Learn German in NYC :: Williamsburg

$325 for each 20-hour class

Our German classes are 20 hours each. Our Williamsburg classrooms are two blocks from the Graham Avenue L train stop.

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*Our regular classes are 20 hours. Most meet once a week for 2 hours for ten weeks.

*Weekend intensives are all-day classes on Saturday and Sunday for two weekends.

Level 1

More about Level 1

Level 1 is taught in English and is for those who want to start at the very beginning with German or for those who took a little bit of German in high school. If you’ve never taken a language class before, don’t worry – we will walk you through the basics and explain verb conjugations, vocab learning tips, etc.

If you can struggle through saying things in German like: I am American, I study often, I sing well, or I don’t cook, then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you.

Not totally ready for Level 2 but don’t want to start at the beginning? We recommend taking a few hours of private lessons and/or a Bridge Workshop to review Level 1 material.

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Level 1 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
November 10 - January 26
* Skips Dec 29 and Jan 19
Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
December 8 - March 2
* Skips Dec 29, Jan 19 and Feb 16

Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is for those who have studied German before, even if it's been a while. Level 2 is right for you if you can say a few things about yourself in German, even if only at a basic level in the present tense with a limited vocabulary. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases in German such as:

I live in Brooklyn.
My friend does not live in Brooklyn. (Or brother/sister does not live in Brooklyn if you don’t know the word for friend.)
We are American.
We can dance.
He wants to play.

2) Are you familiar with the idea of verb conjugation? Does the following make sense to you?

Spielen means “to play.” To turn it into “I play/you play/he plays/etc” you take off the “en” and replace it with these endings.

ich spiele wir spielen
du spielst ihr sielt
er/sie/es spielt sie/sie spielen

Do you get that sein is an irregular verb and would not be conjugated in the same way?

Do you understand that German has two ways to negate and are used in different contexts, (nicht vs. kein)

3) Do you get that nouns have a gender and that there is a difference between “a” vs “the.”

As an example, for masculine nouns:
ein Stuhl = a chair
der Stuhl = the chair

and for feminine nouns:
eine Hand = a hand
die Hand = the hand

and for neuter nouns:
ein Buch = a book
das Buch = the book

4) Do you get that the adjectives are also affected by the gender of the noun.

For Masculine nouns:
der neue Ball = the new ball
ein neuer Ball = a new ball

For Feminine Nouns:
die schöne Stadt = the beautiful city
eine schöne Stadt = a beautiful city

And for neuter nouns:
das alte Auto = the old car
eine altes Auto = an old car

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 2 class. Level 2 is taught primarily in German with the first or second class designed to help you adjust to German being used in the classroom exclusively. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 4 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Bridge to German Level 2 $40

Not quite ready for Level 2 but want to avoid restarting with Level 1?

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Not quite ready for Level 2, but want to avoid restarting with Level 1? Take this two and a half hour workshop, where we'll review and help you solidify all the material from Level 1. This is perfect for those who want a little more time reviewing all of the concepts from Level 1 if you were learning them for the first time or for those who definitely don't need to start from the beginning, but need a refresher of all the basics before restarting your German learning career with Level 2.

November 7, 2014
6:30 - 9:00pm

Level 2 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Saturdays 12:30 - 3:00pm
October 18 - December 13
* Skips Nov 29
Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
November 13 - February 5
* Skips Nov 27, Dec 25 and Jan 1
Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
December 11 - February 26
* Skips Dec 25 and Jan 1

Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are starting to feel comfortable speaking in the in the present tense using both nominative and accusative cases. A level 3 student should also have some basic knowledge of the formation of the past in German. Here is a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 3 is right for you:

1) You understand the difference between:

Das Haus ist grau.
Das graue Haus ist rechts.
Er hat ein graues Haus.

2) You can say short phrases in the present tense such as:

We speak German.
He has a car.
We go to the beach on the weekend.
I want to eat pizza.

3) You can say short phrases in German in the past tense such as:

I bought a car last week.
He ate a sandwich yesterday.
We spoke to the teacher after class.

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 3 class. Level 3 will help you solidify the present and the past tense and introduce the future and the Dative Case.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 3 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
December 10 - February 25
* Skips Dec 24 and Dec 31

Level 4

More about Level 4

Level 4 students are fairly comfortable putting together sentences in the present, past (using past perfect) and the future. You are able to differentiate between nouns used as subjects, direct objects and indirect objects.

To determine if Level 4 is right for you, here is a list of things that you should be familiar with for the most part:

1) Do you understand the differences between the following phrases:

Das Auto ist rot.
Ich habe ein rotes Auto.
Ich werde ein rotes Auto haben.
Hast du das rote Auto zu ihrer Mutter gebracht? – Ja ich habe es ihr gebracht.

2) Do you understand the differences between the following:

Er darf das nicht tun vs. Er durfte das nicht tun
Die Leute gehen in die Kirche vs. Die Leute sitzen in der Kirche
Wann hat er Zeit? vs. Ich weiß nicht, wann er Zeit hat.

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 4 class.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Don't see the level you are looking for or a class that works for your schedule? Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter at the top of this page and we'll notify you when we add new classes!

How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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