I started learning German (Deutsch) last year but briefly stopped after my trip to Germany. I found that I learned more by being in real life situations like ordering food, asking directions.  Thanks, In-Flight German! Currently learning German through spaced repetition, dictation, and other methods.


  1. Alison – German – offers several free courses.
  2. Ba Ba Dum  – interactive flashcards available for several languages.
  3. BBC Languages – German – although it is no longer being updated, it’s still a good resource.
  4. Coffee Break German
  5. Deutsch-Uni
  6. Deutsch Akademie
  7. Deutsch Lernen
  8. Deutsche Welle
  9. Easy Languages – “Learn language from the streets!” They have other languages available. It’s one of my favorite YouTube channels.
  10. Free Language – German – free language resource library with other languages available.
  11. Goethe-Institut
  12. Grammatik by Bruce Duncan at the German Studies Department at Dartmouth College.
  13. IELanguages – German – free language resource library with other languages available.
  14. Lingua – choose from 5 languages. Vocabulary games, spaced repetition.
  15. Linguanaut: Learn German – another free language resource with other languages available.
  16. Live Lingua – German – I discovered this one kind of late. They have other languages available is probably one of the most comprehensive online language learning libraries I’ve seen to date.
  17. Sesamestraße – Sesame Street in German!


  1. Beelinguapp: Learn Languages with Audiobooks free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS and Android, I love this app. You can read and listen to books in two languages.
  2. Duolingo – FREE. I know many folks who don’t like Duolingo, but it has its upsides. It’s easy to start, just download the app or head over to their site and start learning. I especially love chatting with the bots and trying to earn more lingots (in video game speak, cash, coins, and rubies) to unlock more culture lessons. Get the TinyCards (iOS/Android) app to create your flashcards too! Available for iOS and Android.
  3. German Verbs by Brainscape – free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS.
  4. Larousse Allemand-Français/German-French dictionary$4.99 for iOS and $5.71 for Android.
  5. Mango Languages – subscription required; $19.99/month or FREE with any participating library. I used to get this for free from my local library, and one day they suddenly stopped supporting it. It’s similar to Duolingo, but it focuses more on visual and audio. The monthly subscription is $19.99, but you’ll have over 70 languages at your fingertips. I love that in between lessons, it will give you culture tips. You can access Mango Languages via web and download lessons through the app (iOS and Android) on to your phone or tablet.
  6. Polly Lingual – free with in-app purchases. This used to be called Wie Geht’s German and now is part of a language suite where you can learn other languages also. I have this on my AppleTV as well as on my iPhone for easy access and learning on the go. If you want to unlock all 13 languages, you’ll need to get the Polly Passport. The annual fee is $9.99. I love this subscription because I can also access it on other devices. It’s also one of the cheaper options out there. One thing to note is that you can also hire a Polly Ambassador who are live video tutors.  Their rates and experience are listed clearly.
  7. Speak and Translate by Apalon Apps free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS only.


  1. Barron’s Learn German: The Fast and Fun Way
  2. Berlitz German-English Dictionary/ Englisch-Deutsch Wörterbuch
  3. Bescherelle L’Allemand Pour Tous – learning German through French
  4. Collins German Phrasebook
  5. Collins Easy Learning German Grammar
  6. Collins Easy Learning German Verbs
  7. Cortina Conversational German in 20 Lessons
  8. German at a Glance by Henry Strutz
  9. In-Flight German: Learn Before You Land by Living Language – just the basics ma’am. It’s intended to be used while you’re on your way to your destination.
  10. Language Hacking German by Benny Lewis
  11. Passport to German (Revised and Expanded Edition) by Charles Berlitz
  12. Streetwise German: Speak and Understand Colloquial German by Paul G. Graves
  13. The Berlitz Self-Teacher: German
  14. The Everything Learning German Book by Edward Swick
  15. The Singer’s Manual of German and French Diction by Dr. Richard G. Cox

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