Traditional language courses are not the only way to learn German. If there is no suitable course available where you stay or if you prefer to study by yourself, you can choose from many alternative options to learn German. Or, if you have attended a course already, you can expand your German skills.
- Language tandem: Learn a new language and teach someone else your own language! That's how language tandems work. If you're Italian for example and you would like to learn German, why don't you find a German who would like to learn Italian? Learning languages in a relaxed environment is fun, and also you'll find out a lot about other people and cultures. Tandems are organized at many universities and associations and also by private providers. The University of Bochum has even set up a platform where you can find a tandem partner to study with online.
- Film, television and radio: There are many German films and radio programmes which will let you improve your German. Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, publishes numerous radio programmes to help you learn German, such as news read out slowly. Similarly, Deutsche Welle TV broadcasts many different TV programmes which will let you expand your knowledge of German. In the libraries of many Goethe-Instituts, you can watch German films or borrow them to take home. To find out where your nearest Goethe-Institut is, click on our "local contacts" map.
- Web sites, newspapers, magazines and books: To practise reading German and expand your vocabulary, you can visit German sites on the Internet. Alternatively, you can read German newspapers, magazines and books. The Goethe-Institut usually has a large selection of various media which you can either read there or take home with you.