Can We Really Have You Speaking German in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day German conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. It may sound hard to believe, but remember how you learned your first language as a child! You listened to the adults speak around you and started mimicking them; there was no struggling with grammar or worrying about the accent – you just spoke.
That same natural learning is the way that the Pimsleur method works. You can learn German as easily as English.
In straightforward half-hour lessons scientifically sequenced, the Pimsleur Approach will help you to learn and speak German the way the Germans do. Give it a try, and if it doesn't work for you, you don't pay for the lessons.
Why it's Important to Learn German
After World War II ended, the destruction that stretched across the country led allied countries including the United States and England to send aid to Germany. Since that time, the friendly relationship between Germany and English-speaking nations has grown, leading to a need for clear and accurate communication.
This relationship was further solidified in the early '90s when the Berlin Wall was finally dismantled, opening up the entire country to freedom, and to free enterprise.
Today, many companies from around the world do business in Germany, and some of the best products and engineering come from that country. Germany is known for its superior car brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen. Other companies such as Bosch and Deutsche Telekom have also taken the world by storm, producing high quality products distributed throughout the world.
Such success brings with it opportunity for those who would work with those companies, whether in Germany, or in the countries where they have factories and offices. Learning German can help you gain a lucrative position with a worldwide recognized brand.
Aside from the professional reasons, learning German is also a boon to anyone wishing to travel through the beautiful cities and countryside found throughout the country. And no trip to Germany would be complete without sampling some of the finest cuisine in the world. It's worth learning German just to be able to order schnitzel properly.
Conversational German vs. Academic German
Some subjects are better taught in a classroom, and from books. Math is one of them. And science requires reading and experimentation. Language, however, requires actual implementation to perfect its use. You'll gain much more from hearing a native speaker hold a conversation than you will from any textbook.
That's why Pimsleur is such an effective method for learning German. Rather than reading and memorizing, you're simply listening. You'll hear the proper pronunciation and accent straight from a native speaker. No reading, no lugging books around, and definitely no tests to take. And you'll learn important German phrases you can use right away. For example:
Wie spät ist es? – What time is it?
Ich heiße… – My name is…
Wo ist der Bahnhof? – Where is the train station?
Ich möchte Kaffee. – I would like coffee.
By learning German the natural way, using idiomatic expressions the Germans actually use rather than textbook phrases, you will benefit by speaking German that is "real" rather than academic.
Learn German Scientifically
It took 20 years of scientific research for a language teaching revelation to strike Dr. Pimsleur – and it happened when he was watching his children. He saw their ability to learn language outside of the classroom without the standard drills and grammar exercises of grade school; children naturally pick up language. The Pimsleur method took the way children learn languages and created scientific principles to duplicate the ease with which children learn.
Wherever you may be – in a business meeting, traveling for pleasure, or asking for directions abroad, the Pimsleur method will give you the right German phrases and words to use naturally, without racking your memory for that one grammar rule you need to use to speak German properly. Find out more about the Pimsleur courses and what you'll learn.
German is the official language of seven countries. In addition to Germany, it's been designated an official language by Italy, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein. It's a secondary language in ten more countries.
Many English words have German origins. For this reason, German and English share several cognates, which makes learning either language a little easier if you speak one of them.
In addition to cognates and roots, English has adopted many German words. Rather than changing them, English has simply adopted several German words as they're written and spoken in German, including kindergarten, schadenfreude, wanderlust, and zeitgeist.