Do you dream of walking through a German town, effortlessly understanding the locals and perhaps even catching a play?
Or wish that you could apply for that dream job in Germany and check the language box without a second thought?
Or do you have a German sweetheart and family and you want to stop sounding like a small child when you communicate with them?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then you know that learning the German language will enrich your life in countless exciting new ways.
You want to learn German because it’s going to open the door to amazing experiences and rewarding new relationships.
But even though you’re excited to learn German, perhaps you are also feeling apprehensive and wondering if you can really learn to speak this language fluently.
If you’re wondering how to make the right start and learn German so you can speak it with ease and achieve your life goals, this will be one of the most exciting things you have read in a long time.
Hi, I'm Kerstin Cable. I'm a native German speaker and fluent in five languages. I love researching and teaching languages to others. I have been teaching languages for 6 years, from relaxed 1-to-1 sessions in coffee shops to online classes with CEOs and university lectures in world-class institutions. I have made nearly 200 episodes of the Fluent Show podcast and have been featured as a language expert on The Cut, BBC, The Guardian & more.
When I tell people that I am a German teacher, they often say:
“I would love to learn German, but I think it’s just such a hard language.”
Is German really hard to learn?
Some people certainly thought so.
Have you ever read what Mark Twain said about the German language in his 1880 essay “The Awful German Language”?
“Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp.”
As you can tell, Mark Twain was not a happy learner. Throughout his career, he reported on his frustrations and confusions about the German verb and grammar systems.
But as an aspiring German learner, I want you to know that the way to becoming a fluent German speaker doesn’t have to involve suffering through horrible grammar lessons.
This isn’t 1880, after all.
For you, German is about communication. You’re here to make fast progress and enjoy yourself a little, too.
And I have great news:
Even Mark Twain would have loved this method. It involves learning through an exciting story, but more on that later.
First I have a question for you:
Why Do You Want to Learn German?
Having grown up in the beautiful Mosel valley, I always knew that our country is a magnet for visitors from all over the world, who travel to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to enjoy the cornucopia of beauty that our country offers.
Maybe you have a very personal reason you want to learn German..
Each one of these reasons alone is enough to make it worthwhile to start learning German right here and now.
And yet, the majority of learners fail to ever achieve their German goals.
Why is that?
Learning German Without Painful Grammar Lessons
The biggest hurdle standing in the way of success for German learners is the way that the rules of German grammar are taught.
Now, you might think you’ve tried learning German before, but the language was just too hard.
Here are just a few of the common problems I have seen so many German learners struggle with:
Overly complicated grammar study is like a monster chasing all the joy out of learning German
The grammar monster loves it when German is taught in boring rules…
…and it eats your exam anxiety for breakfast.
People say that learning a language means suffering through its grammar. That might be true if you only have tired, old-fashioned methods available to you.
I set out to find a better way to do things.
As a German teacher who loves sharing my beautiful native language, it was clear to me that something had to change.
After many years of teaching languages, learning languages, researching and developing my skills, one thing became clear to me:
It’s time to create a radically different way of learning German.
Smart, modern learners don’t need another verb table or grammar lesson. They’ve done all that before.
So as I started looking around for the most effective and innovative ways to learn a language, something incredible happened.
Imagine me in a Sherlock Holmes coat , scouring the books and blogs for hints that would help me find out why German was so difficult to learn.
One day, I was approached with a tip.
A tip that blew the case of beating grammar monster WIDE open.
My source was none other than my friend Olly Richards. Olly is an experienced language learner. Like me, he has studied upwards of eight languages.
One day we caught up over a drink and discussed the best language learning methods (yes, we really do love languages that much). And then Olly told me about his new way of learning languages with stories.
He said that this method allows him to learn to speak the new language up to six times faster than traditional methods.
I was fascinated and intrigued. Stories? What kind? How does this work?
Inside of my head, this message was lighting up my brain like a huge neon banner:
This story-based method can make learning German grammar a breeze!
Over the next few hours, Olly and I started to talk about how stories could be used to teach the German language. We came up with a plan, and then we were ready to take a risk.
We decided to test out the story-based method with a brand new German learner.
With the help of our existing language learner communities, we quickly found a willing volunteer.
His name is Mark. A complete beginner.
Even tougher for me, Mark was a beginner with baggage! He had tried and failed with German in the past.
Here's what Mark's volunteer message looked like:
So Mark certainly was not sure that he would be able to learn German.
When I asked him why, he told me:
“I walked out of my very first German lesson at school, thinking: ‘I'm not interested, and I'm not coming back!’”
It wasn’t about the German sounds or the German culture. Mark was keen to learn more about German, but those old-fashioned school classes left him feeling discouraged and frustrated.
Too many grammar terms.😴
Too much explanation. 😖
No fun, just rules.👎🏼
I’ve got to admit I was fairly nervous as I started our lesson. I didn’t want Mark to feel frustrated or hopeless about German.
But I had the method ready and I was ready to trust that I can hold my own with the grammar monster now.
We began by taking a simple story as the core of this story-based method. I asked Mark to read and guided him through sentence by sentence, prompting him to look out for familiar structures.
My goal was to teach Mark some basics. But he learned more than just the basics - a lot more!
After the class, here's what he said:
“I’m a complete beginner and, within just one hour, I've broken it down and understood two thirds of the story!”
Mark was stunned that he could understand two thirds of a story in German in just one class. I was stunned that this method had worked so well.
Mark didn’t waste any time memorising and explaining rules and words and fragments of language.
Using the simple story, he discovered that he could read and enjoy German right from the start.
And for him, that meant that studying German like this could be fun!
But what Mark didn’t know yet was this:
While Mark was busy enjoying his story in German, his brain was quietly working behind the scenes to absorb all the vocabulary and grammar that he saw in the story.
With continued practice, his skills would continue to grow to the point where German would become intuitive, and words would start to come to him without having to think for 5 minutes before speaking.
The way this works is incredibly cool:
You Will Soak Up German Grammar…Without Even Realising!
It’s true! The story-based method of learning a language has been studied around the world.
Kató Lomb, a Hungarian professional translator and multilingual, learned a lot of her sixteen languages through reading novels.
But it’s not just language professionals who use this method:
Research shows that these methods (often known as “input-based”) will outperform traditional methods on a regular basis.
The method focuses your brain on making sense of new information, and it helps you create valuable context to remember and understand every rule.
So for you as the German learner, that means there is a way to acquire German without studying.
When you read stories in German using this method, you will be learning unconventionally.
And yet, you’ll find that you are able to learn grammar and vocabulary naturally, without having to memorise a single rule.
This method has worked for me when learning new languages as a solo learner. I’ve also tested it with Olly and with many German learners over the last year.
For example, take my student Tina who discovered how it feels to learn German naturally in this way:
"It is said that reading in the foreign language increases your speed in learning and comprehension. I found this to be true. The more chapters I did, the better the outcome and ease of the program."
- Tina Denton, Texas, US
Whether you want to learn to speak German so you can make new friends, bring your family closer together, create exciting career opportunities, or simply explore your love of German literature or drama..
Start learning with stories, and you’ll wonder why you never learned this way from the start!
Having experienced this revolutionary method, Olly and I were excited to create a unique new opportunity to learn German:
A course that puts story first and lets you learn German while enjoying natural sentences and dialogue, not lists of conjugations and tables of declensions.
The result was..
German Uncovered is a comprehensive online programme to learn German using the power of story.
By the time you complete German Uncovered, you’ll have an Intermediate Level of German (B1 on the CEFR), and be a confident German speaker, able to:
The foundation of the course is a story:
Der Mann mit dem Hut.
(The title translates as: The Man with the Hat.)
In the story, three friends find a mysterious note left in a dusty library book and set off to travel around Germany, following clues left by the man with the hat.
It’s a fun and involving story, with lots of suspense!
But here’s what makes this story remarkable:
Der Mann mit dem Hut is written in simple German.
This means you can begin to understand it as a complete beginner, with no previous knowledge of German, and begin to understand German with ease, without being overwhelmed by difficult words and grammar.
In 20 engaging chapters, the story of Der Mann mit dem Hut introduces all the key grammar and vocabulary you need to understand and speak German…while taking you on a tour of four amazing German cities!
You'll find the same amount of language content as in any textbook.
The difference is that our method means you'll get to learn vocabulary and grammar naturally, without feeling like you're studying at all!
Let's talk about how German Uncovered works…
The process of learning with German Uncovered is as natural as turning the pages of a gripping story, because this course is a story, not a textbook.
I created every explanation and every new word that I teach you on the basis of Der Mann mir dem Hut.
In practice, that means you will start in a very unusual way..
You’ll begin by immersing yourself in the first chapter of Der Mann mit dem Hut.
By reading the story and listening to the accompanying audiobook, you'll begin with an immersive experience that builds your ability to understand written and spoken German from the start.
Unlike a regular German course, we don’t ask you to understand what you’re reading at first.
Instead, your job is to simply immerse yourself and enjoy the language!
After spending time with the story in German, you can check your understanding with a full English translation, so you can follow the plot and keep up with what happens on the page.
After spending time reading and listening to the story, it’s time to spend time with a teacher and uncover how the German language emerges from the pages of our story.
I will teach you through over 80 personal video lessons. Based on the proven method that puts story first, you’ll be amazed to see and hear the German language come alive with each video.
You’ll learn in three sections for each chapter:
Discover hundreds of German words that share a root with the English language, making it so simple for you to remember them.
I’ll take key German words and phrases that you have encountered in the story and guide you through them so you can discuss more new topics after every story chapter.
Learn grammar in a natural way, discovering structures from the story that explain rather than instruct.
In this course, you will not be asked to memorise tables of conjugations and rows of vocabulary before you can enjoy the language.
Here in German Uncovered, you’ll understand first and study only what you need.
The video lessons are friendly and straightforward, and our interactive technology means you’ll get the benefit of a real lesson any time you like.
Even though I’m your German teacher for this entire course, you’ll soon realise that it’s you who is learning independently.
You will notice that you already are learning German from our story, and my explanations help you take what you learnt and put it all together in your own sentences and expressions.
Throughout the course, you’ll benefit from my years of university-level teaching experience.
Plus, you’ll also hear from Olly as he joins me to share useful tips about staying motivated and learning as quickly as possible.
If you’re thinking “wow, this all sounds like so much fun”, you’re absolutely right. Like our student Tina, chances are you’ll move through the course and love the story you are reading in German.
After each of our lessons, I give you the tools to go into depth and consolidate what you just learnt through detailed workbooks of exercises.
At every level, these workbooks help you build your solid foundation in German and get yourself ready to progress at your own pace.
The workbook exercises are not the usual dry textbook phrases, either. Most exercises are based on the story you have been reading.
This way, you’ll engage in more meaningful learning and find it easier to remember more German in less time…without having to study!
After you have read the story, listened to it, and practiced your new vocab and grammar, most textbooks will say “that’s it” and have you move on to the next level.
But here in German Uncovered, the goal is to help you do what you dream of doing: to speak German freely, fluently, remembering all the words as you put together beautiful sentences with great pronunciation.
So how does the course help you get over the awkward speaking period so you can start talking to German friends, family and colleagues?
There are two crucial steps:
Writing these conversation exercises was one of my favourite parts of making the entire course for you, because I was able to infuse them with a sense of humour and create entertaining, exciting activities for you at every step of the way.
From finding your way in a new town to helping exasperated tourists, you’ll soon find yourself comfortably chatting in German with native speakers.
I really appreciate how the course is set up and the method of listening to the story first and then reading it. The cognate lesson is really useful because it helps us relate it back to English which helps me understand the vocabulary quicker and better.
Also the grammar lessons are great because Kerstin's explanations are concise and easy to understand and apply.
The quizzes and homework are also relevant and challenging enough to push us to learn quicker but not too much to frustrate us, which is very hard to achieve but extremely important in language learning.
That was the hard part for me when trying to find a course to learn Spanish with and it took me time to find a teacher who could do that but luckily with German I found it the first try with German Uncovered.
It is absolutely wonderful and most important it makes learning German fun and exciting!
- Russ Warren, North Carolina, USA
How To Stick With This Programme
I know from my own experience that fizzling out and giving up are the biggest risks of failure in any language learning project. This is no different for you as a German learner.
In fact, maybe you’ve even tried and given up a few times before and you’re beginning to wonder if you can ever get the hang of speaking German.
In the German Uncovered course, we’ve created a unique structure that makes it easier than ever to stick with learning the language.
The intriguing story is the heart of this course, making it easy to follow and creating clear milestones for you so that you can always see your progress.
Throughout the course, our story helps you maintain your motivation and stick with the programme.
Your goal of reading the entire story will become the secret to staying excited about your study and feeling yourself get better with every single page.
When I started German Uncovered, I was around A2 in German and needed something to solidify my knowledge of the basics. The description of German Uncovered showed a framework through stories to practice cognates, pronunciation, basic grammar and that is what interested me the most.
Even from the first lessons, I felt like I got a lot of value from the pronunciation tips and the cognates review.
I think that when I started my B1 courses I had a solid foundation. I was ahead of my peers on word recognition and pronunciation and German Uncovered was certainly part of my toolkit.
- Eloy Ruiz Donayre, from Peru and now living in Germany
I have been attempting to learn German for far too many years and had not gotten very far. Some years my comprehension would be better, but speaking eluded me. I liked the idea of using story to learn grammar and a language.
My comprehension has improved. My spoken German is improving and I am not as afraid to order “auf Deutsch” in a local deli where there are a lot of German speaking employees.
I recently took an online test of my level of comprehension and I had jumped a level without cheating and using the internet translators.
I enjoyed your interaction with Olly and your videos.
- Roger Schert, Seattle, Washington USA
How To Study With German Uncovered
German Uncovered is a self-study course that you take online.
The learning area is extremely easy and intuitive to use and even if you’re not an experienced online learner you’ll find that it all “just works” once you get started.
Making Time in Your Life to Learn German
If you are feeling busy and fear the overwhelm of starting to learn German, you will be pleased to know that this course is designed with busy people in mind.
And once you start studying with the course videos, you won’t miss out. Each section of this course is designed to be studied in around 15 minutes.
You don’t need to schedule in many hours of study time on a daily basis. You don’t need to sign up for evening classes that take up a lot of space in your schedule.
The story structure at the heart of German Uncovered makes it easy for you to enjoy German.
With this course, you can make progress by reading and listening ANYWHERE, even on the commute or waiting to meet your friends in a café in Berlin.
If you can find 15-30 minutes in your day to practice a language, then you have just found the time to get started and achieve unbelievable progress in German with German Uncovered.
Is German Uncovered Right For My Level?
German Uncovered is a complete study programme that helps you learn German through the power of a story. It covers every skill you need: listening, speaking, reading and writing, plus grammar and vocabulary.
Olly and I have created this course because we want this to be THE German course that makes you say “this was the one that got me to my goal.”
Do you already know some basics in German?
Perhaps you’ve had a few conversations while travelling, or studied a few units in a traditional textbook?
Many of my students take German Uncovered even when they are not quite beginners anymore, and they find it very beneficial because
If you already study at an intermediate level, have studied/practiced for over 100 hours, and have natural conversations, this course is not right for you.
How much does German Uncovered cost?
German Uncovered is a complete programme that will take you from absolute beginning when you can’t even say “Guten Tag” all the way to being an intermediate speaker who speaks about their day with ease.
It contains a book and audiobook, over 80 course videos, pronunciation guides, and more than 800 pages of German exercises.
All that will be yours to enjoy on any digital device you choose.
You might be thinking that this is nice, but…is it expensive?
Let’s talk about fees for a second:
You can find German courses in language schools around the world. One established example is the Goethe Institute.
I’ve taken a look at the courses offered by Goethe and compared the content and outcomes to German Uncovered. In this analysis, I calculated that a comparable set of courses from Goethe would cost you US$ 2,811.
A Goethe course tends to be geared towards an exam, making it harder to learn how to actually communicate and absorb the German language.
With German Uncovered, the structure is different. In addition to all the solid and correct language content you need to reach intermediate level, this course gives you the advantage of learning through reading natural language, with a focus on conversations.
And you can do it from anywhere...in your own time!
That's why I'm happy to offer you German Uncovered for a much lower investment.
I know that your investment in the German language is precious, and I want you to feel 100% safe in making this purchase.
Therefore, I offer you a 100% money-back guarantee on German Uncovered for 30 days, so you have time to try the course out.
If it isn’t right for you, simply send a message to me and you will receive a full refund of your payment.
Given the results I have seen with this course already, I am confident that you will learn German with German Uncovered and you won’t need to ask for your money back.
But the guarantee is there nonetheless, so you can join today with peace of mind.
If you want to learn German, what are you waiting for?
It’s been more than ten years since I last touched the German language, and I was worried about just how much I may have lost. I quit because the grammar got me down and I couldn’t push past it or find a better way to approach the language.
What I had been taught to do in school was too ingrained and I couldn’t break free from grammar drills.
Then I enrolled in German Uncovered.
After completing just one module in the course, I was able to revive much of my lost German (and perhaps more!). I booked my first lesson with a tutor and flew through all the material, keeping the lesson almost entirely in German!
- Shannon Kennedy, language obsessed founder of eurolinguiste.com
"After playing with Rosetta Stone and Duolingo, I decided that the story approach sounded like it would provide me with a better understanding of what was happening grammatically, since reading is my main focus.
What I enjoyed most from the course, and what I have returned to afterwards, were the video lectures. These provided much more value to me than trying to work through various tiles and try to work out the patterns on my own.
Your series of lectures, broken out into various subjects, grammar, vocabulary, cognates, and pronunciation, were extremely helpful in identifying the underlying patterns of the German language. The 898 page pdf textbook which accompanies the video lectures is an excellent resource, as well! "
- Bill O'Toole, Texas, USA
"I chose German Uncovered because I am convinced that a language should be learned as it used: in sentences and dialogue, not lists of conjugations and tables of declensions."
- Debbie Thomassen
If you have read this far, I know you are serious about getting started and really learning the German language.
You’re done with false starts.
If you're ready to
.. then it’s time to join German Uncovered and become one of the many success stories that I have heard since I created this course.
I’ll see you on the inside,
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