Listening: understand spoken German
Listeningunderstand spoken German
You'd like to follow and understand German conversations?
Then train your ear with these free learning tools that we've found
Interested? Then prick up your ears and get started!
- Make learning fun by listening to news broadcasts, reports and radio!
- Watch yourself improve step by step!
- Feel confident in communicating and avoid misunderstandings!
A few tips from us:
- Don't get discouraged if you don't understand everything right away!
- Try to understand the important points the speaker makes - you don't need to understand every word!
- Listen to the audio more than once: repetition works wonders!
The best free online learning resources:
Deutsche Welle - Audio Trainer
Use this audio trainer to learn German step by step and improve your listening skills! This learning course is divided by topic into individual lessons.
ARD Media Library - German Radio and TV Online
The ARD Mediathek (media library) has a huge collection of German TV and radio programmes from the public broadcaster, ARD. This is an excellent tool for improving your listening skills in an entertaining fashion. To help your understanding,
are available for a number of the programmes.
Audio Lingua - Authentic Audio Recordings
Native speakers can upload audio recordings on this website, which help you train your listening comprehension. Under "Advanced Search" on the right-hand side, you can search for content by level, length, and speaker.
ZDF Media Library - German TV Online
ZDF, a German television public broadcaster, hosts a media library of television programmes that can be watched online. These authentic German shows are ideal for improving your listening abilities. Subtitles are available for some videos, which are marked with "UT" (Untertitel).
Goethe-Institut - Audio Language Course
This audio language course is made for beginners, and offers an excellent way to practice your German listening skills. An English-speaking presenter will guide you through the course with the two protagonists, Paula and Philipp.
SWR - Listen to German Radio
This overview shows you all of the available online radio streams from SWR, a regional public radio broadcaster in Germany. Simply choose a station stream and start listening. For improving listening skills, the
is particularly good.
Sprechbude - Works of Famous Authors
The Sprechbude contains numerous stories and poems from famous German authors, all available as audio files that you can listen to online. Included are authors like Friedrich Schiller or Joachim Ringelnatz.
Lyrikline - Audio Poems
With over 2000 audio recordings of poems, this is an excellent platform for practising your German listening skills. Each audio recording includes the text, so you can read along if you like. You can also find
Deutsche Welle - Slowly-Spoken News
With extra slowly spoken news reports, this page is geared towards German learners. The Deutsche Welle provides reports on current events and world topics. Articles include a written transcript for reference.
Deutsche Welle - High-Quality German Course
Join journalism student Andreas in his job as a porter at a hotel, and improve your German skills! The course has over 100 lessons that include high-quality audio content and exercises. The Deutsche Welle also provides other
. For example, the exciting crime thriller,
Do you know of other free learning resources, that could be in this list? Share them with us. Thanks!