German for beginners (A1 - Part 1/5)
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German for beginners (A1 - Part 1/5)

Step by step to fluency. Learn German the right way, right from the beginning! Part 1/5
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 24 articles
  • 100 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • conjugate German regular verbs
  • conjugate the modal verbs
  • make simple sentences with a subject, a verb and an object
  • spell your name
  • present yourself and others
  • ask questions with and without question pronouns
  • know the German numbers
  • tell the time in German
  • understand and fill in simple forms
  • No previous knowledge of the German language required.

This course will give you a stable foundation for your endeavour of learning German.

In video lessons, I will guide you through lectures which are clearly structured, building up on each other and versatile, including not only grammar explanations, but also a lot of video-guided exercises, vocabulary, additional information. 

After having completed this first part, you will know how to conjugate German regular verbs, the modal verbs, you will be able to make simple sentences containing a subject (the nominative case), a verb and an object (the accusative case). You will know how to spell your name and how to present yourself as well as others. You will be able to ask questions with and without question pronouns. You will know the German numbers and be able to tell the time. You will understand simple forms and be able to fill them in with information about yourself. 

Should questions come up while learning with my course, please feel free to ask me, I will be happy to answer them.

After completing parts 1 - 5 of the course, you should be able to complete the A1 exam. The levels A2 and B1 are available on my website.

Who this course is for:
  • Take this course if you would like to learn German step by step, if you want to learn it right, right from the beginning.
  • Take this course if you are looking for versatile guided self-learning, a course that contains not only grammar, but also many, many exercises, vocabulary as well as information on Germany and its people.
  • Do not take it if you are looking for a course that does not contain any grammar.
  • Do not take the course if you just want to learn some sentences by heart without understanding the logic behind them.
Course content
Expand all 64 lectures 05:14:25
+ Stunde 01 - Lesson 01
8 lectures 28:55

Herzlich willkommen! Welcome to the course!

Preview 03:01
Deutschlandkarte - Map of Germany

In this video, I will teach you the letters of the German alphabet.

Preview 09:50

“MfG” is short for “Mit freundlichen Grüßen” (“With friendly greetings”), which is a very common formula used at the end of an email or letter. The abbreviation can be used in informal written communication. Apart from “MfG”, this song contains many other abbreviations and is great to review the German alphabet. Download the pdf and read along. They sing, really, really fast, and even for Germans, it is hard to sing along, but why don’t you just give it a try!?

Musik - Music (Die fantastischen Vier - MfG)

In this video, you will learn your first dialogue and I will show you how many German words you can actually already understand.

Erste Wörter - First words

In this video, I will give you some tips on how to best remember the three German genders, masculine, feminine and neuter.

Das Geschlecht - The gender

For those of you who are not so sure about the meaning of basic grammar terms, this pdf might come in handy. Please, don’t learn these pages by heart, just skim them now and then use them as a reference when necessary.

Terminologie - Terminology

Listening to German radio stations is a great way to get familiarized with the sounds of the language, even if you do not understand everything. Here is a list of some Berlin radio stations that you can listen to online.

Berliner Radiosender - Berlin radio stations
+ Stunde 02 - Lesson 02
6 lectures 29:26

In this video, I will teach you the German personal pronouns in the nominative case. Ich - du - er / sie / es - wir - ihr - sie. Enjoy!

Personalpronomen - Personal pronouns

In this video, I will teach you how to conjugate the regular verbs.

Regelmäßige Verben - Regular verbs

In this video, we will do an exercise and apply the rules of the conjugation of regular verbs.

Regelmäßige Verben (Übung) - Regular verbs (exercise)

In this video, you will see some example dialogues for informal and formal language as well as learn about the question "Wie geht es dir?" and its answer.

Formell und informell - Formal and informal

In this video, I will teach you some alternatives to the answer "Gut!".

Wie geht es dir? - How are you?

What you need to focus on in this song is the chorus. Listen to "Es geht mir gut" a couple of times and you will never forget that rather complicated sentence construction any more :) Listen to it on Youtube or Deezer.

Musik - Music (Echtzeit - Es geht mir gut)
+ Extra 1-2
1 lecture 00:46
Judith und Hans
+ Stunde 03 - Lesson 03
6 lectures 33:34

This is another exercise to review the personal pronouns and the conjugation of regular verbs. Enjoy!

Regelmäßige Verben (Übung) - Regular verbs (exercise)

Now, you will learn about the most important one out of 4 German cases - the nominative case! You will see the what the nominative does to the articles.

Deklinationen (Der Nominativ) - Declensions (The nominative) 1

After knowing the articles of nouns in the nominative case, let's have a look at adjectives and their endings.

Deklinationen (Der Nominativ) - Declensions (The nominative) 2

A first exercise on the nominative will help you memorise the forms of the definite and indefinite articles as well as the adjectives.

Der Nominativ (Übung) - The nominative (exercise)

Learn how to say: "This is..." with masculine, feminine and neuter nouns (including adjectives).

Der Nominativ (Übung) - The nominative (exercise)

This file is your homework in which you can review everything we have seen so far about the nominative case. Download the file and check your answers against the answer sheet.

Der Nominativ (Übung) - The nominative (exercise)
+ Stunde 04 - Lesson 04
6 lectures 31:12

Do you remember the nominative forms that we learned in our last lesson? This is a review :)

Der Nominativ (Übung) - The nominative (exercise)

This time, we will do an exercise on the nominative case in the singular and in the plural.

Der Nominativ (Übung) - The nominative (exercise)

Vocabulary test: Do you remember the regular verbs we have seen so far?

Regelmäßige Verben (Übung) - Regular verbs (exercise)

In this video, you will learn how to conjugate the verbs "to have" and "to be" in German.

Die Verben "sein" und "haben" - The verbs "to be" and "to have"

How do you ask questions in German? I will tell you in this video :)

Fragen stellen - Asking questions
Die Zahlen von 1 bis 10 - The numbers from 1 to 10
+ Stunde 05 - Lesson 05
5 lectures 41:46

It is very important to be able to say what you like to do and what you don't like to do. Here is how.

Etwas gern machen - To like to do something

You will read your first texts in German: Peter, Daniela, Stephan, Janine and Christine are presenting themselves.

Personen vorstellen (Texte) - Presenting people (texts)

Now it's your turn to present some people.

Personen vorstellen (Übung) - Presenting people (exercise)

We have already seen how to ask simple questions in German. Now, let's add some question pronouns. How? When? What? Why? Who? Where? etc.

Fragepronomen - Question pronouns

Listen to the intro song of the kids' show "Sesame Street" in German. It contains a couple of questions words.

Musik - Music (Sesamstraße - Intro)
+ Stunde 06 - Lesson 06
4 lectures 30:40

In this interactive exercise, you will present Angela Merkel, Claudia Schiffer and yourself and ask me questions. We will practise asking questions in the third and second person singular. The video has been made in a way that it will seem as if we were having a real discussion. I will make pauses during which you can formulate your answers.

Personen vorstellen (Übung) - Presenting people (exercise)

After having already learned the numbers from 1 to 10, you will now see how to say higher numbers.

Zahlen - Numbers

Let's practise the numbers and see how to tell the time in German.

Wie spät ist es? - What time is it?

This is a test about the regular verbs we have seen in class.

Vokabeltest (Regelmäßige Verben) - Vocabulary test (regular verbs)
+ Extra 5-6
3 lectures 03:48
Die Uhrzeiten
Wie viel kostet das?
Was ist das?
+ Stunde 07 - Lesson 07
3 lectures 33:32

In this exercise, you can test whether you know how to conjugate the regular verbs and ask questions with and without question pronouns.

Fragen stellen (Übung) - Asking questions (exercise)

Let's do another exercise on the nominative that combines the definite and the indefinite articles with adjectives as well as the personal pronouns.

Der Nominativ (Übung) - The nominative (exercise)

It is time to review the alphabet!

Buchstabieren (Übung) - Spelling (exercise)