Work in Bavaria
It's always a good idea to learn German, even if there are some big companies that have now established English as their business language. Having knowledge of German will help you in everyday life, like when dealing with public authorities. You'll also meet new friends and colleagues much more quickly when you speak the local language. This makes it possible to make important contacts.
Learning German - There are plenty of opportunities
There are countless opportunities to learn German. Private schools, adult education centres known as Volkshochschulen (website in German) and universities all offer courses. Some large employers also have their own language courses, or they have schools with which they collaborate. Your employer will be happy to assist you in finding the right course. You can also use search engines on the Internet to gather information about the various programmes out there.
Of course, you can also learn using multimedia programmes: For example, Deutsche Welle offers free video clips and radio spots for learning German on a PC.
If you prefer a more personal experience when learning a language, you can also find a partner for a language tandem. Language tandems work like this: You offer to bring a tandem partner closer to your own language and culture, while the tandem partner does the same for you with his or her native language and culture. You can schedule weekly meetings (which can also happen over the telephone or the Internet) to discuss pre-arranged topics in German or in your native language. This gives both of you a chance to practise your language skills, while also getting to know a nice person in the process.
You can find a tandem partner by placing an advert in a newspaper, by posting on an announcement board at a university, a language school or at a café, or by simply telling friends and acquaintances.
There is a special type of language course provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, known as an integration course. It consists of a language course and an orientation course in which you can learn about German culture and society. These are usually full-time courses. However, there are exceptional cases where one can find afternoon or evening courses as well. Everything worth knowing about integration courses, such as procedure, costs and funding opportunities, can be found on the "Welcome to Germany" website.
Are you looking for an integration course in your area? The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees' "WebGIS" information system can help. You only need to enter your postal code or the town where you live.
There are special German courses for professional purposes provided within the scope of the state-funded ESF-BAMF programme. They combine German instruction, professional qualification and training placement and are particularly directed toward people who are searching for work or who would like to advance in their career. These courses teach learners precisely the vocabulary, grammar and phrases they need for their daily professional life.
If you wish to come to Bavaria with children, then special children's programmes may also be of interest to you. It is particularly important for children to learn German. This helps them in school and to find friends quickly. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has information on special programmes for children and juveniles.
Bavarian Language Guide
German is indeed spoken in Bavaria, of course - However, there are a few Bavarian words which frequently sound a bit unusual. Which ones are they? We've prepared a small language guide for you under the category "Get to now Bavaria".