Self-Paced Intermediate German Course

German B1.1

Take the next step in your journey to fluency with Part 1 of our Intermediate Course. Together, we'll have you describing your plans, goals, hopes, and dreams in German.
Among many other things, topics include your daily routine, i.e. work, study, and leisure. You'll learn to speak in different contexts, express personal opinions, and discuss experiences.
To start with this level, you are expected to already have elementary knowledge of German. This course is ideal for people who have recently completed an A2.2 course or received this recommended level based on our placement test.
  • CEFR standardized: Level B1 part 1 of 2
  • Extra learning content to help you learn faster.
  • Course compliments Schritte International Neu series.
  • Find your notes and learn more in the Apps section.
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This course compliments the following textbooks:

Schritte International Neu 5

For German B1.1 courses we recommend Schritte International Neu 5.  Order your physical copy or the digital copy today. Digital or physical Textbook is included in online instructor-led courses.
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Frequently asked questions

How Does it Work?

These levels are classified as A1 for beginners, A2 for elementary, B1 for intermediate, B2 for upper intermediate, C1 as advanced, and C2 as mastery.
CORE Languages, like many other language schools, splits these levels in half to accommodate students' time and budget planning (e.g. level A1 is split into A1.1 and A1.2). This framework is one of the best to learn German for beginners.
To start with level B1, you are expected to have knowledge of A1 and A2 level topics.

What Does it Mean for You?

After completing level B1.1, you'll be able to:
  • understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.​​
  • deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.​​
  • produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest and describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

What You'll Learn

At CORE Languages, as part of the B1.1 curriculum you will learn the following (and more):

Talking about when something happened (wenn, als); Reading and writing emails; Reading and composing biographies; Past tense (flog, ging); Talking about the sequence of past events; Describing accidents; Expressing past ownership and wishes; Expressing fortunate and unfortunate occurrences; “Plusquamperfekt” (Ich war umgefallen); Describing degrees (besonders, ziemlich, etc.); Using “even though” in German; Comparing options; Formulating longer sentences in German (…,der…); Understanding newspaper headlines; Talking about tv shows; Making suggestions; Giving reasons; Agreeing; Declining and disagreeing; Giving alternative options; Reading German fiction; Talking about physical actions; Recommending; Talking about health; Understanding German marketing and ads; Talking about prevention; Using fractions; Evaluating theories and assumptions; Using the Genitive in German; Talking about statistics; Expressing the consequences of hypothetical situations; Clarifying within a conversation; Guessing effectively in German; Expressing reasoning; Talking about foreign languages; Talking about learning types; Talking about shared experiences; Talking about unreal conditions; Expressing one’s opinion; Asking follow-up questions and reacting; Talking about careers; Talking about degrees of ease and convenience; Reading and understanding job ads; Writing application letters; Interviewing effectively; Conducting small talk; Talking about oneself in a job interview; Ending conversations; Evaluating someone or something; Talking professionally to customers; Inquiring about offers; Talking about motivations; Following instuctions and guidelines; Analysing newspaper articles; Finding information; Making sales pitches; Speaking about one’s home country; Talking about statistics; Giving options; Exaggerating; Talking about moving; Expressing regret; Reacting to bad news; Expressing looking forward to something; Talking about rules, regulations and guidelines; Complaining to a neighbor; Criticizing politely; Expressing surprise; Reacting to criticism in a friendly way and apologizing; Expressing anger; Reading newspaper; Expressing sympathy; Reporting.


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