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Ever see yourself behind the wheel of a high performance German sports car on the Autobahn? Ever wanted to have schnitzel in Saarbrücken? By learning German, you’ll gain access to an incredible world of fun, excitement, and adventure. From Germany, to Belgium, from Luxembourg to Switzerland: German can take you through some of the most cultured and sophisticated destinations on the continent.

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Building the basics.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Greetings, Gratitude, Goodbyes
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    Building the basics.

    Greetings, Gratitude, Goodbyes

    • Express Gratitude
    • Greet People
    • Make Small Talk with Strangers
    • Say Goodbye
    • Learn About Adjective Endings
    • Learn Definite and Indefinite Articles
    • Learn Forms of the Verb sein
    • Understand Patterns in Verb Formation
  • Do you speak English?
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    Building the basics.

    Do you speak English?

    • Ask and Tell What Language Someone Speaks
    • Ask and Tell Where Someone is From
    • Get Someone's Attention
    • Learn Some Regular and Irregular Verbs
    • Learn the modal verb können
    • Learn to ask yes/no-questions and information questions
  • What's your name?
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    Building the basics.

    What's your name?

    • Ask Someone's Name
    • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
    • Recognize Common German Names
    • Respond to Introductions
    • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something
    • Learn Pronouns and their Declensions
    • Learn Question Formation
    • Learn the Conjugation and Spelling Rules for the Verb heißen
    • Learn the Modal Verb möchten
  • Getting around
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    Building the basics.

    Getting around

    • Ask for Directions
    • Get Around Using Public Transportation in Germany
    • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
    • Name Important Places and Facilities Around Town
    • Understand Directions Given to You
    • Learn the Declensions of the Indefinite and Definite Articles
    • Learn the different conjugations of haben and sein
    • Learn to apply verb conjugation rules to a variety of verbs
    • Learn to use the modal verb können
  • Shopping and Payment
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    Building the basics.

    Shopping and Payment

    • Count up to 99
    • Deal with German Currency
    • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
    • Apply Adjective Declension After the Indefinite and Definite Article
    • Form Questions Using the Question Word Wo and Was and Wieviel
    • Learn the Conjugation of haben
    • Use the Stative Passive Geschlossen and Geöffnet
    • Use the Verbs kosten , suchen , nehmen and bekommen
  • At the Restaurant
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    Building the basics.

    At the Restaurant

    • Order Drinks and Meals at a Restaurant
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at a Restaurant
    • Understand German Restaurant Etiquette
    • Learn plural forms of nouns
    • Learn the modal verb mögen
    • Learn to form compound nouns
    • Learn to use adjectives as nouns
    • Learn to use regular and irregular verbs
  • Numbers and Currency
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    Building the basics.

    Numbers and Currency

    • Deal With Large Numbers and Ordinal Numbers
    • Discuss Payment Methods
    • Handle Currency with Ease
    • Learn to tell time
    • Make Reservations at a Hotel and Check In
    • Learn to form comparatives of adjectives
    • Learn to the prepositions mit , bei , für and ohne
    • Learn to use the phrase es gibt
    • Learn to use the verb helfen
    • Use kein for negation
  • Getting help
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    Building the basics.

    Getting help

    • Accept or Decline Help
    • Ask for and Offer Help
    • Describe Emergency Situations
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Germany
    • Talk about how you feel physically
    • Learn to use subordinate conjunctions
    • Learn to use the formal imperative
    • Practice the modal verbs können , sollen , and möchten
    • Use dative constructions with mir
    • Use possessive pronouns
  • What does that mean?
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    Building the basics.

    What does that mean?

    • Approach Someone with a Question
    • Communicate One's Ability to Understand Something
    • Inquire About Do's And Don'ts
    • Inquire About the Meaning of a Word or Phrase
    • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up
    • Learn the irregular verbs sehen , sprechen , and aussprechen
    • Learn the modal verbs können , müssen and dürfen
    • Learn to use subordinate clauses with ob
    • Learn to use the present perfect tense
    • Learn to use the simple past form war
  • Languages and Communication
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    Building the basics.

    Languages and Communication

    • Add Some Flavor to Your Speech and Sound Like a Native
    • Become a Master-Builder of the German Language
    • Break the Ice with Ease
    • Recognize Some True and Some False German Friends
    • Learn subject-verb inversion
    • Learn to make comparisons using als and wie
    • Practice the simple past with war
    • Practice using subordinating and coordinating conjunctions
    • Use infinitive constructions with zu

Expanding the essentials.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • People and Animals
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    Expanding the essentials.

    People and Animals

    • Address Family Members Using Kinship Terms
    • Describe a Person's Appearance
    • Describe a Pet's Appearance
    • Refer to Different Pets
    • Talk About Characteristics and Personality Types
    • Apply Gender Agreement to Possessive Pronouns and Adjectives
    • Express Possessives
    • Learn about Different Plural Forms
    • Learn the Dative Case Ending
    • Use Separable Prefixes
  • At Home
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    Expanding the essentials.

    At Home

    • Describe Items Inside a House
    • Describe Locations and Spatial Relations
    • Name Different Colors
    • Refer to Rooms and Locations in and Around a House
    • Express Direction with Hinein , Heraus , and More
    • Form Compound Nouns
    • Learn the Prefixes Hell- and Dunkel-
    • Practice Forming Possesives
    • Talk about Location Using the Verb Stehen
  • Small Talk
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Small Talk

    • Discuss Social Events
    • Politely Decline an Invitation
    • Share Likes and Dislikes
    • Talk About Different Types of Sports
    • Talk About Hobbies
    • Comfortably Use the Particles denn and ja
    • Form Sentences with Direct Objects
    • Use Ordinal Numbers
    • Use the First Person Plural Wir
    • Use the Second Person Informal Plural Ihr
  • Dating
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Dating

    • Ask Someone to Dance
    • Establish Whether You Have Met Someone Before
    • Inquire About Someone's Habits
    • Introduce Yourself
    • Strike Up a Conversation
    • Express Preferences with Lieber
    • Get to Know More Reflexive Verbs
    • Reinforce the Use of Direct Objects
    • Use the Past Tense
  • Eating and Cooking
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Eating and Cooking

    • Express Your Like or Dislike of Certain Foods
    • Learn About Common German Foods
    • Refer to Food Preparation Processes
    • Talk About Different Meals
    • Talk About the Ingredients of a Dish
    • Reinforce the Past Tense
    • Speak in the Passive Voice
    • Use the Impersonal You Man
  • Weather and Landscape
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Weather and Landscape

    • Describe the Land
    • Describe the Weather
    • Discuss Activities Pertaining to Weather and Land
    • Use Proper Measurement
    • Express the Concept of "should" with Soll and Sollte
    • Form Verbs in the Future Tense
    • Learn More About Forming Compound Words
    • Reinforce the Past Tense
  • Shopping
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Shopping

    • Inquire About Store Hours
    • Talk About Clothing
    • Talk About Different Types of Stores
    • Talk About Groceries
    • Understand German Sizing and Measurements
    • Learn More About Separable Prefixes
    • Reinforce Compound Words
    • Use the Question Words Wie viel , Welche , Wo , and Wann
  • Banking and Post Office
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Banking and Post Office

    • Discuss Running Errands
    • Invite Someone to Join You for an Activity
    • Use Basic Banking and Financial Terms
    • Use the Post Office
    • Imply Verbs After "Must"
    • Learn to Use Relative Pronouns
    • Reinforce the Future Tense
    • Use More Compound Words
  • Leisure Activities
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Leisure Activities

    • Discuss Means of Getting Somewhere
    • Make Plans for an Activity
    • Remind Someone to Bring Something
    • Suggest Going Somewhere
    • Form More Compound Words
    • Practice Informal Imperatives
    • Reinforce the Use of Relative Pronouns
    • Use Different Verbs in the Past Tense
  • Sightseeing
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Sightseeing

    • Ask About and Discuss a Famous Person and Local History
    • Ask to See Less Common Places
    • Ask to See Well-Known Places
    • State an Idea
    • Learn the Impersonal Possessive Pronouns Sein and Ihr
    • Practice the Different Words for "Should"
    • Practice Using Different Verbs for Different Means of "Going"
    • Reinforce the Use of Relative Pronouns
    • Use the Verb Gefallen

Broadening boundaries.

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  • Culture, Literature, and Art
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Culture, Literature, and Art

    • Discuss Artists and Their Work
    • Say Whether You Are Familiar with Someone or Something
    • Talk About Famous Authors and Books
    • Talk About Local Music
    • Learn Months and Their Gender
    • Learn Some English Words Used in the German Language
    • Learn the Gender Rule for Professions
    • Practice the Plural Form for Mixed Gender Groups
    • Use Dates
  • History
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    Broadening boundaries.

    History

    • Discuss the Country's Origin
    • Talk About Famous People in Local History
    • Talk About Wars and Other Historical Events
    • Express the Passive Voice in the Past Tense
    • Form New Compound Words
    • Learn the Months of the Year
    • Practice the Simple Past Tense
    • Use Dates
  • At the Hospital
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    Broadening boundaries.

    At the Hospital

    • Describe Feelings of Pain or Illness
    • Name a Kind of Medicine
    • Respond to Medical Questions
    • Form Subordinate Clauses Using Dass , Denn , and Wenn
    • Practice the Formal Imperative Form
    • Use the Present Tense to Refer to Ongoing Events That Began in the Past
    • Use Fehlen to Inquire About Medical Issues
  • Express Thoughts and Feelings
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Express Thoughts and Feelings

    • Describe or Explain Your Emotions
    • Express Feelings
    • Offer Sympathy
    • Differentiate Between the Two Uses of "If": Ob and Wenn
    • Differentiate Between the Uses of "When": Wenn , Wann , and Als
    • Form the Past Tense with the Verb Sein
    • Learn to Use the Dative Case
    • Reinforce the Use of Reflexive Verbs
  • Higher Learning
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Higher Learning

    • Ask What School Someone Attended
    • Discuss Progress in a Study Program
    • Inquire About a Field of Study
    • Apply the Dative Ending to Words Following Seit
    • Use Dann to Indicate Future Tense
    • Use Seit with a Present Tense Verb to Indicate Present Perfect Tense
  • Name Origins
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Name Origins

    • Ask About the Origin of a Name
    • Comment on Someone's Name
    • Describe the Nature of a Guest's Visit
    • Identify Your Relationship with Someone
    • Use Various Expressions to Introduce Someone
    • Apply Gender Agreement to the Impersonal Pronoun "It"
    • Learn the Phrase "To Remember" for Past Events
    • Reinforce the Use of Dative and Accusative Pronouns
    • Reinforce the Use of Passive With the Past Tense
  • Dietary Restrictions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Dietary Restrictions

    • Ask If Someone Wants to Taste a Food
    • Give Compliments on Food
    • Talk About Hunger and Food Cravings
    • Talk About One's Dietary Habits
    • Talk About the Ingredients of a Dish
    • Learn a Translation for "To Try"
    • Learn the Structure Lust haben auf with a Noun
    • Reinforce the Use of Gender Specific Relative Pronouns
    • Reinforce the Use of Verbs in the Present Tense with Seit
    • Use the Informal Imperative Form
  • Physical Descriptions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Physical Descriptions

    • Add Humor to a Situation
    • Describe Someone's Appearance
    • Express Uncertainty
    • Apply Gender Agreement to the Phrase "The One That"
    • Apply the Dative Case Modifcations with the Verb "To Seem"
    • Learn a Translation For "People"
    • Reinforce the Use of the Preposition An With "To Remember" for Past Events
  • Getting Ready for the Party
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Getting Ready for the Party

    • Compliment Someone on Their Clothing or Appearance
    • Express That One Event is Dependent on Another
    • Say You Have to Verify Something
    • Talk About Personal Care and Grooming
    • Learn to Form Comparatives with Als
    • Practice a Translation for "To Wear"
    • Reinforce the Informal Imperative Verb Form
    • Use the Reflexive Verb Sich schminken
    • Use Bevor , Während , and Nachdem to Express a Sequence of Events
  • Sports and Fitness
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Sports and Fitness

    • Comment on an Activity and Its Effects
    • Discuss Sport and Exercise Habits
    • Invite Someone to Join a Group
    • Practice Exceptional Uses of the Dative Case
    • Practice Using Sein with Past Participles
    • Use the Expression ... Bescheid sagen

Continuing with confidence.

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  • Going Through Customs
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Going Through Customs

    • Interact with Airport and Customs Employees
    • Present and Request Identification
    • Understand and Respond to Security Questions and Commands
    • Form Imperatives with Separable Prefixes
    • Form the Past Tense of Verbs with Separable Prefixes
    • Practice Sentences with Implied Verbs
    • Reinforce Formal and Informal Imperatives
  • At the Hotel
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Hotel

    • Check into and out of a Hotel
    • Discuss Hotel Features and Services
    • Express Future Desires
    • Offer Help
    • Express Time Beyond the Full Hour
    • Learn a New Translation For "To Do"
    • Learn the Prefix Ab-
    • Reinforce the Use of Relative Pronouns
    • Use the Passive Voice in the Present Tense
  • Renting a Home
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Renting a Home

    • Accentuate the Positive Aspects of a Living Space
    • Discuss Features of Homes or Apartments
    • Inquire About Possible Homes
    • Outline Steps to Take Before Moving In
    • Form New Compound Nouns
    • Learn a New Translation for "To Look At”
    • Learn a New Way to Present Compound Nouns
    • Learn the Prefix Un-
    • Recognize Word Order Flexibility in German
  • Utilities and Appliances
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Utilities and Appliances

    • Ask for a Technician or Repairman
    • Describe a Problem with a Utility or Appliance
    • Discuss Setting up Utilities
    • Establish a Time Frame for Services
    • Give Contact and Billing Information
    • Form the Passive Voice in the Present Tense
    • Learn the Conditional Form of Sein
    • Use Expressions with Egal
    • Use the Preposition Vorbei as a Prefix
  • Choosing a School
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Choosing a School

    • Discuss Schooling Options
    • Discuss the Consequences of a Decision
    • Mention Hearsay
    • Talk About Features of Schools
    • Learn the Phrase Der Meinung sein
    • Learn the Prefix Hin-
    • Practice Forming Comparatives
    • Use the Conditional Verb Form
    • Use the Expression Nicht in Frage kommen
  • Emergency Situations
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Emergency Situations

    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Express Fear and Urgency
    • Request and Offer Emergency Aid
    • Request or Provide an Address or Location
    • Differentiate the Impersonal Pronoun Based on Gender and Case
    • Learn a Translation for Schwer
    • Reinforce the Imperative Form
    • Use Prepositions of Place
  • Household Chores
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Household Chores

    • Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
    • Ask Someone To Do a Chore
    • Describe Feelings of Anger
    • Express Annoyance
    • Give an Excuse
    • Derive Neuter Nouns from Action Verbs
    • Form Tag Questions with Oder
    • Reinforce the Future Tense with Werden
    • Use the Dative Case with Verbs That Imply Giving
  • At the Beauty Salon
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Beauty Salon

    • Discuss Beauty Salon Services
    • Make and Ask About Appointments
    • Request and Discuss Hair Styles
    • Describe Having Something Done Using the Verb Lassen
    • Learn the Past Perfect Tense
    • Reinforce the Conditional Verb Form
    • Use the Prefix Dran with Verbs
    • Use Zu as an Infix
  • Making Plans
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Making Plans

    • Discuss Certain Obligations
    • Discuss When Events Occur
    • Remind Someone of an Event
    • Talk About a Person's Availability
    • Differentiate Between the Two Meanings of "To Remember"
    • Learn a Reflexive and a Non-Reflexive Translation for "To Prepare"
    • Practice the Use of Word Order in German for Emphasis
    • Reinforce the Passive Voice
    • Use the Infixes -zu- and -ge- with Separable Verbs
  • At the Movies
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Movies

    • Describe Aspects of Movie Making
    • Discuss a Movie or Acting
    • Give a Contrary Opinion
    • Learn to Imply Nouns in Established Context
    • Reinforce the Simple Past
    • Use the Expression Mensch!