German Advanced


Coordinator: Colin Pears, Tel 0114 2335531, e-mail


The Advanced German group has a small and committed membership, consisting of native speakers, seasoned linguists and some wishing to revive their post A level knowledge. We are always keen to recruit new members in order to keep the group fresh and challenging.


We seek to meet every Tuesday afternoon in members’ homes in the north, south and west of the city – S6, S17, S11 and S10. Meetings normally run for two hours but have been known to last longer!  To allow each member to be able to participate fully we usually limit the number attending to 6 per meeting.


The first part of the meeting is normally dedicated to an informal conversation on a wide range of topics – visits, events, current affairs, even television programmes. These conversations are unprepared and can lead anywhere. The second hour is usually given over to the translation of a text which may be from German or from English. Members take it in turn to propose texts so these cover a wide selection of interests – current affairs, science, music, art, literature, plants and many others. Those attending the meeting tend to prepare in advance.


Advanced German is suitable for those with a knowledge of German beyond A level who wish to extend that knowledge. We do no teaching although advice is sought from native speakers in attendance. Some members also participate in the German Walk ‘n’ Talk group and others take part in an informal monthly “Kaffeeklatsch” which meets in the City Centre.


Please contact the group coordinator for further information.