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The Best German Language Schools in Berlin


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You’ve moved to Berlin, you’ve found an apartment and you’ve got your visa to stay for a few months, you’re all set, right? Not so fast, since you are living in a foreign country with its’ own language that you need to learn if you really hope to become a member of German society.  

There are many options open to those who want to learn German, from websites and phone apps to intensive courses at local schools; we will share here the different options we looked into and what we’ve found helpful as some of us tried to learn German.

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Learning German Online


Duolingo

We’ve found Duolingo to be pretty great app for helping learn vocabulary and practice basic sentences.

We really enjoyed using it and have learned a lot with it, plus a huge bonus of course is that it is FREE and you use it when you have time each day.

Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.


There is another app that was recommended to us called Babbel. We’ve heard it is also a good way to learn vocabulary and practice sentences.

Instead of drilling abstract sentences, vocabulary or grammar rules, the app teaches through real-life dialogue. Beginners start with typical greetings like, “Hello, how are you,” and gradually build up to practical dialogues like, “How can I book a single room?”

Babbel lets you learn anytime and anywhere with prices starting at 4.95€/month (20-day money-back guarantee).



Lingoda
Lingoda

If you are looking for an online German course with real teachers for all learning levels... look no further! Lingoda is the best website around!

Whether for students just beginning their language studies, or for more advanced students, there are classes to suit everyone at Lingoda. Classes are offered across the areas of grammar, speaking and writing, with a broad range of topics and at all learning levels, from A1 to C2.

Lingoda has basic, premium and pro versions including group and private classes as well as certifications. Prices are starting at 109€ per month.

 Group classes are led by native teachers, are 60 minutes long, typically have 5 students, and are organized according to the level and interests of participants, in order to achieve the best possible learning results for everyone.

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German Language Schools Around Berlin

There are many different schools that have their own systems and cost varying amounts of money; some offer intensive courses that meet every day for 4 hours and then there are other courses that meet 2-3 times a week in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings.  

It all depends on what you are looking for, what you are willing to pay, what time of day you prefer to attend class, etc etc. 

The schools we looked into include Berlino Schule, Goethe-Institut, Deustche Akademie and Expath. You can find the full list at the bottom of this article. 

We’ve heard that Die Berliner Volkshochschulen (Adult Education Centers) are a good option and people like it: it is cheap for students & unemployed people and it is flexible to choose the amount of hours for all levels. 

Basically, there are a lot of different options to learning German in Berlin and what you choose will be based on what you are willing to spend on each class, how flexible you are with your schedule and whether you want to jump in the deep-end with intensive classes.  
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Tandem Groups

There are different language tandem groups you can join via Meetup.com and Facebook; these tandem learning groups are knowledge exchange groups- practicing English and German to help people learn the language and become comfortable using it in public.  

Some of them have good reviews and have friends who enjoy utilizing them to practice their German.



German Schools Berlin

The Top German Language Schools in Berlin

Here below you can find a list of all the best German language schools available in Berlin. Please be advised that prices are always subject to change. 

You can choose your preferred 4-weeks intensive course based on the neighborhood, your budget and online reviews (if available). All prices are exclusive of costs for learning material (books, photocopies, certificate, etc.). Visit the school website for more details.


Berlino Schule

Neighborhood: Friedrichshain
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (48 x 45 min. lessons) = 192€
Registration Fee: 20€ (valid for one year)

4,9/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (72 Google reviews)
       5,0/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (156 Facebook reviews)



Anda

Neighborhood: Friedrichshain & Prenzlauer Berg
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (80 x 45 min. lessons) = 390€
Registration Fee: Only in July & August

4,9/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (60 Google reviews)
    4,9/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (71 Facebook reviews)



Speakeasy

Neighborhood: Friedrichshain
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (60 x 45 min. Lessons) = 245€
Registration Fee: None

4,8/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (143 Google reviews).
    4,8/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (142 Facebook reviews)



Sprachenatelier

Neighborhood: Friedrichshain
Price: 4 Weeks intensive (80 x 45 min. Lessons) = 340€
Registration Fee: 50€

4,5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒  (120 Google reviews)
     4,9/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (148 Facebook reviews)



Sprachsalon Berlin

Neighborhood: Kreuzberg
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (64 x 45 min. lessons) = 300€
Registration Fee: 35€

5,0/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (15 Google reviews)
     5,0/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (37 Facebook reviews)



Kapitel Zwei

Neighborhood: Mitte
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (64 x 45 min. lessons) = €232
Registration Fee: None

4,6/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (342 Google reviews)
     4,7/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (268 Facebook reviews)



Deutsch Akademie

Neighborhood: Mitte & Schöneberg
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (64 x 45 min. lessons) = 225€
Registration Fee: None

4,7/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (327 Google reviews)
     4,5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (455 Facebook reviews)



Goethe-Institut

Neighborhood: Mitte
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (80 x 45 min. lessons) = 1,150€ (+ Exams fees)
Registration Fee: None

4,5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒  (59 Google reviews)
     4,8/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (96 Facebook reviews)



Tandem Berlin

Neighborhood: Prenzlauer Berg
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (80 x 45 min. lessons) = 350€
Registration Fee: None

4,6/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (30 Google reviews)
     4,5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (71 Facebook reviews)



Das Akademie

Neighborhood: Mitte
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (80 x 45 min. lessons) = 445€
Registration Fee: None

4,6/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒  (69 Google reviews)
       4,8/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (103 Facebook reviews)



Expath

Neighborhood: Mitte & Neukölln
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (48 x 45 min. lessons) = 240€ (216€ when on sale)
Registration Fee: None

4,7/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (51 Google reviews)
      4,1/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐   (102 Facebook reviews)



DeutSCHule

Neighborhood: Neukölln
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (80 x 45 min. lessons) = 218€
Registration Fee: 10€ (60€ if from abroad)

4,2/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐   (94 Google reviews)
       4,6/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (287 Facebook reviews)



The Language Gallery

Neighborhood: Mitte
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (80 x 45 min. lessons) = 920€
Registration Fee: 70€

4,8/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (6 Google reviews)
       4,5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒  (71 Facebook reviews)



Die Neue Schule

Neighborhood: Wilmersdorf
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (80 x 45 min. lessons) = 380€
Registration Fee: 10€

4,4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (55 Google reviews)
    4,7/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (79 Facebook reviews)



Humboldt-Institut

Neighborhood: Mitte
Price: 5 Weeks Intensive (120 x 45 min. lessons) = 1,220€
Registration Fee: None

4,6/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (26 Google reviews)



Sprachart

Neighborhood: Kreuzberg
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (48 x 45 min. lessons) = 185€
Registration Fee: 25€

4,5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒  (36 Google reviews)
    4,9/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (40 Facebook reviews)



Alpadia
(Formerly ESL)

Neighborhood: Schöneberg
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (100 x 45 min. lessons) = 800€ (incl. learning material)
Registration Fee: 75€

4,5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (83 Google reviews)
      4,3/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ (194 Facebook reviews)



Nativa

Neighborhood: Moabit
Price: 4 Weeks Intensive (80 x 45 min. lessons) = 355€
Registration Fee: ?

 4,9/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (39 Google reviews)
     5,0/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (47 Facebook reviews)



Volkshochschulen
(Adult Education Centers)

Neighborhood: Berlin (12 locations)
Price: Discounted prices for students and unemployed people
Registration for all courses is only possible after personal consultation

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Learning languages is not easy and requires time, effort and a true desire to learn to remain motivated. 

They say that it takes a person 3 years of full time learning to become fluent in any language; that’s a long time to spend learning a language and it’s important to jump in and start learning when you first arrive in Germany, otherwise, you might get stuck in the mindset that people speak English in Berlin and “I don’t really need to learn German,” but remember that to fully integrate into German society, to apply for a permanent residence card after 3-5 years, and many jobs require German language at B1/B2 level (intermediate level), so you do need to learn the language.


Do you need to learn German to live in Germany?

[Thanks to James from liveworkgermany.com for the video]

Good luck!
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Thanks to Tres C. for helping in writing this blog.
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