Learning resources

During the current lockdown restrictions some parents may find it harder to support their children's German: no Saturday Schools, no trips to Germany, and it is not possible to see German relations either. For some families where the main family language is not German, with everyone at home, German may be spoken less. Other parents may see the extra time with their children as an opportunity to speak more German with them.


It's good to remember that the things you usually do matter even more now: reading bedtime stories in German, calling relations in Germany, showing German-language films, or even having a phone call with a friend while the children are nearby - these are all valuable ways of helping your child develop their German. 

Below we have collected a number of online resources that may help keep things varied and interesting. Some of these are usually payable but currently free of charge.

Coronavirus initiatives

Resources that are currently being

offered free of charge:


Mildenberger Verlag: reading materials

for preschool and primary level


Cornelsen: online reading support for primary level (3 months free)


Audible: books in German

Ideas for younger children

WDR: Der kleine blaue Elefant

KiGa: Ideas for parents​

WDR: more children's programmes 

ZDF for children: zdf.de/kinder

NDR Märchen in leichter Sprache

Es war einmal der Mensch (YouTube)

Einfach Vorlesen (stories for young children)

Pixi Wissen (information programme for young children, on YouTube)

Intermediate learners

Anton Lern-App: https://anton.app/de/

(follows curriculum in Germany, classes 1-10)

WDR: Die Sendung mit der Maus (daily

episodes and more)

ZDF: Logo, die Kindernachrichten  (news for children)


NDR radio for children: Mikado

Planetschule: Filme für die Grundschule

Geolino Magazin (texts and podcasts)



Was ist Was: https://www.wasistwas.de/home.html


Checker Welt (incl. Coronavirus Vlog for children, Bayerischer Rundfunk)

WDR Neuneinhalb news reports for children

Mauswiesel (Bildung Hessen)

Bayerischer Rundfunk home learning

Music for learning German

Songs for younger children (YouTube)

Martina's Musik Mosaik (Martina Schwarz)

A series with the Hueber Verlag for learning German at home, on YouTube


Goethe Institut, German Pop on Spotify 


Deine Freunde on YouTube

More advanced learners







A large variety of German programmes can be found in the ARD Mediathek: