I studied German at high school and was looking to brush up on my skills. One course that stood out was Living Language German. I was immediately attracted to this online course by the live tutoring included in the package. This seemed to offer excellent value, as hiring a one to one tutor can be expensive.
Below you will read a few of my experiences with this German course. You'll discover what's included in the package and some of its stand out features. You will also find a comparison with some other leading German language instructional courses.
The online package is priced at $150 for full internet access to the course material.
Included are 46 lessons which cover the essentials of German grammar, vocabulary, conversation, and culture. These are supported with puzzles and games which reinforce the course material. Members of the program have access to a personal tutor who provides one-to-one support, conversation practice, and can answer any questions about the course material. The program has its online community made up of German language experts and other students.
Most language learning software companies are offering a German course. It's interesting to see how these compare with Living Language German. One of the leaders in the language and structural market is Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone German levels 1 to 5 is currently priced at $299 (my review). It includes many of the same features as Living Language German: audio instruction, live online lessons, a social network, and games. For me the better of the two courses is the one by Living Language. The tutor sessions are more helpful and the course is stronger in reading and writing.
Another popular language course is Pimsleur German (my review). Pimsleur German is primarily aimed at getting people to be able to speak in German. One of the advantages of the Pimsleur approach is that it's very easy to get started with. If you are looking for an alternative to a high school or college approach to German instruction, Pimsleur can be a good option. But at over $600 for the complete Pimsleur course it's considerably more expensive than Living Language German.
Lastly there is Rocket German (my review). Rocket German is currently priced at $69.95. Not only is Rocket German much cheaper, but also stronger at audio teaching. If you are primarily interested in learning conversational German, I recommend Rocket German over Living Language German.
Living Language delivers a decent German course with grammar coverage and reading exercises that other programs don't have. In particular the online tutoring service is very good and excellent value for money. While other courses such as Rosetta Stone also offer e-tutoring, the Living Language tutoring service is better organized and more useful. Living Language German online is well priced at $150. This makes it more affordable than both Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone.
But for travelers looking to learn German quickly and people who prefer audio listening I would recommend Rocket German. Rocket German is also significantly less expensive than Living Language German online. Overall Living Language German is a very good course, but one that requires serious dedication to get the most out of it.