I want to learn German because I plan to travel to Germany. However, I don't know where to start. Additionally, I cannot purchase any online courses because my country has banned most transactions to foreign countries or with the US dollars.

Can you provide reference on how I can still effectively learn German? Are there good free resources or methods that could help me?

  • We have a FAQ which should answer your question. Most of the resources listed are free.
    – RDBury
    Commented Jun 29 at 9:27
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    This question is similar to: Resources for learning German. If you believe it’s different, please edit the question, make it clear how it’s different and/or how the answers on that question are not helpful for your problem.
    – RHa
    Commented Jun 29 at 20:03
  • @RHa Thank you for the link. I noticed that the sources listed there seem to be a collection of various materials. However, I'm looking for recommendations specifically from people who have successfully used these resources to learn German for travel or to become fluent enough to live in Germany.
    – User
    Commented Jul 3 at 18:52

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For resources to learn German, please consult this question: Resources for learning German

But you don't need to learn German if you speak English and want to travel to a German-speaking country as a tourist, or if you just want to stay for a few weeks or months. People in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and everywhere else where German is spoken learn English in school for 8 to 12 years. Only older people (70+) have poor English skills, but everyone else speaks English quite well, especially younger people (under 40) and anyone who has a job that brings them into contact with tourists or other foreigners.

It is only necessary to learn German if you plan to stay in a German-speaking country for a longer period of time, because all the documents you will receive from the authorities when you move to a German-speaking country will be in German.

So the best strategy may be to come to Germany and learn German by talking to your new neighbors and work colleagues if you have a job here (for which you need a work permit in advance). What will also help you is listening to German radio stations, reading German newspapers and watching German TV.


You have been notified (in other answers and comments) about resources, so I won't repeat that.

If you speak English you can rely on most people speaking English at least a little bit in German-speaking countries.

On the other hand: to learn German you dont need any online resources. To learn German you need someone teaching you! Online resources are nice to practice what you have learned, but to learn it in first place you need a teacher. Only the interactive process of being taught while also being corrected being explained what you do wrong when you are doing something wrong will make you master a - any - language.

  • The problem is there no good courses to learn German in my country and as said in the question O can't buy anything online btw I am from Egypt so my English is not the best.
    – User
    Commented Jul 6 at 20:46
  • @User: if your English is not the best, don't worry: there is a saying that the most commonly spoken language on earth is - "bad English". ;-)
    – bakunin
    Commented Jul 6 at 20:50

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