To have another language is to possess a second soul.

~ Charlemagne ~

German is the official language of six countries and is spoken as the first language by over 120 million European people.

Along with French and Latin, the teaching of German has been a feature for high school and university students since the mid-1800s. As early as 1860, the teaching of German is known to have been undertaken by community groups, such as the East Melbourne Lutheran Church. This group ran a German Saturday School to teach German to the local community. It is still in operation today, though has been relocated to Clifton Hill Primary School and run by a parent group since 1992.

Today, along with languages such as French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, German is among the list of 16 core languages in the Australian Curriculum, with a program of teaching and learning from Kindergarten to Year 6 (primary school) and Years 7 to 10 (high school). Students in senior secondary school can also elect to study beginners or continuing (advanced) German and have it contribute towards their ATAR ranking.

For students, or other people interested in learning German as a second language — whether as absolute beginners, continuing their study or brushing up on their existing grammar, vocabulary, reading, speaking and written skills — there are plenty of options throughout Australia. Enrol in a university degree. Try a TAFE course. Enquire about a language school or community lessons. Or, engage a private tutor.

Where can you find German classes in Australia?
Don't rely on being an English speaker, learning other languages, like German, will broaden your experience | Source: Pixabay - 11417994

A new world and new experience await.

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Learn German in Canberra

Oktoberfest, an annual German festival celebrated throughout the world, actually originated in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria. It continued as an agricultural festival and somehow morphed into a festival featuring beer in the late 20th century.

While Australia's largest Oktoberfest celebration is said to be in Brisbane, Canberra does the festival proud each year with thanks to support from the Harmonie German Club and Canberra's two German-inspired breweries, Bentspoke and Zierholz.

If you want to learn German in Canberra — whether to take a course for travel purposes, brush up on your high school German or complete a university languages degree — there are plenty of options.

The Australian-German Institute caters for all students from beginners to advanced as well as native speakers, with an extensive library, multiple events for people to experience German culture, a conversation group and German classes for every level. Alternatively, you could check out the Australian National University and talk to students and tutors to see how you can incorporate German study into your degree.

Enrol in German Lessons in Sydney

Did you know Germany is home to over 25,000 castles?

While Australia, being much younger, is not exactly known for its castles, you may be surprised to hear we do have some — and several in Sydney, including Camelot Castle, Fort Denison and Fort Queenscliff. Australia's 'castles' are more reflective of our military history, or of tourism, so if you want to experience the true grandeur of a castle, a visit to Germany may be on the cards.

If this kind of travel is on your bucket list, learning German, at least some basic speaking and reading skills, should be a priority. Sydney is not short of German classes and courses and there are plenty of options if you want a private German tutor.

Your first point of call, if you're keen to take a German course in Sydney, should probably be the Goethe-Institut. However, there are multiple other language school options, university courses and private tutors available — every student at every level is well catered for.

Try a German Course in Melbourne

Melbourne, specifically the Queen Victoria Building, has taken the accolades multiple times for having Australia's largest Christmas tree. Interestingly, the tradition of decorating trees during the festive season originated in Germany with Christians bringing trees into their homes and decorating them with gingerbread, nuts and apples.

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If you're in Germany at Christmas, make sure you visit the Christmas markets. Learning a little German before you go will be handy too | Source: Pixabay - sontung57

With a large ex-pat German community in Melbourne, many traditions from Germany are available for everyone to enjoy. Melbourne is also home to one of the two Goethe-Instituts operating in Australia, where you can take German classes or participate in cultural activities. Community language classes abound and finding a private German tutor is easy.

Find out more about learning German in Melbourne here.

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German for Every Level in Brisbane

Staying with the festive celebrations for a moment, the Easter Bunny had one of its first written mentions in Germany during the 16th century. While our shops are still full of chocolate bunnies during autumn here in Australia, the Easter Bilby movement is becoming more widespread.

Rose-Marie Dusting, from Queensland, is credited with starting the Easter Bilby tradition when, as a 9-year-old in 1968, she wrote a book, Billy the Easter Bilby (published 11 years later).

Like Adelaide, Brisbane has a strong German heritage with many immigrants settling throughout the state to try their luck with farming during the Gold Rush era. This heritage is represented in the large German-based festivals held in Brisbane and the number of opportunities for students of every level, from beginners to advanced (and even native speakers) to learn German in Brisbane and improve their grammar and vocabulary skills and experience German culture.

From the Brisbane German Language School to university level study with the Institute of Modern Languages at the University of Queensland, there are German classes for everyone in Brisbane.

German Culture and Language in Adelaide

South Australia and its capital city, Adelaide, probably has the most well-known German history and culture with the likes of early settlement, townships like Hahndorf and the wine production of the Barossa Valley.

However, did you know that a short drive from Adelaide, in Tanuda, you can find the only Kegelbahn left in Australia? A kegelbahn is a skittles alley (otherwise known as 9-pin bowling) and the game was very popular among German immigrants and locals alike during the 19th century in Australia. As an aside, 10-pin bowling did not take off in Australia until the 1960s.

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German immigrants brought many of their cultural traditions to Australia, including the 9-pin skittles, which you can still learn and play today near Adelaide | Source: VisualHunt - david_drei

Learning a language is not complete without learning about the culture. If you can experience the culture, even better, and if you're taking German classes in Adelaide, you're certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to the language and culture experience. The German Academy and the University of Adelaide are just two of the school and vocational study institutions that offer German as a second language for every level.

Where to Find a German Tutor in Perth

Over the last several years, Perth and the Western Australian government have been working hard to build their trade ties with Germany. But, it's not only in trade and economics that Perth seeks links with Germany but also in sport — specifically soccer (or football, if you prefer). Perth's latest coup was signing German centre-back, Sebastian Langkamp with Perth Glory.

What's this got to do with learning languages, you ask? Well, it came about because of the travels of Australian soccer player, Matthew Leckie, who met Langkamp in Berlin.

Learning languages opens your world.

If you want to study German in Perth, you won't have to look far to find classes and courses at every level and for every purpose, from travel to trade. Start with the Goethe Society, but also check out the Rhein-Donau Club or one of Perth's university language degrees or short courses.

Try the Gold Coast for German Classes

If you have a hankering for traditional German food,  you'd do well to check out the Gold Coast in Queensland where it seems like every second restaurant is serving pork knuckle, sausage and sauerkraut. Immigrants from Germany had a strong influence on Australian cooking and tastebuds, much to our advantage today.

So, if you'd like help with reading a German menu, and telling your weißwurst from your knackwurst, engaging a private tutor or enrolling in one of the many German classes on offer in the Gold Coast could be the best bet.

TAFE Queensland and Griffith University offer formal language courses, or you can enrol in a conversation group or with German on the Coast for less formal lessons.

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Australian people love a good sausage and so do Germans | Source: Pixabay - tknight67

What if There are No German Classes Near Me?

Not everyone in Australia lives near one of the main capital cities. In fact, around 28% of the Australian population live in remote and rural areas of Australia. It may be that you have tried searching the internet for 'German classes near me' and come up with a big nothing!

Don't despair. With online private tutoring and online language classes experiencing a surge in recent years, everyone can find 'German classes near me' in the online world — and these are just as good as face-to-face lessons.

If you're looking for a private German tutor to help you improve your grammar and vocabulary skills, or help boost your speaking or reading level, Superprof has over 4,000 German tutors throughout Australia. Most Superprof tutors offer online tutoring for private students as well as small group lessons and will tailor each lesson to suit your level and study requirements.

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Kellie

Kellie is an editor, a children's writer, blogger and a teacher. Any remaining time she has is spent on a dragon boat.