Here are the resources I consider essential to learn how to speak German.
WHERE TO START LEARNING GERMAN
I recommend starting out with one of my top language guides:
Why German is Easy – This is my go-to guide for German learners that’s packed to bursting with hacks for learning German faster and speaking German sooner.
Language Hacking German – My German course for beginners published with Teach Yourself, that will get you speaking German from day 1.
MORE FAVOURITE COURSES & APPS TO GIVE YOUR GERMAN A BOOST
GermanPod101 – This is my favourite German audio course. This course is much better value than more famous audio courses, and in my opinion it’s way better!
CoffeeBreak German – This more structured audio course is the favourite of my teacher Lea. They'll guide you from the absolute basics of German right up to an advanced level, with very encouraging teachers.
HelloTalk – is a smartphone app that connects you with native German speakers for free. You can use it to send text messages and audio clips. After you sign up, message the team with the code “Fi3M” to get the premium features free for three months!
GERMAN SPEAKING TOOLS: PRACTICE WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS
Speak from day one is my approach to any new language. I have one tool I recommend for this:
Italki – connects you with native German speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay German tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner! This link takes you right to the German tutors on the site.
GERMAN LISTENING AND PRONUNCIATION RESOURCES
Mimic Method German – Accent training with Idahosa Ness that’s designed to help you sound more like a native German speaker.
Fluentu German – German videos with English and German subtitles. My favourite feature is the hover dictionary!
GERMAN LEARNING WEBSITES YOU MUST BOOKMARK TODAY
You’ll return to these resources again and again in your German study sessions.
Forvo – find out how any German word is pronounced. Just type the word you’re looking for into the search bar in German!
Dict.cc – Possibly the best free online German dictionary. I like how it gives you examples sentences, so you can see words used in context.
Deutsche Welle – A vast database of audio, visual, and text-based learning resources for German learners.
START SPEAKING GERMAN NOW
Need help getting started? I designed this course to guide you through your first week:
Conversation Countdown – Have your first conversation in German in just seven days. This is one of our most popular courses, and with good reason, because you’ll get results fast.