Simon - Prof german -

Simon

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  • Hourly rate £25
  • Response Time 6h
  • Number of students 46
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Native German who speaks fluent English offering tutoring online or at your home (around hertfordshire)

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We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Simon will be happy to arrange your first German lesson.

About the lesson

I will first find out the level of German you are currently at and what you intend to learn. I will then tailor my tutoring to help you in the areas you find the most difficult, whether that is grammar, vocabulary, conversation skills or other.

subjects

  • German
  • German vocabulary
  • German speaking
  • +3

    German listening

    German writing

    German translation

languages

  • English
  • German

levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • +19

    AS Level

    A Level

    BTEC

    Adult education

    Undergraduate

    Masters

    Diploma

    Doctorate

    A1

    A2

    B1

    B2

    C1

    C2

    Beginner

    Intermediate

    Advanced

    Professional

    Kids

About Simon

I have lived in Germany for 27 years and am now living in the UK. I am proficient in both German and English. I have the Bavarian Abitur (The highest ranking A Level qualifications in Germany).
I can tutor German from beginner to advanced, and am especially good at teaching grammar and conversation skills.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: £120
  • 10h: £235

webcam

  • £25/h

Details

If you book a pack of 5 lessons with me, you will receive a discount of £5
If you book a pack of 10 lessons with me, you will receive a discount of £15

PLEASE NOTE: missed lessons and lessons cancelled or re-arranged within 24 hours of scheduled date/time will still be charged. Booked packs and lessons are non-refundable!

Find out more about Simon

  • 01

    Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?

    I am a native German speaker who was born in Munich. I lived in Germany for 27 years before moving to England.

  • 02

    Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?

    I personally like Albert Einstein, Christoph Watz and Hans Zimmer

  • 03

    Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behavior in the language that you particularly like?

    The beauty of German is that it enables the speaker to express an idea in its deepest complexity with only one word. Other languages might need to use a whole sentence to express the same meaning.

  • 04

    Why does speaking this language matter to you?

    I have been brought up speaking German, my friends and family are native Germans and I went to School and University in Germany. Despite now living in England, I still speak German on a daily basis.

  • 05

    What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?

    The most difficult parts of German are the articles and the case system. Many languages dont even have articles which is why it can take some some time to get used to the concept.

    It is absolutely crucial to learn the base article (Der, Die, Das) of each word as if it is one and the same as the noun. The importance of doing this cannot be overstated because the problem of not doing so will only be compounded when that article begins to change when the case of the noun changes. Conversely, if you learn the base articles this way, then the entire case system will become exponentially easier.

  • 06

    Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.

    While at school I studied French and Latin for six years. However, since then I have forgotten almost everything.

    There are several reasons why learning a language at school is less effective than other learning methods:

    - Students are passive participants
    - Languages are treated as a subject to study, not a skill to aquire
    - Students learn within a competitive (and uncooperative) environment
    - Students rarely use the language to communicate
    - Students are forced to use boring learning materials
    - Students spend little time with the language outside of class
    - Students are taught under pressure, just to receive a particular grade

    After I met my native English speaking girlfriend, I realised how easy learning a language can actually be. Learning can be fun and feel very natural when actually using the language in daily life, and it is the fastest way to improve. I am trying to implement this in my lessons by having simple conversations early on.

  • 07

    How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?

    My mother language is High German but I have learned many german dialects by visting friends and relatives in nothern Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

  • 08

    What makes you a Superprof in language?

    Due to speaking both German and English fluently I am able to properly communicate with my students, explain translations, and help with problem areas. I am proficient at German, which enables me to effectively teach students who require learning for school. However, as language is constantly evolving and specific words used in daily conversations are regularly changing, they cannot always be learned from a textbook. As I have lived in Germany almost all of my life, I am able to help my students speak German as if they were a native speaker (if that is their goal).
    I am constantly switching between languages in daily life - English with my girlfriend and other people in the UK, and German during calls with my friends and family - so doing this with my students comes naturally to me. Furthermore, all of my family members are also teachers so I have been brought up with this skill.
    I am very passionate at teaching German and I believe that I can offer interesting conversations, empathy towards my students and a fun time whilst learning.

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