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Radio D Series 1 | Learning German | Deutsche Welle

By DW.COM | Deutsche Welle

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German for beginners: Paula and Philipp are Radio D reporters who have several mysterious cases to investigate. Join them as their research takes them across Germany -- and learn German along the way! [English Version]

Customer Reviews

Disappointing-too much wasted time

Because it is produced by such distinguished institutions, I expected this to be much better than I found it. I don;t mind it being oriented towards kids. But there is so much wasted time--little musical introductions and interludes; the hosts being goofy; etc. Also, I think it's a n odd strategy to make sure there is often lots of background noise to go with the short dialogues. I get the idea of making things realistic in that sense. But I generally found the staged dialogues pretty hard to follow, partly because of the sound quality and partly because the vocal they introduce is so unexpected: UFOs; shark fins; etc


As a first time learner, I have no idea what's going on. There are no notes on what words I should take away from each lesson, and by Lesson 8 I feel as if I know only a handful of words, many of which I will never use in everyday life: Eulalia (a name for an Eule), Koenig, Ludwig, radio, kommt, kenne, and Bitte (and why Bitte is used in almost every sentence where it would otherwise not be used in English is not explained).

Furthermore, listening to this in my car where there are road noises is an exercise in frustration, since the voices are hidden behind sound effects.

I applaud DW for doing something new, but this needs some rethinking, unless this is the way Germans enjoy learning a new language.

Good for Beginners

This is a very good course for a beginning German student. The voices are very professional, and the way the course is taught is very easy to understand. It can seem a little juvenile with the talking computer and the lame adventures, but it teaches the basics of the German language in a way that is easy to understand. If you are looking for the next series, it is under "Radio D Teil 2".