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Local people in Neuss respond magnificently when spoken to in their own language of German. Communicating becomes much easier, hearts open and life as an expat improves. Understanding becomes far more expansive, interaction more colourful and full of surprises.

Learning a language can be great fun or, for some, be seen as an overwhelming challenge. However, the access to society in Germany and ability to comprehend the culture of the new or temporary home is a huge reward and renders the task worthwhile.


Whilst German is rather complex, it possesses an understandable logic. For Asian nationals the language can be quite a tongue twister. UK or US nationals may have learned a little at school, eastern and northern Europeans seem to grasp it more quickly. For some, the use of English in the corporate environment or relationships can be counterproductive and create a major challenge to learning.

Easy, basic knowledge is available at the VHS that offers interesting courses. Many private and more individual alternatives exist too.


We’ve all been there, standing in a foreign culture finding ourselves pointing, gesticulating and perhaps praying to be understood. Germans mostly speak at least some English.

However, some expats relocating to Neuss may wish to carry a few words with them for use in some of those awkward moments. Basic but perhaps helpful. Good luck!

Volkshochschule Neuss

The need to learn German for expats to integrate within the culture to succeed and aid integration is undeniable. The Volkshochschule Neuss is a learning institution nestled in the city administration.

Acquiring a fundamental grasp of the language with the VHS is possible on all necessary levels. Certificates can be acquired for A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1, which are all offered for study.

Brückstrasse 1
41460 Neuss
+49 2131 904 151

Head to the movies

English language movies are fortunately to be found in Neuss. Expats can view films from time to time in two cinemas. Screenings are occasionally in OV, original version or original with subtitles, OmU.

Movie theatre