German course: Learn German A1

Here you will speak your first sentences in German.

Little or no previous knowledge? The A1 German course is right for you if you are a beginner.

Whether online or on site: Learn the basics of the German language and prepare yourself for important everyday situations. You will learn vocabulary in complete sentences and practise basic grammar - with role-plays and varied teaching materials for listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Goals: What will you be able to do after your A1 German course?

  • conduct and understand the simplest everyday conversations.
  • introduce yourself and other people, ask them questions about themselves and answer such questions yourself - for example, where they live, what languages they speak, what hobbies and what profession they have.
  • understand and use everyday, frequently used expressions and simple sentences relating to specific needs - for example, asking for directions, asking for help or making appointments, whether with friends, at the doctor's or at work.
  • have a basic vocabulary of around 1,000 words.

Requirements: What previous knowledge should you have?

At language level A1, the only requirement is that you can read and write in Latin characters. In general, however, we will work with you to determine the language level that suits you best.

Simply take our free placement test.

Contents: What do you learn in the German A1 course?

A1.1: Learn German for beginners - without prior knowledge

  • Introduce yourself and ask how you are
  • All about families, marital status, countries, professions, hobbies
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Countries and languages
  • Colors, shapes, materials
  • People and hobbies
  • Office and computers
  • Transportation and travel
  • Leisure and everyday activities
  • Food, eating and drinking
  • Clock times, times of day
  • Days of the week, seasons, months

  • Definite/indefinite article and negative article
  • Personal pronouns
  • Conjugation in the present tense
  • Negation with "nicht" and "kein"
  • Local prepositions
  • Word formation with -in (professions)
  • W-questions, yes- and no-questions
  • Nouns in the plural
  • Accusative
  • Verbs with vowel changes
  • Simple separable verbs
  • Modal verb "können" and sentence bracket
  • The simple perfect tense - "I have been working."
  • Temporal prepositions - um/am, von ...bis, ab, im
  • Possessive pronouns - my, your
  • Adjectives

A1.2: Learn German for beginners - with prior knowledge

  • At the hotel
  • Directions and locations
  • Institutions and places in the city
  • Destinations and preparations
  • Living and household
  • Clothing
  • Body parts, appearance and character
  • Traffic and environmental rules
  • Weather and cardinal points
  • Festivals and public holidays
  • Making an appointment

  • Local prepositions + dative
  • Possessive article
  • Genitive with proper names
  • Verbs with dative case
  • Personal pronouns in the dative and accusative case
  • Alternating prepositions
  • Modal verbs - want/should, may/must
  • Imperative
  • Preterite of haben, sein
  • Perfect tense
  • Word formation un- (adjectives)
  • Comparative
  • Comparative with wie, als
  • Connector denn
  • Ordinal numbers

Duration: How long does an A1 German course last?

The individual A1.1 and A1.2 courses each last 48 lessons of 60 minutes. In a total of 96 lessons, you will learn everything you need to know for the entire A1 German course level according to the language levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The DeutschAkademie German courses last 4 weeks, at all levels A1 to C2, including the intensive courses. The only exceptions are the semi-intensive courses (8 weeks) and weekend courses (16 weeks). Private courses and company courses are arranged individually.

How much does an A1 German course cost?

The price for an A1 intensive course on site varies depending on the location. Online intensive courses cost €299.00 (4 weeks, 4 days/week, 3 hours/day, 48 hours). You do not pay a registration fee. This is very good value for money. And the DeutschAkademie has top ratings. You also have a money-back guarantee with us.

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Why DeutschAkademie?

DeutschAkademie is an award-winning language school with over 20 years of experience in teaching German as a foreign language. All our language schools are centrally located. We also offer a wide range of courses at different times of the day with a total of over 4,000 5-star ratings. With our professional placement test, we can determine your individual German level and find the German course for you that builds exactly on your level.

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Where to find DeutschAkademie?

Our language school has locations in many cities in Germany and Austria - always very centrally and conveniently located. Information on the respective locations, directions and much more information can be found on the overview pages for BerlinMunichViennaHamburgFrankfurtCologneStuttgart, Leipzig und Düsseldorf.

How do I find the right A1 German course?

Our interactive course finder makes it easy to find the right German course for you.

We offer you a large selection of language courses from A1 to C2 online and in numerous cities, which can be individually tailored to your goals and wishes: You can choose how intensive the course should be, at what times of day the lessons are best suited to you, whether you prefer to learn online or on site and whether you would like to set any special focuses.

And so that we can determine exactly the right level for you, it's best to start right away with our free placement test.

Looking for the right A1 German course?

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How do I register for the A1 German course?

It's very simple: take our free placement test, use the interactive course finder - and you can book the right German course for you.

There are only special considerations for visa courses - because this also involves applying for a language visa. Information about visas for Germany and visas for Austria.

Do I get a certificate from DeutschAkademie?

After completing the A1.1 and A1.2 German courses, you will receive a course confirmation from us. After completing the entire level, you can also register for an official A1 exam.

Here you will find an overview of all recognized course certificates.

And here you can find our special exam preparation courses.

Tip: Take advantage of the free online tutoring

The German language is not easy at first, but it is not as difficult as its reputation. You will see: What you learn here in the A1 German course forms a solid basis. You will find it easier to understand and speak German yourself from day to day.

Everything you learn here at the beginning will also help you later when you learn new vocabulary and grammar. So stick with it. And if you get stuck with a problem, our free online learning support will be happy to help and motivate you.

Further information about our free online tutoring

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