Oops, I did it Again-German B1 in 14 Days

B1 in 14 Days – II




I had plans to launch a new B114 project near the end of 2016 but when Justin contacted me and convinced me that he’d be able to repeat the success of the first project, I thought why not see, what can be done without much preparation.

Justin knows a bit of German, but you can judge by yourself in the videos above whether his actual German is rather a hindrance then of help with such an ambitious project. I made no promises to Justin and also told him that I wouldn’t have the time I had back then with Ewelina but his spirit remained unbroken. So we will meet daily for about 30-40mins and he’ll have 30mins of daily conversation lessons with Maggie and the rest is on him. I expect him to study for at least 9 hours according to my instructions and to stay away from any drug or party-related sleep deprivation. This is a serious undertaking for all of us.

He found a school that offered a TELC B1 exam on the 4th of March 2016, exactly 14 days after his arrival here in Berlin and travelled over 1000 km by car just to get here. This shows exactly the kind of dedication that I seek in a project partner and I am hopeful that we will achieve an immense progress in the coming two weeks.

I will record the audio of our sessions and occasionally share them here. I will also provide you with updates and an interview at half-time and at the end of the project. I’m thinking of publishing the complete recordings as a course for a reasonable price but will make the dependent on the quality of the process and the outcome.

Make sure to subscribe to our youtube and facebook channel and check out our blog frequently to stay up to date. The hashtag I’ll be using is #b114. Now watch the video on top of this article and judge Justin’s German as it is now.

What do you think? Will he make it?Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Take a look at the material we will be using for this project.

UPDATE [04.03.2016]

Justin has written the exam on the third of March 2016. We are now waiting for the results which might take up to six weeks (that would mean latest by mid April we should know more). Why don’t you shorten the waiting time by checking out our German learning material that helped Justin learning an incredible amount of German in very short time? Simply click on the egg below.


UPDATE [25.03.2016]

The results are here. Justin passed his B1 exam after just 14 days preparation with flying colors. Hut ab und Herzlichen Glückwunsch.




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German B1 exam in 14 Days – The Results

German B1 exam
der Vierzehnte – the fourteenth / Image via Pixabay


German B1 exam in 14 days?

Yesterday I picked up Ewelina’s German B1 exam results. They felt sorry for having Ewelina missed the exam by 10 points. I smiled as I knew that she had achieved something incredible nevertheless as she had only learned German for 14 days of which 4 days she couldn’t work fully or even at all and had only had 30h of instruction. See her reaction to the results when I showed them to her in this video:

Let me explain the results of the test to you that you see above (click here to see Ewelina’s certificate). To pass you need to pass two individually tested parts: a written and an oral exam. To pass each part you have to achieve a certain minimum amount of points. (click here to see the rule in original)

Ewelina has reached 125,5 points in the written part but would have needed 135 points to pass that part. The “Sprachbausteine” which is a really tough exercise for anyone taking that exam and the writing which we calculated to be the weakest part were the only parts where she failed. Her reading skills (60%) and listening skills (73%) were more than sufficient and the oral exam she passed also with an overall score of 84%. If she took the German B1 exam again she wouldn’t have to redo the oral part.

Even calculating all her points together she would have passed that exam if it wasn’t for that rule above. One needs at least 180 of 300 points to pass and Ewelina had an overall score of 188,5.

You judge these results for yourself. I can just pull my hat for Ewelina’s commitment and achievement. I haven’t seen anything like this in over 14 years in the job. Chapeau, Ewelina.

As I can only assume what would have been if Ewelina hadn’t become sick during the project and after having analyzed with her the weak spots of the project I can assure you that if you bring the right motivation and skill with you, passing the German B1 exam from scratch in just 14 days is possible if you do it the right way.

Of course we are both aware that passing an exam is not the same as really being eloquent on that level. Ewelina stated in the first follow-up video after the exam that she felt confident about being at A2 and not yet sure about her B1 skills. But it certainly surprised her that she was better than she had thought. By now she surely would pass the German B1 exam with ease and feels a lot more confident about her German.

Personally, I have learned a lot from these 14 days that I could already integrate into my daily work so that from my point of view, these results just put the cherry on the cake. I am amazed and will now focus on creating my German learning platform.

I want to thank you, Ewelina for participating this fully despite all hindrances and for performing splendidly. It was a challenge and we have mastered it well. Dziekuje Ci.

And my warmest regards to you, dear blog reader and German learner, who has followed us on this exciting and challenging journey. I hope that our work has given you confidence in your task to learn German. You see it is not as difficult as it might seem. Admittedly, only few will ever learn German in 14 days but it is possible and even if you manage to reach B1 in three to six months, it is all in all a huge achievement.

I wish you all viel Erfolg with your German B1 exam and wish you all the strenght and discipline you need to win this challenge.

Michael Schmitz


Find out more about German B1 exam in 14 days

German learning material

German grammar video course B2

German grammar for beginners course A1

If you have missed the project or would like to review it from the beginning to the end, go to this playlist on my youtube channel. You will find all videos that we have made during the project in order.

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