers a plethora of excellent German language learning resources–everything from videos, to articles, to online courses. Given that reading in German is so crucial to developing and expanding your vocabulary, it is important that you find engaging material to read in German. The nice thing about DW is that it has articles of varying lengths on a multitude of topics, so you are sure to find something that will interest you. Here are a few sources from DW that I have found extremely helpful in my own German learning journey.
- Top Thema offers short articles and videos focusing on important and relevant topics in Germany. Each topic includes vocabulary words and explanations as well as questions related to the text. In addition, the topics are categorized according to your level (e.g., A1, A2, B1, B2, etc.).
- Das sagt man so! Here you are introduced to common German idioms and proverbs and are given explanations and context so that you can understand how to use them. You can also test your understanding through interactive exercises. These lessons are for B1-B2 learners.
- Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten. Here you can improve your listening skills and stay up to date with current news in Germany. Both audio and text versions are included.
Podcasts and News in German
Easy German, which is also one of my favorite German podcasts, has a YouTube channel with engaging videos to help you both with grammar-related issues and with learning learn more about German culture and language as they say, “from the streets.”
Auf Deutsch gesagt is hosted by Robin Meinert and is for advanced German learners. Robin is a great host and provides wonderful vocabulary lists and super helpful explanations.
Tageschau is a German news broadcast that reports on actual events in Germany. They also have a YouTube channel with tons of videos of various lengths so that you can listen to German on a daily basis.
Italki provides a wonderful way to connect with native speakers through one-to-one tutoring via Zoom, Skype, and other video platforms. I have been using Italki for over a year now and have met tutors from around the world who have helped me to improve and gain more confidence in my ability to speak German.