Hallo, Deutschlerner! Today, I am so excited to announce my Beginner German Course is officially available! You can join starting today and in no time at all, you will be able to have a short conversation in German. Technically, only the presale for the course is available, but the course is done and ready to go. Today I’m going to show you what’s in the course, what you will learn from it, and what makes my course different from all of the other courses you could take to learn German online.
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First, let’s talk about the BIG difference between my course and other online German courses. When you think of a course on Teachable, you probably think of something that requires you to watch some videos, complete some exercises and that is about it. While you will be watching videos and you will complete some exercises, there is one giant difference in my beginner German course.
Built into the course are 6 check-ins with me. These are one-on-one sessions with me during which we will chat about whatever it is that you just finished learning, your learning goals and how you are doing with them and anything else we need to in order to make your German learning journey a success. I’ll explain in a bit how those integrate into the course.
Where did this Beginner German Course come from?
Many of you are already familiar with my 3 hour long Beginner German video. This video is labeled as a course, but, as I have mentioned several times in the comments to that video, it isn’t enough to really be considered a course in the traditional sense. You will never be fluent from just watching videos. It doesn’t work like that.
With that in mind, I wrote an e-book based on the content of that video. The e-book comes with mp3 audio files, worksheets with answer keys, access to flash cards and more, but even my e-book left some gaps and I wouldn’t consider that book to be a course, either.
Over the past several months, I have worked to expand that e-book with extra videos, explanations of the worksheets, extra mp3 files and a whole lot more. All of this has now been put together, so you can get a much more “course-like” experience with the content from that video. Let me show you what I have created.
Beginner German with Herr Antrim Course Curriculum
The curriculum for the course looks like this.
- Check-In #1
- Greetings & Farewells
- Du vs Ihr vs Sie
- Navigating a Conversation with Little German
- Check-In #2
- Pronouns, Verbs & Conjugation
- Questions & Answers
- Word Order
- Check-In #3
- Describing Yourself
- Check-In #4
- More Word Order
- Check-In #5
- Check-In #6
The first section of the Beginner German Course functions as a sort of orientation. I explain where all of the parts are, where you can find extra materials and I even added a copy of my e-book in there, in case you wanted that for a more structured note-taking process.
In the first several sections following that I attempt to perfect your pronunciation. I explain each letter of the alphabet and how they interact with each other so you can read German and know how it should be pronounced. I added extra practice to each part of this, so you can listen and repeat each section and how to pronounce them. Each section ends with a review of the section, so you can recap what you learned in that section.
After the pronunciation tips, I have my personal favorite part of the course and that is the check-ins with me. I give you an exclusive link that allows you to book a one-on-one session with me. There are a total of 6 of these built into the course. Simply pick a time and a date that works for you and I’ll set up a chat. The check-ins are strategically spaced throughout the course, so I can check your progress and see how you are doing. I can answer any questions you have and test your knowledge on the topics you should have learned. I can also use this time to guide you in your next steps or help you if you need extra assistance.
With this particular check-in, I will talk with you about your understanding of the pronunciation exercises and ask you to prove that you can read some things in German. We will read an excerpt from a German fairytale together and I will give you feedback on your pronunciation. This check-in is also our first meeting, so I will use this to get to know you a bit and find out what you hope to accomplish with this course. We will set goals and plan exactly how to reach those goals together.
After the pronunciation lessons and the first check-in, you will learn greetings and farewells, which include video lessons as well as practice materials and answers. Then at the end of the section you are given a quiz to test your knowledge.
Then I introduce you to the three “you’s” and some basics about conjugation in German. This section comes with two lessons and two quizzes about those lessons.
The next section teaches you a few useful phrases to help you navigate conversations when you don’t understand what is being said. This will come in handy if you find yourself speaking to a native speaker and they are speaking too fast or you simply want someone to switch to English.
After a quick lesson about the alphabet and some dictation practice with that, we have our second check-in. During this check-in, I will test your understanding of the differences between the three “you’s” in German as well as the basics of conjugation. It is also an opportunity to see how you are doing and if you have any questions for me at that point and so I can check if you are ready for the worksheets that are coming in the next sections.
The next part isn’t actually a lesson, but more of an introduction to how I want you to deal with the rest of the course. After this point it gets pretty heavy with vocabulary and grammar. So I give you some pointers about how to use the worksheets for maximum efficacy.
I teach you about pronouns and conjugation, which is the base of all sentence structure. I teach about question words, question word order, basic word order rules and other sentence structures. After that we have our 3rd check-in. During this check-in we will discuss your knowledge of questions and answers. I’ll do this in a variety of ways, but the main one is by having a short conversation in German with you. Simple things like “what’s you name?”, “how old are you?” and so on.
In the lessons after that check-in, I teach you how to describe yourself, how to use the verbs “haben” and “sein” and how to talk about family members. I then combine that information in our 4th check-in chat.
After a few lessons about numbers and sentence structure, we have another chat. During this chat we talk have a short conversation using lots of numbers and build your skills with sentence structure even more.
The last two sections are all about building vocabulary and seeing how all of the pieces of the course so far fit together. I do this through a lesson about shopping and a review lesson that kind of ties everything together. After those lessons we have one more chat during which we will have a full German conversation to prove to both you and me that you can have a conversation and my course has accomplished its goal.
Cost of Beginner German with Herr Antrim Course
That’s the curriculum in this course. It follows what is taught in my 3 hour beginner German video, but goes into a lot more depth and it includes 6 one-on-one check-ins with me to monitor your progress. So what does it cost? Well, I plan on eventually selling it for $300. The check-ins alone would cost that much, as I would likely charge $50 for a one-on-one session with me. Add that together with the hours of content that were created just for this course and you have yourself a pretty sweet deal.
I can see a few of you balked at the mention of $300. That’s why I’m offering a discount for anyone who signs up before this course officially launches on July 30th. Anyone who signs up for my Beginner German course before July 30th will be able to enroll for just $150. That’s 50% off!
Space is Limited!
Space in my Beginner German Course is incredibly limited. Due to the fact that there are 6 sessions built in for every student in the course, I have to limit the number of students allowed in. Once that limit is met, I will close enrollment in the course until I have enough students complete the course that I can handle more students. I don’t know how fast those spots will fill up and I don’t know how long it will be before I can open the course back up after it closes, so don’t miss this opportunity. Enroll today. Get that 50% discount. And start learning German with me on July 30th.