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One brilliant and underrated way of improving your German comprehension skills is by listening to podcasts. Even if you can’t understand absolutely everything, it can be a nice way escaping the stale world of Grammar books and understanding how Germans actually speak. Our student Bea Beressi has selected her five favourite podcasts for us! 

1. Durch die Gegend

Host and producer Christian Möller interviews activists, artists and public figures and intellectuals. The interviews take place in the interviewee’s home city, and so you get to know a new person and and new city at the same time!

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2. Der Lila Podcast

Three feminist role models - Susanne Klingner, Katrin Rönicke, Barbara Streidl- are the voices of the Lila Podcast, a weekly proramme which explore issues related to contemporary woman-hood. The hosts strike nice balance between the factual and the personal.

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3. Kiezrekorder

Berlin can feel like a vast and anonymous place, especially when you have just arrived. In Kiezrekoder, Nicolas Semak and Christoph Michael combat the depersonalisation of the mega city . They introduce us to a fireman, a blind pianist, to people ordinary and extraordinary. Through the intimate interviews, the flavour and character of people’s lives comes to light.

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4. Einschlafen Podcast

The German answer to Drew Ackerman’s “Sleep with Me Podcast”.  Toby Baier has a lovely soothing voice, and his monologues are calming and sweet-sleep enducing.

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5. Taxizentrale

Another “on the go” podcast - David Kraus and Max Ulrich take a taxi trip through different parts of Berlin with fascinating and entertaining people. It is really entertaining, and also a brilliant way of getting to know the city better!

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