High School German

Educational level: this is a secondary education resource.
High School German


A map of German speakers in Europe.
A map of German speakers in Europe.

Welcome to High School German. This course is designed for High School students with no prior language learning experience. The language of the course is German, and learners will build their understanding of German over a four year curriculum.

German is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. Today, German is the most spoken native language in the European Union. German is the majority language in the DACH countries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. As of 2012 there were 90,000,000 native speakers of German worldwide [1]

German is also the majority spoken language in South Tyrol in Italy, and the German-speaking Community of Belgium. It is one of the three official languages of Luxembourg and a co-official language in the Opole Voivodeship in Poland.

The German language is most similar to other languages within the West Germanic language branch, including Afrikaans, Dutch, English, Frisian, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish.

It also contains close similarities in vocabulary to Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, although they belong to the North Germanic group.

German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.

In this course, learners will be taught Standard German otherwise known as Hochdeutsch.

  1. "Special Eurobarometer 386: Europeans and their languages" (PDF) (report). European Commission. June 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 January 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

Main Course Sequence

Additional Lessons

In addition to the core curriculum; find links below to lessons tied to holidays, historical events, and cultural products.


External Dictionaries

  • Leo.org - The largest and most detailed traditional English to German Dictionary on the internet
  • Linguee.com - a machine learning dictionary that provides contextual examples.

Verb Conjugations


Other German Courses Online

  • Nico's Weg - a soap opera based language learning course from the German public broadcaster DW.