German GCSE / KS3: Vocabulary and idioms in sport with F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg

Teach German idioms and vocabulary with the help of F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg.

Hülkenberg explains German phrases that he uses in Formula 1 and translates them into English for us.

This models the use of German in context as we hear from him and his team manager at a track testing day.

He explains the skills required for his job and why it is important to communicate clearly in a shared language, especially during races.

Teacher Notes


Students could make a note of all the key words and phrases mentioned during the video.

They could practise their pronunciation of the German idioms that Nico Hulkenberg and the team manager introduce.

They could choose a sporting hero from another sport and write an imaginary paragraph about that sport in German reusing some of these phrases.

Discuss the merits of learning a language.

Why would it be important for an F1 driver to learn languages?

Physical Education

PE classes could discuss Nico's explanation of 'focus'.

They could discuss techniques and preparation involved in training and preparation to compete in elite sport.

How does F1 compare to other sports?

Pupils could explore the social benefits within sport, of making the effort to speak another competitor’s language.

These clips could be used for teaching PE and German at KS3 and KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.