In this GermanPod101 Review, I am going to show you one of the best German learning tools in the Universe. I wish I would have used this tool while I was living in Austria so I would be able to speak German now fluently.
If I’m ever going to move again into a German-speaking country, I’ll use GermanPod101 for sure because it’s, in my opinion, one of the easiest and fastest ways to learn German. It beats the “old-school” classroom learning like 100-0.
In my opinion, German is one of the most useful languages in the world. There are more than 90 native speakers in the world and hundreds of millions of people can speak German as a second-, third- or fourth language. German-speaking countries like Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Lichtenstein are rich and the salary is good if you are looking for new work opportunities. Being able to speak the native language fluently opens you lots of new opportunities.
Overall Rank: 4,8 stars out of 5
What Is GermanPod101?
GermanPod101 is an effective German learning resource that is created by a famous learning institute Innovative Language. They have created one of the most popular language series called LanguagePod101. They provide similar resources for learning numerous different languages including all the big ones like Chinese, Spanish, French, Arabic and also some smaller ones like Finnish.
GermanPod101 provides a huge library of learning resources. Take a look at the picture below:
- +1,400 Audio and Video Lessons
- Knowledgeable and Energetic Hosts
- Detailed Lesson Notes in PDF
- Lively Community of German Learners and Lesson Discussion
- Possible to Use It “On-The-Go” with Your Smartphone
If you have experience of other LangaugePod101 courses, I can tell you that this works with same principles like other ones. There are tons of resources for learning grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and all the other details of your target language. But if you don’t have experience of their other courses, you can always get started for completely free.
Let me explain a few details to you. However, I don’t through all their features in this article because you can try them yourself in 1 minutes just by signing up for free but I’ll still explain why I think GermanPod101 is great.
GermandPod101 Features – You’ll Never Run Out of Resources
First, I’ll show you a video clip of their 3-minute German video series. They have created numerous high-quality videos where you’ll always learn new skills in the German language. In this video example, you will learn how to introduce yourself in German.
GermanPod101 has numerous vocabulary sections where you will learn new German words quickly. They are called, for example:
- Word of the Day
- Word Bank
- 100 Common German Phrases
- 2,000 Common German Phrases
- And so on.
In their lesson library, they have a huge library of audio and video lessons. In addition, they add new lessons regularly so you know that it’s up-to-date. I like the fact that their lessons are short and filled with useful information.
They don’t waste your time on meaningless things but instead, they go straight to the point. You can learn new words, sentences, and phrases quickly in a 3-minute audio lesson on-the-go or even while you are relaxing on your sofa.
- Personal Lessons and Coaching
With their Premium+ version you can also get a personal German coach that will take you hand-by-hand to the fluency. You’ll have 1-on-1 lessons with him/her to track the progress and he/she will always teach you new skills.
GermanPod101 Word of the Day – Learn 365 Words in a Year
GermanPod101 has an interesting feature that teaches you “Word of the day”. It’s an easy way to expand your vocabulary daily. They share you one new word each day of the year. In my opinion, one of the most important keys to learning a new language (or mastering any other skill) is consistency.
I always say that it’s much better to study 15 minutes a day rather than 2 hours twice a week. One of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates, said that he didn’t have a single day off in his twenties. We can see what kind of positive impact it had on our world. The best swimmer in the human history, Michael Phelps, said that he worked every day for 5 hours when he wanted to win. These are some powerful examples what consistency can make for you.
GermanPod101 App for Mobile
They also have a mobile app that you can quickly download to your Android or Apple phone. It’s called Innovative: Learn 34 Languages. It has been downloaded more than 500,000 times from Google Play store and probably a huge number of times from Apple’s App Store as well.
It has an average rating 4,4 stars out of 5 based on 11,708 reviews so people seem to be loving it.
You can use the GermanPod101 mobile app with the same login information that you use the desktop version.
In my opinion, it’s great to have a mobile application because then you can learn a new language without using a minute of your time. You just plug in the headphones and start listening to a lesson when you are walking somewhere, sitting on a train or in a bus or driving from your workplace.
Once I had to go 45 minutes every day back and forth by bike to my workplace. So, I was sitting at least 1,5 hours 5 times a week on my bike. I calculated that it’s 7,5 hours a week (+all other bike trips that I made). I decided to use that 7,5 hours effectively and I always listened to a French podcast. You can imagine how fast progress I was making. And I wasn’t using a single minute to study it!
I have used the same technique also for learning Spanish and German. You can use it as well! 🙂
GermanPod101 Cost – Very Affordable!
GermanPod101 has 4 pricing plans:
The cost of each plan differs based on the length of your subscription. If you take, for example, 12-month plan it’s always cheaper per each month compared to a 6-month plan. I recommend that you sign up for completely free, take a look at different pricing plans and features yourself and decide which one suits your needs the best.
Many people say that the Premium plan has the best price/quality ratio on GermanPod101.
It seems that they have often some promotions and campaigns when they are offering the yearly or 24-month membership for even a cheaper price. For example, now when I am writing this in December of 2017 they are offering 24-month premium membership for a discounted price $108 for 24 months.
That’s an extremely cheap price and it’s only something like $0,15/day. If I visit once (or twice, depending on the country) in a massage, it costs the same price like a 24-month subscription for GermanPod101. In addition, they give you a 60-day money back guarantee. I think that anybody could go from 0 to fluent with GermanPod101 in two years.
You can just sign up today and they will inform you soon about new offers or you can upgrade right away because the price is usually very affordable.
If you really want to become fluent in German, I suggest this: Are you ready for a challenge? 😉
- Download GermandPod101 24-month plan.
- Study German with their app every day for 60 minutes.
- Before 2 years is gone you are a fluent German speaker.
=> Become a Fluent in German in 24 Months!
GermanPod101 Pros & Cons:
- A huge amount of resources to learn German
- Mobile app available => Learn on-the-go
- Created by a big and a reliable language learning institute
- Gives proven results. Already millions of people worldwide have used LanguagePod101 series
- 100% money-back guarantee
- Some people don’t like that they try to sell the 24-month plan (even though it’s the cheapest one if you use it for so long).
Conclusion – Is GermanPod101 Good?
Among my best friends, I have a reputation as a frugal man. I don’t use the money on overpriced or useless things. But when I look at GermanPod101 and other language learning tools in LanguagePod101 I think that the pricing is pretty cheap. You can get literally all tools you need to become fluent in German for just a few dollars per month. Just skip a pizza once and you have saved money for GermanPod101 for several months.
If you want to learn German, this is the way to go. You can also use GermanPod101 while you are using other resources to learn German. It will give “fuel” to your skills and consistently improve your skills if you go through their materials. A great thing compared to an “old-school” classroom learning is that you can move forward as fast as you can. You can even become fluent in 3 months if you have lots of time and dedication to learning.
=> Take Your German Skills to the Next Level with GermanPod101!
Have you already tried GermanPod101? What kind of results did you get?
What other resources have you used for learning German?
Aside from being drinking beer always, German is also known for their accent. Who wants to learn German? almost everyone right? Because German has a signature where if you talk to those Germans they are always sounds like they are mad or angry but actually they are not they just used to speak in that way. Also when a German speaks you will recognize that he or she is a German. That is why thank you for sharing this app for those to want to learn German this is so helpful to them.
Yeah, people say that German sounds angry or something like that. It’s true that some Germans or Austrians speak that way. But after I got to know some beautiful German ladies I realized that it can also be a very beautiful language 😉
Oh wow, I haven’t met German ladies and maybe soon. Every time I see memes and funny videos about languages and accents, the number one language that always belongs to memes and funny videos is the language of German, they always speak the German language and accent while holding a large size beer. haha
Yeah, I’ve seen those videos and memes also 😉
@Dictator20 I would say that it’s not only German language that has accent that immediately identify it when spoken. Most languages possess its own signature accent that makes it different from other languages. Take for instance, Russian language, Chinese, Korean etc. They all have a distinct accent accompanied by it when spoken by natives.
Learning German language has been among my favorite choice of other native languages. With the information provided here, GermanPod101 seems to be the real deal to anyone looking forward to mastering German language to a very good and considerate level.
As I was reading down the article, I was little wary if GermanPod101 has an android application for smartphones, and I was relieved seeing that it does. And to have the application on a free download version is very encouraging for anyone who desire to learn German make a step without worrying about any cost.
Yeah, GermanPod101 has an Android app also. Have you studied German yourself? I remember that another Nigerian who was often commenting on my blog wanted to learn German.
Mostly, I make use of Google translate to communicate with my German friends on Facebook and Twitter, it helps me generally but I do believe that learning how to master the Language without having to consult my Google translate app would be very good, and this is where GermanPod101 comes in. It’s definitely going to be helpful in such task for me.
Aaa Google Translator is also useful for me sometimes nowadays 🙂
Yeah Google translator has been perfect for me, I have never had any reason to look elsewhere since I have been making use of it. But I do believe that getting to actually master the Language without having to open up a translator would be very good and as well boost ones self confidence. What do you think?
Yes, you are right. It gives a good feeling for sure. Last weekend I visited in Plovdiv (here in Bulgaria) and I got an opportunity to speak Spanish and it feels great to be able to speak it fluently.
Aah, that exactly what I mean, yes it feels good to converse using the app Google translate online when you are discussing with a friend or a client, but it’s a whole different kind of feeling should from your thinking faculty to speak and understand someone in person using a language you acquired as your second or third language. I bet you had a great time in Plovdiv?
Yes. Plovdiv was great 🙂
I found the GermanPod101 program to be very helpful! As a person with German culture, it is very important for me to learn in the fastest and easiest way possible. This program was a great stepping stone into not only the language, but also I felt a cultural connection to my learning experience. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn German!
Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with GermanPod101. I’m happy to hear that you have liked it also and found it helpful.
@Zellis55 I’m glad hearing your testimony and experience with GermanPod101, it’s really a motivating influencer to most of us looking to learn German language. I would definitely give it a trail.
And just like you pointed out about the benefits of making use of GermanPod101 which I completely agree with after reading the review on it here in this article, that it’s not just about learning the language but also how it connects you to the cultural heritage of the people as one get to learn from a real native of Germany.
This sounds promising. Because it has a complete set up from learning videos to apps. For a premium plan, I will become a fluent German speaker? That is awesome! For me German language is one of the hardest languages to learn. I wonder though, how long will it take me to learn it if I just have the basic plan. This is one of my 2018 goals: to learn a language. And this is one that I have in mind. Thanks for this information.
I can’t say how fast you’ll become fluent. It depends on hours you put in. I recommend putting at least 1-2 hours per day if you want to become fluent fast.
Thanks for reviewing the GermanPod101 language learning for me. I have to see that this is for me in the sense that I’ve wanted to learn German all these while and to read this review means that the message is directly talking to me. I’ll have to make this one of my top goals of 2018, so that by the quarter of next year, I’ll be good at speaking the German language.
Sounds great. I’m glad that you are setting good goals for the next year. Written goals are powerful!
Thanks, Roope for the complement. I’m not good at writing down goals, but I’m having a shot at learning German next as soon as I get the finance to run the program involved on it.
Okay. Well, we can always get better 🙂 I need to write down goals also more often I think.
@Henrywrites 2018 is just few hours away, and I hope as you said that learning German language is going to be one of your set goals, I hope you are almost ready because the clock is ticking down on you.
If you have put your head and heart in place, I indulge you to do so because from my little new experience, you are definitely going to enjoy making use of Germanpod101.
In my home country people who want to learn German go to Gothe Institute. Gothe Institute is the official language learning center from the German Government. In the institute, the learner will not only learn the German language but also German culture. However, the program is expensive. The methods you have reviews might be a cheap alternative.
I’ve also seen Goethe institutes in many places. It can be good to some extent but as you said, online resources are cheaper (and most of the time even more effective also).