Have you wanted to learn German for a while and are finally ready to get serious?
Or perhaps you’ve started learning German with Duolingo, Rosetta stone, etc., but find they’re not teaching you the ‘bigger picture’ of how German actually works.
Sometimes even finding a good German class locally can be challenging, though.
So, I created two resources to help guide you:
Portland is home to two quality adult German language organizations:
The German-American Society of Portland is a high quality organization dating all the way back to 1871. Their home-base, the “German Haus” plays host to many cultural and informative events such as concerts, lectures, and social events such as our monthly Stammtisch. And, of course, their yearly Oktoberfest celebration.
They run an adult language class with over 70 hours of instruction that runs for 30 weeks from September to May.
They place students in skill-appropriate groups and are taught in a full-immersion environment.
While primarily a German-English bilingual school for young children (preschool through kindergarten). They do offer teen and adult German classes as well.
There are 4 adult classes for beginners through advanced levels. The classes run for 15 weeks twice a year.
The University of Portland offers three different German degree pathways. A German Studies Major, A German Studies Major with Language Concentration, and a German Minor.
The classes, unlike many universities that focus heavily on, say literature, focus on learning the language. They even have three different ‘Conversation and Composition’ classes. Awesome.
Portland State University offers both a minor and major in German and offer a range of course from literature, culture, film, to a multitude of language classes.
They offer two unique study environments: 1. their renowned ‘Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik’ summer immersion school and 2. their study abroad program.
Lewis & Clark’s German program offers a ‘German Studies major’. For just having one degree offered, they have plenty of courses including beginning through advanced German, as well as literature and cultural courses.
They don’t offer a degree in German but PPC offers a variety of day and evening German courses as well as an established German club and a monthly Stammtisch.
Reed College offers 2 different tracks in German, none of which are focused on the German language…🤷♀️
I’m not aware of anyone teaching privately in the Portland area. You may be able to find one through various nation-wide platforms but those can be hit or miss.
Not only do they host German classes, the German-American Society of Portland is also the area’s largest German organization.
They host a monthly Stammtisch on the third Friday of every month.
They also host a yearly Oktoberfest.
They meet the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month for intermediate small-group casual conversation. Note: Native speakers are welcome (if you’re patient!); beginning learners are welcome but may find the conversations difficult to follow.
They meet the 3rd Wednesdays of the month for fluent speakers
Their event site
Meetup location: Urban German Wursthaus – 6635 N Baltimore Ave Suite 201, Portland, OR 97203
What’s there to say? They’re delicious and I wish I could have one every day. Am I obsessed? Perhaps. And I’m OK with that.
Intimate German bar that serves the best Bier available in Portland. Unlike other bar-type establishments, the food is unlikely to let you down.
The OPPOSITE of a franchise in the best possible way. All the baking and cooking is done by the owners, (you guessed it) Otto and Anita. Everything is made fresh and in small batches.
They serve all the classic Bavarian food but my personal favorite on the menu is the Maultaschen. YUM.
Come here for a quick bite of their (highly-rated) German street-food and beer. You might also see their food cart around town at various events.
Prost! (the German equivalent to “cheers!”), is (you guessed it) a German bar that also serves pretzels and sausages.
You’ll want to come here on a nice Portland evening and enjoy a German Bier on their patio.
With 3 locations in the Portland area, Gustav’s serves fresh, seasonal German cuisine with an occasional Northwest twist.
Owned by the same company as Gustav’s, it’s pretty much the same with more of a Bavarian Social Haus atmosphere 😉
The best German shop in Portland. They have a large deli carrying a selection of specialty German meats and cheeses plus many German grocery items such as mustards, chocolates, wine, more.
I’ve taught for years at a university, at a language school, and privately. I took all of my teaching experience and combined it into a 3-Step German learning process. Best of all, the 1st step is completely free.