German Uncovered (StoryLearning) Review: My Own Experience

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A comprehensive German course that uses a unique story-based method for building language comprehension.
German Uncovered (StoryLearning) Review: My Own Experience

German Uncovered (StoryLearning)
German Uncovered (StoryLearning)
Pricing: $297 up front or 3 x $99 monthly installments
Positives
  • Very comprehensive course content
  • 100+ guaranteed hours of material
  • Detailed grammar explanations
  • Unique and innovative approach
Negatives
  • Teachable platform
  • Primarily a literacy-based course
  • Expensive

Summary

The German Uncovered course extends on the extremely popular StoryLearning method by Olly Richards, applying a story-based teaching methodology that comprehensively covers German up to an intermediate level. The course is ideal for those who enjoy a literacy and grammar-heavy approach, but may not be as enjoyable for other types of learners.

Overall, German Uncovered is pricey but it offers great value.

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If you’re learning German, you may have heard about German Uncovered | StoryLearning by Olly Richards (of I Will Teach You A Language).

Well I decided to use and briefly review this popular course recently.

German Uncovered offers over 100 hours of content from absolute beginner up to (CEFR) intermediate. It’s an impressively comprehensive German course in scope, covering pretty much every pertinent topic of German for new learners.

Both Olly and Kerstin from FluentLanguage (native German speaker) put the course together.

Olly’s taken a very unique approach to teaching based on story comprehension. The gist is that you’ll work through a simplified short story in German, covering various grammatical topics as you go, with the end result being that you’ll have read an entire story in German by the end of the course.

Frank opinion: This course style will suit people who enjoy a literacy, grammar-heavy approach (it’s very thorough with its explanations), but it may not be ideal if that’s not something you enjoy.

Many learners (myself included) prefer to learn through conversation/use, which this course unfortunately lacks.

The only other aspect of German Uncovered that bothers me is the Teachable platform, but that’s a purely aesthetic issue.

Overall, German Uncovered is excellent value - a little pricey, but it’s a one-time payment ($297) rather than a recurring subscription (there’s also the option of 3 x monthly installments).

There are alternative online German courses available too worth checking out.

German Uncovered (StoryLearning)
Pricing: $297 up front or 3 x $99 monthly installments
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