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Learn German with a wide range of interactive and immersive German classes in NYC. From beginner to advanced levels, discover the joy of mastering a new language and gain cultural insights along the way.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in NYC have spots left, but 7 classes live online are available.

German 2 Fundamentals (Private)

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Learn to speak German fluently and confidently with our private German course. From basic conversations to discussing your plans in Switzerland, Oktoberfest, and more. Sign up now and embark on your German language journey.

(35) Intermediate 8 and older
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$55
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$110
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German 1 Fundamentals (Private)

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Learn to introduce yourself, describe your friends and family, order food, and talk about the weather in German. This course focuses on accent reduction and provides all the necessary materials. Improve your German speaking and writing skills in a private setting.

(35) Beginner 8 and older
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German Intro Crash Course

ABC Languages @ Online

Discover the beauty of the German language with our immersive Intro to German Crash Course at ABC Languages. Dive into basic vocabulary and phrases, while our engaging instructors guide you through pronunciation and cultural topics. Join us and say "hallo" to a new language adventure!

(384) Beginner 16 and older
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German Beginner 2

ABC Languages @ Online

Learn German and improve your communication skills with ABC Languages' German Beginner 2 course. Build on your knowledge of regular verbs and noun cases as you dive into irregular verbs and conversation practice. Join our online classes and immerse yourself in the German language.

(384) Beginner 16 and older

German - Total Beginner

ABC Languages @ Online

Begin your German language journey with engaging and professional teachers who will guide you every step of the way. Learn basic conversation skills, vocabulary, and grammar in just 6 weeks. Sign up now and start speaking German with confidence!

(384) Beginner 17 and older
$325

8 sessions

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German Beginner 3

ABC Languages @ Online

Build a strong foundation in the German language with this immersive course designed for beginners. Develop essential communication skills and cultural understanding in a supportive and interactive learning environment. Take your first step towards fluency with expert guidance and practical exercises.

(384) Beginner 16 and older

German - Level 2

Cricket eLearning, Formerly Fluent City @ Virtual Classroom

Ready to take your basic German skills to the next level? Join our Level 2 course and expand your vocabulary, improve your sentence structure, and gain confidence in expressing yourself in German. Sign up now and unlock a new world of language proficiency!

(116) Beginner 17 and older
$399

11 sessions

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Yiddish for Beginners

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Explore the Yiddish language and East-European Jewish culture. Learn the Yiddish alphabet, basic grammar and vocabulary, and then move on to simple conversations, texts and favorite Yiddish songs. No prior knowledge necessary. Textbook must be purchased separately: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I, by Sheva Zucker (Workmen's Circle, 1994).

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
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$250

10 sessions

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Advanced Beginners Yiddish I

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Expand your knowledge of Yiddish grammar and vocabulary through simple readings, conversation and song. Appropriate for those who have completed a beginning Yiddish class or who have experience with spoken Yiddish and reading.

(1068) Advanced 18 and older
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$280

10 sessions

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Yiddish and Ladino Sing-In

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Sing your favorite Yiddish and Ladino folk and art songs! In this friendly and casual environment, learn and sing Yiddish theater songs, klezmer music, modern and traditional cantorial pieces, Israeli music, and Jewish wedding music. No experience necessary, only a love of music and an enthusiastic voice!

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$200

6 sessions

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Intermediate Yiddish II

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Increase your fluency and ability to communicate in this class, and learn more idioms, grammar, vocabulary and songs. Class includes intermediate-level readings and is conducted entirely in Yiddish. Intended for students who have taken Intermediate I, or the equivalent. Please note that topics are subject to change based on the needs of the class.

(1068) Intermediate 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$200
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Advanced Yiddish

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Focus on fluency and the ability to communicate in this class, and learn more advanced idioms, grammar, vocabulary and songs. Class includes advanced-level readings and is conducted in Yiddish. Intended for students who have completed Intermediate Yiddish II or the equivalent.

(1068) Advanced 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$290

10 sessions

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Intro German Crash Course

ABC Languages @ 26 Broadway, New York, NY

Get a taste of the German language and kickstart your learning with our engaging and fun Intro German Crash Course at ABC Languages. Learn basic vocabulary and phrases, improve your pronunciation, and explore cultural topics in this 90-minute online class. Discover if German is the right language for you and say hallo to a new language adventure!

(384) Beginner 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$50

2 sessions

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Cultural Talk: Business Culture In Germany And America

JacobiTeacher @ 200 Broadway, New York, NY

Culture Talk: Business Culture In Germany And America   Participants get an introduction into the basics of business culture in Germany, and we will discuss in what ways it differs from the US approach. The event will be in English. Light snacks will be provided!

Beginner 15 and older
No upcoming schedules
$350

6 sessions

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Basics About German Language Pronunciation Basics

JacobiTeacher @ 200 Broadway, New York, NY

Participants get an introduction into the basics of German language pronunciation and learn in what the sounds of the language differs from English in general. We will also discuss why Germans use language in a more direct way. The event will be partly in German and partly in English. Light lunch snacks will be provided! At the end of the course, you have a feeling on (1) how the language works in general and (2) how you can teach yourself.

Beginner 15 and older
No upcoming schedules
$350

6 sessions

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Cultural Talk: Parenting In Germany And America

JacobiTeacher @ 200 Broadway, New York, NY

Cultural Talk: Parenting In Germany And America   Participants get an introduction into the basic ideas of Parenting in Germany, and we will discuss in what ways it differs from the US approach. The event will be in English. Light snacks will be provided!

All levels 15 and older
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Intermediate Yiddish

92nd Street Y

Continue your study of Yiddish language and culture. Emphasis is placed on conversation, grammar, Yiddish song and selections from Yiddish literature. Appropriate for those who have completed an Advanced Beginner class.

(1068) Intermediate 18 and older
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Private German Lessons

ABC Languages

Looking to take your German skills to the next level? Join our customized program at ABC Languages and receive personalized instruction from our team of professional German instructors. Whether you prefer online lessons or in-person sessions in Manhattan, we have the perfect learning option for you. Start your language journey today!

(384) All levels 18 and older

German 2 Fundamentals (Private)

Hyperfluent @ Virtual Classroom

Our German Fundamentals 2 will take you from "Ich komme aus Kolombien" to being able to talk about what you would like to do in Switzerland next summer, have a short conversation about what you like about Oktoberfest, and talk about how you wish you had started learning German months ago! A free 10-minute consultation is scheduled to assess the needs of the client and to provide feedback. Any future sessions will be billed according to the study...

(35) Intermediate 8 and older
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German A1 Adults Trial

JacobiTeacher

This course caters to absolute beginners that have no experience at learning German. Participants need access to a computer with a camera and a microphone. All language learning material is included.

Beginner 21 and older
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Reviews for German Classes in NYC

German Classes in NYC are rated 4.5 stars based on 1,603 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • German 2 Fundamentals (Private)

    Reviewed by Mara Wilke on 2/26/2023
    “Eva ist eine sehr gute Nachhilfelehrerin. Sie kann online so wie Präsenz Stunden machen. Man kann alle Termine flexibel vereinbaren. In Präsenz Stunden kann man auch außerhalb des Hauses etwas unternehmen, zum Beispiel Shoppen gehen und dabei Englisch sprechen. Eva kann einem helfen den Stoff im Unterricht aufzuarbeiten und Eselsbrücken für Vokabeln nennen, um sie sich besser merken zu können. Sie hilft einem beim richtigen Satzbau und in der Grammatik. Sie hilft einem das Selbstbewusstsein zu stärken beim Sprechen, in dem sie einem sagt, wie etwas richtig ausgesprochen wird und Hilfen zur Aussprache der Wörter gibt. Sie beantwortet einem alle Fragen, die man hat. Das macht eine gute Nachhilfelehrerin aus!“
  • German 1 Fundamentals (Private)

    Reviewed by Avery A. on 2/19/2023
    "Eva makes learning languages fun and easy and customized each lesson to the person. I really liked how it never felt like a class room."
  • German - Level 2

    Anonymous review on 3/31/2022
    Outstanding teacher!
  • German - Total Beginner

    Anonymous review on 8/18/2019
    Teacher is amazing. She adjusted the lesson plan to focus on what our goals from the class are.
  • German Intro Crash Course

    Anonymous review on 7/29/2018
    Great class and instructor!
  • German Intro Crash Course

    Anonymous review on 5/26/2017
    The instructor was very knowledgeable and made learning German fun and not intimidating, which is not easy with German!
  • German - Total Beginner

    Anonymous review on 4/4/2016
    lots fun - learned a lot; instructor was very helpful and patient

Discover the Best German Classes in NYC

The German language is hundreds of years old, and is the 11th most widely spoken language in the world. It is the official language of Germany, Austria, and Lichtenstein, and one of the official languages of Switzerland and Luxembourg. It is also the most commonly spoken language in the European Union. German has some similarities to other Germanic languages like English, Dutch, and Swedish. It uses the Latin alphabet, just like English does, however, it includes some additional characters. German is also known for having a lot of compound words, where multiple words are combined to create new words with specific meanings.

New York City has a strong connection to German culture. Thousands of people with German ancestry live there today, however, in the past, the German population was even larger. In the 1800s, thousands of German immigrants started migrating to New York City. By 1855, it had the third-largest concentration of German people in the world, after Berlin and Vienna. Many of these people lived in a neighborhood in the East Village which became known as Kleindeutschland, or Little Germany, and was a center of German life and culture. While this area is no longer the vibrant German neighborhood that it was in the past, a number of historical landmarks remain. New York City also has many other German restaurants, businesses, clubs, and organizations that help its German residents connect to their culture, and share it with others. For instance, the Goethe-Institut has been operating since 1969, and works to promote the German language and culture. 

Why You Should Learn German in NYC

Learning German can be beneficial if you want to work for a German company or if you’re involved in international business, education, or research. Germany has one of the largest economies in Europe, with many engineering, manufacturing, technology, and automotive businesses in particular. It is also known for its world-class universities and research programs.

Another reason to learn German is to better connect with its rich culture. Understanding German can be beneficial if you plan to travel there, but even if you don’t, you’ll find many examples of German culture, such as in New York City. Germany has made many contributions to music, literature, philosophy, and art. By understanding the language, you can more deeply engage with this extensive heritage.

In-Person German Classes & Schools in NYC

You can learn German by taking an in-person German class in New York City. ABC Languages offers Intro German Crash Course, which is $55 and runs for an hour and a half. Students in this class learn basic vocabulary and phrases, including greetings and travel phrases, and can get a good sense of whether or not this is a good language choice for them to pursue. They will also receive instruction in pronunciation and key challenge points in the language, and will be introduced to cultural topics. ABC Languages is a language school with locations across the country, including in New York City. It was founded in New York City in 1998.

Another class option for New York City students is German Beginner at the Bronxville Adult School. There are eight sessions in this class, and tuition is $120. It is designed for students with little or no background in German. Students will learn to understand basic spoken and written German, and to converse on everyday topics. In addition, they will write short German texts of their own. There is also an intermediate class, for students who complete the beginner course. The Bronxville Adult School is about 20 miles north of New York City. It is a nonprofit organization committed to enabling lifelong learning, and has been teaching students since 1942.

JacobiTeacher also offers German lessons in New York City. Basics About German Langugage Pronunciation costs $350 and has six sessions. Students who take this class learn the basics of pronunciation, and how the sound of the German language differs from English. They also learn about how Germans use their language in a more direct way. By the end of this course, students should have a better understanding of how the language works, and also about how to teach themselves German. Nicolas Jacobi is a native German speaker and has more than ten years of teaching experience. He graduated from the University of Cologne in 2008, and has worked in four different schools in Cologne, Krefeld, and Berlin, Germany.

Virtual German Classes & Schools

Another way to learn German is to sign up for an online German class. In recent years, virtual classes have become increasingly popular. According to global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, “[i]nterest and participation in online learning continues to grow: 2020 saw record enrollment. . . . From doctoral students to lifelong learners, people are increasingly accessing online tools to learn and acquire new skills.” The flexibility of online learning is one reason for its popularity; you can take an online class from any school in the country as long as you have a computer and an internet connection.

There are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about learning virtually. One is that you might sometimes have to deal with technological problems like internet or computer issues. Another is that when you learn online, you usually need to supply your own materials, in contrast to an in-person class, where materials are often supplied. When it comes to learning German, this probably won’t be too much of a problem though.

Fluent City offers a virtual German class called German–Level 1. This is made up of ten sessions, and costs $399. It is intended for beginners who want to start learning the basics of conversational German, and is also appropriate for people who need a refresher course because they haven’t spoken any German in a long time. Students learn the basics of reading and writing in German including verb conjugation in the present tense, number and gender agreement, question form, plurals, and possessive adjectives. They also have the chance to practice conversational German with the teacher and other students in the class. There are a maximum of ten people in one class. After completing this course, students should be able to introduce themselves, talk about their day, and describe their profession and hobbies.

Another virtual German option for beginners is German–Beginner 1, offered by ABC Languages. This class is appropriate for people with no knowledge of the German language. Students learn through formal learning sessions where the instructor talks about grammar and the structure of the language. They also take part in verbal sessions where they converse in German with other students. The course covers basic conversation skills, vocabulary, and grammar. There are six sessions in total and tuition is $250. Students meet via Microsoft Teams.

You can also take a virtual German class from the International School of Languages, which was founded in 2006 and based in . German Beginner 1 is for students who don’t know any German. It covers communication basics, such as introducing yourself, providing personal information, counting, talking about your occupation and daily routine, telling time, and understanding a schedule. Students also learn a large number of vocabulary words.

Students need to purchase the book, Aussichten A1.1. This class costs $300, and has eight sessions.

Private Group German Classes in NYC

Private group classes can be a great way to engage and entertain people at a variety of different types of events, including birthday parties and work team-building events. CourseHorse offers private group German classes, and many different other group options. Not only can CourseHorse provide a class to fit your needs, but they will make the booking process easy, with no registration and no booking fees, and a confirmation of your booking sent out within 24 hours. For most group events, as long as you meet the minimum group size, you can even make changes to your booking up to 72 hours before the event date.

One of CourseHorse’s popular group classes is the Virtual Team Building Improv Workshop, which is a 60-minute class designed to help group members make quick decisions and collaborate better, while having a lot of fun. Participants enjoy a series of games and exercises that improve listening, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration, at the same time as encouraging them to be silly and have fun. You don’t need to be funny to enjoy this workshop. The class can accommodate up to 40 people. It costs $500 for the first ten people, and $25 for each additional person after that.

CourseHorse also offers a variety of group trivia events, such as Virtual Trivia: True Crime, which runs for an hour. In this event, participants split into teams, and take part in four trivia rounds, with questions about a variety of different true crime stories. Questions are designed to be challenging, but not impossible. This class costs $360 for up to 15 people, and $10 for each additional person after that. Up to 200 people can attend at once. The trivia rounds can be customized for an additional $150.


Many CourseHorse providers can come to your home or office, or they can hold the event at an external venue. Most virtual events are run via Zoom, but Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, or WebEx can be used instead. Contact CourseHorse to get more information about private group events.

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