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How to improve your German reading skills

Reading in German is one of the best ways of improving your German language learning skills, and over the course of this article, we’ll offer you some recommendations that we’re sure you’ll find useful. There are four fundamentals that form the foundations of learning any new language: Speaking, listening, writing, and reading, and although it’s reading that we’re going to look at  here, you’ll see how reading in German underpins the other three.

As a German language student in the live online virtual classroom at Linguru, you’ll soon grow to appreciate that one of the best ways of strengthening your learning is through reading. Reading is great, not just in helping you to learn German but also as a means of discovering the culture that lies behind the language. When you are reading in German, you can set your own pace, secure in the knowledge that you’re not in a competition to finish first! Although reading in German, if it’s not your first language, may seem intimidating at first, these feelings will soon pass as you fall into the beat of the book, newspaper, magazine, website, blog or whatever it is that takes your fancy. And the more you read in German, the easier reading in German will become!

Many German language students find that blogs written in German are an especially effective learning resource for reading in German. Blogs are invariably written in a natural, colloquial fashion that in some ways replicates the patterns of normal, everyday speech.  

Reading the news in German is a great way of keeping up to speed with current affairs and giving you a more rounded understanding of Germany’s place in the world. The news also introduces you to a variety of topics and language that will help you to strike up rich and diverse conversations both inside the classroom and in your interactions with native German speakers in real world situations too. Der Spiegel is an excellent weekly German news magazine with a circulation of over 850,000 copies, making it the largest news magazine in Europe. Available in print copy or online, we strongly recommend it to our students. Deutsche Welle is an online news site with a really useful ‘Learn German’ section in which you will find news podcasts for ‘learning on the go’.

German picture books and comics are excellent resources for beginners. You probably used comics while learning to read in your own native tongue, so if you’re a complete novice to the German language, why not do the same?

The German language has a rich and diverse history of world-class literature. Pick a book where the subject matter interests you. For example, you may be familiar with the phrase Kafkaesque? It’s used to describe situations that are surreal or nightmarishly bizarre. It may be that you’ve already read some Kafka in your own native tongue. His novel The Trial regularly features high in lists of the greatest books of all time. How thrilling would it be to read it in its original German! Dual-language books, where you’re reading in two languages concurrently, are another way to improve your German reading skills, and it can be a big boost to your confidence when you realise just how much German you already understand!

When you’re reading in German, you’ll need a good dictionary by your side as there will be times when the dictionary will be your best friend. However, when you’re reading a text that’s not written in your native tongue, we recommend that you don’t reach for the dictionary every time you encounter a word where you’re unsure of its meaning. If you don’t follow this advice, you’ll bore yourself to sleep and lose all the pleasure you gain from reading. We suggest that you should only use the dictionary if you’re totally lost. Read methodically, don’t be in a rush, and you’ll soon find yourself easing into the German text. And remember, no matter how good a translation may be, it’s not the same as reading a book in the language in which it was written.

Improving your German reading skills will come more naturally and much quicker if you avoid the temptation to constantly translate what you’re reading back into your own language. When you’re reading in German, make sure to think in German too. Exactly the same principle applies with listening. You’re wasting your time and effort if you’re constantly translating what you’re reading or hearing back and forth. When you think in German, as you read in German, you’re training your mind to function in a bilingual way. This is the essential element of how to improve your German reading skills.

Another of the great benefits of reading in German for German language students is that you’ll find your vocabulary grows rapidly. And another handy tip, if you find you’re losing concentration, is to read aloud rather than silently in your head. This way, you’ll find yourself in harmony with the rhythm of the language.  Reading out loud also helps a lot with your German pronunciation.

Reading and writing go hand in hand, so as well as improving your German reading skills, you’ll have the added bonus of greatly improving your written German too.

Please don’t imagine that you will learn German just by reading. However, as a supplement to your German language classes at Linguru, we promise that reading in German will help you a lot.

Top twenty fun facts about Germany

This week, in a departure from our more educationally orientated articles, we’ve put together a list of top twenty fun facts about Germany that we think you, our readers, will find interesting. Lists of facts are highly individual and always controversial and no doubt yours will differ from ours, but here goes!

 

  1. Oktoberfest
    Every year, global pandemics aside, millions of Germans and tourists flock to Munich on their annual pilgrimage in worship of German beer! During the 2019 festival, 7.3 million litres of beer was consumed! Famed the world over for its beers, there are roughly 1,300 breweries in Germany producing over 5,000 different brands of beer. German beer takes a lot of beating!
     
  2. The German automobile industry
    Germany is one of the world’s biggest car producers. Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen are recognized world-wide for the superb quality of manufacture, luxury, and performance.
     
  3. Birkenstock sandals, founded in Germany nearly 250 years ago, are acknowledged the world over as the finest sandals and one of the most popular of German brands. Sported on the feet of the likes of Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow from the worlds of high fashion, or as comfy summer footwear for the ordinary ‘everyman’, “Birks” are synonymous with convenience and comfort.
     
  4. When JFK visited Berlin in 1963 against the backdrop of the Berlin wall, he declared the immortal lines “Ich bin ein Berliner” as a statement of solidarity, little realising that he had inadvertently declared himself to be a ‘jelly doughnut”!
     
  5. German is the most widely taught third language in the world.
     
  6. The German football team has never lost a penalty shootout in the World Cup, winning all four in which it has taken part.
     
  7. The Brother’s-Grimm fairy tales, such as Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty and countless more have been translated into over 100 languages. Their magical tales have delighted and inspired generations of children and many have been turned into films and cartoons by Walt Disney and others.
     
  8. Sausages! A rare case when wurst is best. Germany makes the best sausages in the world. No argument. Of the 1,200 different kind of sausage made in Germany, among the best known are Bratwurst, Blutwurst, Frankfurter, Knackwurst, Weisswurst and Weißwurst to name but a few.
     
  9. Sauerkraut has become, in recent years, been considered a ‘superfood’. Highly regarded for its significant health benefits. A low-calorie food, rich in essential vitamins, incredibly nutritious, as well as delicious, eating Sauerkraut helps strengthen the immune system and improve digestion.
     
  10. Christmas trees were introduced to the UK in 1848 by Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coberg and Gothe. Can you imagine Christmas without a Christmas tree? It’s thanks to Germany that these festive firs became the centrepieces of Christmas celebrations across the world.
     
  11. Donau­dampf­schifffahrts­elektrizitäten­haupt­betriebs­werk­bau­unter­beamten­gesellschaft at79 letters is the longest word to ever be published. It’s a compound word that roughly translates in English as Association for Subordinate Officials of the Main Maintenance Building of the Danube Steam Shipping Electrical Services
     
  12. Germany shares borders with nine other countries: Denmark, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
     
  13. Aspirin was invented by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. Probably the most widely used drug over the counter drug in the world with around 100 billion pills taken each year, aspirin, a ‘wonder-drug’ if ever there was, is used in the treatment of everything from headaches to heart attacks and strokes.
     
  14. Bread. Each region of Germany produces its own special variety of bread. Indeed, there are over 300 different varieties of bread in Germany. These range from the light, wheat breads in the south to the dark, heavy breads in the north. For Germans, bread isn’t just part of the daily diet, it’s very much a part of the culture.
     
  15. Freikoerperkultur (bare body culture), or nudism to you and me, is very much a part of German culture! So, don’t be unduly alarmed by the sight of public parks in summer filled with people wearing nothing more than a smile!
     
  16. Classical music. Nobody can be unaware of the influence that Germany has had on classical music. No other country on earth can boast such musical maestros as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Wagner etc. But Germany has had an immeasurable impact on the modern music scene too. Kraftwerk were the pioneers of electronic music and the band’s work has influenced a diverse range of genres including synth-pop, hip-hop, techno and club music.
     
  17. Beer is considered a staple food in Bavaria! Known as ‘liquid bread’, a traditional hearty Bavarian Weißwurst breakfast includes sweet mustard, a pretzel and Bavarian wheat beer.
     
  18. David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy: Low, Heroes, and Lodger are considered musical highpoints of the great man’s career.
     
  19. University tuition fees were abolished in Germany in 2014, making university study free for Germans and internationals alike. So, if you’re looking for cost-free, first class tertiary education, there are few, if any, better places to do so than in Germany!
     
  20. Scorpions. Influential Heavy metal German rockers Scorpions achieved world-wide success and critical acclaim for their seminal single ‘Wind of Change’ in 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent reunification of Germany. It has been strongly rumoured in recent times that the CIA wrote, or played a role in the writing of this unforgettable politically and culturally influential ballad as a means of implanting the idea of change into the minds of the millions of fans; though these rumours are strongly denied by Scorpions band leader Klaus Meine.

What type of language learner are you?

Everyone possesses their own individual style of learning that suits them best. For instance, some people will pick up the lyrics to a song by googling them and committing them to memory, whereas others will be able to remember the lyrics simply by listening to the song. Some of us may prefer audiobooks to sitting down and reading a novel. Over the course of this article, we’ll explore the various different types of learner to help you to determine what type of language learner you are. This knowledge can be put to great use for students learning German at Linguru, as identifying the category you fall into will help you direct your study and facilitate your learning.

 

Taken from the examples given above, if you’re the type of person who finds it easier to learn lyrics by googling them, or you prefer reading actual books to listening to audiobooks, you’re almost certainly a visual learner. The majority of us (around 65% of the population) are visual learners, and as such tend to learn best by using texts, images, pictures, visual media etc to commit information to memory. This is because visual learners are literally able to visualise things in their minds. For visual learners, visualisation is at the core of the way they learn. It’s just the way their brains are wired! Visual learners may find lectures and lessons tedious and their minds wandering unless the lessons are accompanied by visuals. Therefore, it’s important for students learning German to recognize whether they’re visual learners, as if this sounds like you, then you should approach your learning with an image-heavy and text focused format.

 

Auditory learners find that listening is the key that unlocks the door to learning German. Auditory learners find it easier understanding spoken instructions than being given written ones.

We are all auditory learners to a greater or lesser extent. However, auditory learners find it just that little bit easier than visual learners to pick up the nuances of pronunciation and remember information by listening to the spoken word. For this reason, auditory learners may find themselves at something of an advantage when learning a new language such as German. In addition, with the advent of new technologies, there are a wide variety of excellent learning resources from which auditory learners will gain great benefit. Podcasts, language apps, audiobooks, video-based programmes such as those available on YouTube and so on. It’s important that auditory learners don’t rely on audio alone. The audio-approach to learning can gloss over important areas such as grammar, which is a crucial factor in the learning process. Knowledge of vocabulary without the rules of grammar is like having a body without its skeleton intact. It’ll collapse!

 

Haptic or Kinesthetic learning is learning through touch. In other words, taking a tactile approach to learning. Tactile learners find learning in the classroom more difficult than auditory or visual leaners, largely because they find sitting down, listening, and reading and writing boring! Kinesthetic learners vastly prefer a hands-on approach to learning. Learning by doing is their preferred approach. Rather than sitting in a chemistry classroom being taught about the anatomy of a rat, the Kinesthetic learner would prefer to dissect the rat! Tactile learners acquire and retain information by physically performing tasks and being actively involved. Tactile learners are excellent at note taking, as they’re hands are constantly occupied and therefore the brain is fully engaged. But tactile learners do find it troublesome sitting still!

 

Below is a very useful link to a simple online test produced by Arden University that will establish which of the learning categories above you fall into. And as an added bonus, once you have completed the test, there are lots of handy tips and suggestions, based on your learning category, to help you with your German language learning and learning in general:

 

https://arden.ac.uk/what-type-learner-are-you

Strategies for learning German vocabulary

No matter whether you’re a beginner or more advanced learner, if there’s one thing that everyone learning German has in common it’s the need to expand their German vocabulary. This, above all else, must be the top priority. Learning new German vocabulary can either be a dull, plodding, ponderous experience (writing lengthy lists of vocabulary and going over it again and again is a great cure for insomnia!), or an interesting, enriching, and rewarding adventure! At Linguru, we prefer to help our students make it the latter! So, below we’ve come up with some suggestions of strategies for learning the German vocabulary to help make it an easy and enjoyable process.

Mnemonic techniques are a fantastic way of helping students to grow their vocabulary. Mnemonics are systems for improving and assisting the memory. In a practical sense, a mnemonic is a tool that helps us to remember facts and information. Mnemonics come in various forms such as songs, rhymes, images, and phrases and are invaluable tools in language acquisition, especially as using mnemonic devices are a really fun way to learn. Here’s a very well-known example of a rhyming mnemonic (in English) that provides you with the date you need to memorise in a way you won’t forget: ‘In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the Ocean blue’. An example of a song mnemonic is the ever-popular A-B-C method that children are taught to memorise the alphabet. You can put just the same mnemonic technique to use by putting German vocabulary into a song! It’s really that simple. Mnemonics are particularly useful when memorising vocabulary.

One of the secrets to developing good mnemonic techniques for German vocabulary is to convert words into images. For example, the German word for table is Tisch. Think of a word that’s similar to Tisch and form an association, if you’re a native language English speaker, with the word ‘dish’. Where are dishes served? At the table! Easy, huh? The same principle works for much longer, more complex words than Tisch. By breaking words down into their constituent parts, it becomes simple and fun to memorize them through association.

Quizlet is an online study application that students find incredibly helpful when learning German vocabulary or any other language. With a database of literally millions of study-sets that cover thousands of topics, Quizlet uses modern technologies including text to speak audio, images, interactive diagrams, and progress tracking to make studying both engaging and fun. Available to download on any Smartphone, tablet or PC, Quizlet is an immediately accessible, excellent tool for vocabulary retention. Students can create their own custom-made flashcards on Quizlet or access premade study sets that other students have created. It’s an excellent way to ‘learn on the go’. Linguru highly recommend Quizlet to students seeking strategies for learning the German vocabulary outside the live online Linguru virtual classroom.

One very successful way of memorizing vocabulary is the good old fashioned tried and tested method of using post-it notes. Write down the words you want to memorise and stick them all around your home! Once you’ve covered your fridge, doors, tables, chairs etc with post-it notes you’ll be amazed how quickly the words become embedded in your memory. And perhaps you could consider making a poster out of the notes once they’ve served their purpose and pinning the poster to a wall; then start all over again! Post-it notes are a godsend for memorising German vocabulary, literally making words stick!

And allied to post-it notes are flashcards. Simply make yourself a set of flashcards, or better still, download one of the many apps available. MosaLingua is an excellent online learning platform that specialises in helping German language students learn vocabulary. It comes with pre-made flashcards for useful words and phrases that you’ll find yourself using all the time. Just glancing through your flashcards for ten or fifteen minutes a day will be sufficient to embed vocabulary into memory.

If you’re using handmade flashcards or post-it notes to memorize vocabulary, we’d recommend that you that you group together similar concepts. We learn much quicker when there’s a theme to our learning, such as objects in the house. Verbs related to daily activities and so on.

Repetition is a vital strategy for learning German vocabulary. Any word you want to learn, just get into the habit of saying out loud, and doing so over and over again. Repetition is good, and it’s something you can practice all the time. Practice makes perfect!

Something we’d discourage is overloading your brain with new vocabulary. If you try to memorize fifty words a day, your brain will become over-burdened with information and jeopardise the entire learning process. As a strategy for learning German vocabulary, we’d recommend you limit yourself to learning ten to twenty words per day maximum. Even at the lower end of the scale, you’ll still be learning 70 words a week, 280+ words a month. Native German speakers will only use approximately 5,000 active words themselves, so knowledge and fluency will come much faster than you’d expect, even if you’re a complete beginner.

Four Fantastic YouTube channels to learn German

Since it was founded in 2005, YouTube has evolved into the second most widely visited site on the entire internet. Only Google ranks ahead of YouTube. As of February 2017, there were over 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute of the day and over a billion hours of content watched daily! Unsurprisingly, it’s become an exceptionally valuable resource for the hundreds of thousands of people across the world who each year embark on learning a new language. Over the course of this article, we’ll take a look at a few fantastic YouTube channels to learn German and supplement your online learning in the virtual classroom at Linguru.

Easy German: takes a unique approach to learning German. Renowned for its ‘learn German in the streets’ interview approach, Easy German has a massive following of over 950,000 subscribers.  In each video, the hosts quite literally walk the streets of Berlin, having conversations with random people, and posing questions such as ‘What are you doing today’ ‘How to make small talk in Germany’,  ‘What Germans find annoying about Germany’,   ‘How do you stay happy in Germany’ ‘How to survive a German winter’ ‘Are you a typical German’ and so on. Since its launch, Easy German has posted 593 videos, each of which addresses an interesting, everyday topic. Each video has subtitles in English and German and it’s a fantastic series to follow for German language learners who are interested in hearing German spoken as it is on the streets. Hugely entertaining and educational, Linguru can’t recommend it too highly.  

DW Deutsch is a German public broadcast service with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, DW is a really useful YouTube learning resource, providing a wealth of information and educational support. Examples of just a few of the topics covered by DW Meet the Germans include ‘German Homes: How the Germans live’, ‘German Film & TV’, ‘Women in Germany: Jobs, politics, sex and tomatoes!’ ‘German books and reading habits’ ‘Fun facts about health care in Germany’ ‘Seeing the funny side of the German language’ and dozens and dozens more. For an introduction into the German way of life and what to expect, DW-Meet the Germans practically offers a full immersion channel to gain a really good insight into German people and culture.

ARTEde is a German/French public service channel on YouTube that features two audio tracks and two subtitle tracks, each in German and French. Offering viewers serious educational content in super simple animated style, the channel is really useful for Franco/German language learners and vice-versa.  

Learn German is German learning made easy for learners of all age groups and levels. Learn German uses short videos and a simple structure that covers vocabulary, grammar, and phraseology. Its course format is designed for beginner (Levels A1 A2), through intermediate learner (B1 B2) all the way up to advanced (A1 A2).

As an adjunct to learning German online at Linguru, we strongly recommend that you spend as much time as you can spare supporting your studies with a variety of learning resources. The four fantastic YouTube channels to learn German listed above are all great for that.

Famous Germans who shaped the world

Undisputedly, Germany and its people have had a powerful influence on the modern world. From arts and culture, science, religion, literature, philosophy, sport, industry, politics, medicine, and inventors. Think of any subject you care to and you won’t have to delve too deep before finding Germans are at or near the forefront. Over the course of this article, we’ll take a look at a few Germans who shaped the world we live in today.

Famous German Inventors:

Engineering genius Rudolf Diesel, born in Bavaria in 1868, set out with the goal to build a high compression, self-igniting engine that would be infinitely more energy efficient than the conventional steam engines of the time. Diesel settled on an oil-based fuel that was ignited by the very high temperatures resulting from compression. The result was the diesel engine, which remains with us today and has revolutionised industries such as transport and construction.  

The Electron Microscope is one of the most important inventions of the twentieth century and has quite literally changed the way we see the world. Invented in the 1930s by Max Knoll and Ernst Ruska, it allows objects to be magnified up to 10 million times and has changed forever and for better the fields of biology and life sciences.

The Printing Press, invented by the father of book printing Johannes Guttenberg in around 1440, started the Printing Revolution and has had an incalculable impact on the evolution of the modern world.

Famous German Composers:

Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Wagner. There’s no disputing that Germany has produced many of the greatest composers of all; famous Germans who have shaped the world of classical music.

Famous German Philosophers:

Germany has been given the tag, ‘country of poets and thinkers.’ Let’s take a look at the ‘thinkers’ first:  Leibniz, Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Heidegger, Kant, Nietzsche, Karl Marks, Wittgenstein…these are just a few of the great German philosophers and thinkers whose work has had a profound and lasting influence on the world of philosophy social and political thinking.

Famous Germans writers:

By 2009, the Nobel Prize for Literature had been awarded to German authors 13 times! A testament, if ever there was, to the greatness of German Literature! Goethe is Germany’s equivalent to Shakespeare. His best-known work, Faust, remains hugely popular today and is the basis for numerous literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works that have reinterpreted it through the ages. Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, was a novelist and poet whose most popular know works explored an individual’s search for truth, self-knowledge, and spirituality. Christa Wolf was the best-known writer to emerge from East Germany, her highly acclaimed novels gained huge popularity in the 70’s and 80’s. Franz Kafka is widely regarded as one of the major literary figures of the 20th century. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, exploring themes such as existential angst, guilt, absurdity, and alienation. Kafka’s most well-known novel, The Trial, features high among most lists of the greatest novels ever written.

Famous German filmmakers and actors

Marlene Dietrich, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Michael Haneke, Christoph Waltz, Roland Emmerich and Wolfgang Petersen to name a few, are all icons of German cinema with big international reputations. Hans Zimmer is one of the most sought-after film composers. German cinema made major artistic and technological contributions to the early days of cinema and the German film industry soon became the largest in Europe. German Expressionism was a major influence on the Hollywood of the 1920’s and 30’s. To this day, the annual Berlin International Film Festival remains one of the leading film festivals in the world.  

Famous German sportsmen

Where to start? The list is practically endless! Schumacher, Vettel, Becker, Steffi Graf, Katarina Witt, Oliver Kahn, Klinsmann, Beckenbauer, Langer, Angelique Kerber, etc… German sportspersons have made a name for themselves all over the world with their successes.

Famous German entrepreneurs

Karl Friedrich Rapp, founder of what was later to become BMW. Hugo Boss, founder of the most luxurious fashion brand in the world. Rudolph Dassler, founder of the Puma sports brand and his brother, ‘Adi’ who founded Adidas. Karl Albrecht, founder of the Aldi discount supermarket chain. Carl Benz, founder of Mercedes Benz.

A few other famous Germans!

Heidi Klum, Claudia Schiffer, and Karl Lagerfeld from the fashion industry. Angela Merkel, the most powerful female politician in the world. Albert Einstein, arguably the most important physicist of all time. Max Planck, the originator of Quantum Theory.  Martin Luther, theologian, and seminal figure in the Reformation!

During the course of this article, we have barely touched the sides of famous Germans who have shaped the world in which we live. The Germany of the 21st century is a prosperous, thriving, multicultural nation that opens its arms to people of all colours, creeds and backgrounds who share the country’s values of freedom and equal opportunity for all. So much is spoken of ‘the American Dream’, but it could equally well apply to Germany too. So, for all language learners with an ambition for self-improvement, and enhanced employability opportunities we offer you this one simple message: Learn German live online in the virtual classroom at Linguru and discover the country and its culture yourself!

How to make learning German easy

By enrolling at Linguru to learn German online, you’ve already made the best decision you’ll ever make in terms of how to make learning German easy!

Until relatively recently, students choosing to learn a new language have traditionally travelled to the country in which the language is spoken in its native tongue. Many language schools boast that this the best and fastest way to learn a new language. But is this really true? At Linguru, we say categorically not!

First off, there’s the cost of travel to consider, add to that the cost and hassle of finding suitable accommodation. And then think about all that time wasted getting to and from the language school each day, not to mention the culture shock of suddenly finding yourself on your own in a country where you’re unfamiliar with the language, customs, and food and people! And then, of course, there’s the nagging worry of Covid-19 and the fearful impact and uncertainty that it’s placed on foreign travel. By choosing to learn German at Linguru, you’ve made a great choice in how to make learning German easy.

In the Linguru Virtual Classroom, you will be able to enjoy nearly all of the benefits of traditional language study travel but without the stress and strain of travelling abroad and the vastly increased expense involved. Linguru’s prices are very pocket friendly! Above all, learning German at Linguru is just so convenient.

Here are a few extra tips for how to make learning German easy:

  • Remember your objectives. You’ve made the decision to learn German for a good reason. Perhaps it’s to improve your career prospects, or maybe you want to live and work in Germany. There are innumerable reasons for learning German. Remind yourself frequently of your goal, it’s the best way to remain motivated!
  • Practice your German every day! Don’t let a day go by without practising what you’ve learned in the live online virtual classroom.  Stay motivated (your native German speaking teacher at Linguru will ensure you do!), keep track of your learning and complete your homework with the Shared Course Cloud.
  • Use the free Linguru workshops to supplement and support your learning. There’s a huge amount of free added value to the live online lessons, and it’s all easily accessible for students at the simple click of a key. The workshops are specifically designed to help students identify areas of weakness and address them immediately!
  • Make the most of the Linguru community feature. While learning German at Linguru, you will be in the same small class group throughout the duration of your course. You’ll make friends with classmates from all over the world, sharing the same common goal of learning German. The Linguru community enables students to firm up friendships and share and exchange ideas about their studies outside the confines of the classroom.
  • One of the keys to learning how to make learning German easy is to set aside any preconceptions that it’s hard to learn! This may sound simplistic but be assured that it’s true. The sooner you come to appreciate this, the easier your learning will become. German is a phonetic language, meaning that it’s almost always pronounced in the same way that it’s written. This works in reverse too, as when you hear a German word, odds are it will be spelt just as it sounds!
  • Don’t panic when you start to tackle German grammar. We know by now that German nouns are masculine, feminine, or neutral, so it’s a good idea to learn your nouns with the correct article from the outset. Learn your modal verbs too. Modal verbs are those frequently used ‘can, may, might, must’ verb forms. You’ll be amazed just how much fluency you’ll achieve in next to no time once you’ve learned to conjugate modals.
  • Don’t let anxiety over making mistakes stop you from speaking in German. You’re human, you are going to make mistakes, it’s through our mistakes that we learn. So, don’t shy away from speaking in German from day one. You’ll be among classmates of a similar level to you and of course there will be anxieties, but never allow your fears of getting something wrong stop you from speaking up and making your voice heard. Be confident, and even if you don’t feel that way remind yourself of the old adage ‘fake it to make it’. The more German you speak, the easier you will find it to achieve your goals.
  • Immerse yourself in all things German: books, podcasts, music, newspapers, TV, film. Really focus on your objectives. Turn your home into a ‘little Germany’. You might even wish to switch your computer settings to German.
  • Keep a diary in German. Each day, jot down a few words about what you’ve learned, how your day has been, areas you need to work, phrases and new vocabulary you’ve picked up etc. You’ll find this immensely helpful and it’ll be a lovely record of the time you spend learning German in the virtual classroom at Linguru to look back through in the months and years to come.

With these tips and suggestions about how to make learning German easy, you’ll never come unstuck. And remember, the expert staff at Linguru are here to help you throughout your live online German language course, so if ever you feel you’re falling behind or running into difficulties, we will be only too pleased to help!

Best films to help you learn German

At Linguru, we encourage our students to find fun, constructive and imaginative ways to help them with their live online German classes. Watching the best German films is something that our students find exceptionally useful in expanding their German vocabulary and improving their knowledge and understanding of German people and culture. While watching German films, students are hearing colloquial German spoken in everyday contexts, and this is vital to developing a student’s ability to relate and communicate conversationally. So, we’ve compiled a few suggestions of some of the best German films as an aid for students learning German.

Depending on your level, you can watch along with subtitles (preferably in German) and pause or rewind if you find yourself getting lost. If only we could pause and rewind occasionally in real life! Netflix has a broad selection of German language films available to stream:

Oh Boy! (2012) The main character Niko embarks on an odyssey through Berlin, meeting old acquaintances and making new friends along the way. In episodic fashion, we learn about Niko's abandoned law studies, a difficult father-son relationship and an aimless search for the meaning of life.  Oh Boy! received six of the most coveted German Film Awards in 2013: LOLAS for Best Feature Film as well as for Best Director (Jan Ole Gerster), Best Screenplay (Jan Ole Gerster), Best Male Lead (Tom Schilling), Best Supporting Male (Michael Gwisdek) and Best Score (The Major Minors, Cherilyn MacNeil).

Rising High (2020) is a lively comedy thriller in which Viktor, a penniless but endearing young man, teams up with a pair of reckless buddies as they form a plan to scam the Berlin property market. Similar in style to the Guy Ritchie crime caper movies in the UK, the film is slick and rich in energy and humour. The storyline is quite complex, and the narrative is sharp and witty, so once again we’d recommend it for intermediate to advanced German language students, unless you’re planning on using subtitles.

My Führer (2007) is a highly amusing drama satire set in Germany at the end of 1944. A depressed Hitler (brilliantly portrayed by Helge Schneider) turns to a Jewish acting coach to help him prepare for his big New Year’s speech. Over the top funny, and heavily ironic, this movie is unafraid to tackle the humorous in the monstrous, and is unlikely to offend anyone, despite its potentially contentious subject matter.

Victoria (2015) In front of a Berlin club, the Spanish Victoria meets Boxer, Blinker, Fuss and Sonne. There is a direct spark between Sonne and Victoria, but there is no time for a classic romance. To settle an old score, the Berlin buddies have to embark on an illegal adventure - with Victoria as the driver. The film was shot as a 132-minute one-take and is well suited for German beginners due to its language mix of German and English. The dialogues are very authentic because the actors partly improvised!

Now we’ll take a look at few German classics that are available to stream on other platforms or can be purchased inexpensively online:

Das Boot (The Boat) 1981. A gripping, claustrophobic movie that’s packed with tension from start to end. Winning huge critical acclaim and six Oscar nominations and countless other awards, Das Boot is widely considered one of the finest films to have emerged from German cinema. The centrepiece of the film is an attack on an Allied convoy by the U-Boat referred to in the title. The craftsmanship of the direction, brilliant use of sound and dispassionate, verging on documentary style combine to make Das Boot an immensely sympathetic anti-war film of the very highest calibre. A must see for movie buffs and German language students, no matter what level. Whether watched with subtitles on or off, Das Boot is simply a masterpiece in the art of filmmaking.

Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) is a fast paced, thrills and spills ride about a woman frantically trying to save her boyfriend from execution by pulling together 100,000 Deutschmarks in twenty minutes. The intriguing storyline touches on themes of free-will vs determinism, and the relationship between chance and conscious intent. Further allusions to the supernatural, flash-forwards sequences, and the ingenious colour palette have led to comparisons with the Hitchcock classic Vertigo, and there can be no higher praise than that. The film contains a great deal of slang and various German colloquialisms, so you’ll need a phrase book by your side and possibly subtitles switched on.

Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) is a 1972 Fassbinder classic with an all female cast that explores themes of love, emotional co-dependency, claustrophobia and loneliness. Considered one of the landmark films of European cinema, the film firmly established Fassbinder as one of the great auteur directors of the twentieth century.

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) is an epic 1972 historical drama collaboration between the great German director werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski. After an initially lukewarm reception, the film has gained cult status and is acknowledged for its strong influence on later such diverse US classics Apocolypse Now, The Misssion and The Blair witch Project.

Taking time out to watch some of the best German films to help you learn German is a great way to pick up the distinctions of spoken German as you immerse yourself in a language that’s full of colloquialisms, humour, idioms and unusual proverbs!

Students at Linguru would be wrong if they thought that all they need to do to learn German is to watch a few movies! We’d encourage students to keep a dictionary and phrasebook by their side, and a notebook will come in handy too for jotting down unfamiliar words and phrases. But investing time in a few of the best German films, while studying German online in live classes at Linguru, is a really entertaining way of improving listening skills and developing understanding of spoken German.

Germanism: German words used in other languages

When students enrol at Linguru to learn German online in the live virtual classroom, they rapidly discover that Linguru provides the perfect online platform to learn German, and understand its importance, significance, and impact on all aspects of the world around us today.

Pretty much all of us who have holidayed in Europe and beyond will know just how much the German people love to travel. Can you remember a single holiday where you haven’t encountered German holidaymakers too? Well, it’s not just the German people who enjoy travelling. The German language has travelled far and wide too!

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to German language students when we consider for a moment just how many languages world-wide have Germanic roots. For example, English, with around 400 million native speakers, Dutch, with 25 million native speakers, Afrikaans (an offshoot of Dutch, call it ‘baby Dutch’ if you like) just under 8 million native speakers, all have their roots in West Germanic language. The Nordic nations: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland with a combined population well in excess of 20 million all evolved from North Germanic origins too.

Given just how widespread the German language has travelled across the world, it’s no small wonder that so many common German words continue to find universal usage in other languages that share German ancestry. Some German words have evolved slightly on their travels, but for much of the time they’ve remained largely intact!

German language students, even beginners, learning German online at Linguru, will discover that they already know more German than they think! Read on:

Let’s take a look at some examples of German words that just about everyone who speaks English will be familiar with:

Kindergarten, from kinder (children) garten (garden): child garden.

Wunderkind, from wunder (wonder) kind (child): wonderchild.

Angst: Fear!

Zeitgeist, from zeit (time) geist (spirit): spirit of the time.

Poltergeist, from polter (rumble) geist (spirit)

Kitsch: it’s a hard word to describe, but we know what it means when we see it! Cheap and nasty, lowbrow, made to appeal to the masses!

Doppelganger: Someone who is the spitting image of someone else!

Kapputt: Broken!

Schadenfreude: from schaden (damage) freude (joy): Taking pleasure in someone else’s misfortune!

This list could go on and on. For instance: Akzent/Accent, Banane/Banana, Blau/Blue, Doktor/Doctor, Glas/Glass, Freund/Friend, Eis/Ice etc…

And then, of course, there are innumerable words of German origin that remain wholly intact in translation into English. Here are just a few examples:  gas, frost, fit, gold, hammer, hotel, hand, intelligent, material, mild, minute, to name but a few of the hundreds and hundreds!

Now let’s look at a few examples of just how closely some very common German words resemble their English, Afrikaans, Frisian and Dutch counterparts:

Bringen (German) Bring (English) Bring (Afrikaans) Bringe (Frisian) Brengen (Dutch)

Finden (German) Find (English) Vind (Afrikaans) Fine (Frisian) Vind (Dutch)

Firma (German) Firm (English) Ferm (Afrikaans) Flink (Frisian) Firma (Dutch)

Funktion (German) Function (English) Funksie (Afrikaans) Funkjse (Frisian) Functie (Dutch)

Packen (German) Pack (English) Pak (Afrikaans) Pakke (Frisian) Pack (Dutch)

Vase (German) Vase (English) Faas (Afrikaans) Faas (Frisian) Vaas (Dutch)

Sommer (German) Summer (English) Somer (Afrikaans) Simmer (Frisian) Zomer (Dutch

Maus (German) Mouse (English) Muis (Afrikaans) Mus (Frisian) Muis (Dutch)

Foto (German) Photo (English) Foto (Afrikaans) Foto (Frisian) Foto (Dutch)

Lampe (German) Lamp (English) Lamp (Afrikaans) Lampe (Frisian) Lamp (Dutch)

Don’t imagine that German language, culture, and influence only extended to Western Europe and North America. Back in the 19th century, Japan chose to model their healthcare and university systems on Germany’s, and various words of Germanic origin slipped into the Japanese vocabulary. For instance, the Japanese word ‘Noiroze’ was derived from the German ‘Neurose’ (note the English similarity ‘neurosis’ to its German root!). Similarly, the German (and English again!) word ‘Organ’ is the root of the Japanese word ‘Orugoru’, and ‘Arbeit’ (‘work’ in German) led to ‘Arubeito’ in Japanese.

Germanism has spread its tentacles far and wide throughout the world. German language students will find the roots of many German words in languages as disparate as Arabic, Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish, and even a few words that have migrated into Chinese!  

Over the course of this article, we’ve just touched upon a few examples of how German has come to influence other languages that share common Germanic roots. We’ve also seen that many German words have been quite literally adopted directly from German into everyday speech of other languages. Germany isn’t just the third biggest exporter of goods and services in the world, among its foremost exports is its language!

Best German learning Apps

You want to learn German online? You’ve come to the right place! Linguru’s live lessons and free learning support system offer German language students a meticulously tailored online platform to learn German anytime, anyplace, anywhere! And the free workshops on topics such as grammar and pronunciation included in the package augment, consolidate, and accelerate the learning process.

However, one of our core principles is that we want to help you to help yourself on your journey to learn German. We offer the latest advanced and interactive learning materials for learning German, but we still want to present you with a few useful learning apps that can help you to assist your studies.

Let there be no mistake. No single language app, no matter how good it claims to be, is going to teach you German as effectively as face-to-face learning in the live online Linguru Virtual Classroom. Nevertheless, it is certainly useful to integrate a number of other learning sources into your learning routine.

50langauges is a really handy app, especially for beginners. For basic vocabulary, grammar and simple phrases, this free app is pretty good. Pronunciation lessons, vocabulary, and memory games such as pairing up pictures to words make 50langauges a simple, easy to use, enjoyable app.

Drops is an elegantly designed learning app that uses word puzzles and mnemonic association to make it feel like you’re playing a game rather than tackling a chore. Drops is useful at boosting vocabulary and offers a wide variety of topics to choose from. The quality of sound and pronunciation are excellent, and the hand drawn images for picture/word matching are appealing on the eye and helpful for the user to memorise vocabulary while having fun doing so. On the negative side, users can only use the free version of the Drops app for five minutes a day to access content. The paid for app allows users to spend as much time as they like on Drops is currently priced at around 10 euros a month, so the price can be off putting. Also, Drops only teaches you one verb form, so you’ll have to use other apps to conjugate.

Kahoot is a free, interactive quiz format that trains vocabulary, grammar and regional studies easily, quickly and with fun. The app is intuitive to use, gives immediate feedback and is well suited for learning progress monitoring. With complete question sets on all conceivable topics and possible levels, you can practise content directly and playfully, e.g. with multiple-choice questions on time.

Duolingo is arguably the best-known app on the market, which isn’t to say it’s the best! It’s available in paid for, ad free form at about 10 euros a month, or a free ad supported version. Compared with other paid apps Duolingo has significantly less content and as it relies on volunteer contributors, it can, at times turn up some rather obscure translations! Lessons on Duolingo range from listening exercises, flashcards and multiple-choice questions that help drum in key words and phrases. Duolingo also has a community feature that allows users to connect with fellow German language learners.

Memrise is primarily a vocabulary app, though it shares a number of similar features to Duolingo, such as flashcards and listening features. The app has some interesting features of its own, such as ‘Learn With Locals’ that pairs words and phrases with videos of native German speakers, speaking out loud. The Pro version is a paid for app but if you’re willing to put up with the adverts, you can download it for free, although users of the free version aren’t able to access all the activity features.

Language apps can be a useful supplement to the live online German classes taught in Linguru’s virtual classroom. They can all help in their different ways by improving your vocabulary and providing you with many useful phrases. However, despite their marketing claims that they will teach you German (or many other languages), language apps, no matter how good, can never replicate or replace the specialist structured online German language courses available to students at Linguru. Language apps are secondary language resources, as in order to learn German, it is essential that all four language learning aspects are met: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Only in the live virtual classroom at Linguru will students learn to master each of these and become confident and competent in German.

Advantages of Learning Online

The Covid-19 pandemic and the advent of new technology has literally turned the world on its head in recent times. Covid-19 has had a catastrophic effect on the Language Travel Industry, for the plain and simple reason that students have been unable to travel! And yet, the appetite for learning a new language remains much the same as ever!

Recognizing the limitations for language learners that government restrictions around the world have placed on foreign travel, Linguru, utilises the latest technological innovations to provide the real feel of the classroom for students learning German online.

In a recently published industry survey conducted on the impact of Covid-19 on the language school sector, over 93% of foreign language students were ‘satisfied’ or ‘better than satisfied’ with their online language learning experience. And bear in mind that these students were learning online at language schools that are traditionally reliant upon face-to-face, in-school learning programmes; unlike Linguru, which is a specialist German online learning school. 16% of respondents in the survey cited cost as the main benefit of online language learning, 23% cited the flexible timetables offered by schools and 61% cited learning from the comfort of your own home as the most significant benefit.

So, let’s dig a little deeper into the advantages of learning online:

Learning from the comfort and safety of your own home

This, as we’ve noted above, is unarguably one of the greatest advantages of learning German online. Imagine the convenience for students! Online language school learners can pitch themselves anywhere they like in their home, flip open their laptop and they’re ready to go! No need to dress up, you can learn German in your pyjamas if you feel like it! Indeed, once the world returns to something approaching normality, online language students can learn from practically anywhere, as long as they have a decent broadband connection.

Travel and costs

Travel and costs are inevitably considerations that confront all students wishing to learn a new language. Face-to-face online learning is considerably less expensive than traditional face-to-face learning, where students are required to travel to the country where the language is spoken. Just check out the prices at Linguru if you’re in doubt. Add to this the time, extra cost and hassle avoided by the fact that travel is taken out of the equation, and the advantages of learning a language live online just become more and more compelling.

Live online lessons that replicate traditional face-to-face learning

At Linguru, all live lessons are held in small groups of 6-8 students. Lessons are lively, fun (lots of games and quizzes), and fully interactive, and cover all the topic areas you need to successfully complete your course. Workbooks and all learning material are sent to students digitally, so there’s no need for students to be lugging round bags of heavy books. Your teacher will be speaking German on a native level and lessons will be conducted in German, but always at a pace to suit you.

Students find it easier to find their voice online

Studying in a classroom can, for some students, be an intimidating experience. When you’re learning a new language, it’s absolutely essential that you speak up and make your voice heard. Speaking in German is the best way of learning German. The live virtual classroom takes all the pressure off, and as students are already studying in a comfortable setting away from distractions and the anxieties of the traditional classroom, they will feel much more at ease. Students learning a language live online really do find it easier to find their voice, and with this comes added confidence, self-belief, and improved learning outcomes.  

Using other resources while learning

As students are learning on their laptops or tablets, they will have plenty of opportunity to make good use of the technology while in their virtual classroom. Suppose the teacher mentions something you’re not sure about such as a place name or an unfamiliar expression. Simply open a new tab on your browser and look it up! You wouldn’t be able to do this in a traditional classroom setting but you certainly can in the virtual classroom! All manner of online resources are available to help students that are an invaluable aid to learning.

Meeting new people and connecting with your classmates

Students will be in the same virtual class from day one at Linguru. The interaction students have in class with people from all over the world, with the shared common goal of learning German, enable them to make lasting friendships that will extend well beyond the virtual classroom. The ‘Linguru community’ feature facilitates students to stay in touch with each other outside the classroom, allowing students to bounce ideas off one another and hone their learning skills.

If you hadn’t thought about it before, you will certainly have recognized by now that there really are huge advantages of learning online!

Top 5 Advantages of learning German

Have you ever wondered what are the advantages of learning German? If you’ve been contemplating learning a new language for a while, but are finding it hard to make up your mind, over the course of this article, we’ll take a look at a handful  of the many real-world reasons why learning German will be a great decision for you, and one from which you’ll reap innumerable advantages throughout life.

1. German is the most widely spoken language in the EU

The first, and most obvious advantage of learning German is that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe, German is spoken not just in Germany, but in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein and many other pockets around Europe too.  German is one of the major languages of the world. Over 130 million people across the globe speak German as their mother tongue. It may surprise you to learn that there is a German speaking minority in 42 countries throughout the world! For example, in the US alone, there are over 1.4 native German speakers.

2. Expand your career opportunities

Another of the clear advantages of learning German, is that Germany is easily the dominant economic powerhouse of Europe with the fourth largest economy in the world. Just ponder, for a moment, a few of the international brands and industries that originate in Germany: BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagon, Porsche, Audi, Siemens, Adidas, Lidl, Aldi…  The list of familiar names goes on and on! The German job sector continues to thrive, and in terms of career opportunities being able to speak German will give you a huge advantage in your personal and professional development. Having German on your CV in this increasingly competitive world can really raise your profile and speaking German will help your career.

3. German is an easy language to learn for English speakers.

English and German are closely related languages and share the same roots, with common Germanic origins. English students learning German online at Linguru will rapidly recognize many similarities that make German easier to learn. Students will soon see that German grammar is very logical and compound words are really fun to learn too!  

4. Open the doors to much more of the internet.  

By learning German, you’ll also be giving yourself access to so much more content on the Internet. After English and just behind Russian, approximately 6% of all Internet content is in German. Also, Germany’s country domain of .de ranks exceptionally highly, giving Germany a strong Internet presence.   

5. Arts and culture and academia

Kafka, Goethe, Thomas Mann, Hesse, Brecht…many of the world’s greatest historical figures of literature are German. One of the best ways of learning German is by reading in German, in other words, the language in which the original text was written. Imagine the sense of accomplishment you will feel when you are able to read great literature in its original untranslated form! This is another of the advantages of learning German! And look at what else Germany gave to the world of culture: Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Wagner etc! German has, for generations, been the language of intellectuals:  Einstein, Freud, and Max Planck to name but a few. To this day, German continues to be the second most commonly used language among the science and academic community.

When students enrol to learn German online at Linguru, they are giving themselves not just the chance to learn German in the ultimate user-friendly online environment, but also opening up a whole new world of personal and professional opportunity too.

Benefits of Intensive German Course at Linguru

In the previous post, we gave a general overview as to why, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with restrictions on travel and face-to-face learning opportunities, now is a great time to learn German online. During this blog, we’ll delve a little deeper into the enormous benefits that students can gain from gain by signing up to the Linguru intensive German course.   

When students enrol on the intensive online German course at Linguru, we guarantee that they will be learning German fast! Intensive German courses won’t suit everyone, we appreciate that, which is why we offer semi Intensive, conversation, beginner’s courses, and private lessons too. However, if you have the time available to commit to the intensive German online course, you will speed through the learning process in no time at all.

As with all German language courses at Linguru, the intensive German course is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). If the idea of ‘intensive’ sounds a little bit intimidating, then think again, as there are a lot of tangible benefits for students studying German on our intensive online course. The intensive German course helps students to remain constantly engaged and immersed with all aspects of the German they are learning.

Intensive online German courses at Linguru run to twenty hours a week, with each student receiving 80 hours of online German lessons across the four-week duration of the course. CEFR recognize that 80 hours of intensive German language classes is sufficient time for the vast majority of students to move up one level to B1 proficiency (threshold or intermediate learner).

Linguru offer different time slots too for intensive online German courses to allow students to organize their learning around other day to day activities and obligations. One of the sheer beauties of online learning is that students are never more than a couple of clicks on a laptop away from joining their pre-booked lesson! It just couldn’t be easier. And students will remain with the same group of classmates, and the same teacher throughout their intensive German online course, allowing continuity of learning and the opportunity to make a bunch of new friends with shared goals. Linguru actively encourages students to firm up friendships, exchange ideas, tips, and advice after lessons through the interactive ‘Linguru community’ feature.

The teacher, who will be a highly professional, experienced native German speaker, will also provide students with a digital textbook that will be their constant companion to assist with learning throughout. Students taking the intensive German course will also have access to the Linguru additional learning platform that provides a wide range of additional bespoke learning material to assist with vocabulary and grammar. Again, available to our students at the mere click of a few keys when logging onto a computer!

Arguably the greatest benefit of intensive online German courses at Linguru is that due it its intensity, you simply won’t have time to forget what you’ve learned! Each class will build upon the last, allowing your brain to construct blocks of learning that will ultimately allow you to start to think in German, rather than translate from German into your native tongue and back again. The more at ease you begin to feel with the German language, the more automatic understanding and speaking German will become.

Another benefit of the German intensive course is that having blocked off the time to dedicate to the course, students will be less likely to be open to distractions and interruptions that may otherwise hinder their learning. What is beyond doubt is that students on the intensive German course will find it much easier to concentrate fully on their German studies!  

Now is a great time to learn German online

Since the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the world over the course of the past twelve months, many International language schools, that have traditionally relied upon travel and face-to-face classroom teaching, have suffered catastrophic consequences.

Some language schools have sought to carry on in as normal a fashion as Covid-19 restrictions allow, others have closed, either permanently or temporarily, and a number have attempted to introduce hastily constructed online learning programmes to meet the challenges presented by the absence of students in school.

And yet, the appetite for learning a new language remains undiminished!

With so many people having more free time on their hands than at other times in their lives, now is a great time to learn German online.  

Reasons to learn German speak for themselves. German is a pretty simple language to learn, especially for English speakers. German and English share the same common root, and that root just happens to be German! Germany has long been regarded as the economic powerhouse of Europe, with the fourth largest economy in the world. The ability to speak German may have significant financial benefits for career development, as it’s widely acknowledged and understood that being able to converse with someone in their native tongue gives a great impression!

As a specialist online German language school, Linguru provides a service that is frankly very different from anything that you will find anywhere else in the German language learning sector! One of the beauties of the Linguru online teaching model is that there are literally no barriers to hinder your access to our excellent range of bespoke German language programmes.

The ambition to learn German online is well supported by recent industry research in which respondents stated that their three main preferences for online learning were: the ease and advantages of learning from the comfort of your own home, the flexible timetable and the lower costs entailed.

At Linguru, our professional, native German speaking, highly trained team of online teachers offer mentorship and support every step of the way on your German language learning journey. And our special promise to you is that once you have enrolled, you will remain with the same teacher, in the same small class size (6-8 students) from the start of your course through to its conclusion. Our ethos is that continuity is king!  

Linguru offers its students a broad range of German language courses to meet all needs and levels. Just check out the website for full details. Each course is taught to the very highest standard, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).  

Our user-friendly online tools closely replicate face-to-face interaction; customized live lessons designed to fit German language study into your day to day activities; and pocket-friendly prices, enable each of our students to learn German at a pace that suits their individual level, needs and expectations. The benefits of online German learning are immeasurable!

By enrolling on a Linguru online German language course, students are giving themselves the chance to improve and practice their language skills through dynamic, highly instructive live lessons with the added benefit of also allowing them to socialise and connect with an international community of fellow German language learners.

So, what’s stopping you? All you need is a broadband connection, a laptop or tablet, and a desire to learn German online at an affordable price, and you could be on the way to learning a new language fast! All bookings include a free trial day with 100% money back guarantee if the fit doesn’t feel right for you.