Beginners' German for busy people - for business or holidays
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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
4.5 (22 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,397 students enrolled
Created by Angelika Davey
Last updated 4/2017
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $35 Discount: 71% off
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV

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What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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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 :)
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
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.
Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
02:30:27
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Welcome!
7 Lectures 12:14

How did it come about?

Preview 02:52

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.

How to navigate inside this course (for new Udemy students)
03:45

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 :)

About the instructor (for new Udemy Students)
02:53

What do you need?

Tips and hints for doing the challenge
1 page

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

Preview 01:01

Does this sound too good to be true?

What? No grammar?
00:43

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

Those extra little letters and how to write them?
00:59
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The basics
10 Lectures 33:27

Learn how to greet people in German during the day.

Preview 02:20

Do you remember how to greet people in German?

Lecture 7 revision
3 questions

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

Day 2 - introducing yourself
05:18

Lecture 8 revision
2 questions

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

Day 3 - Telling people where you come from
03:31

Learn how to tell people in German where you live.

Day 4 - Telling people where in the world you live
03:42

Lecture 9 & 10 revision
2 questions

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

Day 5 - Four little words
02:14

Lecture 11 revision
2 questions

Some useful phrases, when your German is limited.

Day 6 - "Do you speak English?"
02:53

Lecture 12 revision
4 questions

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

Day 7 - Sorry isn't the hardest word to say in German!
02:45

Lecture 13 revision
1 question

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

Day 8 - The days of the week
02:54

Lecture 14 revision
1 question

Learn to count to ten and give your telephone number.

Day 9 - Numbers from 0 to 10
06:28

Lecture 15 revision
5 questions

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

Day 10 - Celebrate your progress, part 1
01:22
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Finding your way around
10 Lectures 50:38

Learn a basic question to ask for directions.

Day 11 - Where is ...?
07:58

Can you ask for places?
2 questions

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

Day 12 - Hearing and giving directions
07:05

Let's check those direction words again!
1 question

Learn how to order something to drink in German.

Day 13 - Ordering drinks - and not just beers :)
07:08

Can you order your drinks?
3 questions

Learn how to order something to eat in German.

Day 14 - Ordering food - there's more than Currywurst :)
03:38

Can you order your cake?
3 questions

This may well be the most important lecture for you!

Day 15 - I'm allergic!
03:21

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

Day 16 - Numbers from 11 - 20
02:31

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

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

Day 17 - Even higher numbers: 21 - 100
04:52

More numbers to test, oh yes!
5 questions

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

Day 18 - What's the time, Mr Wolf?
05:07

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

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

Day 19 - How much is that doggy in the window?
07:24

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!

Day 20 - Celebrate your progress, part 2
01:34
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Enjoying your time in Germany
9 Lectures 51:47

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

Day 21 - I want that jumper! Going shopping
11:05

Did you buy that jumper?
3 questions

Learn how to name some basic colours in German.

Day 22 - Knowing your basic colours
04:49

A little colour quiz
3 questions

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

Day 23 - Buying train tickets to travel around Germany
06:54

Can you buy a return ticket?
1 question

Learn what to say if you fall ill.

Day 24 - Body parts and illnesses
07:47

Know your body
3 questions

Learn some basic phrases you can use at a chemist.

Preview 05:05

Test your word power at the chemist
2 questions

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

Day 26 - Booking a hotel room
05:58

Get that room!
3 questions

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

Day 27 - At the restaurant
05:57

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

And finally, learn how to say goodbye in German.

Day 28 - saying goodbye - no, I didn't forget it :)
02:42

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?

Day 29 - Celebrate your progress, part 3
01:30
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You're at the end of the challenge - well done!
2 Lectures 02:37
Bonus: Day 30 - Where do you go from here?
02:26

A copy (well, almost) of my kindle book

Extra bonus - a copy of 'Learn German for your holidays'
00:11
About the Instructor
Angelika Davey
4.5 Average rating
843 Reviews
20,840 Students
10 Courses
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!