German for beginners (Part 1/5)

Step by step to fluency. Learn German right, right from the beginning! Part 1/5
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  • Lectures 64
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

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. I am planning on making videos for the levels A2 and B1 as well.

What are the requirements?

  • No previous knowledge of the German language required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Stunde 01 - Lesson 01

Herzlich willkommen! Welcome to the course!

Deutschlandkarte - Map of Germany

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


This song contains many abreveations and is great to review and learn the German alphabet. Read along until you are able to sing along!! :) You can download the file and listen to the song on Youtube or Deezer.


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


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


You do not need to learn these pages by heart, just have a look at it from time to time if you are not sure what some grammar terms mean, like for example "noun", "verb", etc.


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.

Section 2: Stunde 02 - Lesson 02

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


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


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


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.


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


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.

Section 3: Extra 1-2
Judith und Hans
Section 4: Stunde 03 - Lesson 03

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


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.


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


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


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


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.

Section 5: Stunde 04 - Lesson 04

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


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


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


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


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

Die Zahlen von 1 bis 10 - The numbers from 1 to 10
Section 6: Extra 3-4
Die Geburtstagsparty
Zwei Minuten...
Section 7: Stunde 05 - Lesson 05

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.


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


Now it's your turn to present some people.


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.


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

Section 8: Stunde 06 - Lesson 06

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.


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


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


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

Section 9: Extra 5-6
Die Uhrzeiten
Wie viel kostet das?
Was ist das?
Section 10: Stunde 07 - Lesson 07

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


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


It is time to review the alphabet!

Section 11: Stunde 08 - Lesson 08

Imagine you are having a conversation with a six year-old girl. Ask her some questions!


Another song :) Pay attention to the question word "warum".


The modal verbs are incredibly useful. See for yourself!


In this exercise, we will practise the modal verb "müssen".

Section 12: Extra 7-8
Brasilianische Musik
Die vegetarische Pizza
Sport machen
Section 13: Stunde 09 - Lesson 09

Understand the items on a simple form. The explanation of the form is followed by a listening comprehension exercise.


Do you remember everything about the nominative case? And the vocabulary? The gender of the nouns?


Listen to the lottery numbers. The announcer speak quite fast - can you follow them? Try to write down all the numbers they say and compare with the answer sheet.


Let's calculate! I would like you to solve these equations and fill in the blanks writing the numbers out in letters. You find one pdf with the exercise and another pdf with the right answers. Just download them :)

Section 14: Stunde 10 - Lesson 10

Have a conversation with Lorenzo! Ask him some questions.


This is the last test on the nominative case before moving on the accusative case. How well are you doing?


What is the accusative case? When is it used? Is it very different from the nominative?


This video will help you really understand when to use the nominative and when to use the accusative.


This pdf-file is an overview of the nominative and the accusative. See all the differences at one glance.


Let's practise the two German cases together: the nominative and the accusative.

Was kommt jetzt? - What's up next?
Section 15: Extra 9-10
Was malen die Kinder?
Viel Geld

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Instructor Biography

Juliane Klingenberg Nery, Founder & tutor at "German to go"

Hey there! I have been teaching German since 2004 - private and group tuition in various countries as well as on Skype. Now, I would like to make the material I created over the years available to more people. I am a passionate language learner myself and I love travelling. From 2005 to 2010, I studied "Languages and Business Studies" in Aix-en-Provence (France), in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) and in Cologne (Germany). This was followed by an internship in Ottawa (Canada), where I met my husband, who is Brazilian. We lived in Brazil for 2 years and now we are back in my city of origin, Berlin, in Germany. We have a little daughter who will turn 2 in a couple of months :) I hope you enjoy my courses!

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