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German courses for beginners

German courses for beginners © Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias

Learning German as a beginner

Still feel the German language is a closed book to you? Our beginners’ German courses will help you to open it up in next to no time!

We offer intensive German courses and evening, morning or weekend courses for beginners at A1 or A2 level. After a placement test, which you can complete online or on-site, we will find the right level for you. You can then choose between an intensive course or an evening, morning or weekend course at your level.

The price of the course includes the placement test, all the teaching materials and a certificate of attendance. In addition, you will have free access to our Deutsch für Dich interactive learning platform and our state-of-the-art media libraries – meaning that you will not need to pay for extras, as other language course providers require.

You can get to know your fellow participants and your new home better on our intensive courses, which include a free and wide-ranging cultural and leisure programme

You are also welcome to book accommodation for your beginners’ German course at one of our guesthouses, partner hotels or with a private host. 

Plus, you have the option of completing a certified examination (Goethe-Zertifikat). Our teachers will be happy to tell you more about this.

Course structures

The table below shows how many courses or lessons generally need to be completed to attain a certain level (A1, A2) by passing the examination (Goethe-Zertifikat).

level Courses per level Examination (optional)
   A1
    ⇩
1 Intensive course (80 lessons) or
1 Evening course (72 lessons)
Goethe-Zertifikat A1
               ⇩
   A2 2 Intensive courses (80 lessons each) or
2 Evening courses (72 lessons each)
Goethe-Zertifikat A2
A lesson is 45 min.
 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

German A1 means that you have acquired basic language skills in German after passing a beginners’ German course at A1 level. This means you will be able to understand and independently use familiar expressions and very basic sentences in the German language. For instance, you will be able to introduce yourself, answer questions about yourself and ask others about themselves, as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly. 

If you wish, you can complete your A1-level beginners’ German course with an examination (Goethe-Zertifikat A1) .

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German A2 means that you have acquired basic language skills in German after passing a beginners’ German course at A2 level. This means you will be able to understand and independently use familiar expressions and simple sentences in the German language. You will be able to communicate in frequent, routine situations and engage in conversation on familiar matters, such as your background, family, education, profession and immediate surroundings 

If you wish, you can complete your A2-level beginners’ German course with an examination (Goethe-Zertifikat A2).

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We offer intensive German courses for beginners and evening, morning or weekend courses for beginners at A1 or A2 level. On request, we can also offer you a personal selection of German individual and small group courses .

A beginners’ German course generally lasts between three and five weeks, depending on whether you are attending an intensive course or an evening, morning or weekend course.

An intensive course for beginners at level A1 or A2 lasts 10-16 days, including 80 lessons (each lasting 45 minutes). As a result, on average, you will have 5-8 lessons per day on the course

An evening, morning or weekend course for beginners at level A1 or A2 lasts 20-24 days, including 72 lessons (each lasting 45 minutes). This means that, on average, you will have three lessons per evening, morning or weekend.

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A three-week intensive course for beginners at level A1 or A2 – including 80 lessons – generally costs €1,099.

A four or five-week evening, morning or weekend course for beginners at level A1 or A2 – including 72 lessons – costs €670 to €980 depending on the course location.

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