The German language

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A Guide to German

Facts, essential phrases plus the German alphabet

What's so funny about German?

Henning Wehn

The stand-up comedian finds out what's so funny about German


School German


GCSE German Bitesize revision


German for children

The Lingo Show
From CBeebies


Test your German

Test your German

German test

Are you a complete beginner, quite fluent or somewhere in between?

  • German for work

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BBC free lessons and courses online


Online lessons with audio, games, vocabulary, grammar explanations and exercises

For beginners

Talk German, online video tutorials


German news, TV & radio

Deutsche Welle: Learn German
From Germany's international network, including slow news with transcripts

ARD: Das Erste
Germany's first channel and its iPlayer Mediathek, including some programmes with subtitles and news from Tagesschau

ZDF: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
Germany's second channel

WDR: Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Videos with subtitles, mit untertiteln

ORF TVthek
From Austria's public TV

Schweizer Fernsehen: Videoportal
From Switzerland's public TV

German TV and German news online
How to watch in the UK


German classes and courses

Find a German class close to you


German phrases

German holiday phrases

Holiday phrases

Listen, read, print out and download


German slang

Guide to streetwise German


Formula 1 German


Watch F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg share racing phrases. Then try our F1-themed quiz

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