Online German Course A1 B1

Master A1-B1 Levels at your own pace

Bring back the love and joy to learning German

Learn why 99% of people struggle to learn German in this free session with Michael

  • The problem with classroom group courses
  • How long should it take to get to B1
  • Why apps haven't worked for you and what to do about it

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Online German Course


I broke down the German language in a logical way that is simple and makes sense. You will understand everything as I explain things in simple English instead of the usual Gibberish.

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My system was originally developed for private clients but thanks to modern technology you also can afford working “with me” and benefit from my experience as a German language tutor and learner of over 20 years.

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Get to know powerful self-learning techniques, which help you to learn independently and effectively. Learn whenever and wherever you want in your very own speed without any competition to fully enjoy the learning process.

With our Everday German course you will learn


German up to level B1 easily (this covers: vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening and to a certain degree also writing and speaking)


Powerful learning techniques useful also for your time after having reached level B1.


How to organize your German learning efficiently and effectively so that you can spend your precious lifetime on things you enjoy the most.

How does it work?

This course is more than just a presentation of all necessary grammar and vocabulary. It will help you to learn efficiently and effectively with its wholistic and experience-based approach. Don't trust my words, experience it first hand by working through the intro and the 1st lesson yourself. Just scroll down until you see the curriculum.

Improve Your Skills

Learn how to read, listen, write, speak, learn & apply grammar, pronounce words

Boost your memory...

Learn how to deal with stuff that seems impossible to remember

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Forget tables and lists...

rather learn how to develop a good feeling for the German language and speak properly intuitively

We will all die...

don't waste time with outdated learning approaches like e.g. Duolingo or Rosetta Stone.

A language is undividedly connected to life...

learn to avoid frustation and start enjoying every step on the way.

What you can expect in this course

Every lesson consists of several mini-steps that you can easily integrate into your everyday life. All you need are 20 minutes here and 20 minutes there. You’ll learn about all important grammatical topics like:

german articles

How to learn and never forget the German articles

german cases

How to make sense of the German cases (above all Akkusativ and Dativ).

german irregular verbs

Master the irregular verbs in a couple of hours.

Does this really work?

Your instructor

Michael Schmitz (Course Creator)

I had been teaching German in several language schools and countries for over 13 years before I got frustrated with the current system of teaching German. I never really questioned the system that is still used worldwide by renowned institutions like the Goethe Institute or Berlitz and Inlingua. But once I stepped out of the system I could see clearly what went and still goes wrong and set out to fix it. This course is jut the next step in the evolution of a new era of learning languages starting with German.

What’s in the course:

The reason why the smarterGerman method is so effective, is because it's combining over 20 years of practical experience on both sides of the classroom with a scientifically proven to work learning techniques.

I developed this course due to getting bored to death in the over 20 language courses I took and even in my own German classes (with me teaching them) where we were only allowed to speak German to the students. Needless to say that those classes were far from efficient.

This course is built on the following 7 principles:

You can only learn properly and efficiently if you understand what you are dealing with. Therefore in this course you’ll find crystal clear explanations in a language you actually understand (which is everyday English).
I want you to always know where you are in your learning process and what to do next. And how much to do of what. This course is structured in a very clear and efficient manner. You can focus 100% on your German learning and forget about fiddling around with materials.
Most of you learn a language to make use of it asap and not to brag about the Akkusativ or other sexy grammar features of the German language on the next Munchkin-party of your local board game cafe. Language needs to be used and not (only) explained. Therefore this course makes you use your German again and again and again until you get it.
Life doesn’t care whether you got a German class. Online learning is the way to go. You are sick? Your children? Something else happened? No problem. Just continue where you left off and learn German whenever and wherever it suits you best.
Every learner’s aim is to become more independent. This is this course’s priority. It’ll take you by the hand and will push you out of your comfortable next once you are ready to fly. Don’t worry, you’ll fly.
Try this course on your mobile device or in the free Teachable app (iOS only, Android not available any time soon) that even allows you to download the course content for offline learning.
Learning German can be quite a challenging experience. Therefore we offer you support in form of answering your questions in the sG Community.

Frequently Asked Questions

As long as smarterGerman and the platform that hosts this course exist, you'll have access to your materials. We'll do anything to make this a couple of decades. By then you should have reached level B1 ;)
At this point in time no. Compared to our competitors and considering the amount and quality of its content, this course is already extremely reasonably priced. You'll get more out of it than you invest. That's our promise.
While you'll reach level B1 with this course, passing a German B1 exam requires additional preparation which this course can't offer fully. You'd need extra training with a living being for the oral exam. All other skills should be fine when you have worked through this course. Check out my course called "Hack your B1 German exam" which will help you to get the best results possible from your B1 exam.
If you are an experienced language learner and study with this course 4.5 hours per day (that's the amount you are expected to work in most physical intensive courses) it is possible to reach level B1 CEFR within 180 days. As learning is a highly individual task it might take a bit (or a lot) more or a bit less time. If you invest less time daily, you will most likely need a bit longer. In the course you'll find a more detailed estimation also for other levels. Will I be fluent in German after this course? You can reach B1 fluency. B1 is still a pretty limited level compared to B2 e.g. You will also most likely still need conversation practice to practice what you have learned with a human being. I’ll provide you with tips on how to find someone for speaking practice late in the course as in the beginning you shouldn't worry about speaking with others at all! First build a solid base of knowledge.
This course covers the levels A1, A2 and B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). If you are on any of these levels you will benefit from this course. And if you are on level B2 or higher and just want to refresh your basic grammar and understanding of the German language, you should also be fine.
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
If you can understand this page well, you will be fine with the content of the course. If you struggle with English you might be a bit slower than a native English speaker though but you can still work with this course.
Yes, you'll have to buy the whole course but will find that there are many many things that nobody has taught you yet. You'll learn a wonderfully efficient self-learning structure that you can apply outside of this course for the rest of your (learning) days. You'll also learn many smart but simple learning techniques that will benefit you even on B2 level. And you'll be able to fill your gaps without having to start from scratch. You can always skip things that are already clear to you and will also find a growing community of smart and interesting German learners here that you can exchange your thoughts and concerns with.
We would never want you to be unhappy! Which is why you can preview the first lesson which will give you a sound impression of the look and feel of the course so that you can try everything out in your own time before having to purchase anything. And even after your purchase you'll have a 30-day money back guarantee because we trust you and we trust our work. Make sure to thoroughly test everything and feel free to send us any question that you have in regard of this course before you purchase or before you request a refund. In most cases we can help you quickly and easily to get on board.
No, unless Teachable's (the host platform of this course) iOS app works for you. Try it 2-3 times to load my course in their app. If that doesn't work skip that. It's a hit or miss. This course delivers a wonderful mobile experience. Simply open it in your mobile's browser and enjoy the beauty of fully organized German learning. The reason why I don't offer downloads is that the structure of this course is golden. By downloading the materials you'd have to again struggle with sorting things out by yourself. While some learners prefer that approach, I still think that every learner benefits greatly from the structure being provided so that one can fully focus on learning and enjoying the language. If you have time offline, beautiful. You can read an actual book in German or listen to a lovely podcast that you are interested in. See it as an opportunity to dive into real life German. You will enjoy these trips off the beaten track as long as you know that there's a beautiful structure waiting for you once you get back home.
Yes, that's the great thing about this platform. BUT PLEASE make sure that your payments are on time as if you fail to pay on time, you'll lose access to your account and therefore your progress. >>>>>> There is no way to reactivate your account once you are unenrolled! You'd have to purchase it again! <<<<<< Once you have paid off the course you'll have constant access to this course.
No. Such a certificate would be worthless as no one would nor should recognize it as proof of anything. How do I as a future employer e.g. know what quality your German learning was? Was it really you who did the course? How long did it take you to finish the course? All these things would basically be based upon your trustworthiness. Such a certificate would not add anything to this. Officially acknowledged certificates are offered by the Goethe Institut (called Max Mueller in India), any school with a TELC certification or institutions that offer the ÖSD - Austrian language diploma. There is also Bulats but that's very limited as well. If I was an employer and needed to rely on your language skills I'd have a personal chat with you and check your skills in person or even in a trial day at work. So there will not be a fake certificate in our courses. By the way, the certificates Duolingo offers are also not worth the paper they are printed on for the very same reasons.
No as it wouldn't be worth the paper you'd probably print it on. Exams that matter are only offered by Goethe Institutes and TELC certified schools. If you are in the US you might have other institutions that are widely acknowledged in your country but internationally these are the go to institutions. These exams (still) require your presence. I can't and don't want to engage in such activities as it would distract me from my real passion which is making learning German an orgasmic experience. I'm not fully there yet, but give me a couple of years.
No. And you don't need a tutor at all as this course will teach you everything you need to reach level B1. If you wonder how you'll learn to speak German, I can tell you that for the first few months you won't have to speak to other human beings at all but will rather focus on establishing a base knowledge of the language and prepare your speaking skills with help of very powerful techniques (they are called Preaching, Oral Dictation and Secretary Technique in my course). At one point you need to take the risk and go out into the real world and use what you have learned. Paying a tutor for speaking practice has in my experience shown a rather negative effect by holding people back from using the language in real life. And if you don't live in a German speaking country yet, why bother with speaking to another human being yet? Prepare and once you have a real need and some urgency to speak you'll learn very quickly. The better your base by then, the faster you will become a fluent speaker.
First of all, as a beginner you don't have to speak freely at all. Speaking freely is a very challenging task that requires solid (!) preparation. That preparation is achieved with help of three powerful techniques that allow you to speak to yourself and to get instant feedback with help of wonderful transcription and recording software. You do and should not pay anyone to practice general speaking. Preparing for an oral exam is a different matter but only matters about 6-8 weeks before your exam. That will be discussed in the B1-Exam Hacking course. The ability to speak on level B1 is rather limited no matter how you study. Imagine B1 as the Kindergarten plus elementary school level of language learning. You can achieve that level on your own IF you follow my advice and the techniques in this course properly. The better you are prepared, the more confident you'll be when finally you'll have the naturally occurring opportunity of speaking. If you have people around to practice with, speak. Don't hold back but learn to listen well ideally before or while starting to speak, as listening is the key to effective self-improvement and proper German. You will improve your speaking skill quickly, once it becomes urgent and relevant for your daily life. Until then, prepare and practice on your own. This course will make sure you'll prepare well for the real world.

This course is the essence of over 18 years of teaching German and learning several languages with over several thousand students and over 10000 hours of expertise. We are certain that you will find it an enjoyable and highly rewarding way of learning German and we will assist you wherever we can.

This course is closed for enrollment.