German - The Best Absolute Beginner's Guide
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German - The Best Absolute Beginner's Guide

Learn German the fast, easy, and right way! We'll cover basic fundamentals, common words & phrases, and pronunciation.
4.8 (13 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.
698 students enrolled
Created by Ryan Van Wagoner
Last updated 11/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • Know the basic fundamentals of German grammar
  • Know how to pronounce words and speak like a German
  • Know 33 greetings and phrases to use in real life
  • Know 100 different nouns in 5 categories: People & Family, Around Town, Body Parts, Food, and Animals & Nature
  • Know 22 different verbs and how to use them in a sentence
  • Describe things using 20 different adjectives
  • Describe actions using 20 different adverbs
  • Know the best tools and resources to continue learning and practicing
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  • No prior knowledge or experience is necessary
  • The only requirement is to bring an excitement for learning German and a willingness to give it your best effort!

Welcome to The Best Absolute Beginner's Guide to Learning German!

Whether you're wanting to live or travel in Germany or just want to learn a few basics, this course will help you carry on conversations in German in as little time as possible. Specifically, this course has been carefully designed to help you accomplish three goals:

  1. Learn the BASIC German grammar fundamentals
  2. Learn how to speak like a German
  3. Learn the most common German words and phrases

I will also provide you with valuable tools and resources that will help you continue learning and practicing well beyond the end of this course.

What's inside?

  1. 22 lectures
  2. Over 1 hour of content
  3. Easy-to-understand overview of German grammar
  4. 3 quizzes to help you retain what you've learned
  5. 100 nouns
  6. 22 verbs with conjugations made easy
  7. 20 adjectives
  8. 20 adverbs
  9. 33 common greetings and other phrases
  10. Tools and resources to help you continue learning

Learning a new language can be a frustrating, boring, and confusing process...but it doesn't have to be! This course has been carefully designed to be fun, engaging, and easy to follow.

Now is the perfect time to start learning German, and this course will help you hit the ground running as quickly as possible. Sign up today!

Who is the target audience?
  • Take this course if you want to learn German but have zero German background
  • Take this course if you are curious about German and want to know a few basics
  • Take this course if you are frustrated by confusing and expensive German courses
  • Do not take this course if you're wanting a magic pill that will make you fluent with little effort
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
2 Lectures 04:45
Wondering what you'll get from this course? Is it really worth your time and money? YES! Ahem, I this video to learn what you'll be learning and to know what to expect. Get excited!
Preview 01:18

In this video, I explain different experiences I had learning German, why some were more effective than others, and how that relates to YOU. I also give you your first assignment...sort of.
Preview 03:27
4 Lectures 08:19
Why do I have a section on pronunciation? Can't you just learn words and phrases and be done with it? NO. I mean...yes, but don't you want to sound like a German? In this introduction, I show you the difference between sounding like an American speaking German and sounding like a German.
Preview 01:15

In this lecture, you'll learn how to pronounce some of the most famous German consonants. If you can pronounce these right, you get a high five. Through the computer.

German has some pretty interesting sounds, and it's important to know how to pronounce vowels. Why? Because they're everywhere! Knowing how to pronounce German vowels will help you learn faster and sound like German.

German uses the same alphabet as English. Or does it? Here I'll introduce you to three special additions to the alphabet and when they're used. But don't worry--this stuff is easy compared to Chinese!
Special Characters
3 Lectures 07:16
"Gosh, can't I just start learning German phrases already?" Patience, young one. Knowing cases will make learning German soooo much easier. Here I teach you how to know a noun's case, which will help you construct your own sentences, phrases, and skyscrapers (I can't guarantee that last one).

German nouns have genders. Crazy, right?! That doesn't mean that clock on the wall will be your next date, but knowing a noun's gender will help you put words together and impress real-life dates. It's been known to happen.
Preview 02:08

What do you get when you put cases and genders together? Articles! Or at least that's what they're used for. Articles are words like "a" and "the", and German articles aren't quite as easygoing as English articles. But ne'er fear--this lecture will teach you how to make sense of articles without getting bogged down in the details.
6 Lectures 15:33
This is an introduction. It introduces things. Things like NOUNS! Finally, you get to learn German. Here I give you some advice on how best to study and prepare so that you don't forget everything you've learned. I also give you some outside tools you can use to expand on what you're learning here.
Preview 02:37

Your family is pretty darn important. So you should learn how to say things like mom, dad, brother, and sister. And lots of other words about people and family. Lucky for you, I've packed 20 important words on people and family into this lecture. Enjoy!
People and Family

Unless you're planning on staying inside forever, you'll want to know how to get around town. And in this course, I give you 20 more nouns that will help you navigate your way through a German city.
Around Town

You'll want to learn these 20 body part nouns before you commit to any more Macarena moves.
Body Parts

If you're interested in Germany, you better be interested in food, because German food ROCKS. But before you can get there, you should know how to talk about food. Here are 20 more nouns to help you do just that.

Alright, time to get outside the city. What do you see? Nature! Animals! Or at least you would be prepared for it with these 20 nouns. Get excited.
Animals & Nature

This quiz will ask you to provide the German translation for 20 of the 100 nouns you learned in this section. Do your best, then review the nouns again and give it another shot. Good luck!

20 questions
2 Lectures 15:53
Why do we say "I go to the store", but we don't say "He go to the store"? The answer: verb conjugations! Lucky for you, I keep this simple and focus only on what you need to know in an "absolute beginners" guide.

Get ready to learn some verbs! Here I teach you 22 of the most common verbs that you'll encounter as you speak and hear German.

This quiz will ask you to provide the German translation for 10 of the 22 verbs you learned in this section. Do your best, then review the verbs again and give it another shot. Good luck!

10 questions
Adjectives and Adverbs
2 Lectures 07:02
Adjectives help you describe things. You'll be describing lots of things after this lecture, because you'll know 20 more German adjectives than you knew before.

Adverbs describe how we do things. Do you speak fast or slowly? Either way, you'll be able to tell people in German after this lecture!

This quiz will ask you to provide the German translation for 5 adjectives and 5 adverbs. Do your best, then review the 40 words again and give it another shot. Good luck!

Adjectives & Adverbs
10 questions
2 Lectures 06:27
FINALLY, let's learn some German phrases! In this lecture, you'll learn how to greet someone on the street and ask some basic questions.

In this final lecture, we go over more phrases and sentences that you'll hear and speak often as you interact with German-speaking people. Enjoy!
Other Phrases
1 Lecture 02:38
You made it! I couldn't be more proud. Here we review what you've learned, and I provide some tools that will help you continue learning. Keep up the good work, and you'll be speaking like a native in no time!
About the Instructor
Ryan Van Wagoner
4.8 Average rating
13 Reviews
698 Students
1 Course
German Teacher

Guten Tag! I am originally from Highland, Utah and am passionate about teaching and learning. After learning German as a teenager, I lived in Germany and Austria for two years on a volunteer service mission, where I spoke and interacted with Germans on a daily basis. Upon returning home, I taught beginning and intermediate German to young adults (ages 19-21). I then worked for several years as a German translator, where I translated documents, webpages, and owner's manuals for international companies. Interacting with German friends and classmates and soaking in the German culture continues to be one of my favorite pastimes. I am currently an MBA student at the University of Notre Dame and living in South Bend, Indiana with my wife.