Here is a fabulous list of German education resources you can use at home with your primary and secondary school children and teens. Many thanks to the ACT German Teachers Network.
There are lots of things you can be doing at home to keep up your German outside of school. Here is a guide of some of them – but there’s nothing stopping you from doing other things if you find them!
YouTube German lessons:
The Angry Family: Key phrases and pronunciation practice through silly cartoons (Y7 + Y8).
Easy German: German YouTube channel with both topic- and grammar-based videos, for a range of levels. Subtitles of both German and English allow for easy understanding.
You are free to pick and choose any videos you want, but here are some we recommend:
German for beginners (Y7, Y8)
German for advanced beginners (high ability Y8, Y9, Y10)
German for intermediate learners (high ability Y10, Y11)
Learn German with Anja: German YouTuber who posts about vocab, grammar, and life in German speaking countries. Suitable for all years. She has lots of playlists focused around certain themes, or you can pick out certain individual videos.
Lingoni German: Huge number of videos here, for all abilities.
They also have playlists for every level:
Playlist for beginners (Y7, Y8):
Playlist for advanced beginners (high ability Y8, Y9, Y10)
Playlist for intermediate learners (high ability Y10, Y11)
Learn German with Herr Antrim: So many videos and playlists that you will never get bored!
German TV/films on YouTube
Return to your childhood and watch Peppa Pig (Peppa Wutz) in German!
Meine Freundin Conni
Classic German kids’ TV show:
Spongebob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fairly Odd Parents:
Die Sendung mit dem Elefant
Die Sendung mit der Maus
German Films/TV online
Find out how to access the ‘German’ section of Netflix and use subtitles.
For Amazon Prime, the button for subtitles is on the top right of the screen.
Here’s a handy list of TV shows and their rating guidance below:
|Netflix||Skylines||15+||TV||Crime drama series about hip-hop producer|
|Holiday Secrets||12+||TV||Family secrets come out at Christmas|
|We Are The Wave||15+||TV||Teens revolt against nationalism|
|Criminal: Germany||15+||TV||Set within the interview room of a police station|
|Charité at War||15+||TV||Set in hospital during WW2|
|Dark||15+||TV||Mystery drama – German ‘Stranger Things’|
|Nailed It! Germany||PG||TV||Amateur baking show|
|Look Who’s Back||15+||Film||Satire about Hitler|
|The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch||15+||Film||Comedy about an Orthodox Jewish man falling in love with a non-Jewish woman|
|Rock My Heart||PG||Film||Animal film|
|My Führer||PG||Film||Comedy about Hitler preparing for a speech|
|We are young. We are strong.||15+||Film||Based on the Xenophobic riots in North Germany in the 1990s|
|Trick or Treaters||PG||Film||Animation|
|Amazon Prime||Welcome to Germany||12||Film||A German family takes in a refugee|
|Balloon||12||Film||Germans attempt to flee the East by using a hot air balloon.|
|Behind the Wall||12||Documentary||Documentary about East/West Berlin and the fall of the wall.|
|All4/Walter Presents||Deutschland 83 Deutschland 86||15+||TV||Drama about young East German sent as a spy to the West.|
Goethe Insitut, an organisation which promotes German language learning all around the world also has 100s of films to view online, for free. You might need to register but after that, you are free to watch as many as you like. There are some really advanced films here. To make sure you get ‘easy’ children’s films, you must make sure you click on ‘FILTER’ > ‘Kategorie: Jugendbibliothek’ or ‘Kategorie: Kinderbibliothek’ > then scroll to ‘APPLY/ANWENDEN’. Then children’s films will be available.
You can also check out the Goethe Institut Film of the Month.
Mumbro und Zinell
Show in the style of The Muppets. The text for what you are hearing is at the top of the page in German and in English (scripts), with time stamps to tell you when each scene occurs.
Videos for beginners with transcripts/translations:
Audible: Audible have made a range of children’s books (many have been made free during the 2020 school covid closures). Go to ‘Auf Deutsch Hoeren’. You will not be able to understand every single word – it’s about having a go and getting a feel for the language and pronunciation.
There’s even Harry Potter in German…!
Goethe Institut: You may need to register (for free). There are some really advanced audiobooks here. To make sure you get ‘easy’ children’s books, you must make sure you click on ‘FILTER’ > ‘Kategorie: Jugendbibliothek’ or ‘Kategorie: Kinderbibliothek’ > then scroll to ‘APPLY/ANWENDEN’. Then children’s audiobooks will be available.
My German Short Stories: YouTube channel with 5-10 min long short stories. Key words feature on the video.
Goethe Institut – German Pop playlist (Spotify required)
The Sound of Germany: Podcasts about the Music of Germany. Previous episodes can be found below the current one. Transcripts are also available. Link to a quiz to test your knowledge is also on the page
Get a Kick out of German: Podcast about football
Coffee Break German
News in Slow German: Key vocab and transcripts available.
Goethe Institut Library You may have to register for free, first.
Books: There are some really advanced books here. To make sure you get ‘easy’ children’s books, you must make sure you click on ‘FILTER’ > ‘Kategorie: Jugendbibliothek’ or ‘Kategorie: Kinderbibliothek’ > then scroll to ‘APPLY/ANWENDEN’. Then children’s books will be available.
The German Project: Classic stories with audio for you to read along with.
Sites to practise your German
Rosetta Stone: This website is normally expensive, but they’re offering it to students for free! You could even learn another language whilst you’re bored at home. You can just use your own email, don’t worry about using your parents’.
Lingolia: Extensive German vocabulary and grammar practice. Choose from the list on the left-hand side of the page, read through, and then use the test function.
The German Project: Loads of lessons here, from basics to advanced grammar.
Die Stadt der Wörter: Vocabulary game.
Nicos Weg 1: Very good online German resource.
Nico’s Weg II: slightly more advanced.
BBC Bitesize: GCSE (Y9-Y11)
BBC Bitesize: KS3 (Y7-Y9)
Meet The Germans: Learn about German culture and language through ‘typisch Deutsch’.
Virtual Museum and Gallery Tours in Germany:
German Museums online
Museums all over the world are offering virtual tours. Here are some from Germany:
Dict.cc – German dictionary
Leo.org – German dictionary
Quizlet – log in with your school account
DW Learn German A1, A2, B1 + placement test – language app (features Nicos Weg [see above])
Deutschtrainer A1 – Vocab learning for beginners (Y7-Y8)
Learn German: Die Stadt der Wörter – App version of the online game (above)
Mein Weg nach Deutschland – Game in which you play as a newcomer to Germany (Y7-Y8)
A Mysterious Mission HD – Mystery Game in German (High Y9-Y10-Y11)