If you live in the UK and want to either learn German or improve your German, this post is for you!
We have collected a summary of the best places in the UK to learn German, and some ideas that might not immediately come to mind when looking for fun ways to learn German.
There is an abundance of language courses, especially in the country’s capital, London.
A very well-known Institute to learn German is the Goethe Institute.
It can be found all over the world, and they offer language courses and exams from A1 (total beginner) to C2 (pretty much native).
If you already know some German but aren’t sure which level would be appropriate for you to keep learning, Goethe Institute offers a free online placement test here.
The Goethe Institute in London is located at 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH.
With the online courses, you will have great advantages, such as:
- Live sessions with a teacher
- Group sessions and individual sessions
- Independent learning via the learning platform
- Flexible self-study
and all that from the comfort of your own home!
The International House London
The International House London was ranked as the best value school in London by El Gazette in 2019.
They offer German courses both online and face-to-face, starting at the beginner level until advanced. IH London also offers a free online placement test, which you can find here.
Depending on your needs, you can also choose one-to-one, closed group, or in-company courses!
UCL Evening classes
If you are short on time, UCL offers German Evening Language Classes for all levels.
The courses take 10 weeks and will teach you to communicate effectively in German.
The classes are held once a week for 2 hours on a weekday evening. This is a great option if you are swamped at work and only have time in the evenings!
You can find an overview of the classes here.
Language Exchange Communities
Language exchange communities are great. If you’ve never heard of them, they are basically apps or communities that connect people who want to learn each other’s language.
You can get connected with native speakers for free and can exchange text messages or voice messages to practice each other’s languages.
The great thing about this option is that it is free and remote. You can chat from anywhere and you can meet cool, new people!
There are location options as well to find people nearby, so in case you find a good friend on the app, you might even become real-life friends!
If you want to actually study German in the UK, there are many great Universities to choose from. Some of the best universities to study German at are:
- King’s College London
- St. Andrews
If you’re already enrolled at a university, your first port of call to learn German should be your university’s German / Modern Languages department and language center.
Social Life and Culture
Another great way to get into the German language is to immerse yourself in the culture and potentially meet native Germans.
If you are in the UK, don’t despair! There are some German restaurants, pubs, and bars that will help you get an insight into the culture and that will give you a good shot at meeting one or the other German or fellow German learner!
This was London’s first German gastropub. They serve traditional food and of course a wide selection of German beers on tap and by the bottle.
Traditional German food and beer are served here by barmaids dressed in authentic German attire.
Hansel & Pretzel (London)
Here you can find German Delikatessen such as freshly baked bread, rolls, pretzels, cakes, pastries, chocolates, sweets, groceries, and much more, straight from Germany!
The German Bookshop (London)
The German Bookshop is your best bet when trying to find new German literature.
Reading is a great way to learn a language, and this store will offer countless options for you, no matter which level of German you’re at!
Try new things!
All in all, there are plenty of options when trying to learn German in the United Kingdom. One of my biggest tips is to simply try out new stuff!
When your motivation starts to waver, refresh it by immersing yourself in the culture and reminding yourself of why you started to learn German in the first place!
Try things out of your comfort zone! Find people who know German, or maybe join a Facebook group of fellow German enthusiasts to try out German Bars and Restaurants!
The possibilities are endless, and you’d be surprised by how many local communities and courses can be found even in the tiniest of towns!
Hopefully, this guide gives you some inspiration on how to learn German in the UK!