Compelling content for German

i started learning German from scratch a few months ago. so far, i have used assimil, linguaphone, mini stories on lingq and Olly`s short stories. However, these contents were too far away from being compelling. Listening to these again and again kills my passion for the language. As Steve always says, we need compelling and authentic content. Can you guys recommend that kind of content for A2-B1 level. Thanks.

not sure if this helps but I like to read the news so I import news content from the LingQ news to import page. Ive found real interesting stuff to read form that.


Try the ‘Dino’: Learn German With Stories’ series by André Klein. They have ’adult content’ and plenty of humour, tracing the misadventures of a young language learner from Sicily in several German cities. You can get most of the books in paperback or on kindle, but also with Herr Klein reading them on audible, so you can ‘listen’, ‘read’ or ‘read and listen’ as you prefer. His latest in the Dino series is ‘Lockdown in Liechtenstein’ and a recent book was ‘Digital in Dresden’, so they are certainly based on contemporary themes. He has also this year self-published a book ‘Easy German Dialogues’ aimed at beginners and intermediates.
What is ‘compelling’ is so very personal!
I find more than enough compelling content is on the lingq daily newsfeed - just think of what you would need to pay for all those newspaper and magazine subscriptions! Skip anything you think might be boring. And even if you find the photo for that news item is just ‘click bait’ exercise your own judgment to quit at any point and move on to something else.
Then there is the capacity to trawl the entire internet and look for subjects you are personally interested in so that you can import them into lingq. Creating your own ‘specialist’ content is invariably much more interesting than following what some course designer thinks you might be interested in…


You can try my German courses for beginners A1/A2.
They are quite easy:

Deutsch von Anfang an:

Erste Sätze:

Deutsch für Anfänger:

Kleine Dialoge:

Erste Deutschstunden für Ausländer:

Meine ersten Texte:


Maybe import television series episodes from ZDF German TV channel and work through text over here. This way you will be exposed to the spoken form of the language. You will find something there that piques your interest and then there are free ebooks available that you can import based on your interest. I do not know if level A2-B1 really matters. With so many tools we have on lingq, we can decipher the materials with the help of using bilingual text. For example, I read the book “Permanent Record” by Edward Snowden in English as I really am into data privacy topic and what secret agencies can do with the data that we share with websites like Amazon, Facebook, Apple, etc So I read the book here in German (imported ebook in German, you can purchase it from, and following along audiobook from Spotify(freely available). It was the most rewarding thing I had done in a foreign language like German. In the end, I realize that words are just carriers they have no power without thoughts. And, we humans either Germans, Turkish, or Pakistanis, are exposed to the same chunks of the thought patterns. It is just that we just use different word carriers for expressing the same thought patterns.


Yeah, I do have the same problem but you need to be patient. If you are a beginner you need to go through boring stuff until you have enough vocabulary to search for what you really like and have more flexibility. (Steve also says this).

Probably this happens when you are at 10k known words but not really sure about it. I don’t like to search for too many words if I want to read something I like and at 4k I’m still too behind. Like @ajaz0810, I like read the news but for now there are still too many things and words I don’t know and not enough daily time to learn them. But I’ll get there with patience.

Or, you could start focusing on what you really like as a subject and force yourself to go through the initial vocabulary that you don’t know. After a while the words on a specific subject are always the same and you’ll enjoy more about that content. My 2 cents!


Dino lernt Deutsch series as someone already mentioned in my opinion is excellent for this level. Following that is another series for intermediate learners…Baumgartner and Momsen Detective stories. I’ve started the latter, but haven’t gotten far (too many resources to choose from !).

I’d say the majority of my reading at your level was at You can import the article and they have the article read in a slow manner. You can download this and upload to LingQ. There are 5-7 new articles a week on various things.

Evgueny mentioned his content on LingQ which is excellent. Vera has some very good content too.

So honestly, not real need to repeat…there is so much content. A lot of folks here don’t repeat anything. You’ll see the common words in other lessons and content so you will naturally get “repetition” of words, but in different contexts which will also help to solidify.

I personally do like to repeat some of the shorter content, but I won’t do it more than a handful of times over the course of a week (note…i’m maybe spending about a half hour a day on various content).

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If you’ve already done Assmil then you’re familiar with the concept of comparative reading – text on one side, translation on the other. You can do the same thing with books and audiobooks. You don’t have to suffer through boring beginners content, you already have the basics down, just start reading and listening to books.


think you could also start watching some arte documentries are now on youtube aswell…
since arte is multilanguange channel for the most part i think there should be subtitels
not sure if it is geolocked might need a vpn but gives a big library plenty of diffrent topics from technical to more foodvlog/travelvlog style stuff like Zu Tisch in … ( about half an hour , visiting a region and eating some regional dishes )
videos between 10min - 1 hour in lenght
if that is still to hard maybe arte junior might be better to start about 1-5 min long videos for kids

I’d recommend (1) first to figure out what you actually find compelling. Tip: look at what you’re watching/reading in your native language. (2) Select specific key words and translate them into German. (3) Search YouTube for videos with CC. (4) Import it and read, listen, read.

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I have also started a few months ago like you. If you have Netflix, I’d suggest you to try to find some good series there. E.g. I am watching “Dark” and importing every episode in LingQ and going through it sentence by sentence. Of course it depends if in your country you have the German version and the German subtitles available.

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I’m still getting to A2 and I’m currently enjoying Brian Smith’s books: e.g. Brian Smith He also has also recordings, so you can hear online for free first and decide if they are at the right level. Elegant Wedding Invitations - Customize & Print or Download The intermediate book is a bit of a stretch for me, so might be the right level for you.

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