German

This site contains a wide range of materials to help you learn German. Pick up some basic phrases, expand your vocabulary, or find a language partner to practise with.

About these resources

Our aim is to provide a high quality resource for those who wish to learn German online.

Access to the site is completely free.

Sound is available for many of the phrases and words on this site. It has been recorded to the highest quality by native German speakers.

If you have any comments or suggestions, or spot any mistakes however small, please contact us — we appreciate your feedback.


The Reichstag, Berlin

About the German language

German is spoken by about 75 million people in Germany, with a further 20 million people worldwide speaking it as a first language.

Along with English and Dutch, to which it is closely related, German belongs to the West Germanic branch of the Germanic family of languages.

So why learn German?

A major world language
As one of the world's major languages, German has been the conduit for publications in many learned fields: medicine, the natural sciences, philosophy, and languages. Many terms now used in these fields originated from German.

Literature
German has a rich literature dating from mediaeval times until the present day. Its most famous writers from the classical period (18th century) include Goethe, Schiller, and Lessing, and from the twentieth century Brecht, Böll, and Grass.

Travel
Many of the German speaking countries such as Austria and Switzerland boast exotic scenery and historic towns. A knowledge of the language will enhance a visit to these countries.

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