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Anybody who’s tried to learn German knows that matching words to pictures or playing with a Lingo-game App are not options to learn the language. English speakers need a sophisticated approach that methodically breaks down the complex grammar and syntax of German in a way that makes sense to them. Those learning with Fluenz at Google, the UN, and Apple know the value of our thorough approach. When the Navy’s Special Warfare Command looked for a serious language learning solution, Fluenz was the answer.

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Why Fluenz German

Three Reasons Fluenz Delivers.

1. Understanding German

Fluenz leads learners through a unique path of basic and intermediate German designed for English-speakers...

2. Targeted Practice

While watching some YouTube and following Slow News can be helpful, internalizing German structures and vocabulary takes much more than that...

3. Fluenz Legacy

For years those truly serious about their German have been praising Fluenz as the most powerful tool to learn that language....

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Ready for your German Adventure on Every Device

Learning German is no small challenge. Fluenz allows you to follow the entire program, including all video tutorials, every single workout, and the assessment tool on all devices. You can start on your desktop or laptop and continue on your iPhone, iPad and/or your Android phone because we know where you left off and where you should continue, regardless of device.

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The Content.

Level 1

Master the basics and gain the ability to navigate through a new country or city.

REAL-WORLD SITUATIONS YOU'LL ENGAGE IN:

  • Greeting and introducing yourself
  • Going out to eat and for entertainment
  • Shopping, prices and monetary transactions
  • Navigating airports and train stations
  • Taking buses and communicating with taxi drivers
  • Making hotel reservations and other travel arrangements
  • Looking for people and places
  • Describing and comparing objects and places
  • Expressing needs
  • Talking about your origin, your job, your language

FOUNDATIONAL TOPICS COVERED:

  • Regular verbs in the present tense
  • Structure of some crucial verbs: can, want, to be, to go…
  • Masculine, neuter and feminine gender of nouns
  • Articles, demonstratives and possessives in the different genders
  • Introduction to 3 cases: nominative, accusative, dative
  • Forming plurals in the different cases
  • Forming basic questions and negations
  • Time and place essential adverbs and prepositions (and the case they imply)
  • Simple adjectives and comparative forms
  • Counting up to 999,999 and expressing time
  • Sounds of German

German 1 has been designed to prepare you for the most important and common situations you'll face in the German-speaking world. At the same time, you'll develop a strong foundation in how the language actually works, allowing you to go beyond simple stock phrases to actually building sentences yourself. This is a serious introduction to the language.

Right from the start, you'll begin working with powerful structures and key vocabulary so that you can build useful German sentences. After only a few sessions, you'll already be having meaningful interactions in a restaurant, and soon you'll be shopping, making plans with friends, getting around a city, going out for entertainment, and making travel arrangements with confidence.

You'll build upon these skills through practice with key verbs, nouns and adjectives, so that you can express your needs and desires in diverse situations with considerable detail. As you learn how to use all the articles in the different « cases », depending on their function in the phrase, you'll dive into a brand new world of shape-shifting nouns, adjectives and pronouns, as well as meaningful displaceable particles, turning some verbs into others…and that’s just the beginning of your trip into the beautiful logic of the German language.

Level 2

Solidify your foundation and begin to acquire the tools for more serious engagement.

REAL-WORLD SITUATIONS YOU'LL ENGAGE IN:

  • Making plans with friends and telling a simple story
  • Interacting at restaurants and stores
  • Renting a car
  • Describing useful items (restaurant, office, house)
  • Finding your way inside a building
  • Making more complex travel and work arrangements
  • Going to the pharmacy or doctor’s
  • Making phone calls

FOUNDATIONAL TOPICS COVERED:

  • Introduction to the past tense (main verbs and regular conjugations)
  • Cases: articles, pronouns, possessives and demonstratives in nominative, accusative, dative
  • Cases: plurals
  • Introduction to Direct object pronouns (accusative case)
  • Learning which case to use after the main prepositions
  • Forming more complex statements and questions
  • Forming different types of negative statements
  • Place and form of adjectives (cases)
  • Colors
  • Building simple comparative forms Using place/direction prepositions correctly

German 2 picks up where the first level leaves off, deepening your grasp of the fundamentals through new verbs and conjugations, an expanding vocabulary, and a broad range of other key parts of the language. By the end of German 2, you'll have begun to make substantial inroads into becoming a more experienced German speaker, ideally preparing you for moving on to a more intermediate level.

You'll begin perfecting your knowledge of articles, adjectives and pronouns in the different cases, before expanding on the use of prepositions and how they imply different cases too. You’ll also review present conjugations and start looking at verbs in the past tense, including regular endings but also some important irregular verbs.

All these efforts will lead you to more complex and meaningful interactions in restaurants, travel agencies, stores, and with friends. You'll buy new clothes and items, as well as cell phone for your trip ; you'll try lots of new dishes too. And as your ability to express location —along with giving and understanding directions— grows, you'll find yourself thoroughly prepared for navigating any German-speaking city or neighborhood.

As with all Fluenz programs, these critical scenarios provide the setting through which your grasp of the language's fundamentals is steadily developed. By enhancing your ability with the central topics covered in the previous level (such as articles, pronouns, verbs, and genders), you'll solidify your foundation in the language. Meanwhile, the introduction of new structures and vocabulary (such as new adjectives, comparatives, and prepositions) combines with more serious responsibilities, such as going to the doctor and handling office tasks, preparing you to engage more seriously with the German-speaking world.

Level 3

Connect more deeply and confidently with the world around you.

REAL-WORLD SITUATIONS YOU'LL ENGAGE IN:

  • Completing home and office tasks
  • Renting an apartment or a house
  • Discussing family
  • Describing people
  • Talking about studies and learning
  • Talking about hobbies and sports
  • Discussing the weather
  • Scheduling, including making plans with friends and colleagues
  • Complex dining and shopping interactions
  • Advanced issues related to going out at night and entertainment
  • Going around the city: renting bikes, taking pictures and trying on clothes…
  • Asking for help

FOUNDATIONAL TOPICS COVERED:

  • Constructing more complex sentences using past, present, and future tense verbs
  • Introduction to Indirect object pronouns (dative case)
  • Addressing someone informally (informal pronouns and conjugations)
  • More irregular verbs in past and present tenses
  • New quantifiers
  • Forming all types of questions
  • Extensive work on articles and pronouns
  • Further work on comparisons
  • Introduction to compound words
  • More advanced preposition usage
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Days, Months and complete dates

German 3 continues adding critical pieces to your communication, adding an impressive layer of subtlety and sophistication to your speech. You also begin to develop the ability to connect with German speakers around more personal topics, like family, work and leisure. By the time we arrive at Level 3, the foundation has been set for a pivotal moment of growth. Building upon all that has been learned in the previous levels, your depth and range of communication will quickly broaden.

First, you’ll learn more informal pronouns, and colloquial phrases and questions, so your conversations will become more fluid and natural. As your skills develop with more practice of the cases triggered by the new prepositions or verbs, and the related changes on the nouns, pronouns, articles and adjectives, you’ll really solidify your grammar basics, allowing you to tackle more complex elements like the role and use of direct vs indirect object pronouns. In the end, other important topics, such as new ways to express times and dates, will combine with more real-world vocabulary to bring you to an impressive level of competency in German.

Throughout the program, you'll use these skills at home and in the office, while talking to people about your studies and professional life, and in order to rent a bike or an apartment. You'll also shop, dine, take pictures, and enjoy the entertainment that the great cities and communities of the German-speaking world have to offer. By the end of German 3, you'll have taken a major step towards becoming a serious German speaker, capable of handling intricate conversations and complicated situations with confidence.

Level 4

Open new doors into travel, business, and community.

REAL-WORLD SITUATIONS YOU'LL ENGAGE IN:

  • Discussing family and childhood stories
  • Seasons and climate
  • Talking about clothes, food and travels
  • Handling currency and money-related issues
  • Opening and closing a bank account
  • Navigating city traffic and parking
  • Outdoor activities and planning
  • Describing places and trips: going around cities, beaches, mountains
  • Sports and sports equipment
  • Giving and understanding complex directions

FOUNDATIONAL TOPICS COVERED:

  • New verbs and expressions in the past tense (regular and irregular)
  • Structure of complex verbs with particles
  • Extensive work on German sentence word order
  • Giving advice (should)
  • Geographical terms and cardinal points
  • Expressing emotions and feelings
  • Expressing wishes and desires
  • Time expressions: durations, past and future dates
  • Extensive work on regular and irregular plurals
  • Crucial new prepositions, pronouns and adverbs (places)
  • Using direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Complex comparative and superlative structures
  • Useful colloquial expressions

German 4 dramatically expands your ability with the language. While levels 1, 2 and 3 establish the strongest possible foundation, level 4 builds upon this base to get into areas of substantial complexity. It sums up all the essentials, and expands on them, increasing your vocabulary and areas of competence at a faster pace, to start preparing you for more advanced studies.

Starting with several major reviews and summaries: about prepositions cases, the plural of nouns, and the order of words in German sentences among others, this level then reaches a totally new dimension with the introduction of some key structures and expressions. From the addition of a new case (the genitive) to some crucial verbs and conjunctions, you’ll start being able to express advice, opinions, emotions, as well as to adapt your speech to all types of speakers and interactions. You’ll also work a lot on the past tense throughout the sessions.

These areas of the language fit perfectly with the situations you'll find yourself in as you journey through the level. You'll hold conversations about your family and childhood, cultural issues, interests, and more. At the same time, you will acquire the necessary skills for integrating yourself more deeply in a German-speaking community. You'll learn how to speak about season and climate, open or close a bank account, and handle more complicated issues. German 4 is where you begin to develop the ability to move beyond being just a tourist, student, doctor, or business professional who can capably interact with the German-speaking world: with German 4, you begin to become a part of the community.

Level 5

Make friends, collaborate with colleagues, and become a true member of the community.

REAL-WORLD SITUATIONS YOU'LL ENGAGE IN:

  • Discussing and using the Internet and social media
  • Advanced conversations about food and diet
  • Discussing the arts and artwork
  • Talking about studies, professions and titles
  • Talking about countries and nationalities
  • Extended family
  • Animals and pets
  • Making deposits and wire transfers
  • Complex trip and meeting planning
  • Writing letters and emails
  • Sharing menus and recipes
  • Visiting the doctor and physical terms
  • Filling out forms
  • Dealing with basic legal issues
  • Airport and train station announcements and vocab
  • Telling stories in the past

FOUNDATIONAL TOPICS COVERED:

  • Modal verbs in the past tense
  • Using colloquial expressions and interjections
  • Introduction to reflexive verbs
  • In-depth work on prepositions, quantifiers and connectors
  • Expressing relative time
  • Using where and when as conjunctions
  • Using basic relative pronouns: that, who, which
  • Extensive work on negations
  • Using more verbs with particles
  • The alphabet and complex phonetics issues
  • Superlative forms

German 5 builds on the skills acquired through all of the previous levels, adding substantial layers of subtlety and sophistication to your ability with the language. You'll master complex grammatical issues like the use of relative pronouns, double infinitives and more uses of the genitive case, as well as lots of new vocab, allowing you to communicate more fluidly with greater diversity in tone and structure.

As with all German programs, these skills are developed over the course of 30 full sessions that will take you on a journey through real, daily-life experiences in the German-speaking world. You'll plan memorable trips with friends, arrange meetings with colleagues, discuss the arts, and exchange delicious recipes. You'll also further your ability to handle those things that are critical to establishing yourself more deeply in a community, from taking care of legal matters to more formal writing.

By revisiting many areas and completing your skills in many essential situations, this level truly wraps up on what you’ve been building from the start. While there will of course still exist many ways to improve your German, and building a larger vocabulary will allow you to discuss a wider range of topics, German 5 will bring you to a point where grammar will no longer be an obstacle to communication. By the time you complete this level, you will truly be an experienced German speaker.

Fluenz Language Immersions

Putting our Philosophy to the Test.

Every language learning company has a point of view about how adults can learn a language. For some it’s through games, others rely on lots of practice with little explanations, still others believe that you can teach German to English-speakers in German, without a word of English. We know that the fastest way for an adult to learn a language is by understanding how sentences are formed, questions asked, masculine, feminine and neuter deployed, etc. Because English doesn’t have a lot of these structures, we’re committed to smart, comparative explanations for English speakers that help them understand how everything fits. We then tie those explanations to our comprehensive practice sessions. Yet, we go one step further than all digital language learning companies: we put our philosophy to the test with weekly intense immersions every single month. This is how we’re reminded throughout the year that there is no more effective way to learn. We currently offer Spanish Immersions and plan to roll out to other languages in the future.

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“To use English to teach a foreign tongue? Fluenz says "yes", and trumps Rosetta stone.”

DIFFERENCES IN APPROACHES: Rosetta Stone believes in fully immersing the student in the language, without using any English to explain phrases. Fluenz believes adults learn best when they can relate the grammar and syntax of a foreign language to the structure of the tongue they already know.

THE VERDICT: Fluenz’s approach is much better. Hearing English while going through Italian words helps with learning and retention.

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