German - Deutsch

Why learn German?

A total of 132 million people in the world speak German in 13 different countries, and a hundred million speak German as their first language. One of the main reasons often cited to study German is that Germany has had a thriving economy for years, offering very good career opportunities.

Learning German can be the best investment you make to improve your employment prospects. But German is also the language of authors Goethe, Kafka and composers Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, and studying German will give you access to a rich cultural heritage. Plus, if you are a speaker of English, you will find German much easier than is usually believed, because the two languages share the same Germanic root.

What are some key phrases?

Ja

Yes

Nein

No

Wie geht’s?

How is it going?

Danke, gut.

Good, thank you.

Vielen dank

Thank you very much

Are there any words I might recognise?

You’ll probably have heard of German words used in English, like “Autobahn” (‘motorway’), or “Delicatessen”, “Doppelgänger”, “kitsch”, “Fest”. Also the English word ‘pretzel’, the distinctively shaped bread, comes from German “Bretzel”: interestingly, this comes in two versions, a hard and a soft Bretzel … and who knew a German snack could have such linguistic similarities with the terminology of 2018 British politics!

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Our full timetable can be found on the registration page. Information on fees can be found on our payment and costs page.

We offer a range of levels for most languages from beginner to advanced. Our courses match the standard Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels - from A1 to C2.

  • Beginner (A1) - A solid start to learning the language.
  • Post-Beginner (A1+) - Gain in confidence with the basics.
  • Improvers (A2) - Start to hold longer, routine conversations.
  • Language and Culture (B1 to B2) - New topics each semester to develop to a higher level.
  • Advanced (C1) - Use the language in more extended and complex situations.

As well as this language, we offer over 30 other languages. Can’t decide which language to learn? Try one of our free Intro Sessions where we’ll teach you the basics and you can decide if it’s for you. Learn how to join an intro session.

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