What should I know about this dive?

Congrats! You are thinking about pursuing (or continuing your pursuit of) German! Awesome you!

Aside from being the official language of six countries in Europe, German is the second most commonly spoken language in Europe, with around 100 million German speakers in Europe and  200 million speakers worldwide. It is also known as a lingua franca, or a bridge language, because it serves as a common language between people who speak different native languages.

Because German is so widely spoken, learning it is one of the best investments of time and money. Not only that, but German words also contribute to 26% of the English language. This makes it a relatively easy language for English speakers to study because of the abundance of similarities between the two languages.

We are proud to share with you this completely free online compendium of resources to help you get started with, improve, and ultimately master the German language.

To that end, in the pages to come, you will find a compilation of truly helpful German language resources, each answering a key question you need the answer to. We also provide a list of resources, broken down by level—beginner, intermediate, and advanced—to ensure you get the support you need, no matter at what level you may find yourself.

Where do the resources come from? Our members and staff. We individually screen every resource prior to posting to ensure high quality, and to verify the authenticity of each. If it's listed, it means a) one of our Break Diving members has used the resource and highly recommends it, and b) the listed resource has in some way supported the growth of Break Diving and believes in our mission (or at the very least, has not actively refused to support our mission). You can trust that each resource we list is legitimate, and has our Break Diving seal of approval. If you have any issues with any of the resources listed, please reach out and let us know!

That all being said, it's time to take a deep dive into German. Ready?