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German is one of the most studied foreign languages in Europe. It is quite natural that its presence in London, the "city of dreams", is extremely strong, to the delight of Germanophiles!
The German language is a Germanic dialect, from the group of Indo-European languages, at the head of a cultural and political zone of great importance. German is officially spoken, sometimes in slightly varying versions in dialect, in Germany (the leading European economic power), Austria, Liechtenstein, but also in certain parts of Belgium, Luxembourg, Brazil (it's true!), Poland, Romania, Denmark, Switzerland (even adding the Swiss guards of the Vatican), Italy... and Namibia!
To these 100 million speakers for whom Deutsch is a mother tongue, we must also add 100 million more German speakers who speak the language as a second or third language: if you are here reading this article, it seems likely that you are a part of or will soon help to grow this number!
In many nations - and this is particularly the case in London - learning German is considered to be a good thing for the mind, spirit and one's culture. German courses are generally popular with certain elite, and many upscale institutions use them to build their best classes (unlike Spanish classes).
Londoners: these reasons and many others can encourage you to follow your dreams of discovering the Goethe language or continuing to perfect your language skills by taking German lessons with a licensed tutor.
The city of London and its surrounding boroughs are full of possibilities to speak German fluently or even as a locale for a brief tourist stay.
From the Goethe-Institut London, to university programs, language schools and other language study intensives in German countries, the choices are plentiful.
But the most effective learning formula is that of taking private German lessons. In this way, there is no longer a single street in London that cannot access German lessons! Whether one speaks the "tudesque" or "Germanic" dialects, it is always a question of one and the same language, whose variants make us think of Latin in terms of grammatical discipline.
A discipline that becomes quickly easier when revising ones irregular verbs and Germanic vocabulary in St. James's Park, the Regent's Garden or by selecting a spot to study along the Thames river...
If you live in London, you will probably have German classes available at your doorstep, no neighborhood being left out. If the public transport system or private schools don't instill you with motivation or confidence, know that it is up to you to bring German lessons to your own home!
A luxury a bit more difficult to afford in the UK countryside, as there are less options available, but becomes much more easily accessible from any major city or surrounding area, thanks to a particularly dense public transport network: subway lines, city buses, trains...
German culture has long since appeared in the English capital
If there are many films and books that remind us of the dark hours of the war, we should not believe that the links between London and Germany only concern the two world wars... Let us look at the more elegant and distinguished cultural contacts!
There has been, for many centuries, many German Anglophiles very fond of London and, in return, many Londoners imbued with Germanophilia, demanding to improve their German language learning.
Many Londoners and people around the world have left their homes and travelled to Germany over the years, to experience the great ones Germany has had to offer from Beethoven, Johann Bach, Johannes Brahms, Georg Handel (composers), Friedrich Nietzsche (philosopher), Steffi Graf (tennis player), Claudia Schiffer (supermodel), Diane Kruger (actress) and many more!
Germany is present in literary, arts, politics and culture in London as many German immigrants have made an impact on the city over the years. George Handel spent the greater part of his life in London and the British Parliament made him a British subject in 1737. William Herschel, a German astronomer who discovered Uranus in 1781, also moved to England. Reuters is one of the largest media organizations in the world and was founded in 1851 by German Paul Reuter. Karl Marx, being one of the most famous and influential political thinkers in the world, moved to London in 1849 after being expelled by France. These are just to name a few.
Germans in the United Kingdom form one of the largest minority ethnic groups and largest foreign-born groups in the country today. There are many Germans living in the UK and many Britons- or German British- have German ancestry, including even the British family. The Office for National Statistics estimates that in 2013 there were almost 300, 000 German-born residents living in the UK. In London itself, there are many Germans living in West London, particularly around Richmond, where there is even a German school. A great neighborhood to find a German tutor one would think!
Why not take your German language lessons with one of our teachers?
Are you fed up with beginner German evening classes or the foreboding grammar exercises promised by paper textbooks?
Don't be discouraged in your desire to become multilingual: learning a foreign language at a beginner level as well as an advanced level does not need to be boring!
Private individual courses to learn German in London are there to help you become bilingual, step by step. The regularity of private lessons of this kind, with a native speaker, is even more effective for learning German than that of levelled intensive German courses.
It is obvious that to deepen one's knowledge and skills in the German language, tailor-made training leading to conversation classes in London is worth a thousand times more than group lessons, even in small groups.
This language training with a private teacher will also prepare you to travel to Germany for an intensive internship, to live in Germany, study in Germany or work in Germany or another German-speaking country.
In addition, you will be able to stay connected with your German language teacher via video-conferencing during your time away.
With Superprof, there is no need to live in the heart of downtown in order to find a specialized German tutor with personalized lessons enabling you to progress quickly in your reading and speaking skills.
Public teachers, native speakers, German students, those who have been bilingual since birth... with all of our diverse options you can find the right fit for you, all ages and backgrounds are represented, but also the varieties within the language (German professionals, technical, business, poetic, old style, German translation...). Most courses run between £10 and 25 per hour... very affordable!
The idea is to make it easy and accessible for everyone to learn German at home, by facilitating students and tutors to meet, without any hourly commission on our part.
There are currently several hundred teachers of the German language who are registered on Superprof for purely the city of London- peruse their online profiles listing their hourly rates, location, a short biography, accreditation, ratings and comments left by former students, availability, speed of response, seniority on the platform, and more...
From all the different districts in London, there is an abundance of quality teachers on our site, helpful for anyone wanting to learn to speak German! Know that the skills learned here will facilitate any further language learning you engage in down the road, learning Portuguese, Spanish, taking Russian or Chinese lessons, other linguistic options are also available on Superprof!
By extending your search to the entire greater London area, there are even more private German tutors available to meet your needs. Utilizing their skills is the ideal way to study German, immersing yourself in Tudesque syntax and learning to manage phonetics in no time. It's also the perfect way to stay motivated, as learning a new language can take time and dedication, it's a great idea to have an experienced cheerleader guiding you along the way!