Additionally to Skype / ZOOM / WhatsApp / Hangouts / FB Messenger we'll use Google Docs as a whiteboard for me and as a notebook for you, with which new vocabulary and grammar can be noted down, texts can be shared, viewed and edited by both the student and the tutor. Online lessons in this combination have proven to be very effective and can take place from the comfort of your own home.
In addition to regular German classes I also offer conversation lessons with a focus on general conversation topics, such as basic conversation starters, family, work, hobbies, travels, eating & drinking etc. We can talk about the Viennese and living in Vienna, the tasks after relocation, your new work environment, potential culture shock, and about the Austrian culture, society, language, (business) etiquette, manners, customs or any other topic you'd like to. Private conversation training is highly interactive with about 50% of learner participation, since you are the only one learner, so you'll speak a lot based on question-answer sequences, which really can help you master everyday communication with the natives ;-) Also available online and as outdoor lessons.
All you can talk: 1-on-1 classes allow as much speaking time as possible. I'll help you to improve your accuracy and fluency 1by carefully correcting your pronunciation and grammar, writing down mistakes and encouraging correct use and practice. In our conversation class we'll have a good cuppa of tea, or a coffee on our balcony and discuss topics you choose, we can speak about everything and anything. No textbook, no homework, e.g. only if you want some, and as few a grammar as necessary. You'll use your conversation skills for (business) small talk or chit-chat, sharpen your listening comprehension and pronunciation, practice everyday vocabulary and build your own personal vocabulary, all in all improve your ability to act/ask and react/answer.
I'm a university-trained and experienced translator and a dedicated language teacher for German and Hungarian. I have taught both in the private sector and in numerous language schools, adults and children of different ages. I can offer Hungarian to C2, for this is my mother-tounge, and German to B1, since I live and work in Vienna for more than 17 years now. I came here to Austria to study and made first my Bachelor degree in 'Transcultural Communication', and then a Master degree in 'Translation and Terminology Sciences' at the University of Vienna, then settled down with a good man and built a family.
I also have a teaching qualification for 'German as a Foreign Language' from the University of Kassel in Germany, and a didactic training on the renowned BERLITZ-method for 'Native Speaker Language Teachers'. Usually I work from home, where I have a vast library of teaching resources for Beginners such as worksheets, textbooks, picture dictionaries, flash-cards, games and lots of books with German-English parallel texts, short stories for Easy Readers etc.
Since no two learners are alike, I use varying tutoring approaches, whereby enjoyment is an important factor in my lessons. I very much like to use language games, cards, songs, videos and the internet to teach my languages, for I do believe that learning German, as well as Hungarian, can be fun. I aim to foster a friendly but professional relationship with each of my students, to build their confidence and self belief when they learn a new language. German can be an extremely challenging language and as an experienced German teacher I really can help you learning it.
I'll work alongside you at the speed that works for you best. In the first lesson we'll analyse your needs, noting your strengths and weaknesses. My German lessons involve paying particular attention to everyday vocabulary, focusing on the most important grammar topics, providing good practice in colloquial Austrian. Should you need help with any particular area of difficulty, we can target them of course.
1-to-1 tuition can make the German grammar become far more accessible, because you can ask everything you've ever wanted to know and discuss it with me in English. So if the direct method, used in most language schools in Vienna, doesn't work for you and learning in a group with 8-10 other students doesn't fit your needs, then probably you should try a couple of private lessons. Especially in the beginning it's advisable to go through the German grammar in English, by the way of translating -> comparing -> explaining. Private lessons have the advantage to learn individually and at your own pace. Together we'll sharpen your passive skills in reading and listening, and practice your active skills in speaking and writing. I'll make sure you understand grammar, enhance your communication skills and build your confidence in speaking German.
Why choose me?