German – Beginner (CEFR A1.1)

Are you looking to learn German but don't know where to begin? Take the first step in your journey to fluency with Part 1 of our Beginners Course as we take you through level A1.1. Learning a new language can be overwhelming, especially when you're starting from scratch.

CORE Team · March 5, 2024

Are you looking to learn German but don’t know where to begin? Take the first step in your journey to fluency with Part 1 of our Beginners Course as we take you through level A1.1.
Learning a new language can be overwhelming, especially when you’re starting from scratch.
Without a solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary, it becomes difficult to progress and communicate effectively in German.
What you need is a comprehensive self-study course that focuses on the basics and provides you with a strong starting point.

Introducing Beginner German A1.1 – our self-study course designed specifically for students like you. With a conversational tone, this course takes you step by step through the foundations of German grammar and vocabulary. By following our carefully curated lessons and exercises, you’ll build a solid language base that sets you up for success in your German learning journey.

To start with this level, you are expected to have little to no prior knowledge of German.

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 A1, you are expected to have no knowledge of German.

What Does it Mean for You?

After completing level A1.1, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • ​Introduce yourself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.​
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

What You’ll Learn

At CORE Languages, as part of the A1.1 curriculum you will learn the following (and more):

Greetings and Farewells; Introductions; Saying where one is from; Saying what languages one speaks; Asking and telling how one is doing; Talking about Family; Counting; Talking about where one is from; Talking about others (he, she, we, you, they); Filling out registration forms; Talking about what one has; Naming groceries; Expressing not having and needing things; Talking about what things are not (kein, keine); Expressing prices, units and packaging; Buying items over the counter; Ordering food; Talking about one’s apartment; Comparing things; Talking about furniture; Reading apartment ads; Telling time; Talking about daily routines (split verbs); Expressing dates; Using cardinal and ordinal numbers; Describing what one does at different times of the day; Talking about the weather; Expressing not having things (accusative); Talking about hobbies and free time; Talking about what one can and cannot do; Talking about what one wants; Expressing things in the past; Talking about daily routines in the past; Naming days of the week; Naming months.

Get your textbook and complimentary digital material!

We're thrilled that you've taken the first step towards learning German. This course compliments the Schritte International Neu textbook series, and we recommend that you purchase the physical textbook if you are studying on your own. Here are some resources to get you started.

Purchase the Book

We know this is a digital course but sometimes it is nice to have a textbook to go along with one. That's why we recommend this textbook. Purchase the textbook and Workbook combo here.

Download Audio

We love the Schritte International Neu series, but there is one issue. It comes with a CD!  Luckily, they offer an MP3 download of the audio as well. Download the Textbook and Workbook audio as a zip file here.

Digital Media

We offer digital content at the start of each chapter for those who have purchased the textbook from the link on this page. Please download the HUEBER MEDIA app from your phone or tablet app store. Once downloaded, search for the textbook and download the book and audio files. Video can be played from within the app when connected to internet. 
Find additional practice material here.

About Instructor


The CORE Writing Team, a unique group in the world of language and literature, is a seasoned group of writers and editors at CORE Languages. With an unparalleled ability to draw from a vast range of linguistic knowledge, The CORE Writing Team has been instrumental in curating and refining content that bridges cultural and linguistic gaps. Our group brings a fresh perspective to the age-old art of language learning, blending the traditional with the modern.

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Course Includes

  • 12 Lessons
  • 14 Topics
  • 1 Quiz