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Learning German from Youtube, TV shows , movies & other useful websites

Hi, since I have seen some frequent questions about this topic in the forums, I decided to make a list of different shows, websites & movies in German that might help spice up your German & help you with listening German.

<h1>Youtube Channels:</h1>

For beginners:


<h1>Useful websites:</h1>

German tutorials:

German exercises:

Finding a partner to practice German:

conversationexchange.com , gospeaky , italki , language-exchanges , mylanguageexchange , wespeke , reddit , lang8 , German practice Hangout , IntercPals


dict.cc , leo , duden , pons

Just for fun & procrastination:

German slang, lingvopedia , 1jux , lachschon , beichthaus , smsvongesternnacht , debeste , heftig , german-bash , istdasnormal , was-ich-als-kind-dachte , German idioms , chefkoch , nachdenkseiten.de , cats , 973 , webfail , Graphic novels in German , Biggest free German online library , Copyright free ebooks , German version of The Onion/Daily Mash

<h1>TV Shows:</h1>


  • Wir können auch anders
  • Fack ju Göhte --- A comedy that follows an ex-con who lands a position at a school that sits over the spot where money from one of his earlier robberies was stashed.
  • Kebab Connection--- In Hamburg, Ibrahim "Ibo" Secmez, of Turkish descent, wants to direct the first German kung-fu movie.
  • Die Feuerzangenbowle--- A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on.
  • Lammbock --- Stefan and Kai have good going business, self-grown cannabis screened as pizza delivering service.
  • Herr Lehmann --- In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years.
  • Nicht mein Tag
  • Barfuss


  • Fraktus --- Dockumentary about independent electronic band "Fraktus", which started the popular new wave music in the 80's and inspired famous bands like New Order, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Scooter and Daft Punk with tracks such as Affe sucht Liebe or All die Armen Menschen. In 2008 DJ and producer Skrillex even imitated Bernd Wand's haircut as a sign of admiration. Even though they are referred as the "grandfathers" of the techno genre, their ingenious live performances and also being credited for inventing the smiley, they never got the publicity and recognition they deserved, only managing to release one major label LP record. After 25 years they surface again to reunite, struggling against their old vices and the new demands of the audience.
  • Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen
  • Die Mannschaft
  • Alter Ego --- A close inside look into the biggest art movement the world has seen so far, and into an art form that is not really accepted as such and yet not understood by most of the people.


  • Der Himmel über Berlin
  • Befreite Zone --- A financially devastated German town receives an encouraging boost with the arrival of a popular soccer star.
  • Das Leben der Anderen --- In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
  • Das Weiße Band --- Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment.
  • Die Blechtrommel --- Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II.
  • A Coffee in Berlin --- This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin.
  • Goodbye Lenin --- In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
  • Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes --- In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.
  • Stroszek --- In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.
  • Out of Rosenheim ---- A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.
  • Der Baade Meinhos Komplex
  • Fitzcarraldo --- The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.
  • Das Wunder von Bern
  • Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle ---- The true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note.
  • Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
  • Atmen
  • Kirschblüten - Hanami
  • Tausend Ozeane


  • Das Boot --- The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.
  • Der Untergang --- Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
  • Die Brücke --- In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.
  • Hunde wollt ihr ewig leben --- In the winter of 1943, against the background of battle scenes, a young German Lieutenant who increasingly distrusts the inhuman Nazi ideology struggles with the concept of war.
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door --- Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in Tequila and decide to take one last trip to the sea.
  • Lola rennt --- A young woman in Germany has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.


  • Faust, eine deutsche Volkssage --- The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.
  • Der Samurai ---- A wolf strives through the woods around an isolated German village. Jakob the young local police officer is onto him, but scents something more in the darkness.
  • Antikörper --- Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him.
  • Das Experiment
  • Angst(18+)
  • German Angst
  • NekROMANTIK(18+) --- A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.
  • Funny Games (18+) ---- Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

I hope this list can be of any help. If you have recommendations, feel free to extend the list.

I will press your thumbs and hold your ears stiff!

January 31, 2015



Vielen Dank! Das ist sooo nützlich! D


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Thank you for the incredible resources


Great!!! Thank you very much!!!


That's a lot for the list.


I've started to work my way through what's available to me, and I absolutely love Extr@. It's a real challenge because there are no subtitles, but I'm managing to follow the story pretty well. I also enjoy Deutsch Plus... the German subtitles are great; I'm so glad they're not in English because that wouldn't help learning German.

Suggestion for an addition: the comedy film Gentlemen in White Vests. It's available on Amazon streaming with English subtitles and I thought it was pretty cute and clever.


Der Film 'Eine Frau in Berlin' ist sehr gut. Nina Hoss und Sidikhin sind gute Schauspieler. Extra ist gut, natürlich c: Löwenzahn, Das Traumschiff, Die Sendung mit Der Maus... Das Boot ist auch sehr gut. Die Englische Heirat, Der Blaue Engel... das sind aber alt c: Es gibt viel mehr....


Here is my lingot for you!!


OMG I just started German and this is so kind of you. You are a dear heart! Thanks so much.


I'm going to add Run Lola Run, The Lives of Others, Barefoot and Nicht mein Tag to the films, Generation War (Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater) to TV. Hamburger Schule was a music movement that may also be worth checking out.

All in all though, a very comprehensive list and I thank you greatly for it. Bookmarked in an instant. :-)


Where are you watching these movies at?


Can find most of them in the shops or online. Generation War is also on Netflix if you have an account on that.


Der Leben das Anderen is one of my favourite movies. Very powerful, I thought about it for days afterwards.


Great list! Thanks for writing it down. :D

To make an addition: If any of you are into Let's Plays and gaming content, check out LooksLikeLink. He speaks very clearly and at a reasonable pace, albeit with a Berlin dialect. If you're a noob (like yours truly), don't worry about understanding all of it, and the Legend of Zelda games will offer some reading comprehension as well.


I just restarted my German studies, so thank you for all the sources. When I was studying English I noticed how important it is to create an 'English world'. So at that time I watched, English films, BBC, read loads of book (in English), read English websites, I wrote my shopping lists in English and forced myself to think in English too. Only school and my parents and friends spoke Dutch. Creating this English world really helped me, so using the above mentioned sources are great to create a 'German world'. I currently started practising German spoken yoga classes (see you tube) as well :)


Augezeichnet! Danke.


Wow, this is awesome!! Thank you so much!


Good work. Thank you..


Vielen Dank! This is just wonderful...!


Vielen Danke! Sehr gut! I Don't think I can thank you enough for the amount of resources you gave out. Some of the things from YouTube I already use such as "Extra" the Deutsche Welle website and podcasts. "Deutsch für Euch" has been helpful. "Easy German," I always feel I know way more German than I thought I did. Thanks for also listing all these websites and shows as well. Thank you so much!


Danke! Have a lingot mein Freund.


Great post. Thanks.


vielen dank :) es ist sehr nutzlich :)


Looks like you don't really need another lingot, but I gave you one anyway! Vielen Dank!


Just what I needed! Thank you!

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    Thanks for this wonderful list! I have so much fun watching "Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl". It is so entertaining.


    Here is a lingot for you. Your list is super super helpful!!! Danke!


    Jojo sucht das Glück is a pretty good German learning Youtube series produced by Deutsche Welle. Short episodes, focus on grammar, and clear speaking.


    Wow, this is really useful! Thank you!


    dude, this is brilliant! danke :)


    Great just what i'm looking for you can also add DW-TV and website very useful


    Does anyone know what happened to lingojam.co? It doesn't exist anymore, which sucks since the voice acting was fantastic and it was great for learning slang and more conversational phrases. I heard they were making some kind of mobile app, but I don't know what it is.


    Faust, eine deutsche Volkssage has no any language


    Here is another useful lionk: This guy has really helped me: http://www.authenticgermanlearning.com/master-german-grammar-without-effort/ and here is his Youtube channel - he uploads a new video every day and he just talks about everyday stuff. Just watch the videos and you will just learn intuitively. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcNBwmeFr0IeLVlP_49glrA


    Lingojam has become a weird scam website...


    Thank you so much! This list is superb. Here's my lingot.


    thank you .it's a great help


    If you have access to cable television there is a channel called Mhz World Television which has many good programs on it. In the evenings they have drama series from several countries including ones in the German language with English subtitles. One fun one to watch is Kommissar Rex (Inspector Rex). It is a police comedy/drama about a dog and his owner who is a police detective in Vien. Kind of like the American program Lassie. Personally I have installed NetTV on my Firestick by https://www.firesticktricks.com/amazon-fire-stick-apps.html that allows me to watch content in German.


    I have found that Netflix has quite a few German movies. I don't know if you are a member, but you can search by the German language and find some. Try to find some decent German movies through one of these services https://streamingsites.com/ . There are sites that offer movies with subtitles.


    Now that, if you want to learn German then the most effective way to do so is by watching movie and tv-series in German!

    There is a channel called Mhz World Television you can get the same on fire stick here! https://nextrewire.com/best-amazon-firestick-apps/

    There are other interesting apps as well if you wish to download and enjoy the show!


    Thanks for the list. I've got a few of them (Lola rennt is my personal fav). I'm having second thoughts about making time to watch SamWaltonMan.


    Omg, this is so depressing.

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      Sehr gut.vielen dank

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      Thanks for all the links !!


      Vielen Dank, Joko! Great initiative. Most appreciated.


      Sehr hilfreich ...vielen Dank


      Vielen Dank!! Very kind and very helpful! Have a lingot or two for your troubles :)


      That's outstanding, thanks a lot. Just one question - do you by chance know some German entertainment/humorous website, similar to, say, 9gag? I looked for that myself, but never succeeded. Didn't find anything alike in the list either.


      Thank you!

      Echt Fett, another prank show that I find really funny, they have an Austrian accent though.


      Wow, what an awesome effort, a much needed lists for me as i am really struggling to memorize all my new German words. I already used some from the lists, especially i'm kinda fan of extr@ and Easy German. Hope i can now use most of the things mentioned here to keep going! D Thanks a ton again for your super effort! :)


      Germany has their own version of The Onion/Daily Mash and it is called Der Postillon. I've not had a chance to read through it yet though. It's available on video format too via YouTube (Postillon24) which should also be found on their homepage.


      I just remembered that a documentary was made about the German team winning the World Cup, it seems nothing more than a very self-congratulatory documentary and got very negative reviews, but still, it's called the Die Mannschaft and it could be worth a watch (unless you're Brazilian, of course).

      Another was made in 2006 when Germany hosted the World Cup, it's called Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen, and generally seems to be better received than Die Mannschaft. I also found a movie called The Miracle of Bern, which is a comedy/drama loosely based around the German WC win in 1954.

      Admittedly, I've not actually seen these movies and I'm not sure where you can find them, but they might be worth looking out for if you're a football fan.


      I like this list... :):):)

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