Easy German is an online series that provides German language learners worldwide with authentic learning material. We show the German language as it is spoken in the streets and among friends at home. Our two weekly shows contain interviews with people in the streets of different cities and show you daily life in Germany, covering a wide range of topics and ability levels. The video material is subtitled in both German and English to make it easy for viewers to listen to as well as read the German as it is spoken in the streets.
Janusz is the founder and producer of Easy German . He is originally from Poland and moved to Germany in 1984. Janusz has been a truck driver for several years, before turning his passion onto media. Today he works as a video producer and media trainer. Janusz uses his own experience of learning a foreign language and moving abroad to come up with new concepts and ideas of language learning and youth education.
Cari is originally from Münster, now living in Berlin with Janusz. As host and producer of Easy German, but also as co-founder and CEO of The Global Experience, an NGO focused on intercultural dialogue, Cari dedicates most of her time on educational activities that connect young people from different parts of the world. To find out more about Cari, check out her website: www.carisafari.de
Isi is the Community Manager of Easy German and she also occasionally joins the Easy German team in front of the camera. If you have any questions about the project, she will be the one replying to you!
Born in Münster, she is now living between Cologne and Brighton. Isi has worked as an event and marketing manager in both the public and private sectors and in a variety of fields such as healthcare, trade fairs and social, cultural and educational initiatives.
Ben’s role with Easy German is to translate the subtitles into English, but he has also joined the gang on trips to the US, Canada and Mexico to help film and edit episodes. During his internship with The Global Experience in 2012/13 he contributed to expanding the Easy Languages YouTube channel, and since 2017 he has been working full time in the TV industry in Manchester, UK.
Francisco collaborates with Easy German as a camera person and video editor. He was born in Managua, Nicaragua and moved to Berlin in summer 2018. Besides Easy German Francisco works as an independent cultural manager & producer for online projects related to arts, technology & human rights. In the future he would like to venture into the production of independent films that address issues that are relevant for him, such as gender, migration and technology.
Lisa supports the team with projects like the Summer School and occasionally hosting Easy German episodes. She was born in Münster and has finished her Bachelor “Public Governance across Borders” in Münster and Enschede. Lisa loves meeting new people, listing to music and doing sport with friends.
Maria supports Easy German mainly in front of the camera with interviewing people in the streets. She was born in Münster and later moved to Berlin to study educational sciences at the Free University of Berlin. She loves meeting new people and being creative and often finds new inspiration while travelling.
Manuel studied Multimedia Production and has hosted and produced several Easy German episodes. He loves cycling, coffee and long breakfasts (so very German of him). You can find out more about him on his website www.manuelsalmann.com.
Weekly exercise sheets are available on Patreon for all episodes produced from January 2017. Since October 2017 we produce interactive online worksheets in collaboration with www.seedlang.com, a language learning platform we are partnering with.
Each interactive worksheet features a vocabulary list and 6 exercises on different levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) with English translations and answers in order to deepen the vocabulary and grammar used in the videos. Additionally we have discussions and answer questions in a Patreon only Facebook group that our members get access to.
By becoming a member on Patreon you can actively help us to become independent, professional video producers and receive a regular income for creating Easy German, which is the job we love most. Once signing up to Easy German on Patreon you can select the amount you want to donate (starting from 1$ per week). You can also set a monthly limit to your donations and unsubscribe any time. Become an Easy German member on Patreon now.
This is what our new interactive worksheets look like:
During the last three years we have organised summer schools in Berlin that brought together German learners from different countries for a week of German conversation classes that were connected with fun activities such as cooking, bike tours or history walking tours. Despite the great success of these summer schools and the fun we had doing them ourselves, we have unfortunately decided to discontinue the program for at least this summer (2019).
We are very sorry for those of you who have already been looking forward to a new program in 2019. We still hope you will have a great German learning experience using our weekly videos and online exercises as well as our app Seedlang. It is due to these projects that we have decided to suspend side activities such as the summer school for at least a year. This year we really want to be able to focus. We want to invest more time into our production quality, the development of new content and also start enlarging our production team, developments that will help us grow in a sustainable way and produce better language learning content for as many people as possible.
We hope you understand our decision and are looking forward to possibly meeting you at one of our meetups this summer. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on our meetups and other events.
Thanks so much for your understanding,
The Easy German Team
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