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Learn German at Home, Level 1 Semester 1

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Why German?

I learned German because it is part of my family’s heritage. That and Russian wasn’t offered at my high school. Why do you want to learn German? Answer in a paragraph and add it to the front of your notebook. Also feel free to share your reasons in the discussion section below. Maybe I can find some additional resources to help you meet your goals!

This video is about the significance of the German language as well as covering some history and linguistic characteristics of the language.

Do you know where English fits in and why our language is considered a Germanic language? Early in the fifth century, the Romans pulled out of Britain. The Angles, Saxons and Jutes had attacked Britain before, but without the Romans to defend the territory, they were finally successful late in the fifth century. They conquered and then settled what we now call England. In fact, the name for England comes from “Angle-Land,” or, “the land of the Angles.” We don’t typically honor the significance of the Jutes to this part of our language’s history, but we still refer to ourselves as Anglo-Saxon, a very clear recognition of our Germanic past.

Are you trying to teach German to your junior high or high school students? Has it led to a frustration with the low quality of text books and language learning materials available for home study? Have you tried to utilize the amazing amount of free content available on the internet, but became overwhelmed with the choices and sheer volume of information? Those are the exact reasons I started putting this course together for my own children and decided to share it with anyone else who is seeking to teach or learn German at home. Directions for how to enroll are below! (If you have a younger student ready for an introduction to German, check out my free online German course for younger students.)

Learn German at Home for free

There is a forum attached to each lesson that allows you to ask questions, interact with each other and upload assignments. I will not grade these or correct them, but will provide feedback and may use the mistakes I see to guide future lessons.

What you will need:

(Note: This course is for one semester, but these materials will get you through the first year. The dictionary listed is good enough for four years of high school German.)

• A good German-English dictionary. I recommend Langenscheidt.

• A binder with five dividers.

Wildes Deutschland, a collection of short texts for the beginning German student, by Dana Hanley. Also available on Currclick.

Bobo Siebenschläfer, von Markus Osterwalder (make sure it is the version linked). I have permission from the author to read the chapters aloud in this course, so it will serve as a nice textbook!

And consider joining the course’s facebook page for some extra practice and a chance to ask questions!

Und das wär’s! (And that’s it!) For less than the cost of a traditional textbook, you should have a pretty good German language curriculum, especially if you can find someone to practice with. I look forward to helping you learn this beautiful language!

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  • Before You Begin 

    Everything you need to get the most from this course.

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  • Kapitel 1: Introduction to German 

    In this module, you will begin learning the sounds that make up the German language.

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    • Kultur: The First Day of School
    • Introductions
    • The Alphabet
    • German pronunciation, -ch
    • Formal or Informal?
    • Die Zahlen bis Zehn (Numbers to Ten)
    • Eins, Zwei, Polizei
    • Quiz 1
    • Friday is Movie Day! TroTro das kleine Monster
  • Kapitel 2: Stell dir vor! 

    This week, we will start learning some core vocabulary and simple sentences.

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    • Word order, or The Basic German Sentence
    • Colors, or die Farben
    • German pronunciation: The Umlaute
    • Grün, Grün, Grün Sind Alle Meine Kleider
    • Der, Die oder Das? Gender in German Nouns
    • German pronunciation: German Diphthongs
    • Conjugating regular German verbs
    • Color word flashcards
    • Color Quiz
    • Movie Day! TroTro’s Spielsachen
  • Kapitel 3: Wie geht's? 

    By the end of this module, you should be able to have a simple conversation, with guidance.

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    • Körperteile (body parts)
    • Definition: What is inflection?
    • Sein, the verb “to be”
    • Haben, the verb “to have”
    • Wie geht’s? (How are you?)
    • The nominative case
    • The accusative case
    • Practice with the accusative case
    • Get your books ready!
    • Friday Movie: Tro Tro wäscht sich
  • Kapitel 4: Bei mir zu Hause. 

    Round and about the house.

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    • Das Monster, a Review
      Preview
    • Bei Bobo zu Haus
    • Das Haus
    • German Accusative Prepositions
    • Wohnen vs. Leben
    • Mein Zimmer/My Room
    • Practicing your conversation skills
    • Tro Tro spielt im Haus
  • Kapitel 5: Meine Familie und ich. 

    All about your family

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    • Kultur: Oktoberfest
    • Counting to 100
    • Asking Questions in German
    • The family tree
    • Writing Practice: Die Familie
    • Die Toilette
    • Simple directions
    • Die Familie – Quiz
    • Movie Day! TroTro der kleine Papa
  • Kapitel 6: Was iẞt du gern? 

    Food and drink in Germany

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    • Traditional foods
  • Kapitel 7: Wir gehen einkaufen! 

    Getting dressed and trying things on.

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    • A trip to the store
    • Articles of clothing
    • Asking for directions
  • Kapitel 8: Wann hast du Geburtstag? 

    Someone's having a party and you are invited!

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    • Invitations
  • Kapitel 9: Was machst du gern? 

    What do you like to do?

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    • The word “gern”
  • Kapitel 10: Wie spät ist es? 

    What time is it?

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    • Numbers 1 – 1,000
  • Kapitel 11: Wir gehen zur Schule 

    Going to school in Germany

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    • The German school system
  • Kapitel 12: Wie ist das Wetter? 

    All about the weather.

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    • Months of the year
  • Kapitel 13: Wir gehen in die Stadt. 

    Out and about in a German city

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    • Asking for directions
  • Kapitel 14: Wollen wir ins Kino gehen? 

    Going to the movies.

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    • Modal verbs
  • Kapitel 15: Weihnachten in Deutschland. 

    Christmas in Germany

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    • Traditions

3 thoughts on “Learn German at Home, Level 1 Semester 1

    1. That is up to you and your comfort level having your student have his or her own email address. I don’t collect information on this site about identity, age or anything (and they are welcome and even encouraged to make up a name). Basically, you can do it either way you feel most comfortable with. I won’t know because I don’t ask. I always encourage youth to not share personal information online, therefore I don’t ask for it!

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