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

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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:

Miscellaneous


<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

Dictionaries:

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>
<h1>Movies</h1>

Comedy:

  • 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

Documentary:

  • 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.

Drama:

  • 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

Action/war:

  • 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.

Thriller/horror:

  • 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!

4 years ago

39 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Apeloff

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.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/avastr
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Hier kann mann Deutsche Fernsehen schauen.

http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek#/hauptnavigation/sendung-verpasst

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/giovanna65453

That's a lot for the list.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1
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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.

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https://www.duolingo.com/MissNina
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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....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/im_benj

Here is my lingot for you!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rooseveltnut1

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
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Vielen Dank! Das ist sooo nützlich! D

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https://www.duolingo.com/RhysJohnson92

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. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/boiler4ever2003

Where are you watching these movies at?

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https://www.duolingo.com/sunsloth
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Der Leben das Anderen is one of my favourite movies. Very powerful, I thought about it for days afterwards.

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https://www.duolingo.com/marilyn3rietveld

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 :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/IsmailBag
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Thank you for the incredible resources

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https://www.duolingo.com/JulioCosta0
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Great!!! Thank you very much!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/absurdist1
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Augezeichnet! Danke.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bernie1629
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Thank you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/milla_di

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/mbaybars

Good work. Thank you..

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https://www.duolingo.com/IanMoon

Vielen Dank! This is just wonderful...!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ErickByaru

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!

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https://www.duolingo.com/gentlemanrich

Danke! Have a lingot mein Freund.

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https://www.duolingo.com/EElcort
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Great post. Thanks.

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https://www.duolingo.com/myfebalaska

vielen dank :) es ist sehr nutzlich :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1
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Looks like you don't really need another lingot, but I gave you one anyway! Vielen Dank!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ave427
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Just what I needed! Thank you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/CopperSonn1

Thank you

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https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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Danke schön!

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https://www.duolingo.com/pasparisienne

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/D15c05
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Tnk

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crow989

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

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vorylon

Wow, this is really useful! Thank you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/jefersen

dude, this is brilliant! danke :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/bogush89

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/engnayr
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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.

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https://www.duolingo.com/rebopcc

Danke !!

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https://www.duolingo.com/OlehSliusar

Faust, eine deutsche Volkssage has no any language

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Grafiker

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/HerrArbo
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Lingojam has become a weird scam website...

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