Survival German beginners course, starting Mondays on Feb. 13

We'll be running our Survival German beginners classes on Monday mornings starting Feb. 13! Now offering FREE childcare for parents during the course.

Stefanie Busse-Dickinson, a qualified German teacher with more than 20 years teaching experience, is offering a crash course at the LiLi Centre for newcomers who not only want to learn some basic German, but also who need some help navigating daily life here in Switzerland.

In this course, you will learn the most important basic phrases and expressions in German. Our German survival kit includes common conversational words and phrases, strategies to cope in German, and a basic understanding of Swiss German. 

Date: Mondays from Feb. 13 to Apr. 10  
When: 9:30-10:30
Where: LiLi Centre, Alpenquai 40a, 6005 Luzern (directions)
Cost: CHF 15 for members; CHF 30 for non-members per class (cash only)

Stefanie, who also runs Living Switzerland, an education and orientation consultancy for international residents, will also cover essential information about aspects of Swiss life—filling out official forms, Switzerland with children, cultural norms, and more. 

Some of the topics that will be covered in this course:

  • Greetings and personal information
  • Ich verstehe nicht…..German coping skills
  • Getting around, times and places
  • Shopping and services
  • Family and children
  • Health and education
  • Food and eating out
  • Decoding Swiss German

Free daycare for parents

As this course is officially sponsored by the city of Luzern, the LiLi Centre will be providing free childcare during the course for parents attending the class. For additional information, please contact Charlie Hartmann at


To register, please fill out the form below with your name and contact information. Please indicate on the form the first Monday that you will be able to attend the class. (You will not have to re-register to attend future classes.)  

Name *
Date of First Class *
Date of First Class
Please tell us the date of the first class you would like to attend. Classes are on Mondays from Feb. 13 to Apr. 10.
Put your language level (A1, A2, etc.) or years of German studied. Complete beginners welcome!