This list includes German audio or video supplements so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – audio or video from native speakers is an important part of learning a language. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add resources from the other sections to provide your children with a well-rounded foreign language education. Finally, once your child is ready, try out the German Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff
GERMAN SUPPLEMENTS THAT ADD AUDIO OR VIDEO FROM NATIVE SPEAKERS
Easy Languages YouTube Channel and website. Has short videos, around 5 minutes or so, in series covering many languages. French, Spanish, Polish, German, Russian, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Hindi, Mandarin (Chinese), Croatian, Cantonese, Thai, Ukrainian, Filipino (Tagalog), Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Swahili, Vietnamese, Malay, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Mongolian, Miskito, and Serbian. https://www.easy-languages.org/
Playmobil on YouTube
Playmobil has videos in multiple languages on their YouTube channel. There are some very short videos, usually commercials, and some that are up to about ten minutes long. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAIp1bYkudU28js7ZEDsPjw
I can easily find videos in German, French, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Russian, Portguese, Polish, Lithuanian, and Spanish.
Sesame Street is called “Sesamestrasse” in German.
“Sesamestrasse” in German, the German Sesame Street website http://www.sesamstrasse.de/home/index.html
Blue’s Clue’s in German
Blue’s Clue’s has been translated into 15 languages. Be extremely careful searching this on YouTube because here are “fan dubs” that are probably not appropriate for children.
It is called Blau und Schlau in German, but I can only find the DVDs if you order from non-American Amazon, https://www.fernsehserien.de/blues-clues-blau-und-schlau/dvd-blu-ray.
DVDs. Rent at the library or buy on Amazon for movies that you already know. Many DVDs have a Spanish or French soundtrack, but Arabic is harder to find. Be sure your DVD player can play them. You might need a region-free DVD player or some sort of DVD converter or reader.
YouTube. Older students can use this to subscribe to the YouTube channel, and/or find more foreign language channels on IHeartRadio, Pandora, or Podcasts that are related to YouTube channels. I am listing some channels here, but there are many more.
This is an online, free course. Our library has subscription so we’re able to get the full course for free. It is said to be for grade school through high school. The website describes the course as such, “Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.”
This is an app. Some stories are free, but you can pay for more stories if you want. It says you can “Learn Languages with Audio Books”. The app will read books aloud to you while you view both languages, which makes it much easier to figure out what you’re hearing. You can adjust the speed of the reading, go back and click on words you don’t know. Beelinguapp
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 the two largest foreign content satellites. You can watch some of the channels via the internet.
The TuneIn Radio appallows you to find podcasts and radio in foreign languages. It’s a great search feature.
Free Podcasts at Openculture.com .
Rock and Learn, Learn A Language: Numbers, Colors & More (Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German & English)
Rock and Learn, Learn A Language: Numbers, Colors & More (Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German & English) DVDs in French, Russian, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese. These DVDs are basically like animated flash cards.
Yabla.com says they have “Language Immersion with Authentic Video” It costs about $10/month at the time of this writing. Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, German.
The Fluentu.com website says “FluentU brings language learning to life with real world videos!” It costs about $10/month right now. The videos have interactive captions. They have Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Russian, Portuguese.
Watch Netflix or Amazon Prime movies in other languages – there is a language selector, sometimes subtitles available.
Watch Netflix or Amazon Prime movies in other languages – there is a language selector, sometimes subtitles available. Be very careful of content – other countries have different ideas about what is appropriate for children. Click on Audio and you can select the language. At the time of this writing Amazon Prime limits what languages you can access in the United States. There are also categories such as “French Language Children and Family Movies,” which will show movies that were originally in French, but not all movies that are available with French soundtrack. Spanish is the most common language available for me, but French, Portuguese and Chinese are reasonably available on Netflix. For example, Wakfu is a French cartoon available now on Netflix. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakfu_(TV_series)
The Ielanguages.com website has free online lessons, plus many links and recommendations. There are links for “realia” in the foreign language, such as ticket stubs, signs, and receipts. There are also grammar tutorials and audio, some of which is spontaneous and unscripted from native speakers. You can purchase e-book courses for some languages. The courses vary by languages. The website says, “The most popular courses, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, include interactive exercises and audio recordings created by native speakers.”
Their website says, “TripLingo is the ultimate tool for international travelers. Learn essential phrases, instantly translate your voice or connect to a live translator, get a crash course on the local culture and so much more.” There is a language package that has audio, includes slang, and can translate images. Good for planning a real or pretend trip. There are culture notes, travel tools that help with currency conversion, and a tip calculator. You could make a really fun project out of this.
Language Tree German has multiple options available. DVD includes interactive game section.
Peppa Pig Cartoon in German
Peppa Pig’s official German YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqx6Z_MKxlnFBd50XdBcccA.
Masha and the Bear Cartoon in German
This is originally a Russian cartoon that has been redubbed in English and other languages. Masha and the Bear in English (for reference): https://www.youtube.com/user/MashaBearEN
German Pod 101
The “101” classes are free, or you can sign up for premium classes at a cost of $4-$23 per month at this time. There is a lot of information available for free. Audio, video, vocabulary tools, spaced repetition flashcards, PDF lessons, and a forum to talk to other students, It’s not too hard to navigate. It’s not too hard to navigate. A high school student could navigate it for free.
This channel has many cartoons, including ones that might be interesting to older children and boys. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbEjj5IiPVUSBsIeAUIG_nw
The PowerPuff Girls cartoon in German. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC05FqpJgblXX4JjT-fqm8Uw
The kid’s show “Lazy Town” in German. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRvFYiy4–kfglOkLmvQZww
A cartoon about a girl named Conni. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChZJ4lYC7ghypdEar8g-dAw/featured
A German cartoon about a dog. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaOQQJTw3kc_GtgHxGJdZ2Q/featured
BOB die bahn
A kid’s cartoon in German. There are also a lot of songs. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmMFR_377vB6LLkMFpB8QkA
Lingotopia is a new favorite game of my oldest child. The first day he played, he collected over 100 words (some new and some he already knew). Their official website description says that “Lingotopia is a language learning game about being lost in a city where you don’t speak the language.” I think the concept probably resonates with a lot of kids because my own kids have made up stories on their own about being lost in a city and having to learn the language to survive. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, and seems to indicate that more languages are coming, including Greek.
Here is a little teaser trailer for the Lingotopia game: