German Language Lab
How to Pronounce German
German Listening Practice
AUDIO Listen to the sounds of German!
Our German Language Lab offers audio for beginners or more advanced learners of German. Using the audio categories listed below, you can learn how to pronounce German correctly. By listening carefully to the sound in our German Language Lab, you'll have a model to imitate. Some language learners find it easier than others to get just the right sounds of German, but with a little effort you can do it! If you want to sound like a German, remember the German saying: Übung macht den Meister. (Practice makes perfect.)
Our audio files are in three main formats: (1) .wav and (2) .mp3 audio files for shorter segments, and (3) RealAudio streaming audio for longer segments. Most Web browsers already have a plug-in for .wav and .mp3 files, but if you don't have it, such software is free. For streaming audio, you'll need the free RealPlayer from Real.com (Download RealPlayer), Apple's free QuickTime application (for Mac or Windows), or some other streaming audio software. Please make sure you have a current version of any audio programs that you use.
Advanced Audio: Listening Exercises from Schau ins Land
German for Beginners - Contents
The Language Lab page is part of our series of lessons for beginners and intermediate learners who want to review the language. Many lessons include audio.
Listening Practice for German
German Pronunciation Guide
Beginning with the German alphabet and moving on to the sounds of consonants and vowels, plus pronunciation hazards, this guide includes a new streaming audio file with script.
Audio from Schau ins Land
Selected audio excerpts for intermediate to advanced learners from the German audiomagazine Schau ins Landeach complete with a study guide, glossary, full transcript, and test.
German Tongue Twisters - Audio
In German they're called "tongue breakers" (Zungenbrecher)! Listen and see if you can wrap your tongue around this selection of tongue twisters in German. More Zungenbrecher...
Adjectives and Colors (Lektion 5)
Listen to German phrases and words concerning adjectives and colors.
Reading for Beginners - with Audio
Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten
A German fairy tale: "The Bremen Town Musicians" in German and English. A beginning-level reading selection with audio.
Eine Urlaubsreise 1
Follow the Kothe family as Heide and Jörg travel with their children Helga and Jan on vacation. A beginning-level reading selection with audio.
More Audio Lessons
German Numbers (Audio)
All of the audio files for the German numbers from 0 to 100.
Greetings and Pleasantries (Lektion 1)
Listen to German phrases and words concerning common greetings and everyday courtesies.
Land und Leute (Lektion 6)
Listen to German phrases and words concerning countries, languages and nationalities. With exercises.
Nouns and Gender (Lektion 3)
Audio of German phrases and words concerning nouns.
More German Audio and Listening Pages
Listening Tips for German
A guide to listening to online radio and other German media on the Web.
Listening to German
Sources and tips for listening to German audio - on and off-line.
Radio in German
Online audio from German-language radio and TV stations.
The German word of the day (Wort des Tages) - in German and English - for beginners and advanced learners.
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