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A Guide to Magazines in German

Deutschsprachige Zeitschriften

Reading real German

 German Newspapers
• 1: German Magazines
• 2: German Magazines (2)
• 3: Magazines Germany
• 4: Magazines Austria
• 5: Magazines Switzerland
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• German Newspapers in the US and Canada
• DER SPIEGEL in English
• News Vocabulary
• Zeitschriften online
• Zeitungen online

Anyone learning German should make German periodicals a part of their learning routine. Even beginners can pick up a few words and phrases (and photo captions), but especially intermediate and advanced learners are missing a vital part of vocabulary-building if they're not reading German-language periodicals on a regular basis—especially since that can be done for free on the Web. You should imitate the Germans themselves, who happen to be among the world's most avid readers of newspapers and magazines.

Even in the age of the Internet and television, Germans rank fourth in the EU after Finland, Sweden and the UK in readership rates (2001 figures). With a newspaper circulation rate of 375 per 1000, Germany is almost tied with Austria (374) and ahead of Luxemburg and Denmark. For comparison, the US rate of 212 (in 1999) is behind most of Europe except for Ireland (191), France (190) and Italy (104). (Sources: New York Times Almanac, World Association of Newspapers)

Although we'll concentrate on German magazines in this article, the newspaper readership figures give us a general idea of print readership (and we also link to German newspapers on our Zeitungen links page). Almost 80% of Germans over the age of 14 read a newspaper regularly. In the United States that figure is only about 57% and dropping steadily year after year, as in Germany.

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There are now very few German magazines or newspapers without an online edition. One of the last holdouts, the respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Germany's New York Times, finally went online in 2001. Although most only offer part of their print edition online, and even charge for certain articles, some German periodicals now publish PDF versions of their pages online that can be printed out and look just like the real thing, complete with photos, ads and other graphics.

Despite the great offerings on the Web, I would also suggest the occasional purchase of an actual print copy of Bunte, Der Spiegel, Focus, Stern or other German magazines. That's easy if you're in Europe, but it is also possible in most larger metropolitan areas of the US and Canada—even at several local sources here in my hometown of Reno, Nevada. At $7.00 to $10.00 per copy, German periodicals tend to be expensive overseas. While a copy of Der Spiegel costs just 3.00 euro (about $3.50) in Germany (3.20 euro in Austria), it usually sells for triple that in the U.S. (My last copy cost me $9.50 in Los Angeles.) A six-month air-speeded subscription can cost over $250 for most German weekly magazines! That's why it's so great to have the Web editions. But having a genuine print version in your hands to read is a very different (and enjoyable) experience from reading it on a computer screen. — On the next page, you'll find a link to a source for German periodical subscriptions (Abonnements) in the U.S. and Canada.

I wrote about another cheaper alternative in German Newspapers in the US (and Canada). The cost of a year's subscription to the weekly Neue Presse, published in southern California, is only $49 (less within California). Regularly reading a North American German newspaper like the Staatszeitung (New York) or others is the next best thing to being in a German-speaking country.

So, now you need to know more about German magazines. Read on...

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