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Getting started with German 3

  You'll start this course by building your vocabulary with language to use whilst shopping, such as items of clothing, colours, and how to ask for help. Then, in Week 2, you'll learn how to talk about television programmes and statistics. The course will give you opportunity to practise expressing preferences, asking for and giving permission and apologising. You'll also learn how to use separable verbs. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXG003 Beginners German 3: richtig so! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!  

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8 hrs
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Getting started with German 2

Starting at a typical breakfast table in a German-speaking country, this course will build your vocabulary, teach you how to express your likes and dislikes and introduce you to grammatical concepts that will improve your ability to hold sophisticated conversations in German and understand more complex language in a variety of different scenarios. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXG002 Beginners German 2: mit Vergnügen! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!      

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6 hrs
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Getting started with German 1

Almost 100 million people speak German as their main language. Most of them live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, making German one of the most widely-used languages in Europe. Although now associated with economic success and advances in science and technology, German has a long-standing reputation as the language of poets and thinkers, die Sprache der Dichter und Denker. The German speaking countries are also a popular tourist destination, offering visitors a great variety of landscapes - from the sandy beaches in the North to the majestic alps in the South, not to forget hills, lakes, rivers, vineyards and the historic and buzzing cities of Berlin, Zürich and Vienna. In this 2-week course you will go on a journey through Germany, Austria and Switzerland and introduce you to the language skills you need to start understanding and using German. You will start from the basics - simple greetings, introducing yourself and using numbers. Progressing towards being able to join conversations in German and to understand and use the language in a variety of scenarios. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXG001 Beginners German 1: fang an! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!

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6 hrs
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The Great Fall: A personal perspective, before and after

A personal take on experiences before and after the Berlin Wall fell from an Open University lecturer in Classical Studies. 

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Intermediate German: The world of work free course icon Level

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Intermediate German: The world of work

This free course, Intermediate German: The world of work, concentrates on developing cultural knowledge and practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting in a variety of situations. The course will be of interest to anyone who wants to improve their language skills in order to communicate more easily and effectively in German. It focuses on talking about and reflecting on work and the development of professional lives in the future.

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8 hrs
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Beginners’ German: Food and drink free course icon Level

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Beginners’ German: Food and drink

This free course, Beginners' German: Food and drink, provides materials that support the development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. The content focuses on food, restaurants and eating habits. The course also gives examples of how grammar, vocabulary, cultural aspects and study skills are taught by the OU in the Beginners' German module.

Free course
6 hrs
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Flipping the flipped: The Flipping German project at the OU

How effective are nontraditional approaches in education, especially when it comes to languages? Dr Karina von Lindeiner-Stráský, Dr Ursula Stickler and Dr Susanne Winchester explore the 'Flipped Classroom' methodology. 

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Intermediate German: Understanding spoken German

This free course, Intermediate German: Understanding spoken German, is aimed at intermediate learners of German with an interest in language and culture. The six-hour-course is designed to develop your understanding of spoken German through video portraits of people in the German cities of Hamburg and Passau. It introduces you to naturally spoken language, and gives clear advice on how to use video resources as a useful and enjoyable learning tool. Through completing varied activities you will improve your understanding and active use of the language, and develop the confidence to access further resources and take your German studies to a higher level.

Free course
6 hrs
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German for travel: Test your skills

Test your German language skills as you immerse yourself on an interactive journey through Germany.

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Beginners’ German: Places and people free course icon Level

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Beginners’ German: Places and people

Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course, Beginners’ German: Places and people, will take you on a journey through German-speaking countries. You will read and hear about a range of places and people. This OpenLearn course will give you the opportunity to develop language skills which will help you to cope in a range of situations.

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5 hrs
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Advanced German: Regional landscapes

German regions and landscapes, local traditions and the notion of Heimat are at the centre of this free course, Advanced German: Regional landscapes. You will describe images, make notes from a variety of sources, and write a short piece about the three-nations region around Lake Constance.

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15 hrs
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Biohotel: das Landgut Stober in Brandenburg

Exploring sustainable tourism with Michael Stober. This content is in German.

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