C1 German Excellency Course

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Try the first lesson for free, or buy the whole course right away. I offer you a 30 days money back guarantee - I don't want your money if you don't like my course!


I mean this literally: This course will help you take your German to a comfortable level. It won't be a comfy journey though.


The biggest factor for success is persistency. If you enjoy learning German, you'll persist and reach your goal.

With this C1 German Excellency Course you will learn


The vocab, grammar, skills you need to hold a proper, high-level conversation in German.


How to steadily improve your German skills and stay motivated so that you reach your goal of becoming fluent.


Many useful tips, tricks & strategies to make your German practice more joyful and effective.

What’s in the course:

The reason why the smarterGerman method is so effective, is because it’s combining over 20 years of practical experience on both sides of the classroom with a scientifically proven to work learning techniques.

The German C1 level is another huge challenge for any German learner. That’s why it is of utmost importance that you approach it efficiently striving to become independent from any teacher or course asap. Needless to say that this is exactly what this course was designed for. Smart exercises and reviews, spaced repetition and detailed supporting text modules.

This course contains 30 lessons with plenty of texts, audio material, exercises and videos that explain and train the German C1 level grammar and powerful learning techniques in simple English with enlightening examples.

This course is built on the following 7 principles:

You can only learn properly and efficiently if you understand what you are dealing with. Therefore in this course you’ll find crystal clear explanations in a language you actually understand (which is everyday English).Even or actually especially on C1 level, complex matters like high-level grammar need to be explained in a language you feel at home with. Doing so in German would be against any common sense as it is still the language you are trying to learn. You can't clean a splash of tomatoe juice on your shirt with tomatoe juice.
I want you to always know where you are in your learning process and what to do next. And how much to do of what. This course is structured in a very clear and efficient manner. You can focus 100% on your German learning and forget about fiddling around with materials.
Most of you learn a language to make use of it asap and not to brag about the Akkusativ or other sexy grammar features of the German language on the next Munchkin-party of your local board game cafe. Language needs to be used and not (only) explained. Therefore this course makes you use your all your existing German knowledge again and again and again until you get it.
Life doesn’t care whether you got a German class. Online learning is the way to go. You are sick? Your children? Something else happened? No problem. Just continue where you left off and learn German whenever and wherever it suits you best.
Every learner’s aim is to become more independent. This is this course’s priority. It’ll take you by the hand and will push you out of your comfortable nest once you are ready to fly. Don’t worry, you’ll fly. And I don't really have to push either. You'll jump.
Try this course on your mobile browser. It's a stunningly smooth experience. You'll need an internet connection and we did our best to reduce the data load.
Learning German can be quite a challenging experience. Therefore we offer you support in form of answering your questions in the comments (lesson 01 only) or in the sG Community (lesson 02 onwards) and currently I offer weekly 30-60mins meetups in English in which you can ask anything you have on your chest or just join for some really motivating and interesting pep-talk. And if you seek to bring your written German to the next level too, you can book our C1 Corrections Service in which we will correct your course writing assignments within 48 hours (not on weekends though).

For whom is this course?

This course is for you if you want to bring your German to the a level on which you can easily navigate through anything German. It will enable you to have an even more profound experience of your communication in German. It will also guide you step by step through a fundamentally more efficient learning process which will help you to take your learning outside into the real world should you live in a German speaking country. Once you reach this level, there will be no more separate "learning German" but rather a living and breathing the language. This is what lifelong learning truly means.

Improve Your Language Awareness

The more aware you are of HOW German is actually being used the faster and more precise you will learn. Awareness requires proper preparation which you'll be able to do with this course.

Inhale, smile, exhale...

C1 is a massive upgrade and for most learners also a massive challenge. Learn how to take things with a smile and experience solid progress as you follow its clearly laid out instructions.

Optimize your existing learning strategies

Make use of efficient and simple to use learning techniques and experience the power of intelligent language tuition

Even on C1 level you don't need to understand every single word...

Rarely used Vocabulary and grammar details are among the least important factors when it comes to mastering a language. Learn what really matters (and you'll learn many new words as you go anyways).

Get ready for the real world

If you are learning on this level, you'll not only need factual knowledge but above all flexible learning skills as they'll help you adapt to new situations. Experience freedom of learning on a whole new level.

What you can expect in this course

An easy to follow approach to master level C1 CEFR.

You'll learn many skills that will help you with a C1 exam. While this is not an explicit preparation for such an exam as that requires a bit more specific training, this course contains many tasks that you will find in current Goethe and TELC exams and it'll also challenge you on the same level. After this course you'll only need very little outside training to pass your C1 exam and I'll point out where to find that when it is time in the course.

Get it over with those pesty instructions in German. With my approach you'll always clearly understand what to do.

Practice, practice, practice makes perfect. You'll get plenty of opportunity to use your German beyond mechanical grammar exercises.

Does this really work?

The following reviews are from my B1 learners. C1 reviews follow as soon as the first learners have finished this course.

Your instructors

Michael Schmitz (Your instructor and Course Creator)

I had been teaching German in several language schools and countries for over 13 years before I got frustated with the current system of teaching German. I never really questioned the system that is still used worldwide by renowned insitutions like the Goethe Institute or Berlitz and Inlingua. But once I stepped out of the system I could see clearly what went and still goes wrong and set out to fix it. This course is jut the next step in the evolution of a new era of learning languages starting with German.

Rafael Kluczinski (Content Creator)

Rafael has been teaching German and preparing learners to pass their C1 level for many many years. Nowadays he's focussing on creating learning materials for German learners like he did for this course. We used to work together at one of the oldest and most renowned langauge schools of Berlin and we always felt a solid connection.

Frequently Asked Questions

The course starts now and only ends with your, my or the internet's death! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. It's a course for adults. You can do it. I believe in you.
Legally I guarantee that you'll have access to this course for three months because that is what I expect this course to last without me being around in case I die. And I don't want my heirs to be haunted by my graciousness. But as a fellow human being that is pretty much desillusioned by the way capitalism influences our daily lives, I promise to do everything to keep this course alive as long as it takes you to learn German. sG is my beloved child and I also feel like the guardian of something very very precious that I want everyone to get in touch with. I intend to stay in this role until I die and will work on ways to make it surpass me but I can't legally guarantee that. So far I have been around for about 50 years (Korean counting) and sG exists since 2013. The online course is out there and stable since 09/2017. I'm healthy and still in love with my daily work. The average life expectancy for a white male in Germany of my age and wealth lies at around 72 years which leaves you at least 22 more years to learn German with my course. You can luckily also learn German with other materials. The one thing that is for certain though is that things change. Not necessarily my view on capitalism - it pretty much sucks and yet here I am benefitting from it - but the form of my course. Technology is taking giant leaps these days and I'll keep up with it, no problem there so far, but I can't guarantee that you'll have access to the very same course you are seeing in front of you today. I also wouldn't want that as change at smarterGerman means improvement for the better for the learners. So, I hereby, as a fellow human being and calm language enthusiast, promise that I'll do everything to keep this course alive so that you'll be able to finish it one day. On my funeral, please perform a random acto of kindness (RAOK) instead of sending flowers. In case you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me any way you like.
We would never want you to be unhappy! Which is why you can preview the first lesson which will give you a sound impression of the look and feel of the course so that you can try everything out in your own time before having to purchase anything. And even after your purchase you'll have a 30-day money back guarantee because we trust you and we trust our work. Make sure to thoroughly test everything and feel free to send us any question that you have in regard of this course before you purchase or before you request a refund. In most cases we can help you quickly and easily to get on board. Also, should you by some miracle manage to get through more than 50% of the course in those 30 days, please understand that the purpose of the guarantee is not to take economical advantage of my good heart and that your request in such a case will require a very solid explanation as to why I should still refund it.
Yes, as you are a faithful and dedicated German learner you'll always get 25% off any of my main courses. Whether you have purchased one or more of my courses, the max. discount will always be 25%. Please contact me in case you haven't found your coupon that I've put near the end of the B2 German Mastery course yet. Offers can not be combined but 25% is the steepest discount we have ever given. If you get into this course in it's pre-release period, you already get a 50% discount which is not combinable with the faithful customer discount.
Yes, that's the great thing about this platform. BUT PLEASE make sure that your payments are on time as if you fail to pay on time, you'll lose access to your account and therefore your progress. >>>>>> There is no way to reactivate your account once you are unenrolled! You'd have to purchase it again! <<<<<< Once you have paid off the course you'll have constant access to this course. And please notice that this is NOT A SUBSCRIPTION!!! You CAN NOT CANCEL it after your 30-day money back period which means you will have to pay all (!) instalments after that period and I'll insist on it as you gave me your Ehrenwort.
If you can understand this page well, you will be fine with the content of the course. If you struggle with English you might be a bit slower than a native English speaker though but you can still work with this course. I do not offer and will never offer a German course based solely on German. That approach is a horrible approach and should be forbidden. If you want to find out why I feel this way, check out Wolfgang Butzkamm's work: http://fremdsprachendidaktik.de/?cat=10
While you'll reach level C1 with this course, passing a German C1 exam requires additional preparation which this course can only prepare you for to a certain extent. On this level you'd need extra training with a professional (!) tutor for the oral exam (and nothing else). All other skills should be fine when you have worked through this course (and booked out C1 Corrections Services for your writing assignments). I'll provide tips and tricks in the course though. I do not offer C1 exams as that would be worth nothing. Only Goethe, ÖSD and TELC certified schools offer exams that are internationally acknowledged. You can work through my course, prepare a little bit on top of that and take those exams as an external examinee. That'll save you a lot of money and the chances that you pass are at least as high as if you worked with those institutions.
If you study 3 hours per day with this course you are likely to reach level C1 CEFR within 3-6 months. As learning is a highly individual task it might take a bit more or a bit less time or a lot more (likely) or a lot less (unlikely). If you invest less time daily, you will most likely need longer. You'll soon understand that it doesn't really matter how long it takes you to get to some fictive level as long as the quality of your German and your learning experience is high. Will I be fluent in German after this course? If you follow the instructions and advices in the course you'll achieve C1 level fluency as you would in any other group based German course out there. You will also very likely need someone to practice speaking with if speaking is your aim. This course contains exercises that will enable you to practice speaking on your own. I’ll provide you with tips on how to find opportunities for speaking throughout the course.
No and you don't need to to begin with. I do not recommend working with downloads in general as they'll force you to leave the healthy and helpful learning structure of this course. It would be the same as getting a Lamborghini and pushing it instead of driving it. You can nicely work with my course without worrying at all where your materials are stored and how to get them to play on your x devices.
No. Such a certificate would be worthless as no one would nor should recognize it as proof of anything. How do I as a future employer e.g. know what quality your German learning was? Was it really you who did the course? How long did it take you to finish the course? All these things would basically be based upon your trustworthiness. Such a certificate would not add anything to this. Officially acknowledged certificates are offered by the Goethe Institut (called Max Mueller in India), any school with a TELC certification or institutions that offer the ÖSD - Austrian language diploma. There is also Bulats but that's very limited as well. If I was an employer and needed to rely on your language skills I'd have a personal chat with you and check your skills in person or even in a trial day at work. So there will not be a fake certificate in our courses. By the way, the certificates Duolingo offers are also not worth the paper they are printed on for the very same reasons.
This course only (!) covers the level C1 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and can easily replace any course in a physical language school. If you lack the basics or feel that your B2 is rather weak, I strongly recommend that you take a look at my other German courses first. You can preview the intro and first lesson for free and also get a 30 day money back guarantee after purchasing it. No, you don't get access to A1-B2 level as otherwise I would only have to sell this C1 course. You have made it this far with or without the help of other German tutors or classes or apps. Use those resources to fill your gaps before you face the stony road towards C1. Otherwise it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

This course is the essence of over 18 years of teaching German and learning several languages with over several thousand students and over 10000 hours of expertise. We are certain that you will find it an enjoyable and highly rewarding way of learning German and we will assist you wherever we can.