Once your child is ready, try out the German Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff. Your child might be ready very early on. Watching other kids speak a different language and have fun can help motivate children to want to learn a foreign language. There’s no need to watch any longer than a child is interested.
GERMAN CROSS-CURRICULAR SUBJECTS AND OTHER FUN STUFF
National Geographic is published in many different languages. From the USA website you can select the country you would like. At the time of this writing it’s a dropdown menu in the top right corner of the website.
Kika von ARD und ZDF
This channel has clips of a lot of interesting things, like wild animals, muddy obstacle courses, songs, insects, dancing, math, also some episodes of German Sesame Street and Annedroids. Interspersed are these clips of people in a treehouse with puppets, books, and crafts. https://www.youtube.com/user/meinKiKA/featured
A very popular lifestyle magazine that has been around for many years. You can find Elle magazine in many languages. I will list some of them here. If you don’t see the language listed here, try an internet search for it.
Elle Magazine in German.
Travel Materials for Native German Speakers
Berlin (Official Website): www.berlin.de
Vienna (Official website): www.sueddeutche.de
Bern (Official website): www.bern.ch
German Search Engine/etc
Abacho (Germany) www.abacho.de
Search.ch (switzerland) www.search.ch
German Wikipedia: de.wikipedia.org
German Daily TV
You can use this website to find links to many news stations from many countries, in many languages.
“Free-to-Air” TV. You buy and install the satellite and receiver setup. After that, you can tune in to many foreign language channels broadcast from other countries. There is no monthly fee.
Here is an explanation: It Still Works.
The FTA List website has many tv channels, radio channels and podcasts produced by native speakers, for native speakers. You can search by language.
Galaxy 3c are two major channels. You can watch some of the channels via the internet.
DE Deutch Live: The Live YouTube channel for German news. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItkBX66v_bo
Pandido TV. A kid’s YouTube channel featuring people playing with Playmobile toys. It’s silly, typical of the “unboxing toys” YouTube channels. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpgXtFZfW1JcV1wGZj5w0Q
Klaus Kauker. YouTube channel discussing musical theory and music. Discusses popular music but does things like analyze vocal arrangements rather than just say who looked the coolest. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAXAtQN3WqV9Tir_xlgGIyw
DieLochis. A very popular YouTube channel for some young German singers. They have their own videos and talk about other popular music, too. https://www.youtube.com/user/DieLochis/featured
If you’re not sure what kinds of artists to search for, you can use FNAC to view singers and music groups. https://www.fnac.com.
Stephie. A sewing YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/DIYFinola/videos
This is a website selling international food, which is interesting to look at (it has items like a $65 jar of cherries).
I don’t have a lot of resources for German cooking shows. Do you know of any that your children or students enjoy?
Rein Getigert. This channel discusses training cats to do tricks, and cat care. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuc6s0eel34yGFSLaPGSERA
Städel Museum. These videos discuss famous artists and art history. https://www.youtube.com/user/staedelmuseum/videos
Kurzgesagt. Discusses science and other topics. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwRH985XgMYXQ6NxXDo8npw
JoernLoviscach. Discusses math. https://www.youtube.com/user/JoernLoviscach
Mona. This YouTube channel discusses books, including popular young adult titles like The Maze Runner and the Hunger Games series. https://www.youtube.com/user/peachgalore
German Amazon. https://www.amazon.de/
German Abebooks. https://www.abebooks.de/
19th Century German Stories. These are children’s stories but they’re written in older language, which increases the difficulty. http://germanstories.vcu.edu/
Robert Hoffman. This is a YouTube channel that reviews films and film trailers. https://www.youtube.com/user/DVDKritik/featured
DieFilmFabrik. This YouTube channel reviews films and tv shows, and tends to have more sci-fi and fantasy. There is cursing in German. https://www.youtube.com/user/diefilmfabrik
AtoZMapsOnline has historical maps, written in other languages. I’m able to access the website for free by logging in with my library card information. Check your own local library to see if they have a library membership.
DerTagesspiegel. A YouTube channel that covers history. https://www.youtube.com/user/DerTagesspiegel/featured
Sports news in German.
Sportschau, more sports news in German.
Bodykiss. A YouTube channel for female fitness.
YouTube Celebs and Entertainment
A YouTube channel that reviews and plays games. https://www.youtube.com/user/GameStarDE/featured
A very popular YouTube personality. https://www.youtube.com/user/JulienBam
A very popular YouTube channel that reviews and plays games. https://www.youtube.com/user/PietSmittie
A YouTube channel that features beauty and other girly topics.
A YouTube channel for pop culture topics such as games, tv trailers, etc. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHyt6whzbCcG18q3m4ws6jw
Walulis sieht fern.
A YouTube channel that is meant for comedy. https://www.youtube.com/user/walulissiehtfern
Doctor Know-it-all explains a lot of topics, such as “Why are there lefties?” There are curse words in German. https://www.youtube.com/user/doktorallwissend
This channel is in both English and German and is meant for those who want to learn German. There is enough German for an intermediate speaker who is not yet ready for some of the other German channels yet. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCesZBmRS6IgZ3uuiB8RdX0A