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Facts about the German language, learning tips, free language courses and important links for people learning or teaching German.

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German Language Basics

Facts on the German language

German grammar, the German alphabet, German words, German pronunciation– learning German is not as difficult as many people think. And you are not alone: 15.4 million people around the world are learning German as a foreign language while for 100 million people German is their mother tongue. That makes German the most spoken native language in Europe. The German language can describe things for which no words exist in other languages, it has a unique letter, reliable rules and three genders. Check these links for many other interesting and amusing facts about the German language

Quick facts
100
million people

Speak German as their mother tongue. It is the mother tongue most spoken in Europe.

15.4
million people

are learning German as a foreign language world-wide.

2,000
schools

the world over are members of the PASCH school network, which is familiarizing students with the German language and culture.

600,000
school students

around the world are learning German at a PASCH school.

120
countries

are represented in the PASCH network.

Learning tips

How to learn German?

Learning German can be fun and varied. You can make progress while listening to music, watching TV series or chatting to people on the underground. We present method you can use to learn German vocabulary really easily and memorise German grammar.   

In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has.

Mark Twain

Learn German online

Apps, videos, learning games

Monotonously learning vocabulary by heart is a thing of the past. We show you how you can learn German online – with the help of apps, learning games, YouTube videos and online seminars. Carry your classroom in your pocket or handbag.

Learn German by game

Learning vocabulary off by heart is so yesterday. Why language learning games are the best way to learn German and which apps we really recommend.

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Reports on personal experiences

Learning German can change your life

Learning German unites people and can even change your life. Having a good knowledge of German opens up great opportunities for young people worldwide both for studies and jobs. Click here to read some fascinating success stories.

The Eight Stages of Learning German

When trying to learn German, many foreigners will follow a distinct pattern of eight language learning steps. Only once we've completed all eight, can we really call ourselves integrated.

For German teachers

Tips and inspiration for teaching material

You teach German as a foreign language? Up-to-date and varied teaching material is re important to ensure your lessons are exciting and your students enjoy learning. You will find some inspiration and material for your lessons here.

Contacts

Help with learning German

Learning German is always an advantage if you want to live and/or work in Germany. That way you get to know people more quickly, cope better in everyday life and have excellent career opportunities. But perhaps you just enjoy learning foreign languages and are looking for a new challenge. Whatever your reasons for learning we provide you with information on people and places who can help you learn German.

PASCH Studenten

German schools abroad

The “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative is kindling enthusiasm for German language and culture, and has networked 600,000 school students the world over.
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