Hyper Efficient German: 20% Effort, 80% Results

Fast Fixes for the Most Common German Mistakes in Grammar and Pronunciation
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 36 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2016 English

Course Description

Are you familiar with the 80:20 rule? It is also known as the Pareto principle, and beloved by productivity experts like Tim Ferriss.

The 80:20 rule states that 80% of your results will come from 20% of the work that you do.

So let's put this to the test for your German language!

In this fast & fun course, you are going to learn how to put in a little effort in your German study routine and reap enormous rewards. The average time to take this hyper-efficient course is less than 30 minutes. It is a completely self-paced online course so you are in complete control and you can watch the lectures again whenever you like.

What are the requirements?

  • This course is NOT a fully comprehensive German class, but it is designed for learners who want to improve quickly with minimal effort
  • No previous knowledge required, as the course language is English and you may just find that this is your start of a lifelong love for the German language

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Make a correct German sentence talking about present, future and past
  • Sound more authentic when saying German words
  • Know where exactly to find more materials for grammar study

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone studying German here on Udemy, in a classroom or by themselves
  • Anyone preparing for a German test, wanting to get fast results in the shortest possible time

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 To Hyper-Efficient German

Hey there, wie geht's?

My name is Kerstin, and I'm here to show you just how quickly you can improve your German language skills. As an experienced German language tutor and expert on independent language learning, I have worked with hundreds of people who dream of learning a language quickly and easily - but they're in a tailspin of learning rule after rule.

And here is a secret I have been teaching my students for years: You can make a big difference with just a few hand-picked German rules.

Hyper-Efficient German is based on a proven concept: the Pareto principle, which states that 80% of the effects can come from 20% of the effort.

We are going to focus on 2 essential aspects of language: grammar and pronunciation. In each of these areas you won't spend hours studying different concepts. Instead, you can focus on the three most impactful points and see quick results in minutes.

Packed with professionally structured content and exclusive bonus content, you can be 100% certain that this course will deliver your crucial "aha!" moments in German. It truly is hyper-efficient, so be prepared to see results!

Section 2: The 20% Of German Grammar

The gender is one of those aspects of German grammar that annoy a lot of people, because it's easy to make a mistake. Luckily you are not entirely out in the weeds and you'll be able to use the following rules to help you understand how gender logic works.

Here are the core articles in summary:

Definite Articles (the translation is always "the")

  • der is for all masculine words
  • die is for all feminine words
  • das is for all neuter words
  • die is for everything that's in plural

Indefinite Articles (the translation is "a", "an" or nothing if it's in plural)

  • ein is for masculine words
  • eine is for feminine words
  • ein is for neuter words
  • just like in English, plural indefinites don't use an article (so you say "a woman" but "women for example)

In this presentation, I have put together the most important rules with examples and the most notable exceptions to the rules.


This lesson covers not exactly what pronouns are and how exactly to use them in German, but also the difference between the four different ways of addressing people: the formal singular, formal plural and the informal singular and informal plural.


The German language has 4 cases in total, but did you know that 2 of them are used the most and will allow you to make versatile and correct sentences covering a great number of situations for beginners? Once you know how to use these 2 cases, you can use it with the enclosed verb list to start 


The German language has 4 cases in total, but did you know that 2 of them are used the most and will allow you to make versatile and correct sentences covering a great number of situations for beginners? Once you know how to use these 2 cases, you can use it with the enclosed verb list to start 

Section 3: The 20% Of Spoken German

The vowel sounds are the workhorses of our alphabet, and each of them has a short and long pronunciation sound. In this lesson, I'll demonstrate the sounds to you and explain the rules of a short or long vowel.


Take heart, it’s easier than you think. Some German speakers naturally roll their r, but if you have been trying and struggling to do this you are officially free to start with the other important r sound in German.


Okay, so "twice a day" might not be entirely the truth but for us Germans it is one of the most noticeable errors: The german "ie" does not sound like the English "ie". Watch this video to memorize how to get it right every time, every day.

Here is one important word you can use when you know how it works:

  • Freibier (free beer), pronounced "fry-beer"
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Section 4: Congratulations - You've Covered Hyper Efficient German

If you enjoyed the videos in this course, here are some tips for learning more with me. Make sure you download the letter or visit www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/for-german-learners to get the full set of links and recommendations for your next German learning steps.

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Instructor Biography

Kerstin Cable, Writer, Online Business, Language Learning Coach

I'm the founder of Fluent Language Tuition and started my own business as an online language tutor in 2012 (my subjects are German, French and English). I run a successful language blog and podcast, and work with fellow online teachers and small business owners on improving their blogs, newsletters and websites.

I am a native German speaker and come from the beautiful Moselle valley near Luxembourg and France. I've had a passion for languages since I can remember, and hold various degrees:

BA(Hons) French and English for International Business

MA in Translation Studies

Author of The Vocab Cookbook and Fluency Made Achievable

In past lives, I have worked in all sorts of great multicultural environments here in the UK and done a lot of business travel and now my fields of expertise are

  • Blogging and Personal Branding
  • Marketing (especially online)
  • French, German and English

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