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Learn German with Rocket Languages Today! Did you know that German is the 3rd most common language taught in American schools? Whether you’re looking to brush off skills you learned years ago, interested in the language of your ancestors, or wanting to have a grasp of basic German prior to traveling through Europe, now is the time to start!

German is spoken by 90-95 million people throughout the world, and not just in Germany. It is also recognized as an official language in Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Switzerland, as well as portions of Italy, Poland, and even Brazil.

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Pimsleur

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$150 per level on DVD (30 lessons)

$450 for levels 1-4 on DVD (120 lessons)

Options available for MP3 and CD delivery

Pimsleur is one of the most recognizable names in language instruction. Known for teaching languages in basic 30-minute audio lessons, Pimsleur continues to be the method of choice for students who learn best by hearing. Prospective customers can download a free 30-minute German lesson from the website, to see if the style works well; we found that the trial lesson left us with a good understanding of a simple conversation.

Unfortunately, the trial lesson doesn't include any access to the non-audio portion of Pimsleur's German program included with the software DVDs, which includes flashcards, matching games, and other visual components. We would have liked to see more of what Pimsleur has to offer beyond audio lessons, in order to more accurately compare its German instruction to other programs we reviewed, and especially because approximately 40% of students are visual learners (compared with 10% of students who learn best auditorily).

Pimsleur does offer a Proficiency Guarantee, but the terms are very specific: users must purchase a Pimsleur Level 1 program, complete the course, and take a novice-level test on an independent website. If the user is unable to pass that exam, Pimsleur will issue a full refund. We're not sure if this applies to a purchase made that included levels 1-4.

Of all the products in our reviews, Pimsleur is the most expensive: four levels of German provided via DVD (i.e. including both visual and audio lessons) sells for $450 and includes 120 lessons, while single levels are available for $150. And, while you might think that you'd save money by purchasing just the MP3 or CD edition, you're in for a shock: 81 hours of MP3s costs $550, while those same lessons cost $1,190 on CD!

Because of its strong emphasis on auditory learning, we recommend Pimsleur for those who want to learn a language on the go: in the car, on an MP3 player (though you may want to download the audio tracks from the DVDs rather than buying the MP3s, based on price), or while working around the house.

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And, with the increasing popularity of genealogy, or family history research, many people are interested in learning German as a way of connecting with their roots. In the United States alone, there are as many as 50 million people who claim German descent as part of their heritage, making it one of the largest, if not the largest, ethnic groups in the nation.

From new students to the German language to those looking to fine-tune their grammar and pronunciation, there are a variety of providers of German language instruction that can help. When choosing the German lessons that will be the best fit, it is wise to get a feel for each program's methods.

Some German lessons take advantage of multiple learning modalities and strive to meet the needs of all types of learners - visual, auditory, and so on - making use of flashcards, pronunciation practice using a microphone, games, and online resources.

In contrast, some German lessons make use of a single approach to learning (for example, workbooks or audio lessons) that might not be a good match for your preferred learning method(s). For that reason, it is highly recommended that you take the time to choose the provider of German lessons that will fit both your learning objectives and your personal approach to learning.

When looking for German lessons, there are several factors to consider. Some of these include:

  • Instructional Methods. Do the German lessons use a teaching methodology that fits your personal learning style?
  • Skill Level. Are the German lessons designed for novice learners of German or those with significant experience with the language? Do the lessons provided allow you to progress from one level to another for the same price, or do you have to purchase subsequent products?
  • Value. Do the German lessons give you a good value for the money invested?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best German Lessons available today. We hope these reviews help you learn one of Europe’s primary languages with ease and enjoyment!

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