German has around 100 million speakers worldwide. Outside of Germany itself, it is an official language in Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. In fact it has more native speakers within the EU than any other language.
Germany and Austria have produced some of the world's greatest philosophers, scientists, writers and composers: from Hegel to Haydn, Bach to Brecht, Goethe to Gauss, Mozart to Marx. All of these notable creative spirits produced work which is best read in its original form.
And there are lots of reasons to visit Germany, from Götterdämmerung at Bayreuth to Zwei Bier bitte! at Oktoberfest.
Levels offered: German
Beginners (level 1)
You have little or no prior knowledge of German.
Post-beginners (level 2)
You can manage in everyday situations using the present tense.
Intermediate (level 3)
Advanced (level 4)
You can understand the main points of everyday spoken and written German and are confident in the past and future tenses.
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Greeting: "Wie geht es dir?" (How are you - casual)
Counting: eins, zwei, drei, vier, fünf
Useful phrase: "Noch ein Bier bitte!" ("Another beer please!")