What are the best resources to learn German?

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    #1Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Charles Jensen
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "My 19 year old cousin from Germany was coming to visit and I thought I'd learn some German to impress her. I downloaded Duolingo and started using the software. It was a game and it was better and more thrilling than Warcraft and Simcity combined. I was fluent in German within 3 days."
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    #2PONS Online - Warterbuch

    PONS Online - Warterbuch
    PONS Online dictionary is one of the best websites to look up for news words. It offers several languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Chinese to German and viceversa! You'll also be able to hear the words to get familiar with its pronunciation. And all for free!
    Websites

    Free

    Carl Roberts
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "If you are looking for extra tools to help learn German PONs seems to be a useful tool. It should help looking up words and that is extremely useful for people learning a new language."
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    #3Deutsche Welle - Deutschkurse

    Deutsche Welle - Deutschkurse
    Get access to a huge range of German courses for free! It doesn't matter if you're just beginning or if you want to improve your German skills, on this website you'll find everything you need. You can even take an assessment test if you're unsure about your German level.  
    Course

    Free

    Nicholas Gonzales
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "This is a great place for people who like to learn new languages without being taught in another language. They do have some resources for learning German with English, but I don't really like those that much so I can't comment on their quality. For those that just like to jump into the language right away though, this is a good mix of lessons that will get you familiar with the basics very quickly."
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    #4Goethe-Institut

    Goethe-Institut
    The Goethe-Institut promotes the study of German language and culture and is funded by the German government. This prestigious institution offers top-quality courses and advanced pedagogic methods.
    Course

    $350- Exact price (up to $600) will depend on course type and duration

    Joe Green
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "I wanted information and support system to learn German. Goethe Institut in US was the answer to what I was looking for. They have courses are real locations as well as online. I could choose different location to give my exams which provides a lot of flexibility. Their material along with event and competitions are top notch."
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    #5Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone is a free app for Android and iOS devices specially developed to facilitate learning new languages. Its method is trying to teach you the new language the same way you learned your first one. Works fine without internet.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Anthony Howell
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "I first learned about Rosetta Stone through my brother in law, who used it to learn my parents' language and surprise them during one Thanksgiving. That was years ago, and he's still retained the language. Since he had such success with it, I decided to use Rosetta Stone to learn German before going there on vacation. I like that it doesn't seem like schoolwork, which bothered me about other services I've tried. "
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    #6GERMAN: German in a Week!: The Ultimate German Learning Course for Beginners

    GERMAN: German in a Week!: The Ultimate German Learning Course for Beginners
    This book contains proven techniques and strategies to help self-learners acquire proficiency in the fundamentals of the German language in as little as one week.
    Books

    Check price

    Roger Howard
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "German is a difficult language to learn and unless one is proficient in learning languages I question learning the language so quickly. However, I find this book an excellent source for learning this language and invaluable in learning to understand the language principles in an easy and fast way."
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    #7Learn German!

    Learn German!
    More than 100 didactic texts to learn and improve your German: Learn vocabulary and grammar while your are reading.
    Books

    Check price

    Xiang Yang
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "I always try to learn new languages when I can, but sometimes it can be very difficult when you get to my age trying to learn a new language. Lucky for me Learn German! solves that problem by catering to people like me who may be a bit older and has a system in place that makes it really easy to get started. They start the program from the ground up and the best part is you can learn at your own pace and they always have examples to help if you are stuck. "
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    #8Learn It Now German Premier

    Learn It Now German Premier
    Experience for yourself how fun and easy it is to learn German with Learn It Now. Complete with interactive lessons, games and activities, you'll feel confident with your new German language skills in as little as 30 days - guaranteed!
    Software

    Windows

    $39.95

    George Lee
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "Learning new languages is hard for me personally. I was given Learn It Now German Premier. It was easy to learn and that is saying a lot for a learning disabled person like myself. They have a 30 day guarantee if you are still clueless after a couple weeks so it is basically risk free. I feel a whole lot more confident communicating in German now. "
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    #9Deutsche Welle - Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten

    Deutsche Welle - Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten
    Improve your German by listening to "slowly spoken news". You'll acquire new vocabulary and you'll get used to German pronunciation thanks to this slow-paced news service!
    Websites

    Free

    Nicholas Hughes
    Written on March 15, 2017
    "Deutsche welle- langsam gesprochene nachirichten was amazing!! At first it was so intimidating because everything was in German. I think the immersion experience is what helped me learn even faster. I'm about 3 weeks I could understand native German speakers and read articles. This is amazing. "
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    #10deutsch.info

    deutsch.info
    deutsch.info is an online platform for learning German, which uses modern teaching tools and at the same time provides practical information about living and working in Germany and Austria.
    Websites

    Free

    Douglas Foster
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "Deutsch.info has been one of the best resources I have ever used for trying to learn another language. I have only been using their site for a few weeks but I already feel like I have learned so much. They have courses, dictionaries, media, and anything else you could need to learn German."
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    #11FluentU

    FluentU
    FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos, movie trailers, news, inspiring talks and more.
    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- month. Varies by plan

    Michael Gutierrez
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "I've always wanted to learn German but never had the time nor resources. Books can be expensive and daunting for me. I need the one on one class with a visual and auditory representation of the language. Using FluentU I was able to watch videos at my leisure and learn German. It didn't rush me like a class would and I was able to rewatch a lesson if I needed to see something again. Danke FluentU!"
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    #12ActiLingua Academy: Learn German

    ActiLingua Academy: Learn German
    Learn German - online, simple, independently and for free! This German course was compiled with total beginners in mind.
    Course

    Free

    Tejas Rangarajan
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "If you have ever wanted to learn a language, you know how difficult it can be. Get help from ActiLingua Academy: Learn German. It is a German course for beginners that will help you learn through simple online courses. "
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    #13Learn German with Babbel

    Learn German with Babbel
    Babbel has developed many apps to help millions of users to learn a new language. For those who would like to lean German, Babbel is one the best options provided that it's free and that it includes many activities to help you improve your skills step by step!
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Jesse Torres
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "Recently I had decided I wanted to learn a foreign language, but wasn't sure where to start. The last time I tried was a required course in high school when I wasn't quite so motivated as I am now. Considering I'm a heavy smartphone user, it seemed like a phone app that I would always have on me would be the place to start. I settled on 'Learn German with Babbel' and I'm glad I did. I was surprised with how much I actually remembered from my old class and was quickly able to find lessons to pick up with what I already knew. The lessons are nice and short so they're easy to sneak in whenever I have a few moments without having to worry about having to stop halfway through. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to learn a language!"
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    #14Deutsch aktiv

    Deutsch aktiv
    Oldie but goldie! An old school book that has helped many generations to get acquainted with the German language.
    Books

    Check price

    Ralph Stephens
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "I was looking for a simple way to learn some German, and this is perfect book. It tells you all the basics of the language, so you don't have any problems when try to speak to someone in German. It's nice brisk read, and perfect for the beginner. "
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    #15Pimsleur

    Pimsleur
    With Pimsleur you will learn in the same way you learned your first language as a child, acquiring the vocabulary of the new language, along with the melody, rhythm, and intonation of the new language as used in everyday conversation.
    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- Level 1. Varies by plan

    Frank Bishop
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "I was going to be taking a trip to Germany, so I decided I would do my best to learn some very basic German to help me get by. I found Pimsleur and read some good reviews about it, so I decided to give it a shot. It has exceeded my expectations! It was very easy for novice, intermediate, and advanced speakers alike. You can learn at your own pace, and it's kind of fun! It only took me 30 minutes a day, and after that I had a pretty good grasp at some of the simple concepts of the language. When I finally made my trip to Germany, I was able to get a hotel room, order food, and even spoke with some strangers. Although it was obvious that I wasn't a native speaker, I did well. Many people complimented me on my ability to learn so quickly."
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    #16busuu

    busuu
    Master the basic skills and phrases of the language you want to understand fast with a fully interactive course, anytime and anywhere. You will be helped by hundreds of native speakers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Paul Stevens
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "busuu is a great app for those wanting to learn any language, including German. Not only is this app very helpful and informative, but it's FREE. I have not come across a learning app that is this much in depth, and doesn't charge a dime for it's services. For that alone, it is definitely worth a try."
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    #17italki

    italki
    This service connects you with native speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Tyler Contreras
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "I good resource for finding both professional foreign language teachers who are certified professionals and Community Tutors which are native speakers who can help you learn a language through informal tutoring or speaking practice."
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    #18German Dictionary & Translator

    German Dictionary & Translator

    German Dictionary and Translator is a language translation app for iOS and Android devices which features German to English translation and vice versa, as well as vocabulary quizzes, and audio pronunciation.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Paul Clark
    Written on September 13, 2018
    "This is a wonderful app, especially if you are learning German. So far I have found it useful and accurate, and it is fully functional without having to pay. I use this because it is available offline and, because it's simple, it's straightforward and bug free. I particularly appreciate the verb conjugation."
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    #19Memrise

    Memrise
    Memrise is a course site dedicated to help people learn languages and vocabulary quick and effectively. If offers an app for Android and iOS devices to allow you to follow the courses wherever you are.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Keith Wilson
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "While Memrise is a reliable source for learning new languages, it doesn't offer a wide variety of languages to choose from. It uses a combination of native speaker videos and chatbots to deliver lessons to you at your convenience. It is a good service, but there are many other services just like it out there."

Summary

Best What are the best resources to learn German
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DuolingoApps 19 Free
2PONS Online - WarterbuchWebsites 15 Free
3Deutsche Welle - DeutschkurseCourse 14 Free
4Goethe-InstitutCourse 14 Paid
5Rosetta StoneApps 13 Free
6GERMAN: German in a Week!: The Ultimate German Learning Course for BeginnersBooks 13 Paid
7Learn German!Books 12 Paid
8Learn It Now German PremierSoftware 12 Paid
9Deutsche Welle - Langsam gesprochene NachrichtenWebsites 11 Free
10deutsch.infoWebsites 10 Free
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