Where can you learn German?There are many options for learning German (© PASCH New Delhi)
In India, German is now taught in 42 public schools that are part of the PASCH network. PASCH stands for the "Schools: Partners for the Future" initiative of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. It is a global network of about 1,500 schools building bridges so that youngsters like you learn about and understand modern-day Germany and the German language.
Apart from this, Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools across India have also begun offering German as a foreign language as part of the programme ‘German in 1,000 schools’, initiated by the Max Mueller Bhavans (MMBs). 300 KV schools are already part of the programme and all 1,000 are expected to be on board by 2017.
@ Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavans
The Goethe-Institut, known as the MMBs in India, are Germany’s cultural calling card. Named after German indologist and Sanskrit scholar Max Mueller, who unveiled India’s heritage to Germany and Europe in the 19th century, they promote the study of German and help people understand Germany through its people, culture and current affairs.
In India there are six Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavans in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune, and five Goethe-Centres at Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Trivandrum. So you are likely to live in a city or be close to one that has these institutes where you can enrol for German language classes.
German can also be learned over the net or through a correspondence course. Goethe-Institut offers the option of studying the classical way with books and paper or with modern online programmes. Find out more information about correspondence courses at the Goethe Institut, their courses, registration and interesting additional offers.
Germany’s international media agency Deutsche Welle (DW) also has options of easy-to-follow courses through the net, video and audio, podcasts, or texts and worksheets that you can print out. These courses for beginners, intermediate learners and advanced learners are free of cost and a great way to start off on your journey with German.