Languages › German Great Ways to Learn German Online for Free Share Flipboard Email Print Jutta Klee/Getty Images Languages History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar By Ingrid Bauer German Language Expert M.A., German Studies, McGill University B.A., German and French Ingrid Bauer, who is fluent in German, has been teaching and tutoring the German language since 1996. She has a teaching degree and an M.A. in German studies. our editorial process Ingrid Bauer Updated October 02, 2018 The German language is much easier to learn than you might have heard. With the right course structure, a little discipline, and some online tools or apps, you can master your first steps into the German language quickly. Here's how to get started. Set Realistic Goals Make sure to set a solid goal like e.g. "I want to reach German level B1 by the end of September with 90 minutes of daily work" and also consider booking an exam about six to eight weeks before your deadline (if you stay on track, of course). For more about what to expect from German exams, take a look at our exam series: How to pass an A1-ExamHow to pass an A2-ExamHow to pass a B1-Exam If You Want to Focus on Writing If you need help with your writing, Lang-8 offers a service where you can copy and paste a text for the community--usually native speakers--to edit. In return, you just need to correct another member's text, which will not take you long. And it's all free. For a small monthly fee your text will be featured more prominently and get corrected faster but if time doesn't matter to you, the free option is sufficient. If You Want to Focus on Pronunciation and Speaking Looking for a conversational partner is the very best way to hone your speaking skills. While you can try to find a 'tandem partner', with whom you could arrange a free language exchange, it's often simpler to just pay someone for this job. Sites like Italki and Verbling are places where you might find someone suitable and affordable. Those don't necessarily have to instruct you, although that might be helpful. Thirty minutes of practice a day is ideal, but any amount will improve your skills rapidly. Basic German Concepts and Vocabulary Below you'll find a number of resources on this site that are suitable for beginners. Grüße: Common greetingsDas ABC: The German AlphabetAll About the German Personal PronounsHow to Tell if a German Word is Masculine, Feminine, or NeuterLearning the German Verbs Haben (to have) and Sein (to be)German verbs in the present tenseCommon adjectives and colors How to Stay on Track and Get Motivated Programs like Memrise and Duolingo can help you stay on track and make your vocabulary learning as efficient as possible. With Memrise, while you could use one of the ready-made courses, I strongly recommend that you create your own course. Keep the levels manageable with approximately 25 words each. Tip: If you are better at setting goals than you are at following through (and who isn't?), try the motivational platform stickk.com.