German phrases sorted into useful everyday topics.
German vocabulary divided into themed lists.
About this site
The aim of Speak German! is to provide a high quality resource for adults who wish to learn German online.
It is part of the Speak Languages! network of websites.
Access to the site is completely free. We are currently adding sound, and soon users will also be able to hear all the phrases and vocabulary spoken by native German speakers.
If you have any comments or suggestions, or spot any mistakes however small, please contact us — we appreciate your feedback.
The Reichstag, Berlin
About the German language
German is spoken by about 75 million people in Germany, with a further 20 million people worldwide speaking it as a first language.
Along with English and Dutch, to which it is closely related, German belongs to the West Germanic branch of the Germanic family of languages.
So why learn German?
A major world language
As one of the world's major languages, German has been the conduit for publications in many learned fields: medicine, the natural sciences, philosophy, and languages. Many terms now used in these fields originated from German.
German has a rich literature dating from mediaeval times until the present day. Its most famous writers from the classical period (18th century) include Goethe, Schiller, and Lessing, and from the twentieth century Brecht, Böll, and Grass.
Many of the German speaking countries such as Austria and Switzerland boast exotic scenery and historic towns. A knowledge of the language will enhance a visit to these countries.