How to learn German by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in the everyday's life and that will be useful when traveling. A good exercise to improve your pronunciation is by speaking it out loud, which you can do at any time of the day. This will get you used to the sounds of the language and once your vacation begins, in Berlin, Hamburg or in another village in which German is the official language, it will seem very familiar and easy to understand.

Why speak German while traveling?

This is the most spoken language in Europe

No less than a 100 million people around the world master German. In addition to be Goethe's mother tongue, it is the official language of several countries, including Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Austria. As you can see, speak this language is first of all an opening towards a diversity of cultures, but also a way to increase your business opportunities both in European and African countries and in some American communities.
The official language of the world's fourth-largest economy and the leading power in Europe is also the one of many classics of world literature such as the works of Goethe, the brothers Grimm, Thomas Mann and the winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature Heinrich Böll and Herta Müller.

A major language on the Internet

There is another reason why learn this language is useful: the Internet. We are in the digital age and the domain ".de" (referring to Germany) is the most present on the web, just after the ".com" domain. Having access to such content can be very useful when you want to expand your search capabilities or find information that is not widely known in other languages.

Germany's annual contribution to science and research is another interesting motivation. Did you know that every year one in ten books published in the world is written in this language? This country is among the leaders in research and innovation, occupying the third place in patent applications worldwide.

Succeeding in a German speaking country

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having a good pronunciation within a week to a month?

It's easy: all the letters are pronounced

The pronunciation of German is fairly faithful to his writing: you can rely on the texts to pronounce this language correctly. You will need to learn some rules to have a good accent (for example, to know where to place the tonic accent), but in general it will not be too difficult for you to understand, despite some subtleties on syllables like "sch" or the "-e" in the end of a word — subtleties that may make Germans laugh while listening to you, but will not prevent them from grasping the meaning of your words neither from appreciate that you make the effort to learn their language. We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: German alphabet .

What are the best websites to progress quickly?

100% Autonomous Learning - Online Resources

German courses by Deutsche Welle (DW)
Level: beginner to advanced (A1 to C).
Services: Deutsche Welle (DW) is an international broadcasting service in German. You will have nothing to pay, everything is free. You will find a very rich and varied set of resources, such as vocabulary sheets with audio, videos, interactive exercises, evaluation tests and the best news in the language.
Our opinion: the quality and richness of this 100% free site will allow you to go through all the stages of your learning without ever getting tired. This site is undoubtedly the best we can advise you.

Allemand.org
Level: for people who already have the first notions.
Services: exercises and summaries related to grammar and conjugation
Our opinion: exercises and summaries related to grammar and conjugation.
Our opinion : this site is very focused on writing and formal rules (verbs and conjugations, declinations, names and articles, adjectives, numbers, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, passives...). It is not really advisable for great beginners, but he will be very useful as soon as you have some basic grammatical knowledge. Actually, you will not find better free resource to do exercises. And its use is very nice.

Resources to go further

Online dictionary Reverso
Level: all levels.
Services: online dictionary.
Our opinion: the interest of this dictionary is not to provide only a simple translation, but also a whole "cloud" of results.

+ 15 themes
Essentials, Conversation, Looking for someone, Time tracking, Parting, Bar, Restaurant, Taxi, Transportation, Hotel, Beach, Family, Feelings, Learning, Colours, Numbers, In case of trouble,

Translation / Essentials


Learn german - Essentials
Learn german - Essentials


English German
Hello Guten Tag
Good evening Guten Abend
Goodbye Auf Wiedersehen
See you later Bis später
Yes Ja
No Nein
Excuse me! Bitte!
Thanks Danke schön!
Thanks a lot Vielen Dank!
Thank you for your help Danke für Ihre Hilfe
Don't mention it Bitte sehr
Ok In Ordnung
How much is it? Was kostet das bitte?
Sorry! Entschuldigung!
I don't understand Ich verstehe nicht
I get it Ich habe verstanden
I don't know Ich weiß nicht
Forbidden Verboten
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Wo sind die Toiletten bitte?
Happy New Year! Frohes Neues Jahr
Happy birthday! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
Congratulations! Gratuliere!

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