German Language Resources

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Last updated: Tue 15 Jun 2021 / Total number of resources: 12


Dictionaries – German dictionary with over 1.2 million entries (German – English, but supports many other languages, too.) - a German dictionary website - a German language resource

Linguee – German dictionary, particularly useful for searching phrases – it pulls translations from across the web so you can compare. – another German dictionary, similar to


FSI German Basic Course – a course produced to train diplomats in the US Foreign Service Institute; it’s now in the public domain, so it’s accessible for free. Some parts of it are out of date, but it provides a good overview, with lots of audio.

FSI German Headstart Course – another course produced to train people at the FSI. Now in the public domain, so accessible for free. May be a little out of date.

FSI German FAST Course – another course produced to train people at the FSI; this one is only ten units long. Now in the public domain, so accessible for free. May be a little out of date.

German DLI Courses – there are lots of courses on this page, all created for the use of the Defense Language Institute. Like the FSI courses, these are in the public domain and could be out of date in some respects.


Duolingo – a good, free place to start. Takes you through various lessons that cover many different topics you may encounter. Top tip: use the website instead of the app where possible to access the grammar tips, etc., that come with each lesson.

Memrise – Memrise have their own German course, with lots of video content, that primarily uses an SRS and flashcard method, but you can also find collections created by other people – or create your own!

Anki – Anki is actually a general (free!) piece of flashcard software, where you can create your own cards and then study them. It is highly recommended that you create your own cards but you can find shared decks here.

GermanPod101 – so, you can access this online, but there’s also an app that’s free to download. You’ll get a seven-day free trial when you sign up, but even after that, you’ll still have access to a lot of content to start learning German.

uTalk – uTalk offer both German and Swiss German; the app is free to download but you have to pay a subscription to access all the content. Uses a flashcard-based system and games to teach you words and phrases, but features a lot of native speaker audio.

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