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German is spoken by nearly one hundred million people in central European countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union. As Germany is the major political and economic power in Europe a working knowledge of German is essential for professionals in areas such as business, finance, economics and politics. The Alison Learning Path in German Language Skills introduces you to the basics of German grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and explains how they should be applied in both written and spoken German. The Alison Learning Path in German Language Skills is a sequence of courses that will help you go beyond a basic level of spoken and written German and will help you become more effective and confident when communicating with other people. You will learn about the use of Past, Present and Future tenses, the common mistakes made when using these tenses, and their correct usage. You will also learn about the word order of a sentence structure and how to turn a sentence into a negative or a question. You will expand your German language vocabulary and improve your pronunciation skills. You will cover vocabulary in areas such as shopping, food, sports, and holidays. It will be of great interest to anybody wanting to travel to Germany, either as a tourist or in a professional capacity, business people who have regular contact with German colleagues and for any learner who has an interest in speaking or reading German.



Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Basic German Language Skills

    German is spoken by nearly one hundred million people in central European countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union. Germany is internationally recognised as the industrial and economic powerhouse of Europe, so a working knowledge of German is essential for professionals in areas such as business, finance, economics and politics.
    In this free online German language course you will be introduced to basic German vocabulary and grammar. You will learn about times of the day, colours, numbers, the alphabet, and important verbs. This free online German language course will be of great interest to all professionals who would like to begin learning German, and to all learners who would like to be introduced to this very important European language.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  2. Conversational German - First Contact

    Conversational German – First Contact is a free online course which is designed for anyone who wants to learn to speak basic German.

    The course is broken down into pronunciation of the alphabet, numbers and words and the basics of conversation covering hello, goodbye and introductions. Audio segments will let you hear the sound of each letter in German, as well as how the various letters are pronounced in words. The course lays down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of words and phrases through text and audio. Short audio segments let you hear how the words and phrases are pronounced. You will learn how to greet people and address them correctly, both formally and informally, with multiple examples for listening to. You will learn how a sentence is formed in German and become familiar with basic grammar.

    This course will be of great interest to anyone who wants to learn to speak German for use in business or social occasions, and for those wanting to travel to any German speaking country or region in Europe.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  3. Conversational German - From Time of Day to Eating Out

    The German language course 'Conversational German – From Time of Day to Eating Out' is a free online course which is designed for anyone who wants to learn to speak basic German. With 120 million German speakers in over 20 countries this course is the second in a series of conversational German courses that lay down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of words and the use of phrases and sentences through text and audio.

    You will learn the German words and phrases for telling the time and dates. You will also be introduced to nationalities, how to tell someone where you are from and ask where they are from. You will then learn German words and phrases that will help you order drinks and snacks at a cafe, how to reserve a table at a restaurant, how to order food and ask for and pay the bill. The content is broken down into key terms and vocabulary. There are also audio clips accompanied by a transcript and translation with additional key cultural and grammatical points being highlighted and explained.

    This free online German language course will be of great interest to anybody wanting to travel to Germany or a German speaking region, either as a tourist or for business, business people who have regular contact with German speaking colleagues and for any learner who has an interest in speaking or reading German.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  4. Conversational German - From Family to Shopping

    The free online course Conversational German – From Family to Shopping is designed for anyone who wants to learn to speak basic German. With 120 million German speakers in over 20 countries this course is the third in a series of conversational German courses that lay down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of words and the use of phrases and sentences through text and audio.

    The course starts by introducing key words and phrases that allow you describe your family and talk about members of your family. You will also be able to ask about other people's families. The course then tells you how to describe your profession, where you work and aspects of your job. You will learn key words and phrases for shopping for day to day basics like bread, cheese, fruit and vegetables.

    You will also learn how to request that you taste a sample of the food. When buying clothes you will learn how to ask for recommendations or assistance in a shop, and ask for an item of clothing by colour. If you are ill you will learn how to describe your symptoms to a pharmacist and request medicine. The content is broken down into key terms and vocabulary. There are also audio clips accompanied by a transcript and translation with additional key cultural and grammatical points being highlighted and explained.

    This free online German language course will be of great interest to anybody wanting to travel to Germany or a German speaking region, either as a tourist or for business, business people who have regular contact with German speaking colleagues and for any learner who has an interest in speaking or reading German.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  5. Conversational German - From using the Phone to Pastimes and Holidays

    Conversational German – From using the Phone to Pastimes and Holidays is a free online course which is designed for anyone who wants to gain confidence in speaking German. With 120 million German speakers in over 20 countries this course is the last in a series of conversational German courses that lay down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of words and the use of phrases and sentences, with English translations, through text and audio.

    With the focus on spoken German the first module takes the learner through using the phone for taking and leaving messages as well as making appointments. The remaining modules address leisure time such as sporting activities, going to the theater, and making plans for the weekend. You will also learn how to book a hotel or hostel, check in when you arrive, report any problems with your room, make inquires about activities, ask for information and directions as well as talk about your holidays to other people. Additional information about German culture, grammar and verbs is presented to enable you to expand your knowledge of the German language.

    This course will be of great interest to anyone who wants to learn how to speak German in social settings or anyone who is looking to travel to any German speaking region in Europe.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a German Language Skills Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.



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