Michael Schmitz

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For over 20 years know I’m deeply interested in the human nature and I am fascinated by the idea of accelerated learning. I love clear words and am very protective when it comes to my time. After all, our time, my time on this planet is limited. So when I write an article, I want it to honor your lifetime by making it not only worth the time it takes me to write it but also the time it takes you to read it. When I teach, I teach what is relevant. Irrelevant things do not have to be taught, they will come across your way anyway.


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.

B1 in 14 Days – 2014 – Start

The B1 in 14 Days Project Begins
der Nebel – the fog / Image via Pixabay


“Jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne.”

With these words by Hermann Hesse, I hereby announce the beginning of one of the most challenging projects in the German language learning world: Is it possible to teach/learn German in just 14 days? Working title: B114.
Witness our progress and honor us with your support. It is highly appreciated and strongly needed.

Don’t just take my word for anything you read here. Rather see for yourself by following our short interviews at the end of each project-day. There will be daily, short updates on all major platforms on Ewelina’s progress. Make sure to follow where it suits you best. You will also have the option to subscribe to my newsletter (for later on) not to miss similar events or invaluable, pretty unique tips and tricks for German learners that I tend to post here every now and then. Don’t worry, you will not be spammed with special offers (I don’t give discounts anyhow, I am already way too cheap ^^) or word-of-the-day-nonsense. I value my short lifetime highly and yours as well.

“Alles hat ein Ende…”

Enough said. Subscribe if you want to witness the revolution of German teaching/learning (not kidding). The countdown is running: Minus 19h from now. Just as a reminder: Ewelina’s TELC B1-exam is on the 27th and the 28th of March. We aim for an 80% score or better.  You can find out more about this project by subscribing to one of the services below.

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Speak German in 30 Days

Learn German Fast
die Raumfähre – the space shuttle / Image by NASA via Pixabay

Six weeks ago I was looking for someone who didn‘t speak any German and hasn‘t taken any classes so far to prove the concept of Smarter German, which claims to teach German in just 30 days to English speaking learners. The aim was to pass the Goethe B1-exam shortly after these 30 days.

The Candidate

Almost the first applicant seemed right from the beginning. She had tried to study German a bit but has never taken nor spoken any word of German before although she was already living about half a year in Germany. But working in a start-up, where everybody speaks English and having English speaking friends, Camilla had no real need to learn German although the wish was there. She just didn‘t want to sit in classes with ten to twenty others at fixed times for at least half a year if not more. That was also not compatible with her working schedule. When she heard of my offer to teach someone 30 days for free with a guaranteed result, she was in immediately. She had nothing to lose she said… afterwards.

The Right Attitude

In the second session I could see that she was serious and that I hadn‘t erred in picking her for the Challenge. She worked according to my instructions which is crucial for the program’s success. And we made sure that we protocolled her progress in four short videos at the end of every week. I have to say that even I was amazed by her progress and her ability to work with the technques that differentiate Smarter German from all other offers available. It was a mere pleasure to see her absorbing all this information like a sponge and being able to use it right away. She also got lovely support from her partner who started to speak German to her as much as was possible.

The Exam

As the end came near it was time to register for the B1 exam. I wanted her to do the Goethe because it has the best reputation and is one of the most challenging exams out there. Berlin was booked out so we checked other possibilities and found that Hamburg had a few free spots left. On March, 28th 2013 Camilla sat in the exam with mixed feelings. She reported on every step she took in the breaks and didn‘t feel too confident, especially about the listening comprehension. But I was sure that she would pass it. The pre exam she did at home in a third of the required time gave her an 80% score, so the real one couldn‘t fail. And now almost two weeks later, when she checked her mailbox after work she found the letter with the news from the Goethe Institute and was so nervous to open the letter.

The Result

What came out was so overwhelming, she called me right away telling me that she passed the exam with a very good. She‘s got 272 out of 300 points, that‘s 91%. I don‘t know when I was that happy before. That was a giant proof that my system worked, that it is possible to learn German in just 2-3 hours per day for a month.

The Next Level

In May we will start to work on B2. Of course in 30 days only. We will leave the weekends out this time and it is not that revolutionary as the first part because we will only save two months time but just imagine she continued on her own later on and would do C1 in just another month. A year‘s work in just 3 months. And with splendid results instead of just passing it somehow. That‘s a certificate that you like to put in your CV or show your friends. By the way, take a look at Camilla’s here.

I am more than thankful for this experience and am currently already working with two other clients, that will finish B1 in just 30, respectively 60 days. Chris just has too much work on his schedule and is doing an MBA at the same time, so we just work over Skype three times a week, at six in the morning. That‘s the spirit that I am looking for. You‘ve got that too? Why don‘t you try Smarter German and save valuable time and spare yourself a lot of frustration. It‘s still some work, but hey, if it is fun, is it really working?

Hope to see you one day and have a good time.


Learning Speed Matters: Learn German quickly

Learn German quickly
der Windhund – the greyhound / Image by Bergadder via Pixabay

Learn German quickly

One minute summary: This article is about the reasons why learning speed matters when learning a new language. Integrated into my personal experience the main points are:

  • We want to express ourselves fully as soon as possible
  • We want to immerse into the new culture straight away
  • Group learning works with acquiring knowledge, not with learning how to speak.
  • We feel much more capable and confident if we achieve things in short time than if we do in long months.
  • You can improve your German learning speed by hiring a private tutor and
  • You will feel incredibly good about having the full attention of the instructor and hence be a lot more motivated to reach your goal.

Useful to improve your learning speed and to learn German quickly: The LEARN GERMAN FAST COURSE


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