Where's the Best Place to Learn German in Sydney
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Some of history's finest composers, writers, philosophers, artists and explorers emerged from Germany. While their cultural contribution is stained with the horrors of two world wars, 21st century Germany is back on the tourist trail for Aussies on a European adventure.
The thick forests, ancient castles, and mountains of bratwurst, sauerkraut, and tree cake
draw millions of tourists, Sydney is also alive with German influence.
Learn the German language to open the door to this rich identity. Bombastic chats with an "Ossi" (born in former East Germany) or "Wessi" (born in former West Germany) await you.
Sydney has non-profit community colleges, German cultural institutions, private training colleges, and university short courses for the Germanophile. Start with these top picks to master the German language.
Woollahra – Goethe-Institut Sydney
The German Embassy is a piece of Germany in Australia but the Goethe-Institut Sydney is its spiritual home.
Promoting Germanic-Australian relations for decades, including the annual German Film Festival
, the centre also hosts language courses.
Options for adults and children include general, traveller, conversation or focused classes. There are choices for different paces to complete the 32-hour courses, allowing for standard twice-weekly sessions, fast-paced intensives of 8 hours/week or easy going courses at 2 hours/week.
Sessions start in the morning and evening on weekdays and Saturday mornings.
There are new intakes throughout the year, with prices starting at $499 for early bird enrolments.
If you're hungry for German culture, art and social events, with traditional and contemporary German cuisine are a must.
Enrol at Goethe-Institut Sydney
Camperdown - University of Sydney: Centre for Continuing Education
The CCE has a stack of German language courses, from standard progression lessons for eventual mastery to themed conversation classes.
Other unis in Sydney also offer language short courses but the CCE has the best range and most exciting learning outcomes.
The standard courses are a series of 10 sessions of 2 – 2.5 hour classes, where you'll progress from level 0/beginner to level 25/Tuetonic status. A special advanced course opens the world of German literature.
Handouts are provided and there are discounts to purchase the prescribed textbooks and audio aids. Courses start regularly throughout each year, scheduled on weekday evenings or Saturday afternoon. Fast-track options and longer session times are available.
Prices start at $323 for a fast-track beginner course, their hottest pick. Enrol at CCE
Throughout Sydney – Language Trainers
Language Trainers connects experienced German language tutors with eager students for one-on-one or small group lessons.
To match your needs and location, send an online enquiry via their website to receive the latest shortlist of available tutors.
While you're on the website, try the free German test to check that those German films you've been watching are paying off.
Enrol at Language Trainers
CBD – WEA
The Workers Educational Association has one of the best selections of German language courses at a non-profit community college.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are scheduled, with special traveller weekend workshops and conversation courses.
Prices start at $252 for the 9-session classes with concessions at $227. Enrol at WEA
CBD – Sydney Community College
The SCC has a German Level 1 course on Tuesday evenings for 2.5 hours, delivered over 8 weeks.
You'll be tutored by the efficiently-named Michaela Krenn.
The course costs $349. Enrol at SCC
Brookvale, Narrabeen – Northern Beaches Community College
The NBCC has 2 course streams, each on weeknights for 16 hours of tuition at the conversational and beginner stage 1 or 2 levels.
The courses cost $252. Enrol at NBCC
Parramatta Community College
The Parra College offers a stage 2 course of 8 x 2-hour sessions at the Arthur Phillip High School.
The course costs $260, with enrolment details at PCC
Katoomba, Penrith, Springwood – Nepean Community College
The NCC hosts beginner and intermediate language 8-week courses at the Katoomba Centre and Penrith High School.
Sessions are 2 hours, costing $179. Enrol at NCC
CBD, Inner West – Meetup
The Sydney Deutsche/German Language & Kultur Group meets for social gatherings at German restaurants and pubs, including the Bavarian Beer Cafe
You'll practise your German in a casual environment with friendly locals and German natives, bringing a sense of German efficiency and humour to your daily conversation. Join them at Meetup
Throughout Sydney – Local Libraries
Most local libraries contain an excellent language learning section, with books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks with self-study courses you can use at home.
Membership to your library is free. Provide a form of identification and you can borrow these tools to reveal the German language.
Enjoy mastering German with one of these options. It's bound to be easier than Trevor Noah's attempt:
Reward yourself with a generous slice of Black Forest cake . We'd love you hear your success stories.
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