C1 German Excellency Course

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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 soon book our C1 Corrections Service in which we will correct your course writing assignments within 48 hours (not on weekends though).

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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.

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.

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