What is level B1.1?

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 B1 (this would mean completing B1.1 and B1.2), you can:

  • understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest and describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

(Source: Wikipedia)

At Expath, you will learn the following (and more) as part of the B1.1 curriculum:

Talking about when something happened (wenn, als); Reading and writing emails; Reading and composing biographies; Past tense (flog, ging); Talking about the sequence of past events; Describing accidents; Expressing past ownership and wishes; Expressing fortunate and unfortunate occurrences; “Plusquamperfekt” (Ich war umgefallen); Describing degrees (besonders, ziemlich, etc.); Using “even though” in German; Comparing options; Formulating longer sentences in German (…,der…); Understanding newspaper headlines; Talking about tv shows; Making suggestions; Giving reasons; Agreeing; Declining and disagreeing; Giving alternative options; Reading German fiction; Talking about physical actions; Recommending; Talking about health; Understanding German marketing and ads; Talking about prevention; Using fractions; Evaluating theories and assumptions; Using the Genitive in German; Talking about statistics; Expressing the consequences of hypothetical situations; Clarifying within a conversation; Guessing effectively in German; Expressing reasoning; Talking about foreign languages; Talking about learning types; Talking about shared experiences; Talking about unreal conditions; Expressing one’s opinion; Asking follow-up questions and reacting; Talking about careers; Talking about degrees of ease and convenience; Reading and understanding job ads; Writing application letters; Interviewing effectively; Conducting small talk; Talking about oneself in a job interview; Ending conversations; Evaluating someone or something; Talking professionally to customers; Inquiring about offers; Talking about motivations; Following instuctions and guidelines; Analysing newspaper articles; Finding information; Making sales pitches; Speaking about one’s home country; Talking about statistics; Giving options; Exaggerating; Talking about moving; Expressing regret; Reacting to bad news; Expressing looking forward to something; Talking about rules, regulations and guidelines; Complaining to a neighbor; Criticizing politely; Expressing surprise; Reacting to criticism in a friendly way and apologizing; Expressing anger; Reading newspaper; Expressing sympathy; Reporting


Sign up today for a B1.1 German course in Berlin!

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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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