German Level A1


Both German and English belong to the Germanic family, but learning German language for beginners is generally considered difficult for English speakers. This is against reality. The key to learning German easily and quickly is the correct sequence of learning. Some topics should be learned before others.

This website teaches German pronunciation and grammar. For exercises, you can get our A1 course book. The book also contains extra grammatical explanations in certain lessons.
Our sequence provides the easiest way to learn German. Even if you are using multiple sources to learn German, we recommend the following sequence of topics to follow.

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Unit 1: German Alphabet and Pronunciation

The very first thing is to learn the sounds of alphabetic letters. This unit teaches how to correctly pronounce German letters and then how to combine these letters to form words.

  1. German alphabet
  2. How to correctly pronounce German words?

Unit 2: German Diphthongs and Consonant Combinations

The second unit still emphasizes the learning of correct pronunciation. This unit teaches sounds produced by combinations of German letters.

  1. Diphthongs in the German language
    1. EI
    2. IE
    3. AU
    4. EU
  2. Consonant combinations in German
    1. tsch
    2. sch
    3. sp
    4. st
    5. ch
  3. German words ending in ion


Unit 3: German Nouns and their Genders

A basic introduction of German nouns:

  1. Three genders of German nouns
  2. How to use a German dictionary for nouns?
  3. Elements of the sentence structure in German

Unit 4: Articles in German

A basic introduction of German articles:

  1. German nominative case
  2. Definite article in German
  3. Indefinite article in German
  4. Negation with "kein"
  5. Use of the word "das"
  6. German compound nouns
  7. Sentence structure in German


Unit 5: Pronouns in German

An introduction to German pronouns:

  1. German personal pronouns in the nominative case
  2. Possessive pronouns in the nominative case
  3. Demonstrative pronouns in the nominative case

Unit 6: Verb "Sein" in German

The German verb "sein" (to be) is the most important to build simple sentences.

  1. Conjugation of verb "sein"
  2. Negation with "nicht"
    1. Difference between "kein" and "nicht"
    2. Position of "nicht" in German sentences

Unit 7: Verb "Sein" in the Past Tense

  1. Sein conjugation in past tense
  2. Forming questions with the verb sein

Unit 8: Verb "Haben" in German

German counter of the English verb "to have":

  1. Haben definition
  2. Haben conjugation
  3. Examples of haben
  4. Forming question with haben
  5. A recall of the nominative case
  6. Adjective endings after indefinite articles in the nominative case

Unit 9: German Present Tense

Introduction to German regular and irregular verbs, their conjugation rules, and use of regular and irregular verbs in sentences.

  1. Simple present tense in German
  2. German present tense conjugation
    1. German regular verb conjugation
    2. Exceptions in the conjugation of regular verbs
    3. German irregular verbs conjugation

Unit 10: German Modal Verbs

Introduction to German modal verbs, their respective rules of conjugation in the present tense, and use in the sentences.

  1. What is a modal verb?
  2. Sentence structure with modal verbs
  3. German modal verbs conjugation
    1. Conjugation of modal verbs in present tense
  4. Questions with modal verbs in german
    1. Questions without interrogative pronouns
    2. Questions with interrogative pronouns

Unit 11: Nominalization of German Verbs

Nominalization can be defined as verbs or adjectives acting as nouns. It is a small but important topic in German Grammar.


Unit 12: Adjective Endings in the Nominative Case

Adjective endings in nominative case after:

  1. definite article,
  2. indefinite article,
  3. without article

in the masculine, feminine, neuter and plural nouns.

Unit 13: German Plural Nouns

How to make plural nouns in German?

  1. Nouns that do not change in their plural forms
  2. Nouns that add umlaut in their plural forms
  3. Nouns that add an ending -e and/or an umlaut to their plural forms
  4. Nouns that form plural by adding endings -n and -en
  5. Nouns that form plural by adding endings -er
  6. Nouns that add ending "-s" to their plural forms
  7. Nouns that double the last word
  8. Foreign nouns and their plural forms
  9. Nouns that are used only in singular form
  10. Nouns that are used only in plural forms

Unit 14: Numbers in German

Learn counting in German:

  1. German numbers 1 to 10
  2. German numbers 11 to 20
  3. German numbers 21 to 30
  4. German numbers 31 to 101
  5. German numbers 200 to 1001
  6. German numbers from 100,000 to trillion
  7. Commas and periods in German numbers


Unit 15: Accusative Case in German

The most important and widely used case in the German language:

  1. Revision of nominative case
  2. What is Accusative case?
    1. Rules of declension
  3. Articles in the accusative case
    1. Declension of definite articles in accusative case
    2. Declination of indefinite articles in accusative case
  4. Indicators of quantity in German language

Unit 16: Accusative Pronouns in German

German pronouns decline according to the grammatical case. This unit explains pronouns in the accusative case.

  1. Personal pronouns in the accusative case
  2. Demonstrative pronouns in the accusative case
  3. Possessive pronouns in the accusative case
  4. Reflexsive pronouns in the accusative case

Unit 17: German Accusative Prepositions

Prepositions that take an accusative (indirect object) are:

  1. bis
  2. durch
  3. für
  4. gegen
  5. ohne
  6. um


Unit 18: Basic Questions in German

Asking questions in German with interrogative pronouns (W-questions)

German interrogative pronouns are:

  1. Was? (what?)
  2. Warum?, Wieso? (why?)
  3. Wer? (who?)
  4. Wen? (whom?)
  5. Wo? (where?)
  6. Woher? (where from?)
  7. Wohin? (where to?)
  8. Wie? (how? what like?)
  9. Wann? (when?)
  10. Welcher? (which?)

Unit 19: Yes No Questions in German

Asking questions in German without interrogative pronouns (Yes-No questions)


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