The Best Way to Learn German

I often get asked “What is the best way to learn German?” While I do think that some methods are better than others and some methods simply don’t work for anyone, I think that this video explains perfectly what the best way to learn German is.

As I promised in the video, I will now list some of my personal suggestions. Several of the methods I will talk about in this post will overlap, as you can learn several things from them. I will, however, be listing them based on the main way that you will be using them.

Click here to watch Herr Antrim act out a skit written by Andrea Thionville.

Listening

There are a variety of sources that can help your listening skills in German. You can listen to podcasts about a variety of topics, news broadcasts, German music or German radio online. Below you will find a variety of links that will let you work on your listening skills.

Slow German

German cultural articles with slowly read native speaker voices.

German Radio Online

Listen to a variety of stations from around Germany.

My German Music Playlist

An eclectic collection of music from all genres of German music.

Spotify

Unlike other online music sources, Spotify will allow you to sort the music by the language. Unfortunately I don’t have a Spotify account, so I can’t send you directly to any particular list.

Reading

Google News

If you are looking for a place to find a bunch of German news sources, you can simply change your settings in Google News to the German edition. This will give you news about what is going on in Germany and in the world.

Deutsche Welle News

German news on a variety of topics.

Children’s Books Forever

Simple German children’s stories by Hans Wilhelm.

News for Kids

Just what the name implies. They are news articles for children, but in German.

Nicht Lustig Cartoons

Short German cartoons by Joscha Sauer.

Ruthe Cartoons

Shorts German cartoons by Ralf Ruthe.

Watching

There are a ton of YouTubers who have dedicated their channels to teaching others German. Here is a short list of the ones I recommend.

Learn German with Anja

Learn German with Jenny (Now Lingoni)

Deutsch für Euch

Deutsche Welle’s YouTube Channel

Bernd Ziesche

Deutsch Happen

Easy German

Language Sheep

Smarter German

Uwe Kind & LingoTech

VlogDave

Check out my updated list of the Best YouTube Channels for German Learners here.

Non-Language Learning Oriented YouTube Channels

There are a ton of German YouTube channels that aren’t necessarily made for you to learn German, but they can do it all the same. I would recommend these two.

Wissen macht Ah!

Doktor Allwissend

German Television

Obviously, YouTube isn’t the only source of German things to watch. You can change a lot of shows on Netflix to German. You can even turn on English or German subtitles. Of course, you can get a different variety of shows on Netflix that are in German, if you use a proxy server to fake that you are in German, but the legality of that is a bit fuzzy and will probably get you banned from Netflix.

If you want a list of German TV stations that you can stream online, you can find a pretty good list of that here.

Speaking

Honestly, the only way to get better at speaking German is to speak German. When you read, you should read aloud to train your mouth to speak German with good pronunciation. If you are looking for a place to find a partner with whom you can learn German, you can find a short list of sites for that below.

iTalki

My Language Exchange

Tandem Partners

SprachDuo

Language Exchange Subreddit

Vocabulary

I have done my fair share of reviews on flashcard apps and assisted readers. You can find a list of them here.

Memrise

Learn with Oliver

Anki

Herr Antrim
Herr Antrim is a German teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. In 2011 he started his successful YouTube Channel "Learn German with Herr Antrim". In 2015 he created this website to enhance the German language lessons he was providing on YouTube. He is now the author of his own e-book, "Beginner German with Herr Antrim". He has also been featured on numerous blogs and other sites. *This site uses a variety of affiliate links. If there is a link that leads to an outside site from which you could potentially make a purchase, it is very likely an affiliate link for which Herr Antrim will receive a small portion of your purchase. This does not cost you any extra, but it does help keep this website going. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. If you would like more information about the affiliate programs this site uses, click here.
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