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12 Interesting German Podcasts

How can you possibly find enough time to study German?

German TV shows and movies, as fun as they might be, require your undivided attention. Who has time for that?

These German podcasts are about to become your new best friends.

I’ll show you my favorite German podcasts below for all levels (beginner, intermediate and beyond), including several no-cost podcast options to learn German for free.


Listen and Learn with 12 Great German Podcasts

1. GermanPod101 GermanPod101

Level: All levels 

Cost: Limited content with free account; $4.00 monthly for a basic account, $6.50 monthly for a premium account, $14.87 for a premium plus account

These are lessons designed for every level of ability, from the absolute beginner to the advanced speaker.

The lessons feature acted-out scenes, with the dialogues translated by the two hosts, Chuck and Judith. The hosts then delve into verb conjugations and other aspects of grammar. There’s a good rapport between them and they occasionally provide some interesting cultural insights. 

A free account will get you the list of survival phrases, vocabulary lists, a word of the day and a few new lessons every week. If you’re serious about learning, upgrading your account might be worth it.

Here’s our full review of GermanPod101 for more info.

2. Slow German

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Level: Beginner and intermediate

Cost: Free; premium membership for $4.50 a month includes exercises and bonus material

The episodes are hosted by Annik, a journalist who lives in the city of Munich in southern Germany. Annik narrates totally in German but at a relatively slowed-down pace.

Older episodes for beginners are designed to help you navigate specific situations, such as ordering in a restaurant, and include explanations in English. Most episodes are for intermediate learners about German culture such as food, holidays, elections, work and more. 

A transcript in German of each podcast is provided. When you sign up for premium membership, you can get the episodes in faster German, bonus exercises and more grammar explanations.

3. Coffee Break German

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Level: Beginner and intermediate

Cost: Free; option to purchase full accompanying course for $145 per level

Coffee Break German is a podcast series designed to help you start from the beginning. Each season goes up a level, and there are currently three seasons, from beginner to upper intermediate.

The format features native speaker Thomas teaching learner Mark. Thomas always delivers with clear and informative explanations. The podcasts cover a breadth of everyday situations such as checking into a hotel.

The average episode runs nearly 30 minutes and features dialogues, plenty of vocabulary, explanations and occasional acted-out scenes. The podcast is free, but if you’d like additional video lessons, bonus audio and lesson notes, you can purchase the courses

4. Easy German

Easy German podcast

Level: Beginner and intermediate

Cost: Free; membership for $9 a month offers transcripts and bonus materials

You might already know the popular Easy German YouTube channel. The podcast is a spin-off of the series and features the same hosts. Easy German even has a book club and in-person meetup in Berlin!

Each episode is about 30 minutes long, and the topics include German culture, language and occasional grammar points. The podcast comes out twice a week and there are already over 400 episodes available. 

On the website, there’s a handy vocabulary list for each of the episodes, plus some references. If you become a member (through Patreon), you can also have access to an interactive transcript and bonus materials. 

5. German Stories German Stories podcast

Level: Beginner

Cost: Free; membership for $9 a month for accompanying lessons 

Are you not a fan of learning a language and grammar in the regular old-fashioned way? German Stories teaches German vocabulary and grammar through one ongoing story.

The story starts at a beginner’s level and gets progressively more advanced. We follow Paul, who’s having a barbecue in Munich, when something important goes missing. The podcast uses over 30 professional voice actors and was in production for over a year before the first episode was ever released!  

If you pay for a membership, you get additional backstories in practice exercises, transcripts, forums to ask questions, vocabulary lists and more. 

6. Learn German with LinguaBoost
Learn German with LinguaBoost

Level: Beginner

Cost: Free; accompanying course for $19.90 per level for transcripts and review lessons

If you really only have time and patience for something short and sweet then Learn German with LinguaBoost might be the podcast for you.

It’s a similar concept to Coffee Break German, where you’re able to purchase an additional course if you like. The biggest difference is that rather than a conversation between a teacher and a student, it’s a listen-and-repeat audio style.

Each episode is about ten to 15 minutes long and features to the point German lessons based on important phrases. It’s also quite affordable to buy the courses in bundles as Vol. 1, 2 and 3 for $19.90 each or $39.90 for all three.

7. Radio D Radio D podcast

Level: Beginner

Cost: Free

There’s nothing like a good detective story to make you prick up your ears, and in this Radio D series by Deutsche Welle, Paula and Philipp are reporters traveling across Germany to investigate several mysterious cases.

Fun, imaginative and instructive are just a few of the words that describe the Radio D German podcast series for beginners. There are sound effects, humor, interactive elements and acted-out scenes.

An English-speaking host is your guide through each episode and she’s joined by conversational partners who help to break down the German conversations. Transcripts in German are available for download. Check out both Season 1 and Season 2.

8. Deutsche — Warum Nicht? deutsch warum nicht podcast logo

Level: Beginner and intermediate

Cost: Free

The Warum Nicht series goes from level A1 to B1, or from basic to lower intermediate. It follows the adventures of a journalism student in Germany in search of a mysterious ex-girlfriend.

Warum Nicht introduces grammar points and vocabulary in carefully structured PDF files. Dialogue transcriptions and practice exercises with English language instructions are also available. There are four parts to the seriesif you’re at the intermediate level, you should begin with part 3.

Simple and entertaining, with lots of learning points, the Deutsche Welle podcasts are top-notch.

9. Wieso Nicht B1 wieso nicht podcast logo

Level: Lower intermediate

Cost: Free

This is also a Deutsche Welle creation. It’s different from Warum Nicht in that it includes no explanations or commentary in English.

The podcasts portray colorful scenes of everyday life in Austria and Germany. The topics are fun and relatable, and the production is flawless.

PDF files with full transcriptions of each episode are available. These are very convenient and thorough because they include grammar explanations with examples and vocabulary lists. There are exercises too with fill-in-the-blank questions and listening checks!  

Surprisingly, all of these are available for free. You can definitely learn a lot with this podcast because it encourages you to learn actively rather than just passively listening. 

10. Marktplatz Business German deutsche welle marktplatz logo

Level: Upper intermediate

Cost: Free

Also from Deutsche Welle (they really want German to conquer the world), this is a fantastic business German podcast for the upper intermediate level. If you need German for your job or are planning to start doing business with Germany, this is your go-to podcast.

Each episode is a full thematic lesson. You can download both the lesson PDF and the full transcription of the episode.

The exercises are dynamic, with visually attractive layouts as opposed to long strings of text with no graphic differentiation. Some of them reach 10 pages, so you can really take your time with these.

11. LingQ german lingq podcast

Level: Upper intermediate

Cost: Free; membership for at least $7.99 a month offers transcripts and exercises

If you’re looking for a great immersion podcast with no English language introductions, yet which is still geared towards language learners, LingQ will be your favorite. Each episode has a theme; from pets to books and camping trips, LingQ has it all. The native German hosts speak in a conversational tone that’s great for jumping right into real-life German.

While all the episodes have free transcripts, you need to sign up to listen to them and do the exercises. A free signup has certain limitations, and there are different paid options. But if you just want to train your ear listening to some cool intermediate podcasts, it will cost you nothing, which is not bad at all.

12. ExpertlyGerman Podcast ExpertlyGerman podcast logo

Level: Advanced

Cost: Free; membership for $11.50 a month includes transcripts and study notes

ExpertlyGerman was created by Tom, a finance expert turned German teacher and educational content creator. 

Tom teaches classes to groups and individuals, has a YouTube channel and also a podcast. You can also find his shorter German videos on social media such as TikTok and Instagram! He speaks English well and often provides explanations in English.

The podcast episodes are five to 20 minutes long. The topics are German culture, grammar, expressions, vocabulary and daily life situations. If you become a member, you receive early access to episodes, transcripts and study notes. 

Why You Have to Try German Podcasts

They’re perfectly suited to a busy lifestyle.

Podcasts are a wonderful on-the-go solution to language learning. You don’t have to sacrifice precious time to sit down in front of the television or stare down a textbook. You don’t have to cough up lots of cash. Just download your favorites, sync up your music player, hit the road and start learning German for free!

By taking the time to discover the best German language podcasts out there, you can give yourself freedom to study German without interrupting your daily routine. Play your Deutsch podcast at the gym, in the car, when you take the dog for a walk or while you’re feverishly typing away at work.

They teach you to listen well.

Without any accompanying visual cues or subtitles, you’ll be forced to pay attention to vocabulary and pronunciation more closely than ever—especially if the bulk of the podcast is in German. This allows you to get some incredible training for your ears.

Many of the podcasts do have transcripts that you can view online or download, so if you ever get stuck there’s a way out.

They stay fresh and current.

New German language podcast installments are frequently updated, meaning you’ll always have something new to learn!

Many podcast hosts have taken to incorporating topical themes in their lessons on German vocabulary and conversation skills. Listening to modern, casual conversations is a great opportunity for you to reinforce all those common phrases and slang words you’ve been learning!


Time to get listening to these incredible German podcasts and start improving your Deutsch from anywhere!

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