Learn German with a podcast

Learn German: podcasts 2024 review

The top 8 podcasts to learn German in 2024

Undoubtedly, to learn any language, one has to learn the basics of grammar rules and plenty of new words.

Unfortunately, this is often not enough.  And generally speaking, the best way to improve your level is to listen to natives speaking.

And there are many options to do this:

  • watch a movie or a TV show in its original version
  • listen to a specific radio program
  • podcasts

However, consider the following advantages podcasts dedicated to German language have over a TV show or even a German course:

  • you can choose the duration you went to spend on it
  • you can choose a podcast based on your level
  • you can listen to the podcast anywhere and anytime
  • podcasts are free, you don’t have to pay any additional fee

Below we’ve listed the top 8 and best rated podcasts, available on the main streaming platforms

 

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Easy German

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 30-40 minutes

Availability: Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Deezer

Number of episodes: 263 (and follow)

Description: 

The format is similar to a radio show, where 2 speakers have a discussion around a topic concerning Germany: politics, social, cultural. 

It helps you deal with different kind of German accents.

Website: easygerman.org/podcast

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Coffee Break German

Level: for Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

Duration: 25-30 minutes

Availability: Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Deezer

Number of episodes: 127 (and follow)

Description: 

This is a pretty big collection of podcasts for different levels, giving you the opportunity to progress along with the podcast.

Outside of the 3 levels available for each episode, there are also a collection of podcasts about travelling within Germany and longer magazines episodes (~ 40 minutes) that have in depth discussions on historical, geographical or cultural topics in the DACH region.

Website: https://coffeebreaklanguages.com/coffeebreakgerman/

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Slow German 

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 5-10 minutes

Availability: Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Deezer

Number of episodes: 244 (and follow)

Description: 

This podcast is hosted by one unique voice: Annik Rubens.

One of the main advantages of this podcast is the duration, the episodes are short and less than 10 minutes long.

It covers a vast and varied topic range, from everyday German life to telling a story.

The full transcript, in German, is available with each episode.

Website: https://slowgerman.com/inhaltsverzeichnis/

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Learn German by Podcast

Level: Beginners

Duration: 10-15 minutes

Availability: Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts

Number of episodes: 20

Description: 

This podcast has only 20 episodes, so what’s the point?

Well I found this podcast a really good introduction to the German language for beginners, especially for learning the basics when you are new in Germany.  Buying or ordering something, asking a question, talking about yourself…

If you want to start learning German in a relaxed manner, this podcast is for you!

Website: https://learngermanbypodcast.com/

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Authentic German Learning

Level: Beginners

Duration: 5-25 minutes

Availability: Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Spotify

Number of episodes: 87

Description: 

This podcast is very different from the others: not really organized by theme. 

The idea is to take you through typical German words, expressions or proverbs.

This podcast could be a good addition to your weekly or daily German lessons, in a relaxed way!

Website: https://www.authenticgermanlearning.com/alt-home/

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Audio Tutor Learning German Deutsch Welle

Level: From beginners

Duration: 5 minutes

Availability: Apple Podcast, Google Podcast

Number of episodes: 100

Description: 

Who doesn’t know Deutsche Welle, the international German TV channel ?

This podcast is clearly a very good one for those who want to learn German but don’t take any German courses. This is not a podcast focused on listening, but rather focused on learning all key German grammar rules and vocabulary (A1 to A2 level).

Website: https://www.dw.com/en/audio-tutor-learning-german/a-6653471

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News in Slow German

Level: For Beginners and intermediate

Duration: 5-30 minutes

Availability: Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast

Number of episodes: 290 (and follow)

Description: 

Want to have your weekly news review and learn German at the same time?  This is the objective of the podcast and they offer it in 2 levels, beginners and intermediate.

Website: https://www.newsinslowgerman.com/

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Learn German GermanPod 101

Level: Beginner to advanced

Duration: 5-15 minutes

Availability: Apple Podcast, Google Podcast

Number of episodes: 64 (and follow)

Description: 

This podcast talks about various topics for almost all levels. 

It really focuses on vocabulary and day to day situations.  An interesting thing to note is that you have the transcript in English during the podcast.

Website: https://www.germanpod101.com/index.php

 

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education system in Germany

Education system in Germany in 2024 ?

Navigating the German Education System for Expat Families

Relocating to Germany with school-aged children can be an exciting journey, but it is essential to understand the German education system to ensure a smooth transition. 

My name is Christin and I have been a high school teacher for more than 10 years and I am also a co-founder of FamiLingua, an online English school for English-speaking children. Our aim at FamiLingua is to help international families make the best decisions for their children’s education in Germany. So let me use my knowledge about the German school system to give you an overview of the different types of schools, the educational structure, and the enrolment process. 

Principles of the German School System

The German education system is organised on a federal level. The following information is generally applicable for the whole of Germany, but there can be some variations depending on the federal state.

Compulsory schooling from age 6-18

The German education system consists of four main stages:

  • Grundschule (Primary School): Ages 6-10/12
  • Sekundarstufe I (Lower Secondary Level): Ages 10/12-15/16
  • Sekundarstufe II (Upper Secondary Level): Ages 15/16-18/19
  • Higher Education: Universities, Fachhochschulen (Universities of Applied Sciences), and vocational institutions

After completing Grundschule, students transition to one of three types of lower secondary level, based on their academic performance, teachers’ recommendations, and parents’ preferences:

  • Hauptschule: A more practice-oriented school, focusing on vocational preparation (for instance in crafts)
  • Realschule: A school that combines preparation for vocational training (for instance in trade) and academic education, offering a broader range of subjects 
  • Gymnasium: An academically oriented school preparing students for higher education (school leaving certificate: Abitur)

There are also different kinds of comprehensive schools, depending on the federal state. For instance in Berlin, there are no Haupt- and Realschulen anymore because they have been replaced by the Integrierte Sekundarschule (ISS). Haupt- and Realschule end with school leaving certificates that are needed to start vocational training. Higher educational qualifications can also be completed via the so-called second educational pathway, i.e. there are, for example, evening schools where Abitur can be obtained. 

Full-time compulsory schooling ends after 9 or 10 years of school attendance, depending on the federal state. However, a vocational or upper secondary level must usually be attended afterward until completion of an apprenticeship or the 12th year of schooling (Berufsschulpflicht).

Schooling options in Germany

  • Public Schools: State-funded schools providing education in German. Some public schools offer bilingual programs or language immersion classes.
  • Private Schools: Fee-based schools that may offer alternative pedagogical approaches, smaller class sizes, or specific religious affiliations. Some private schools also provide bilingual or international curricula.
  • International Schools: These schools cater to a diverse student body and usually follow an international curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB). Teaching is typically in English, or another foreign language.

The Enrolment Process 

To enrol your child in a German school, you’ll need to provide documentation such as birth certificates, proof of residence, and vaccination records. It’s essential to research schools and their admission requirements well in advance, as some schools have waiting lists, certain entry requirements or specific enrolment periods.

I recommend starting school research at least one and a half years beforehand. If your child is of primary school age and is to attend a public primary school, the place of residence is usually decisive for the school assigned. Options only exist on certain conditions.

Bilingual Education Opportunities 

Depending on your family’s language preferences, you can explore bilingual education options in public, private, or international schools. Bilingual programs usually involve teaching subjects in both German and a foreign language, allowing students to develop proficiency in both languages.

After-School Activities and Support 

Many schools in Germany offer after-school activities or all-day-learning (Ganztagsschule), providing additional learning opportunities and support in various subjects. These activities can be particularly helpful for expat children who may need extra language support or assistance with adjusting to the new educational environment.

Summary 

Understanding the German school system is crucial for expat families relocating with school-aged children. Researching the different types of schools, educational structure, and enrolment process is the foundation to make well-informed decisions for your children’s education in Germany. Embrace the opportunities that bilingual education and the German school system offer, and your children will have a good school life in their new home country.

And if you need more information or help with schooling, don’t hesitate to ask for support: contact@getinexpat.com

Expats in Frankfurt

Expats in Frankfurt Guide 2024

Expats in Frankfurt: learn all the secrets in 10 minutes

Big enough to feel like a metropolitan city but small enough to feel like a village!  Honestly, it’s a contradiction that at times is difficult to comprehend, yet, the longer I live here the more it rings true.  And, if you’ve lived in London, New York, Johannesburg or Mumbai you’ll find being an Expat in Frankfurt is a piece of cake to some degree!

ABOUT FRANKFURT

Dubbed Mainhattan by the locals, Frankfurt currently has a metro area population in 2024 of 791,000, making it a fraction of the size of London, New York or Mumbai.  It is home to the ECB (European Central Bank) and is the business and financial center of Germany.  However, whilst it may be the epicenter of business in Germany it is far from being a concrete jungle.  Frankfurt boasts some gorgeous parks, forests, orchards and plenty of riverside meandering. If traffic is light you can get across the city in 30 minutes and, unlike London, a night out would never constitute a 2 hour commute home or a billion dollar taxi ride.

WHERE TO LIVE IN FRANKFURT

Living in Frankfurt: Bornheim

One of the biggest decisions when moving to a new country or city is ‘where to live’.  And let’s face it, it’s never an easy decision with all the factors that one needs to take into account!  However, Frankfurt has a variety of areas each with its own flavour, pros and cons.  Popular areas to live in Frankfurt within the Expat community include:

  • Westend,
  • Nordend,
  • Bockenheim,
  • Bornheim,
  • Sachsenhausen,
  • Ostend
  • Innenstadt

Now take for instance Westend, it’s very chic, close to the city and beautifully green however all this comes at a substantial price.  Next consider Sachsenhausen, it has character in droves,  plenty to indulge one’s cultural curiosities but it’s across the river and considered by Frankfurt standards to be ‘miles away’.  For more affordable living it’s worth considering areas like Bockenheim and Ostend.

My top tip for Expats in Frankfurt deciding where to live is to hit the pavement, walk it’s streets and eat and drink in it’s restaurants and cafes.

CAFE CULTURE IS EXPLODING IN THE CITY

Live in Frankfurt

Coffee culture is exploding in Frankfurt with new speciality coffee shops popping up almost daily.  And this is good news if you anything like me!   Because I can’t even begin to consider making any big life decisions until I find my regular go to caffeine stop!  Some of our favourites include Bohnerie (Nordend), Dreikaffee (Altstadt) and Oheim (Sachsenhausen).

EXPATS IN FRANKFURT, TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN GERMANY

As Expats in Frankfurt this is perhaps one of the biggest oversights.  I too completely underestimated learning the language before arriving.  I’ve moved country and continents on numerous occasions and never found it as difficult to acclimate as I did when moving from India to Germany.  3rd world to 1st world?  Piece of cake right?!  Hmmmm not so much.  So, I would highly recommend either beginning to learn German before you arrive or enrolling in an Intensive course as soon as you arrive.  Trust me, the longer you postpone it the more ‘difficult’ it is to find the time.  A fun and centrally located language school to consider is Speakeasy Language School.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN FRANKFURT

Expats in Frankfurt: public transportation in Frankfurt

Well on the whole Frankfurt is pretty well connected with a choice of buses, trams, trains (S-Bahn), underground (U-Bahn) and taxi’s to choose from.  However, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it is always easy to navigate.  My top tip before heading out on public transport is to really review your trip and understand how you get to where you’re going!  The RMV app does a pretty good job of mapping it all out for you and easily allows you to buy tickets directly on your phone.  However,  I’ve been lost more times than I can count and very rarely have I found someone who was able to help me in English. Hence the reason for my eagerly encouraging you to take the time to learn German.

THINGS TO DO FOR EXPATS IN FRANKFURT

Live in Frankfurt: parcs

For Expats in Frankfurt there is no shortage of things to do.  You really just need to know where to look.  Because as mentioned previously Frankfurt is a relatively small city.  Meaning that most things are easily within reach with minimal effort and time.  Like with each neighbourhood having its own flavour and rhythm so too does the entertainment.

Clubs and Bars

Bahnhofsviertel is often frightening for many, with its reputation for  being the red light district and junky epicentre.  However, if you are one for adventure there are some absolutely fabulous bars and restaurants that you shouldn’t miss.  Yaldy, The Kinley Bar (hellooo amazing cocktails!) and Maxie Eisen are some to definitely check out. High end clubs will be found in the inner city Gibson Club and Chinaski are two very popular venues.  Head east to Bornheim and Bergerstrasse and you’ll find plenty of street side eating and a more relaxed vibe.  Now if you head even further east you find bigger outdoor spaces but no less choice of party and eating out options!  For example Blaues Wasser (open only in summer) and Danzig am Platz!

Museums

 

Expats Frankfurt: Altstadt

If you head South of the river to Sachsenhausen you’ll find the Museumsufer.  Meander along following the Maine River and you will have no shortage of gorgeous museums and galleries to feed your cultural craving.  Some of our favourites include The Städel, Museum Angewandte Kunst and Liebieghaus.  It is also here that you will find many of the famous Apfelwein taverns.

Another area littered with museums and cultural experiences is the Altstadt.  Without a doubt The Schirn and Museum für Moderne Kunst are worth a visit.

Restaurants

Wonderful restaurants can be found all around the city!  Some to get you started are:

  • Oben Restaurant and Skybar (Mediterranean – Westend)
  • Moriki (Sushi – Innerstadt)
  • Yaldy (Seasonal – Bahnhofsviertel)
  • Berger Street Food (Sushi – Bergerstrasse)
  • Papanova (Italian – Nordend)
  • Oosten (Ostend)
  • Gerbermuhle (German – South of the River)

Altstadt (Old City)

No stay in Frankfurt is complete without a trip to Frankfurt Altstadt, Römer.  The old city has been beautifully renovated and offers visitors an opportunity to step back in time. It contains many of Frankfurt’s important sites, the Römerberg plaza (a definite must see) along with Römer city hall and Frankfurt Cathedral (Kaiserdom St Bartholomaus).

Frankfurt Specialities

Finally, a stay in Frankfurt is not complete without a taste of the famous  Grüne Soße, Apfelwein (apple wine) and Frankfurter sausages.  Be sure to hop on the Ebbelwei Express, it’s both a great way to taste the famous Apfelwein and experience the city!

Living in Frankfurt

Undoubtedly there is plenty to see and do for Expats in Frankfurt.  So all that’s left to do is pick up your keys, head out the door and explore the city!  Whether you choose to laze in one of the many gorgeous parks, drink a coffee in one of its many coffee shops or discover what each area has to offer by dining in its restaurants there is no shortage of things to do in Frankfurt city.  HAPPY EXPLORING!

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