Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is Pukka German for?

    Our lessons are aimed at independent learners of German of all ages from intermediate to advanced levels. Whether you are a student, business professional or a language afficionado, you will find plenty of useful material on the site to help you speak more fluent and interesting German.

    We do not teach beginner German so you will need to have the basics under your belt already to get the most from our podcast and online quizzes. Beginners can find some excellent German learning resources in our Amazon store so feel free to have a look around. We also highly recommend: Rocket German and Tell Me More to get your German off to a flying start.

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  • What is a podcast?

    Podcasting lets you automatically receive the latest episode of your chosen programme as soon as it's available. You need to "subscribe" to receive a podcast, rather like you might subscribe to a magazine and get it delivered each week. An important difference is that all of Pukka German's podcasts are free, and you can stop receiving the files at any time.

    In order to sign up for a podcast you need an internet connection and podcast software, which is usually available free of charge. This software can check our website for new episodes and automatically download them for you.

    The iTunes music player does an excellent job of managing podcast subscriptions and can be downloaded free: download iTunes

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  • Why use podcasts for language learning?

    Podcasting is transforming language learning for millions of people across the globe. Podcasting gives you free access to language lessons, which can be worked through at your own pace and in the comfort of wherever you happen to be.

    Audio podcasting is a very natural medium for language learning and is much better for teaching pronunciation and audio comprehension than traditional language learning from books. What's more, it's really simple. All you need is access to the internet and a healthy dose of enthusiasm!

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  • Do I need an iPod or MP3 player to listen to podcasts?

    No, you don't.

    You can listen to our podcasts directly from our website or you could choose to download the files and listen to them on your home computer with a media player (Windows Media Player or iTunes for example).

    The advantage of transferring the downloads onto a portable player is that you can take your audio with you to learn on the move, wherever you want and at a time that suits you.

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  • What is RSS?

    RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is the technology that makes podcast subscriptions possible. By using RSS you can see when new internet content has been added to your favourite websites.

    You can get the latest Pukka German podcasts, as soon as they are published, without having to check manually every day. To do this you subscribe to an RSS document, which is sometimes called a "feed", using a “podcatcher”. This is a piece of software (like iTunes) that checks RSS feeds for new content.

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  • How do I subscribe to the podcast?

    To start the subscription, click the yellow button above, which will take you to our feed document. There we've provided one-click subscription buttons for the most popular feed reading software (or "podcatchers"). If you haven't already got a podcatcher, most are free to download.

    To subscribe manually simply add our RSS feed URL ( into your podcatcher and it does the rest for you.

    For those of you who think RSS stands for Really Scary Stuff we've also provided the possibility of receiving our podcast direct to your email inbox. Just enter your email address into the Email Subscription Request form.

    You could also choose not to subscribe at all and instead just bookmark our site and be sure to remember to drop by regularly.

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  • How do I unsubscribe from a podcast?

    Unsubscribing from a podcast will depend on the podcatcher software that you are using but here are some general guidlines:

    Select the undesired podcast (feed), in your podcatcher. Look for commands or buttons with "unsubscribe", "delete", "remove", "remove selected feed" or similar sounding text and carry out the action. Sometimes simply selecting the feed and hitting the delete key will do the trick.

    If you are subscribed by email just use the unsubscribe link provided at the bottom all emails you receive.

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  • What is the difference between a podcast subscription and a Pro membership?

    Subscribing to our audio podcasts is completely free and is a time saver and convenience more than anything else. It just means that each new Pukka German episode will be automatically downloaded by your preferred podcast software as soon as it becomes available on our website. If you listen to several different podcasts regularly, this saves you from manually having to visit the different host websites to check for fresh content. Of course you could choose not to subscribe and instead just visit our website to access the latest audio files.

    Our Pukka Pro Members enjoy unrestricted access to extra learning material in the form of online quizzes to practice and reinforce our weekly podcast content. The range and diversity of these weekly online activities enables our Pro members to practice the new material and assimilate the new vocabulary with ease. For pricing and more detailed information please see our membership page.

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  • What are the benefits and cost of becoming a Pukka Pro Member?

    Our Pukka Pro Members enjoy unrestricted access to additional learning material in the form of online quizzes. These include crosswords, scrambled sentences, gap fill exercises, flash cards and more. The quizzes enable our Pro members to practice and perfect the new German vocabulary taught in our podcast. Our Pukka Pro members save time and improve their German much faster, remember the cool stuff that they learn, practice word order, grammar and learn synonyms.

    For pricing and more detailed information please visit our membership page.

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  • What is the Members Info Panel?

    Following the Pukka Pro Member signup process you will receive an email confirming your username and password. Your membership details are available online via this link:

    Members lnfo Panel

    The Pukka Pro Members Info Panel has several functions:

    • It keeps track of all payments made to Pukka German.
    • It allows you to purchase a new membership product.
    • It has a link to allow you to edit your membership profile including your password and email address.

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  • How can I access additional podcast quizzes?
    Once you have signed up to access the quizzes for some of our podcasts, it's really easy to purchase access to additional quizzes. Just log into the Members Info Panel and access the "Add/ Renew Membership" drop down menu and select the required product and you'll be taken to PayPal to complete the ordering process.

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  • More questions?
    If you have further questions don't hesitate to drop us a mail. We'll be happy to hear from you and you can be sure that we'll help you out as best we can.

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Why Pukka German?

  • Increase your German fluency - and be more successful.

  • Learn the real lingo of native Germans - because nobody speaks textbook German.

  • Get expressive with idioms and proverbs - because you don't have to say a lot, to say a lot!

  • Integrate with German colloquialisms - by demonstrating your understanding of local German culture.

  • Have a laugh with German slang - while gaining rapport and making German friends.

  • Let out the German in you! - and earn street cred!

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