What is level A2.1?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR or CEF for short) is a standardized guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and beyond. At Expath's language schools in Berlin, we follow these guidelines in all of our German classes. 

These levels are classified as A1 for beginners, A2 for elementary, B1 for intermediate, B2 for upper intermediate, C1 as advanced, and C2 as mastery. Expath, like many other language schools, splits these levels in half to accommodate students’ time and budget planning (e.g. level A1 is split into A1.1 and A1.2). To start with level A1, you are expected to have no knowledge of German. 

After completing level A2 (this would mean completing A2.1 and A2.2), you can:

  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

(Source: Wikipedia)

At Expath, you will learn the following (and more) as part of the A2.1 curriculum:

Answering “Why” questions; Expressing the past (split verbs); Describing sequences of actions in the past (zuerst, dann, etc.); Asking about whether something has ever been done; Talking about vacations; Talking about extended family; Expressing “to put” in German, Talking about the location of items and places and placing them; Asking people to come in, out, over, etc.); Reading short messages and notes; Talking about frequency; Using “some” and “one” in German; Naming kitchen utensils and talking about food; Ordering, complaining and explaining in a restaurant; Offering and declining; Talking about cause and effect (wenn-dann); Looking for jobs; Talking about what one should do; Assigning ownership of known items (deinen, deins, etc.); Saying “already” and “not yet”; Saying “someone” and “no one”; Reading messages and announcements at work; Talking about vacations; Using reflexives (“oneself” – “sich”); Talking about interests and health; Talking about activities; Asking and answering questions with “Wo” (“wofür”, “worauf”, “womit”, etc.); Talking about past and current situations and the differences between them (wollte, konnte, sollte, etc.); Expressing what one thinks or believes (…,dass…); Talking about education and educational offers; Talking about gifts and “to whom” they are given


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How German Grammar Works

1. Actions with "what"

2. Actions without "what"

3. Can these overlap?

4. What are subjects and objects?

5. How do subjects and objects differ in English?

6. How do subjects and objects look in German?

7. Who loves whom and how genders help

8. Intro to nominative and accusative cases

9. Prepositions and how they tie into all this

10. Summary of everything so far

11. What does the dative case look like?

12. Almost all prepositions and what they trigger

13. How movement and location tie into the cases

14. The difference between movement and location

15. How do you say 'to put' in German?

16. What's allowed in a German sentence?

17. How do adjectives behave in this system?

18. Excellent examples for adjective declension

19. Other articles and how they behave in German

20. A more natural way to get endings right

21. How do reflexive verbs work in German?

22. How verbs with prepositions work fit into this

23. (Briefly) How does the genitive case work?

24. The cases summarized in three simple rules

25. How sentence structure differs from English

26. Questions, commands, statements in German

27. Where everything goes in a German sentence

28. Der, die, and das: Tricks to guess genders better

29. Conclusions

Downloadable Resources:

(PDF) Prepositions and Cases – A handy diagram of German prepositions (with translations) and which case they effect.

(PDF) Prepositions of Movement and Location – An illustration of what kind of movement is expressed with which prepositions and their cases

(PDF) Articles and Adjective Declination – Example sentences to learn in order to get a feeling for the connections, as well as a useful declination table

(PDF) Articles and Adjective Declination – A comprehensive list of articles and which way the following adjectives will end

(PDF) Case Rules – A brief review of what causes which cases

(PDF) Sentence Structure – An illustration of where verbs are located in the different clauses in German


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