With the continuous development of national ‘reforms and opening-up’ policy and development of economic globalization, learning and application of foreign languages are becoming increasingly important. Society needs a large number of professional linguistic workers. Therefore, there are higher requirements for new era higher learning institutes which serve as training base for cultivating linguistic talents. Linguistic talents must possess very strong overall quality and skill to meet these requirements. In this context, this study carried out an in-depth analysis and research on translation method commonly used in German language teaching, and communicative method which is increasingly popular in recent years, to contribute to cultivation of German linguistic talents in higher learning institutes of China.