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Published August 5th 2018
Claudia Schiffer, another happy German speaker (by nicolas genin / CC BY 2.0)
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.
Chat with Nobel Prize winners in their native language (by Ferdinand Schmutzer / Public Domain)
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.
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.