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How to improve your German listening skills

As a beginner learning German, you might wonder how to improve your German listening skills.  In this article I will give you some useful tips on how to go about it.

German podcasts for beginners

German podcasts for beginners: There are many German language learning podcasts available that are designed specifically for beginners. They often include explanations in English and focus on basic vocabulary and grammar.

One great podcast is “News in Slow German”, it covers current news stories in slow, easy-to-understand German. It’s a great way to improve your listening skills and stay up to date with current events. Remember, the key to learning German through podcasts is to choose materials that are appropriate for your level and to practice regularly. With consistent effort, you can improve your listening skills and gain confidence in using German.

Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great way to practice listening comprehension in German. Look for books that are specifically designed for language learners or choose a book that you are already familiar with in your native language. Some great audiobooks that I can recommend are:

  • “Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen” by J.K. Rowling: The German translation of the first Harry Potter book is a great option for beginners who are already familiar with the story. The audiobook is read by Rufus Beck, a well-known German actor, and is available on various platforms.
  • “Die Verwandlung” by Franz Kafka: This is a classic German novella that is often studied by German language learners. The audiobook version, which is available on various platforms, is read by a professional German narrator and is a great way to improve listening comprehension.
  • “Der Kleine Prinz” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The German translation of “The Little Prince” is a classic book that is often recommended for German language learners. The audiobook version is read by a professional German narrator and is available on various platforms.

German radio

Listening to German radio stations can be a good way to immerse yourself in the language and get used to hearing it spoken at a natural pace. Try to find stations that play music you enjoy or talk about topics you are interested in.

German language courses

Many German language courses include audio components that are specifically designed for beginner learners. These can be a great way to practice listening comprehension and learn new vocabulary in context. Click here to find out more about our A1-German course that has a wide range of suitable audio for German beginners with follow-up questions that will test your listening comprehension skills.

Remember, listening to German audio as a beginner can be challenging, so start with materials that are designed for your level and gradually work your way up to more advanced content. Focus on understanding the overall meaning of what you are hearing, rather than trying to understand every word.

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