There are plenty of sites that stream podcasts for learning German. Deutsche Welle, a German media company dedicated to the German language, broadcasts over four television stations and streams several podcasts to help people learn German. Here are a few of our favorite German podcasts for learners, broken down by level.
German Podcasts for Beginners
When you’re beginning to learn, it’s best to try out a couple of free podcasts to learn German first. Warum Nicht is good for beginners because their speakers talk at a nice, slow pace, and their stories are amusing, well told and easy for newbies to follow. They bring up German grammar topics at a nice pace as well, along with periodical summaries of each episode’s storyline.
This site offers hundreds of small vocabulary lessons on precise topics. You can also download their files in mp3 and PDF, which will help you understand the words as they’re being spoken.
Over 52 episodes, this podcast recounts the story of two interns working at a radio station. It’s written well and has an interesting story.
This site has a tremendous number of podcasts in 10 different languages. They also have a multitude of topics spanning across proficiency levels C2 to A1.
Intermediate Level Podcasts for Learning German
This podcast is at a slightly higher level than the previous ones but goes over simple stories of day-to-day life in Germany.
Markt Platz, Market Place, covers business and economy topics. They offer around 25 separate German podcasts.
Kiraka is a radio station for German children and teens, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be easy for you to understand!
Advanced Podcasts for Learning German
As there is no English version of this site, we recommend it mainly for advanced German students. It focuses on German culture through news articles and podcasts.
BR online offers podcasts given by a reporter who, after two weeks of research, answers questions on hot topics in current events. This is a very interesting podcast!
If you’re a history buff with an advanced level in German, you’ll love this podcast! Each week, two historians cover a new topic about world history from an interesting and story-like angle.
MosaSeries is an original and captivating German story divided into short episodes, designed to help you improve your listening skills, broaden your vocabulary, and learn the most important aspects of German grammar.