I was recently asked if there are any videos that I recommend for learning German. I immediately thought “Yes! Definitely!” and “Hey, that would make a nice blog post!” So, without further ado, here are my top three recommendations:
Learn German with Anja (YouTube) – Anja’s presentation style is enthusiastic and friendly and I found her grammar explanations to be very easy to follow and extremely helpful. She has playlists for Beginners (A1), Upper Beginners (A2), and Intermediate (B1). (The levels, A1, B1, etc., refer to the Common European Framework of Reference(CEFR) language competence levels.)
Extr@ Auf Deutsch (YouTube) – An easy-language (A1/A2) sitcom in German with German subtitles. It tells the story of a young American man named Sam who goes to live with his German pen pal from childhood. Hijinks ensue. The story is easy to follow, if a bit silly. This series is also available in Spanish and French.
Jojo Sucht das Glück (DW.com) – This is an intermediate-language (B1/B2) telenovela from Deutche Welle, a German language learning website that is just chock full of fantastic resources. This series tells the story of Jojo, a young Brazilian woman who has just moved to Germany, as she navigates life, work, and love. Each episode is only a few minutes long, but there is enough drama and intrigue to keep it interesting. (Note, the first few episodes use a very long intro sequence, but they smartly shortened it for later episodes.) What’s great about this series is that it comes with an interactive set of exercises to complete and a glossary of new terms for each episode to really help you get the most out of watching every episode.
I hope you enjoy these videos and that you find them as helpful as I did.
Note: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.