"Pump up" your German with podcasts

Want to learn German but feel like you have no time? Download some podcasts or visit these fun websites to help practice your Deutsch during even the busiest days.

Young woman wearing headphones Enlarge image (© picture alliance / dpa) Podcasts can be a great way to practice German while getting on with the normal business of your day. Subscribe to one of these podcasts, watch a video on your computer or download a language app to keep German language learning fun and relaxing.

Here are a few suggestions:

Funny phrases and idioms

Pukka German has short podcasts that cover everything from street slang to jokes. It’s a fun way to augment your regular German learning and to add a few snappy phrases to your vocabulary.

pukkagerman.com

There’s an app for that


The Michael Thomas method is well liked by many for his push to get language learners speaking. You can check out the app or get a short tutorial on his website.

www.michelthomas.com

Funny German


These funny BBC videos give you a laugh and a language tutorial courtesy of the comedian Henning When.

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/comedy

DW basics

Deutsche Welle offers many different free podcasts and video options to help brush up your German. You can listen to suspenseful crime stories or hear daily news reports read slowly in German.

www.dw.de/learn-german-with-podcasts/a-2917951

Goethe Institute suggests music podcasts and more

This list from the Goethe Institute has podcasts that cover everything from basic German to new music suggestions from Deutschland’s pop charts.

www.goethe.de/frm/pod/enindex.htm www.goethe.de/kue/mus/zue/enindex.htm

Schlaflos in München

The journalist Annik Rubens reads part of her popular podcast Schlaflos in München, or Sleepless in Munich, in English. Listen to the German version first to see how much you understand.

www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Languages/German/Slow-German-Podcast/28329

German Pod 101

The podcast and web resource German Pod 101 gives you all the basics to start learning German.

www.germanpod101.com/index.php

Open Culture

The website Open Culture lists many podcasts and other free language learning resources like these funny Vodcasts (or video podcasts) called My German Class.

www.openculture.com/free_german_lessons www.mygermanclass.com

The best way to improve your German is to stay positive and to not let grammar or pronunciation problems discourage you. Try to keep the language learning process fun by finding learning methods that best suit your personality and lifestyle. Studies show podcasts are a great way to practice. So why not try a few out? Listen, learn and enjoy!

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