Everyday german course A1-b1

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Our proven techniques come from over 20 years of teaching experience.

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What's in the Everyday German course?

This course is more than just a presentation of all necessary grammar and vocabulary. It will help you to learn efficiently and effectively with its wholistic and experience-based approach. Don't trust my words, experience it first hand by working through the intro and the 1st lesson yourself.

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.

I developed this course due to getting bored to death in the over 20 language courses I took and even in my own German classes (with me teaching them) where we were only allowed to speak German to the students. Needless to say that those classes were far from efficient.

The course includes over 54 lectures which are segregated in 6-8 steps each, featuring over a hundred videos of more than 35 hours of video lessons and detailed supporting text modules.

Can you solve the mystery?

The story I use in my course is a criminal story. The reason I chose to do this was based on the nature of criminal stories. People are drawn naturally to stories like this because they want to find out more. All of us want to discover the truth. We are wired to want to know "whodunit".

When this type of motivation is paired with learning, it prompts the learner to read on and learn more to find out who the the culprit is. And on this journey, as a reader you learn a new grammar topic with each chapter you read.

Avoid the biggest mistakes in traditional language learning

Many learners who want to learn a new foreign language, start with vocabulary. The problem with that, is that If you only learn vocabulary in an isolated fashion, either you only learn partial meanings and ignore the full range of definitions that the word has, or you try to memorize multiple definitions and end up confusing yourself because you don't know when to apply which definition.

My process is totally different, and I hold your hand taking you through it one step at a time. You don't need to memorize grammar tables or vocabulary words. Just show up and open your mind for 15 minutes a day.

Hear from Fellicia, who loves the sG method

Fellicia loves how all the reading, listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary exercises are carefully laid out for you by Michael... you simply need to show up and click 'next'!

It's supposed to be fun, remember?

This german online course offers a variety of techniques for every learning style.

Course

Easy to follow and enjoyable learning experience. I'll take you each step of the way. Nothing you need to do but show up.

Community

Join other German learners on a shared journey. Ask questions, learn from each other and make new connections.

Context

No boring vocab lists or grammar tables to memorize. Learn via an exciting detective story that keeps things fun.

Hear from Drew, one of our students

Drew has work colleagues in German, Austria and Switzerland and he wanted to form a better connection with them. He needed something he could do own his own while juggling a busy job and kids.

Course Curriculum

Reading

The base of any language is vocabulary. Get to know powerful self-learning techniques, which help you to learn independently and effectively.

  • The base of any language is vocabulary.

  • My process uses English to help you understand as quickly as possible.

  • We then add audio and transition into listening to enhance your comprehension.

Grammar

I broke down the German language in a logical way that is simple and makes sense. You will understand everything as I explain things in simple English instead of the usual Gibberish.

  • How to learn and never forget the German articles

  • How to make sense of the German cases (above all Akkusativ and Dativ).

  • Master the irregular verbs in a couple of hours.

Active Listening

The better you understand what others are saying, the more secure you will feel with them and the greater the beneficial effect on your speaking skill.

  • Learn how to recognize relevant key words. In the beginning, everything sounds just like one big blur.

  • Learn the difference between active and passive listening.

  • To recognize individual words, you must at first “cognize“ them - I'll show you how.

Writing

Writing seems to intimidate many German learners. That is mainly because they would like to be able to express themselves as they do in their mother tongue.

  • I'll show you correction tools you can use to check your own writing.

  • Have a go at writing basic sentences and compare against others and correction tools.

  • Start simple - slow down to go faster.

Speaking

Not being able to express yourself fully can be a quite intimidating and frustrating experience. But with a couple of quite simple to follow tips you will be able to leave this initial fear behind you soon and who knows, maybe even enjoy staggering your way through the language-jungle until you reach a liberating clearing.

  • Learn the Preaching Technique and Superhero Technique to aid your speaking.

  • Correct. your pronunciation with the help of tools.

  • Overcome your fear of speaking.

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We offer a 30 day money back guarantee. You can also try the first lesson completely for free.

Hear from Suhas, pursuing his Masters in Germany

Suhas loves the fact the course is taught in English, the flow of the lessons and the psychological understanding that Michael shares throughout. It show Michael understands exactly where you are in the learning process and not to worry if you're feeling overwhelmed -- everything will make sense in time... and it does.

Meet your instructor and founder of smarterGerman,
Michael Schmitz

I had been teaching German in several language schools and countries for over 13 years before I got frustrated with the current system of teaching German. I never really questioned the system that is still used worldwide by renowned institutions 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 just the next step in the evolution of a new era of learning languages starting with German.

Frequently Asked Questions

What language level does this course cover?

This course covers the levels A1, A2 and B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). If you are on any of these levels you will benefit from this course. And if you are on level B2 or higher and just want to refresh your basic grammar and understanding of the German language, you should also be fine.

My English is not so good, will this course work for me?

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.

How long do I need to reach level B1 from scratch?

If you are an experienced language learner and study with this course 4.5 hours per day (that's the amount you are expected to work in most physical intensive courses) it is possible to reach level B1 CEFR within 180 days. As learning is a highly individual task it might take a bit (or a lot) more or a bit less time. If you invest less time daily, you will most likely need a bit longer. In the course you'll find a more detailed estimation also for other levels. Will I be fluent in German after this course? You can reach B1 fluency. B1 is still a pretty limited level compared to B2 e.g. You will also most likely still need conversation practice to practice what you have learned with a human being. I’ll provide you with tips on how to find someone for speaking practice late in the course as in the beginning you shouldn't worry about speaking with others at all! First build a solid base of knowledge.

Will I pass my B1 exam after completing this course?

While you'll reach level B1 with this course, passing a German B1 exam requires additional preparation which this course can't offer fully. You'd need extra training with a living being for the oral exam. All other skills should be fine when you have worked through this course. Check out my course called "Hack your B1 German exam" which will help you to get the best results possible from your B1 exam.

Are any lessons with a human tutor included in this course?

No. And you don't need a tutor at all as this course will teach you everything you need to reach level B1. If you wonder how you'll learn to speak German, I can tell you that for the first few months you won't have to speak to other human beings at all but will rather focus on establishing a base knowledge of the language and prepare your speaking skills with help of very powerful techniques (they are called Preaching, Oral Dictation and Secretary Technique in my course). At one point you need to take the risk and go out into the real world and use what you have learned. Paying a tutor for speaking practice has in my experience shown a rather negative effect by holding people back from using the language in real life. And if you don't live in a German speaking country yet, why bother with speaking to another human being yet? Prepare and once you have a real need and some urgency to speak you'll learn very quickly. The better your base by then, the faster you will become a fluent speaker.

Will I get a certificate after completion of this course?

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.

How long do I have access to this course?

At least until I die, approximately 22 years from now.

What if I'm unhappy with the course?

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.

Hear from Rio, who almost quit learning German

Beyond learning German, Rio appreciates the motivation and psychology behind each lesson. Learning on your own can be hard sometimes, but Michael's insights make it seem like he's sitting right there next to you.

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