At the height of summer, it is admittedly difficult to think about Christmastime, when our German Christmas market is open for business.
Maybe you ran across some pictures you took of it last year, which forced your recall...
On the other hand, summer is the perfect time to think of a holiday abroad; are you planning to visit Berlin, Bremen or some other city in Germany?
The Yorkshire-Germany ties reach far back into history; at one point in time, we were neck and neck in industrial output, innovation and socio-cultural ideas.
Leeds’ fascination with German expressionism in art and culture made her unique in British society. The appeal was such that the region produced Jacob Kramer and Bruce Turner, expressionist artists directly influenced by the German movement.
Do you need more incentive to seek out German lessons?
One of our sister-cities is Dortmund, herself a former industrial powerhouse in the Ruhr Valley of Germany.
That city was nearly totally levelled during the bombing raid of 1945, an event that holds the dubious record for the most bombs dropped on a single target.
Today, Dortmund is known as one of the most sustainable and digital cities in all of Germany. She has turned away from heavy industry and now is a leading producer of biomedical technology – the same as us!
It's no wonder we have partnered with her.
Maybe you are currently planning your holiday to Germany; wouldn’t it be great to talk with native speakers of German while you’re there?
Or perhaps you are relishing the prospect of Oktoberfest when, for two weeks, when you can treat yourself to an authentic bratwurst and beer – while not necessarily having to wear lederhosen or a dirndl.
Before all of those events come to pass, you have time to apply yourself to German lessons!
Your Superprof is right on task; we now find the best German courses in an around Leeds.
German Speaking Opportunities for Students
If you are a student preparing to sit your GCSEs or A-Levels in German, most likely you already know where you can turn for help with German reading and writing, and with whom you can practise speaking German.
Still, it is hard to think of language studies in the heat of summer; maybe you would like to have a bit of fun with German or gain a bit of fluency by speaking German in a more relaxed, natural environment.
Yorkshire is home to some pretty dynamic German clubs and they all have one overarching goal: to promote German language and culture through a host of engaging activities.
- Wharfedale German Circle meets once a month but they also host many student events and games
- Huddersfield German Circle has their agenda planned through Spring of next year!
- They meet with other German groups in the area for the most fun and learning possible
- Bradford Circle for Foreign Language actually has members who are native German; they don’t offer lessons but they provide an opportunity for you to use your communication skills in a live setting
Are there such German clubs in Birmingham?
Granted, none of these language clubs provides formal language lessons but the opportunity for you to immerse yourself into a German-speaking environment will do wonders to help you become fluent, faster!
Disclaimer: when we said ‘students’, we didn’t mean just school students. All language students can benefit from participation in these clubs, whether you have been learning German online or in a language school.
That means that you, too, can build fluency while having fun with like-minded friends!
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Study German Through Private Tuition
Here again, is a solution to language learning that applies to students of all stripes.
It might be especially viable for those who have put off language classes because there is simply no time or energy to dash off to language school after a busy day of work and family concerns.
A private tutor is also an ideal solution for school students looking for supplemental language instruction outside of their German language courses, or perhaps just a shot a practising their conversational skills.
The advantage of learning German with a tutor is that s/he will customise the curriculum to your needs.
Maybe your speaking and listening skills are satisfactory but your writing skills need a boost? What if you’re cruising along in your studies but your partner has trouble grasping new language?
Or, it could just be that you are getting ready to holiday abroad and would like a bit of intensive language training before you go?
Tutors are up to the task in all of these situations and more.
You might baulk at the cost of such lessons; would they exceed what you might pay for a language course in a formal setting? That might be the case... unless you learn with a Superprof tutor.
On average, Superprof tutors in the Leeds area charge £16 per hour of instruction.
Besides having your first hourlong lesson at no charge, what do you get for that money?
You might choose to work with Tobias, who is a native speaker of German and has taught others how to speak German for the past five years.
Emily has recently graduated from Leeds; she now holds a First Class degree in German (and French).
She prefers tailoring her lessons to your preferences; if you need help with your German pronunciation, your lessons will consist of mostly oral exercises but if grammar is your trouble area, that is where her focus will be.
Superprof has 16 German tutors in the Leeds area and thousands more ready to engage in online language learning with you.
Do Superprof tutors also work in the Belfast area?
So, if your life is hectic or you simply would rather learn at home – online or face to face, engaging a private tutor is not such a bad idea, especially not a Superprof tutor.
Take a German Language Course in a Training Centre
We are quite fortunate that, all across the UK, there are several language training franchises with branches in just about every major city.
Are there such centres teaching German in Glasgow, as well?
Their vast proliferation means proves a point: they are good at what they do. We now present them in with no particular recommendation or endorsement.
The teachers at Language Trainers know why people want to learn German: for business, for travel and for intellectual curiosity.
With those bases well covered, you could sign up for classes with them secure in the knowledge that you won’t waste a lot of time discussing the academic aspects of the German language – verb conjugation and dissertations of works by Goethe, for example, if all you need is conversational German.
If you can already speak German at the intermediate level or are in doubt about your level of German, you should take a placement test to see which of the Language Trainers’ classes you would best fit in with.
Obviously, if you are an absolute beginner, there is no reason to test your level.
You can take this test for free on their website, where you will also find their contact details.
Listen and Learn
With a slightly different model but equally successful as their competitor, Listen and Learn offers German lessons to individuals or groups, in Business German or General German.
Here too you may choose one-to-one instruction or two-to-one private lessons – an arrangement that would be perfect for you and your partner to learn German together.
You may also join a larger group (provided you are on the same level as them) or you may choose to take lessons strictly online, with or without your partner.
This company also offers a free placement test online and, right now, they are promoting their language training service by offering a summer discount.
Did you know that Cardiff also has a Listen and Learn centre?
Learn German with Cactus
The Cactus language school is staffed by experienced teachers, most of whom have at least travelled abroad, if not worked and lived there.
Their evening courses last for ten weeks and are arranged by level – beginner, elementary, intermediate and advanced. Here again, you may take a placement test on their website to determine your level of language proficiency.
You may also be interested to know that Cactus provides Business language courses; they work directly with companies, conducting classes at select firms around the country.
If you work for an international company, you may suggest to your training manager that such lessons would be of great benefit!
You can believe that people looking for German courses in London would benefit from such classes!
Loiners are lucky to have such a strong connection with Germany.
Through their German appreciation clubs, with the many facilities that promote learning German as a second language, as well as the degree programmes offered at the University of Leeds, one might say that the Yorkshire region is certainly making a rich investment into their ties with Germany!
Now discover where you could find German lessons all over the UK...