SITUATION More than a million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015. They left behind everything and speak no German. They have to wait for an average of three months for a German course – but language is the most important thing for successful integration. IDEA WhatsGerman is the first-ever language course for refugees. Upon registration with your smartphone at www.whatsgerman.de, you’ll receive a lesson each day consisting of text, explanatory emojis and videos for pronunciation. Three courses that build upon each other are available to choose from: Course 1 – The Alphabet enables you to get to know the Latin alphabet. Course 2 – Daily Life makes daily living easier with useful vocabulary and short phrases about everyday themes like shopping. Course 3 – Basic Grammar offers an introduction to German grammar for advanced users. These courses were developed for WhatsApp together with language teachers. They are available in English, Arabic and soon other languages. WhatsGerman is promoted using flyers and posters in refugee homes, social media and reporting/PR.