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I think I should start to read articles in German and/or watch something in German together with using the Duolingo.

Does anybody know interesting Youtube channels that are mostly if not fully in German language and talk about interesting things? For example, some of my interests include history, it would be cool if there are German channels talking about this topic. I would be glad also if I got news about new cars, engineering or just simple vlogs or whatever.

Second thing is, would you recommend to read wikipedia in German language in order to better grasp the language?

Thank you all for help

June 15, 2017


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I used to read a lot on Wikipedia... "zufäliger Artikel" was my best friend :-)

Here are news in simplified German, great for starters: http://www.nachrichtenleicht.de/

Authentic German learning has a playlist on history: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEByPi2gBp1R44aE7I0nKIY2-I3tmESJv ... and also his playlist "daily dose of German" helped me a lot when I started: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEByPi2gBp1Qur9-rPFU0zWohBAg2G2z4 .. This whole channel is worth exploring, the guy makes videos for German learners and he does it well.

Another Youtube channel with real German is Easy German: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3936178A38BB5F87 (they do even other languages now, so they are called EASY LANGUAGES these day)

A video language course (quite old but still cool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lk9rS7n-4Q

ZDF tv archive has tons of videos on history: https://www.zdf.de/suche?q=geschichte&sender=alle+Sender&from=&to=&attrs= .. you might not be able to watch all of them due to some of them being blocked in other countries than Germany, just try...


Many Germans on here advise against Nachrichtenleicht for learners, though, because the language they use is unnatural (and I can only agree). What many don't realize is that it is not made for learners at all, but rather its purpose is to make news more accessible to Germans with mental disability.

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I know all that. It is good for starters though. I used it myself and eventually moved on. It served me well and did no harm to me. When you are a beginner it's cool that you can actually read something without having to search for every other word.


I find Wikipedia a little dry, but if you enjoy that, by all means. Check out www.planet-wissen.de/index.html, they're constantly releasing hour-long documentaries and informative articles on a vast range of topics. The whole idea is expanding your knowledge – and it's a two-in-one for you since you'll be improving your German as well. Just have an online dictionary handy. Seeing as you're interested in history and engineering, they have a tab dedicated to each of those (Geschichte & Technik). At the bottom of most articles, there's a link to a relevant documentary, as well. Note that when opening up an article, there are almost always several others in the same section, accessible to the right of the page.

A similar popular YouTube channel is MrWissen2go. Also check out the podcast Chaosradio Express (Technik, Kultur, Gesellschaft) with 213 broadcasts, most of them very long and extensive: https://cre.fm/.

Consuming lots of content is one of the best ways to learn a language and learn it well. If you find non-fiction too difficult, check out some resources for learners first. I highly recommend the 104-lesson Deutsch - warum nicht? audio course (with pdfs for dialogue, grammar, vocab and exercises) for beginners and intermediates. You can skip the first few lessons since they're for absolute beginners:


Also check out Grüße aus Deutschland, an all-German podcast made for intermediate learners:



I don't know if you like vlogs, but this one is in German and really good: https://www.youtube.com/user/OGGtvComedy


You're interested in history? history in German means Geschichte, so put that into Youtube, and there you go!

(Geschichte also means story, so maybe try something like Weltgeschichte or Zeitgeschichte instead)

There's also Zattoo, an online TV broadcaster of German channels. It's not available from every country but you can give it a try, it's available for free!


Thank you all for comments. You all were really helpful. But I don't understand why someone gave me -1 for even asking this haha.


There I upvoted it back to 0 for you - people often downvote for no reason unfortunately.


Not that I care much, I am around on the forums with likes or reputation systems, but this was just ridiculous. Same like pointless downvotes on youtube on pretty normal and innocent videos.

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Some people maybe think it's fun to downvote, there was no reason for that though. Happy learning, hope you will learn a lot from all those suggested resources.

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