Levels of German
We teach German on 7 levels ranging from A0 to C2 - as defined by the Common European Reference Framework (CERF). German courses in Berlin run on all 7 levels all year round: so no matter what level you are on right now, you can start any Monday you like. A placement test - consisting of a written and an oral part on your first Monday - will make sure that you will be learning with others of a similar level.
- How good is your German right now? Test yourself online!
How long does it take to learn German?*
|A0||You don´t speak or understand German|
|A1||You understand and can answer simple questions||ca. 160*||8 weeks||5 weeks|
|A2||You are able to participate in everyday conversations||ca. 160||8 weeks||5 weeks|
|B1||You can read and write simple texts without errors.||ca. 160||8 weeks||5 weeks||Goethe B1|
|B2||You are able to participate in demanding discussions||ca. 160||8 weeks||5 weeks||Goethe B2|
|C1||You can produce essays and read newspapers and literature.||ca. 160||8 weeks||5 weeks||Goethe C1|
|C2||You can speak German fluently and understand even idiomatic expressions.||ca. 160||8 weeks||5 weeks||Goethe C2|
* The data in the table are approximate data. How long it will take you to reach a certain level will also depend on individual factors like learning experience or time budget.
If you finished level A2 and want to do TestDaF, which is closing off level C1, you will need ca. 6 months, taking the standard course, or - if you want to invest less time - ca. 4 months taking the intensive course.