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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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.
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:
- 501 German Verbs
- German Grammar Drills
- Practice Makes Perfect: Complete German Grammar
- Jagerbuch: Access to German, Band 1, 2
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.
- Roy Black
- 200 Sachen
- Browse German radio stations here to check out current hits!
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.