About us

Learning with authentic content

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.

Connecting to cultures and languages all over the world

Collaborating with video producers all over the world, our first channel Easy Languages now features over 30 languages. The Easy Languages channel and the Easy German channel have a total of around 600,000 subscribers and over 80 million video views. Our mission is to encourage young people worldwide to use online video in order to help each other learn languages and promote cultural exchange. If you are interested in doing the same in your country, please read more about how to become a co-producer of Easy Languages.

Easy German originated in a school

The language learning videos produced by Easy German are used in schools and universities all over the world. Indeed, the project itself also originated in a school. About 12 years ago Janusz led a media workshop at a high school in Münster, and the very first Easy German video was produced with students of a literature course. It was actually addressed to two girls learning German in Vietnam (if you listen closely, you can hear Simon saying “Hi Thy and Trang” in the introduction). It was only much later that Janusz uploaded it to a new website called YouTube, not yet knowing how many people would watch this video in the future.  Easy German and Easy Languages still closely collaborate with schools from all over the world to enhance language learning through multimedia. We regularly conduct language and media workshops in schools, in which we produce short videos with native speakers and language learners that are both entertaining and educational.

Team

Janusz

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

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

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

Ben is a video producer and freelance translator from York, England. He acts as the partners manager of the Easy Languages network and is also the translator of Easy German. Ben studied German and economy in Sheffield and has lived abroad in Germany and Poland before moving back to England in 2016. He also co-created the Easy German exercises and regularly joins us as a media trainer for workshops and courses.

Manuel

Manuel studied Multimedia Production and has hosted and produced several Easy German episodes. He is currently on a two-year world trip, making videos about traveling, tech and minimalism along the way on his personal YouTube channel.

Videos

Street Interviews:

Easy German Idioms and Expressions

Basic Phrases

German Pronunciation and dialects

Super Easy German (Slow German)

Cari antwortet (Q&A videos)

Easy German Grammar Videos

Get Exercises

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 how our new interactive worksheets look like:

And here you can download 3 of our old PDF exercise sheets as an example:
 

Easy German Summerschool

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

Contact

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  • Office address: Easy Languages GbR, Florastraße 48, 13187 Berlin
  • Easy German is produced by: Janusz Hamerski and Carina Schmid
  • Website: https://www.easygerman.org
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