Language skills: It’s easier in German

A language is always a part of home. If you speak German, you will see how quickly you feel at home in Germany. Before or after arriving in Germany, over the Internet, in a language school, watching TV or cooking with German friends – there are all kinds of ways to learn German. You can find out more about language-learning and the German language here.

Language skills: It’s easier in German

Learning German the easy way

Learning German the easy way

The best way is to start learning a bit of German before you leave your home country. Many language schools provide help – and even run special courses for your later professional career in Germany. The best-known language service provider is the Goethe-Institut, the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Goethe-Institut offers German courses in 92 countries all over the world – from intensive courses or courses for business German right through to learning German while cooking. Like a few other institutions, the Goethe-Institut also offers online courses with exercises and drills, even specifically for German language at the workplace, as well as forums for learning German and information on chats.

Funding

To help you learn German better, you have the possibility of getting funding to attend a language course. You could start by asking your employer. If your company is large enough to have its own personnel department, this might be able to tell you more precisely which language courses are suitable and whether it is possible to be funded by the company. You will also find reasonably priced language courses at the "Volkshochschulen", the state-run adult education institution. Besides this, integration courses are an excellent means for you to acquire German language skills and at the same time get acquainted with German culture.

Moreover, the German Government offers affordable vocational language courses nationwide. The basic modules teach German language skills that are generally required at your workplace and the special modules enhance your specialised professional vocabulary. To attend the vocational language courses, you must either have completed an Integration course or have at least achieved level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. On the website of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs you can find detailed information on the vocational language courses. 

Facts about the German language

Facts about the German language

German is the language spoken by the largest number of people in Europe. 120 million people describe German as their mother tongue, because it is not only the official language in Germany, but also one of the official languages of Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Germany is also recognised as a minority language in the EU member states of the Czech Republic, Italy and Slovakia, as well as in Hungary and, outside the EU, in the Central Asian republics of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and in Russia. Besides these countries, German is also one of the national languages of Namibia. German binds many people all over the world together as you can see.

And if you don’t make yourself understood immediately every time, despite all your grammar and vocabulary drills, it might not be your fault: some very distinct dialects are spoken in the different regions of Germany.

Luena from Greece
The foreign language is a big barrier when you migrate to Germany. To prepare myself, I tried to earn sufficient German skills in my home country by taking an intensive language course. But on the first day of my new job, it struck me straight away: my colleagues spoke with a strong Bavarian accent. It wasn’t easy for me to understand it at first. My new boss told me there are lots of different accents in Germany. I've been living in Munich for three years now, and I’ve got used to the pronunciation and I’ve adopted it in some ways. My tip: I recommend anyone moving here to inquire about regional accents early, to prevent any surprises on arrival.

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Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Courses in German for professional purposes (German, English, Russian, Turkish)

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Carl Duisberg Centres

German language courses for adults and youths in Germany (i. a. German, English, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, Turkish)

Deutsche Welle

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Goethe-Institut

Online portal for learners of German with games and videos (German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
German at the workplace: tasks and exercises online (German)



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