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Bikes carry you places...


But words take you farther.
Meet new people and speak their tongue.

Don’t just learn German. Learn it properly. Be confident with the natives.


What we believe

Language is about people. Connecting with people. Understanding people.

Knowing words doesn’t mean you know the language. Language competence is all about how well you use the words.

A reasonable course in introductory language should address every day situations...and so much more. Frequency lists help us identify the words needed to flourish in endless situations. Go beyond asking where you can find an apple at the market. Have real conversations with real people.

Click here to read the howwedu language learning manifesto.

One part of how we do it: (con)texts

You won’t forget the words you learn using the howwedu method. Why? Because during 8-16 days, you’ll apply every new word at least four times in different texts. Forget about single, context-detached example sentences. We’re talking about coherent texts.

And that just a small part of the howwedu method.

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Express yourself


Don’t be a textbook character. Be real.

Express yourself


Don’t be a textbook character. Be real.

Most language courses make one big mistake

Most language courses teach us a formal, rigid, or simplified language–and we don’t even know it. This means when we talk to the natives, we might be saying the right things, but we sound awkward and old-fashioned. Sure, we may learn German that way, but it’s not the same thing as learning the German of the people.

→ 4 things to consider when you start learning a new language.

Why do they do this? 1. Because they can. Knowing no German at all, you can't judge how authentic their texts actually are. 2. Because they think it's easier. In German, writing and speaking differ quite a bit; native speakers automatically insert many short words (denn, ja doch, schon) into conversations. These words don't convey actual meaning, but they help express feelings. Other language courses seem to assume if they taught the real-spoken language, it would over-complicate without adding value.

But that’s wrong because: 1. It can be these added words and natural pronunciation that help you grow in confidence and rapport with the natives in Germany. 2. Decodings and lots of practice texts can easily teach you a natural speaking style.

→ The howwedu method.

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A better German course


Start right now. 100% pay what you want.

A better German course


Start right now. 100% pay what you want.

the book & the audios FREE

The audios and book (downloadable, printable pdf or e-book file for your e-reader) will give you a fully functional language course. The flashcards for ANKI and the first interactive course material, as well as sketch and music videos, are NOW online.

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