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1. Posted by Prids (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y


Planning on trying to get work in a hostel in Germany next year and have been advised that I'll need to have a bit of German behind me to find a job. I learnt a bit through school and plan to do a course before I go, but I'd like to do as much as I can before I go. A few questions....

Can anyone suggest any "teach yourself" style books/CD's ?

Also I was thinking of doing an intensive short course once I arrive.. Are these courses worthwhile??

Lastly anyone know of any expat style websites for Germany?

Any help is much appreciated :)



2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

If you can afford it try the Geothe Institute for language lessons. Always more is better.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Prids

Also I was thinking of doing an intensive short course once I arrive.. Are these courses worthwhile??

Hello Prids:)

If u are going to stay in Germany for a long time I would not recommend the intensive course unless it is not too expensive. A lot of them are not worth the money. U will learn more German just by living here(I live in Germany) since u know some already.
Some highschools here offer German language courses for beginners for little or no fees. If u have already learned some German at school these may be too basic for u. I would get a good gramar book and learn a new gramar rule every week(or whatever suits u) and a few new words per day when u are here.
Or maybe u could do a more long term German course that lasts a few months before u come to Germany for intermediate or advanced German learners.


4. Posted by Prids (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi Thank you very much for your suggestions.. I am looking into a few courses or even getting a tutor prior to leaving Oz. And trying to put in 30 mins a day with the book I have.Its going to be a tough couple of months but I hope I'll have something useful to say when I arrive :) A few people have told me that immersing yourself in the language is the best way to learn. Guess I'll find out soon enough:)

Thanks again.


5. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

My advice would also be to put up an ad at uni notice boards that says you're looking for German native speakers (there's often exchange students around) who would like to have a language tandem with you as a native English speaker. That means you both profit from your language skills, practice together and maybe make a new friend before you even get to Germany. Has worked in my case with Spanish ;).