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Start learning with a German A1 course

Learn basic German with a fun and interactive German A1 course for beginners. Get prepared for your A1 German language certificate exams.

Start your German journey with Lingoda. Our live online classes are taught by certified, native-level teachers who will give you the tools and practice you need to speak German with confidence. And with thousands of one-hour classes available each day, you’ll have the flexibility to fit German lessons into your busy schedule. Depending on the package you purchase, you’ll be able to choose from small group classes or one-on-one private lessons.

German A1 level overview

This German A1 level online course will teach you German language basics so you can…

Understand and use familiar everyday expressions

Introduce yourself and others, asking personal questions

Interact in a simple German beginner conversation

Why should I start with a German course for beginners?

If you’re new to German, we recommend starting with one of our A1 courses. In these courses, our certified tutors will walk you through the basics and give you a chance to practice so that you can start speaking with confidence from day one.

Sample chapters in our German Beginners’ course

Here’s a preview of the different curriculum chapters you’ll encounter during your German A1 level courses. This is the curriculum we use for our small group classes, and our private one-on-one classes. If you choose to study a private class as well, you may be able to expand beyond these topics depending on your tutor.

Learn key phrases to introduce yourself, friends or business partners, ask people how they are and learn how to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense.

In this chapter of our German A1 classes, you will be able to learn how to say where you are from, what languages you speak, as well as ask and tell people how you are doing. You will also learn how to talk about others and the different pronouns.

Introducing yourself to people is the first step when it comes to learning a language, and meeting strangers. This chapter will guide you through all the necessary vocabulary and grammatical rules you need for a beginner conversation in German.

Learn to tell the time formally using the 24-hour clock and informally using the analogue clock, use prepositions to express when things happen and describe your working patterns.

In chapter 2 of our German A1 classes you will learn the basics of telling time. After this lesson, you’ll have the skills to tell your friends what time you want to meet up or when the movie will be playing at the cinema.

Time also allows you to become a better storyteller, make plans with your German acquaintances, and make sure that you do not miss your flights.


Telling the time may seem quite simple, but you might be surprised how it varies from language to language. During the A1 and A2 level German you will not only learn basic German grammar, but also understand the difference between German and your native language.

Learn how to ask for drinks and snacks in a German café and understand prices and payments. Plus, practice typical questions that are common in a café setting.

In this chapter of our German A1 classes, you’ll learn the skills needed to impress your friends at a German bar or restaurant. After this lesson, you’ll be able to ask for the check, request that the waiter bring out a couple more beers, and ask about the most delicious item on the menu.


In addition, you’ll also be able to learn how to name groceries, express having and not needing things, units and packaging, as well as learn how to buy items over the counter.

Learn how to describe your job and where you work. Plus, you will review regular verbs in the present tense and learn about verbs with a vowel change.

After your A1 lessons from chapter 4, you’ll be prepared to go to a cocktail party or work conference and discuss your job.


You’ll learn the names of different jobs, whether you work from an office or home, how many hours you work a week, as well as whether you enjoy your job.

Learn to describe your hobbies in German, to say what you like using “gern” and “mögen” and talk about your dislikes forming negative sentences using “nicht” and “kein(e)”.

During this chapter, you’ll learn all the vocabulary you need to make friends. Whether you want to discuss your passion for Tarantino movies or your dislike for Brussel sprouts, these lessons will help you start pushing the limits of your basic German.


Learning how to say what you like and what you dislike is imperative to know in any language. During your A1 German courses, we’ll teach you how to give your point across using like, dislike and prefer, as well as knowing when you are talking about a noun or a verb.

Try 4 lessons from our German Beginner’s classes

Our A1 German language courses are ideal for all kinds of students. If you are looking to pick up a new language or want to get an A1 German language certificate, Lingoda will be able to help you out. Sign up for our free trial period to join four group classes and try out some of our A1 German lessons. This is a great way to see what a beginner German course looks like at Lingoda.

How are you?

(A1.1)

This vocabulary filled lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself and ask people how they are.

The Definite Article

(A1.1)

This grammar-focused lesson will explain The Definite Article (der, die and das) to you.

Drinks and treats

(A1.1)

Learn all the important vocabulary you’ll need to order drinks and snacks in a German café.

More about me

(A1.1)

Learn how to give more information about yourself: your language, age and marital status.

Main German Language Exams

With the help of the A1 and A2 level German courses provided by Lingoda, you will be able to successfully prepare for a German language exam. Our courses follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a system that is internationally recognized and in accordance with the levels needed for the German language exams. By following the courses provided by Lingoda, you will be able to receive an A1 German language certificate and further prepare for the higher-level exams.

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TestDaF

Goethe Institut

Name

DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)

Test DaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache)

Goethe-Zertifikat

Levels

From B2 to C1

From B2 to C1

From B1 to C2

Validity

Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.

Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.

Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.

Price Range

100-150€

125-175€

120-295€

DSH

Name

DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)

Levels

From B2 to C1

Validity

Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.

Price Range

100-150€

TestDaF

Name

Test DaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache)

Levels

From B2 to C1

Validity

Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.

Price Range

125-175€

Goethe Institut

Name

Goethe-Zertifikat

Levels

From B1 to C2

Validity

Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.

Price Range

120-295€

German A1 language basics

Tips and tricks for learning A1 German:

Learning beginner German can be easy and quite fun. Prior to and during your A1 German lessons, check out these tips and tricks. You will be able to learn about the best ways to learn, to practice pronunciation and much more.

The best way to learn German for starters

Smart self-study tips for learning numbers and watching TV

7 tips for how to learn basic German fast

Quick tips on learning Deutsch for beginners

German slang from real native speakers

Jump right in and learn the best slang words for beginner conversation

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The best way to learn German for starters

Smart self-study tips for learning numbers and watching TV

2

7 tips for how to learn basic German fast

Quick tips on learning Deutsch for beginners

3

German slang from real native speakers

Jump right in and learn the best slang words for beginner conversation

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