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German Level 2 Speech

German Level 2: Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs

German Level 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction and is designed to be used after completing phase one. In the first 10 lessons of phase two, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex, and informal speech is introduced.

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Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes - with Pimsleur it's that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. German Level 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction and is designed to be used after completing phase one.

In the first 10 lessons of phase two, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex, and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded, and fluency increases.

The next 10 lessons of phase two allow you to further combine and build upon known elements and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situations, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.

In the final 10 lessons of phase two, you've doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You'll gain experience in asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures - faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of phase two, you're speaking at a mid-intermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading lessons are included at the end of unit 30. These lessons (approximately one hour) are designed to give you practice reading German and to provide you with some insight into German culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at things you'll see when visiting a German-speaking country. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

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