German

German is an essential language for anyone interested in philosophy, music, or general intellectual history.  Alas, between its challenging pronunciation and mystifying grammar, it can seem deeply intimidating.  That’s where we come in. We offer customized private German tutoring at all levels:

  • Beginners: introduction to grammar, speaking, and noun declensions (sample syllabus here)
  • Intermediate: taking reading, writing, and speaking to the next level
  • Advanced: exploring seminal texts and academic German

Our tutors create a custom course for each student.  They’ll help you fine-tune your oral skills through conversation tutorials that emphasize usage, vocabulary, and the mastery of German idiom. For the more advanced student, our tutors can help develop your writing skills or prepare you to do business in German. We have also worked with more advanced students looking to prepare for the German SAT subject test or AP.

Our German tutors are exceptional teachers - they are PhD candidates and teaching fellows at NYU, Columbia University, and Harvard University, published authors, and language professionals. They can teach anyone German; whether you’re a budding Rhinemaiden who needs to improve your operatic diction, or you’ve always wanted to read Rilke in the original deutsche, tell us about your goals, and we’ll help you get there in no time.

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Academic    Test Preparation    Business    Enrichment    Cultural Exploration

Suggested Approaches

Our 5 favorite approaches are inclusive of all linguistic goals from grammar heavy test preparation and translation to conversational enrichment and business packages. While each of the teaching methods below can be effective, your specific goals will impact which method we select for your tutoring.  

Resources

Because we are not invested in selling proprietary materials, we prefer to draw from the numerous language learning and teaching methods available to us. Here are some of our favorites:

In addition to what you study during your tutoring session, one of the most fun aspects of learning a new language is exploring the culture that it comes from! Check out podcasts, music and local newspapers to get a taste of German culture.

Podcasts are a great way to supplement your language classes. Immerse yourself in german as you stroll through Harvard Sqaure, or as you walk down Lexington Avenue.

Local and regional newspapers are a great way to follow current events in your new language, while advancing your reading comprehension:

Tip: Highlight or make a list of the words you do not recognize as you read. Don’t stop to look them up immediately. Finish the article and see how much you can understand without the dictionary. Then, look up the words, and re-read. This process may seem repetitive, but it asks your brain to work a bit more actively, and will yield results!

Don’t miss out on German music! Some musicians are particularly easy to listen to in their native tongue. Listening to music will get you comfortable hearing your target language and help your comprehension.  While you’re at it, you’ll expand your knowledge of colloquial vernacular and regional slang.  

Tip: Look up the lyrics in English before starting so you have a sense of the meaning of the song before you start listening. This will make it easier to recognize vocabulary.

 

Popular Subjects: Elementary German, Intermediate German, Advanced German, German Grammar Intensive, Conversational German, Advanced Reading & Writing, Classic German Literature, German Language & Culture, German Philosophy, Business German
Tests: German SAT Subject Test, AP German Language, German Proficiency Exam (College and Graduate Level)

German Tutors

Andrew grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, just a few miles from the utopian religious community on which he would eventually focus much of his academic work.  He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and St.  Andrews University before ultimately receiving his bachelor’s degree from the...

Lauren is a second-year doctoral student in the astronomy department at Harvard University.  She graduated summa cum laude from University of Maryland with BA in astronomy with high honors and physics with high honors, and with a minor in German language, literature and culture.  Before...

Jon learned to speak in Portland, Oregon, but because he grew up in Texas and Indiana, all of his accents have effectively cancelled each other out.

A major development in his linguistic abilities took place at Asbury College, where three professors – one each in philosophy, history, and...

Chris graduated from Princeton, in 2009, with an AB in German Literature and a Certificate in Creative Writing (Poetry). His junior papers, on a short story of Robert Musil’s and a novella of Samuel Beckett’s, won the German Department’s Junior Independent Work Prize, and his thesis on Musil won...

Rex

Rex is originally from northeastern Nebraska—indeed a Husker football fan—but spent years abroad in Europe, including one year at Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg, Germany. Upon returning to North America, he completed his undergraduate degree in political philosophy at Concordia...

Guy

I did my undergrad in France at the Université de Limoges where I got a Maîtrise in English Literature, with a Minor in Linguistics. I then did an MA in Classics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in which I performed “spectacularly” on the General Exams, to use the Chair’s own words. Finally...

At the beginning of his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, Peter would spend hours in the practice room working on excerpts of Richard Wagner’s operas and other pieces in the German canon. While this was certainly musically rewarding, he found himself increasingly interested...

Sam trained as an architect at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was a Fulbright Fellow in Central Asia before completing his M.A. at University College London. He is a PhD Candidate at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, where his research focuses on the...

Alexander was born and raised in Germany before moving to Corvallis, Oregon in 2000. Because the Oregon Ducks are clearly better than the Beavers, he went to the University of Oregon. Alexander participated in college debate for three years, ultimately winning third place at the National...

Anna is a Harvard-educated linguist and historian and has taught Humanities at Boston College, Brown, Phillips Andover, Harvard, and MIT. She has tutored privately
for many years. While in college, Anna tutored middle-schoolers in remedial English and composition. After entering a graduate...

Hannah attended Barnard College, where she majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and minored in German Literature. After graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with departmental honors, she moved to Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright fellowship to research Middle High German poetry...

Guy

Guy did his undergrad in France at the Université de Limoges where he got a Maîtrise in English Literature, with a Minor in Linguistics. He then did an MA in Classics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in which he performed “spectacularly” on the General Exams, to use the Chair’s own words....

Milena grew up in Vienna, Austria, which may lead you to believe that she loves classical music and winter sports. Though this is true, it was her weak spot for grammar and languages that brought her to the US and convinced her to pursue a PhD at MIT’s renowned Linguistics Department, famously...