Beginners' German for busy people - for business or holidays

A 30 day challenge for learning basic German in time for your awesome holiday or successful business trip to Germany
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Instructed by Angelika Davey Language / German
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  • Lectures 38
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

This course has been updated in October 2016

A 30 day challenge to learn enough German to help you feel less daunted and have a great time on your first trip to Germany.

If you are a busy person who finds it hard to fit in time for language lessons, then this course is perfect for you!

Each topic comes in a bite-sized challenge, lasting no more than 5 - 10 (a few maybe 15) minutes work a day, followed by a revision quiz on the following day.

This will be enough to make you feel less uncomfortable when in Germany and people speak to you or you read German instructions.

And for the business person, who wants to exhibit in Germany or who is meeting a prospective client - this course may just help you get that deal!

Contrary to popular belief, not all Germans do speak English - and even if they do, a few polite sentences in German may just be what they needed to hear to be persuaded to buy from you.

Topics covered are:

  • greeting people
  • My name is ...
  • I come from ...
  • I live in ...
  • four little words
  • Do you speak English?
  • Sorry!
  • days of the week
  • numbers from 0 - 10
  • Where is…?
  • directions
  • ordering drinks
  • ordering food
  • I'm allergic!
  • numbers from 11- 20
  • numbers from 21 - 100
  • What's the time?
  • How much does it cost?
  • buying clothes
  • colours
  • buying train tickets
  • body part and illnesses
  • buying medicines
  • booking a hotel room
  • at the restaurant
  • saying goodbye

What are the requirements?

  • Pen and paper for making notes
  • A cup of coffee or tea and a good mood (not really essential but helpful)
  • A sense of humour. Learning German with a smile is a lot more fun that without :)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have a basic conversation in German
  • Read basic instructions in German
  • Have an understanding of German numbers from 0 to 100
  • Buy clothing/ food/ drinks etc.. in German
  • Ask for directions
  • Have a great holiday in Germany
  • Show prospective new clients the willingness to learn their language

Who is the target audience?

  • Absolute beginners, who want to go on holidays in Germany.
  • Business people who are hoping to exhibit in Germany or meet prospective clients, but don't speak any German.
  • This course could also be a refresher course for those who did learn German some time ago and can't remember much.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome!

How did it come about?


A useful lecture for students that are new to Udemy. If this isn't your first course and you know your way around Udemy, feel free to ignore it.


A little bit about me. If you have seen this video in one of my other courses, feel free to ignore it. Just click the little circle to the right of the lecture (in the dashboard)  tick and make it blue :)

1 page

What do you need?


A list of dictionaries which might be useful for looking up new words.


Does this sound too good to be true?


Tips on how to write the extra letters with a PC.

Section 2: The basics

Learn how to greet people in German during the day.

3 questions

Do you remember how to greet people in German?


Learn how to give your name in German and how to ask people what their names are.

Lecture 8 revision
2 questions

Learn how to tell people in German where you come from.


Learn how to tell people in German where you live.

Lecture 9 & 10 revision
2 questions

Learn how to say yes, no, please and thank you in German.

Lecture 11 revision
2 questions

Some useful phrases, when your German is limited.

Lecture 12 revision
4 questions

Sorry? Yes, that's a German word, too!

Lecture 13 revision
1 question

Learn how to say the days of the week in German.

Lecture 14 revision
1 question

Learn to count to ten and give your telephone number.

Lecture 15 revision
5 questions

Let's find out how much you remember! Are you ready?

Section 3: Finding your way around

Learn a basic question to ask for directions.

Can you ask for places?
2 questions

Practise some listening, in case you are given some directions in German.

Let's check those direction words again!
1 question

Learn how to order something to drink in German.

Can you order your drinks?
3 questions

Learn how to order something to eat in German.

Can you order your cake?
3 questions

This may well be the most important lecture for you!


Continue to learn counting in German, this time the numbers from 11 to 20.

Let's test your numbers - no maths involved!
5 questions

Learn some bigger numbers in German - all the way to 100.

More numbers to test, oh yes!
5 questions

Learn the 24 hour clock - the easiest way to tell the time in German.

Can you tell, what time these TV programmes are on?
3 questions

Learn about German prices - you will need to pay some time

I want to buy this, but how much is it? Test your prices.
3 questions

Are you ready for another bigger revision? Let's do it!

Section 4: Enjoying your time in Germany

Learn how to say what you are looking for in a German shop.

Did you buy that jumper?
3 questions

Learn how to name some basic colours in German.

A little colour quiz
3 questions

Learn some travel phrases, in case you want to use public transport in Germany.

Can you buy a return ticket?
1 question

Learn what to say if you fall ill.

Know your body
3 questions

Learn some basic phrases you can use at a chemist.

Test your word power at the chemist
2 questions

In case you haven't booked your hotel room yet, learn some useful sentences.

Get that room!
3 questions

Table for two? Learn some more useful phrases to use in a German restaurant.

Table for two, or three ...?
3 questions

And finally, learn how to say goodbye in German.

I don't like it, but we have to say it
2 questions

This is the exciting revision. How much do you remember from all the lectures?

Section 5: You're at the end of the challenge - well done!
Bonus: Day 30 - Where do you go from here?

A copy (well, almost) of my kindle book

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Instructor Biography

Angelika Davey, experienced German tutor & translator teaching on & offline

Once upon a time there was a little girl in Germany who had this idea of moving to England as soon as she was grown up and to make all English people like the German language. Then she wanted to be an air hostess, a ballet dancer, a famous singer ……

Fast forward to the present and this little girl hasn’t quite achieved what she wanted, but …

Angelika is a qualified teacher and native German speaker from Lower Saxony in the North of Germany, who moved to England in 1982. She has been teaching German since 1991. Her students are private and business clients, school children and adults in evening classes, with the youngest student being 3 years old and her oldest 80!

Angelika has written six books, one in German and five in English, she translates from English to German and vice versa, and she teaches either face-to-face or via Skype - and now also on Udemy!

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