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The Best German Courses for Beginners

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Beginner's Tips for Learning the Language

The first thing you need to keep in mind when learning any new language, and also with German for beginners, is that you need to keep an open mind in relation to the new language. The sooner you learn to approach the new language from within that language (instead of translating in your mind from your own language), the sooner you will learn the language. The more you embrace the structure of the German language, the better you will master it.

Other important tips:

  • Become accustomed to learning nouns with their genders (‘der’, ‘die’ and ‘das’). This is an integral part of German, like an extension of the basic noun.
  • Make sure you have a good dictionary you can rely on, in any form you desire (online, app, book).

Be patient with yourself and with the language. Learning and certainly becoming fluent at a language takes time, particularly in the beginning. However, you will notice your own progress perhaps sooner than you think, so don’t get discouraged, put in the work and begin to reap the rewards!


Hello Hallo
Good morning Guten Morgen
Good afternoon Guten Tag
Good evening Guten Abend
Good night Gute Nacht
Goodbye Auf Wiedersehen
Bye Tschüss
See you soon Bis bald
See you tomorrow Bis morgen


Introduce Yourself

What’s your name? Wie heißen Sie?
My name is Paula. Ich heiße Paula. Und Sie?
Where do you come from? Wo kommen Sie her?
I come from France. Ich komme aus Frankreich.
Where do you live? Wo wohnen Sie?
I live in Berlin. Ich wohne in Berlin.
Nice to meet you. Schön, Sie kennenzulernen.
Have a nice day. Haben Sie einen schönen Tag.


Basic Words

Top 25 Basic German Nouns Top 25 Basic German Verbs Top 25 Basic German Adjectives
das Jahr : year glauben, glaubte, hat geglaubt: to believe verschieden: different
die Zeit: time dürfen, durfte, hat gedurft: may, to be allowed richtig: correct
das Beispiel: example tun, tat, hat getan: to do stark: strong
der Kopf: head nehmen, nahm, hat genommen: to take kurz: short
die Frau: woman denken, dachte, hat gedacht: to think jung: young
der Mensch: human being heißen, hieß, hat geheißen: to be called genau: exact
das Kind: child sein, war, ist gewesen: to be ganz: whole
der Tag: day hat, hatte, gehabt: to have gut: good
die Leute: people werden, wurde, ist geworden: to become neu: new
die Arbeit: work, job können, konnte, hat gekonnt: to can, to be able to groß: large or great or tall
das Prozent: percent müssen, musste, hat gemusst: to must, to have to gleich: same
die Hand: hand liegen, lag, hat gelegen: to lie or to be lying letzte (-r, -s): last
die Stadt: city bleiben, blieb, ist geblieben: to stay or remain einfach: simple or easy
der Herr: man, gentleman finden, fand, hat gefunden: to find hoch: high
das Teil: part stehen, stand, hat gestanden: to stand alt: old
das Problem: problem sehen, sah, hat gesehen: to see klein: small
der Mann: man lassen, ließ, hat gelassen: to let or allow lang: long
das Land: country wissen, wusste, hat gewusst: to know deutsche: German
die Frage: question gehen, ging, ist gegangen: to go erste (-r,-s): first
das Haus: house wollen, wollte, hat gewollt: to want möglich: possible
der Fall: case sollen, sollte, hat gesollt: should eigen: own
die Welt: world kommen, kam, ist gekommen: to come schön: pleasant or beautiful
das Recht: right, law geben, gab, hat gegeben: to give spät: late
das Ende: end machen, machte, hat gemacht: to do or make wichtig: important
die Million: million sagen, sagte, hat gesagt: to say weitere (-r,-s): additional

Beginner German Books

There are many books that can help German students. Here are three of our favorites.

The main character is a Sicilian who arrives in Berlin only to find himself fall head-over-heels into an urban lifestyle that is both unfamiliar and strange. The cosmopolitan encounters are thrilling. The book showcases German culture while effortlessly improving grasp of the language.

This quick-learning solution is appropriate for those who want to start speaking the language sooner. The Audiobook consists of three CDs and each one runs for 1 hour. The content features practical, focused instructions that are essential for building vocabulary.

This book teaches German grammar in a livelier way. The theme is adventure. It has been brilliantly interwoven with tests and puzzles, making the learning process more enjoyable. Grammar is kept simple and concise. It also contains great learning tips and a guide for proper pronunciation.

German for Beginners Courses

Whatever your reasons for considering a course of German for beginners, Lingoda is a great place to start! At Lingoda we understand what is required to introduce people to this language spoken by some 100 million people in Europe, so we have done our very best to make the learning as accessible, effective and fun as possible.

As you can review under How it Works, our learning system has been adapted to fit the needs of a modern, globalized, digitally interactive world and we compare very favourably to other learning systems, like the traditional language schools and online courses. So there is every reason to consider our German for beginners course and be well on your way to adding German to your CV or working with your clients in German.

With the German for beginners course at Lingoda you can start at the very bottom, at level A1, creating a learning plan with a dedicated advisor to fit your personal needs. As a beginner you will start with intensive learning in private classes, followed by interactive group classes with a maximum of 5 students, ensuring adequate individual attention. You may choose from a schedule offering classes at every level in the areas of grammar and structure, reading and writing, and speaking and discussion; whereby pronunciation is of course also taken into account. Through the learning dashboard you can track your progress and find out how many classes you need to join to complete a level. Since are available 24 hours a day, you may advance at the rate you desire and require. In this way, you can make our German for beginners course completely your own, while we stand by to give you expert assistance, and tuition with native German speakers is guaranteed. All you need to bring to the table is the right, optimistic attitude.