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Welcome to This Podcast will teach you German. It is free and you can listen to the Podcast at anytime you want. PDF transcripts containing the new words are provided.

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The best German podcast!

This podcast is terrific. I had subscribed to every other German language-learning podcast before this one started and none compared in efficiency, perception and pace. Stephan does excellent work. He starts with basic phrases and progresses, each lesson supplying useful subject content for visitors going to Germany for both work and pleasure. None of the other German podcasts I had tried come anywhere close to this one. Prima!

Stefan needs an English consultant

First, the positive: this is a FREE podcast, and you may be able to learn German from it, but it won't be a lot of fun. Stefan Wiesner seems to be following a syllabus similar to many beginning German textbooks, starting with greetings, numbers, and other practicalities, interspersed with hints of the basic grammar that may follow in future lessons. His voice is calm to the point of boredom. Most annoying for me (though some may find it charming), he has a very pronounced, classic German accent: "welcome" becomes "velcome"; "story" is "stowy"; and "that" is "zat." It seems to me that a cultural mediator should show the same respect for the "host" language (in this case, English) as for the "target" language. Worse, it seems that he is not really in command of English, as the awkward title of Lesson 8 shows ("Our lesson of the German learn podcast continues"). All of this is a major detraction because his pedagogical approach is to explain and translate everything in English; if he were using an "immersion" approach to German, the quality of his English wouldn't matter. But there are enough outstanding speakers of English in Germany (or Switzerland, where Wiesner is located) that there's really no excuse for this. In short, Mr. Wiesner deserves credit for being a pioneer in German podcasting, but I hope something better comes along.

Great podcast

I find this podcast to be really helpful. Each episode is to the point and short. But just long enough that you get useful phrases out of them. Keep up the good work! Tschüss!

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