Private lessons have the advantage to learn in an individual way and by your schedule. A private German tutor is there to provide the support you need to enhance your German language skills, especially your communication skills and give you confidence in speaking German. One-to-one lessons can make the German grammar become far more accessible. Together we will sharpen your passive skills in reading and listening, and practice your active skills in speaking and writing.
German Conversation Training: I also offer German conversation lessons with a focus on general conversation topics, such as basic conversation starters, family, work, hobbies / interests, travels, food & drink etc. We can also discuss your questions about living in Vienna, the tasks after relocating, or any other topic you want to. Private conversation training is highly interactive with about 50% of learner participation, since you are the only one learner, so you will communicate a lot based on listening and speaking. If you aiming at perfecting communication skills, booking some additional lessons beside your regular German course can really be helpful.
As your private German teacher I will work alongside you at the speed that works for you. In the first lesson we will analyse your needs, noting your strengths and weaknesses. My German lessons involve paying particular attention to the everyday vocabulary, focusing on the most important German grammar, but not too excessively, providing good practice in everday German. Should you need help with any particular area of difficulty, we can focus on it, of course.
For your orientation: Beginners in private German courses in 1:1 language lessons need usually 30-40 lessons for basic language knowledge, respective level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It will take approx. another 30-40 lessons to reach the intermediate level B2.
Preparation for the Austrian Citizenship Test: The Austrian Citizenship Act outlines that persons who want to become Austrian citizens have to meet certain standard requirements such as German language skills at B 1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, as well as the basic knowledge of the democratic system and the fundamental principles deriving therefrom, plus the history of Austria and the province where the applicant has her/his primary residence, such as: 1.) Geschichte Österreichs, 2.) Demokratische Grundordnung und 3.) Geschichte meines Bundeslandes / Landesgeschichte Wien. Together we can go through all these brochures, or if you prefer only through the exam questions, which we translate and discuss elaborately. Afterwards we make several mock exams with evaluation of the test results, so that you know exactly which topics you need to practice.
About me: I am a highly qualified and experienced Hungarian and German teacher, as well as a professional translator for Hungarian and German. As a ranscultural Communication and a Master degree in Translation and Terminology Sciences at the University of Vienna. In addition I 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.I have taught in the private sectors and in all kinds of language schools, mainly adults, but I also have experience of teaching children. I can offer Hungarian to university level, for this is my mother-tounge, and German to B2 level, since I live and teach in Vienna for 15 years and made my Bachelor degree in T
Usually I work from home, where I have a vast library of teaching resources such as textbooks, worksheets, dictionaries, flashcards etc., but I also run some in-company courses for Hungarian and German in Vienna and surroundings. Here you can read more about me and my qualifications.
Tutoring approach: Since no two learners are alike, I have varying tutoring approaches, whereby enjoyment is an important factor in my lessons. I very much like to use songs, short stories, videos and the internet to teach my languages, for I do believe that learning German can be fun. I aim to foster a friendly but professional relationship with each student, to build their confidence and self belief. I have a large number of loyal costumers, since my services are recommended frequently by other learners. German can be an extremely challenging language, and as a experienced German tutor I really can help you learning it.
Learning German one-on-one offers benefits to both teacher and student. As your private teacher I have the chance to costumize your lessons to your needs, and the possibility to target your learning activities to your strengths and weaknesses. On the other side you have a very intensive practice, as you really will speak most of the lesson and so make faster progress. Here you can find a compilation of interesting and helpful links to aid you to learn German.
Organization: The German lessons in One-to-One training are 60 or 90 minutes in length. You can also bring your friend, spouse or collegue and take semi-pirvate lessons - there is enough place for as many as 3 persons. Usually I teach in my home-office in the city center, just beside of the famous Karmelitermarkt in the 2nd district of Vienna; easy to reach with U2, tram 2, and the bus lines 5A and 5B. Home tutoring at your place or in-company training is also possible by agreement, please ask for an individual price offer.
Even though we can arrange your German lessons at short notice I usually require at least 5 days notice to arrange your course and the more notice you give me the more I will be able to consider your preferred dates and times.
How to cancel a lesson: Should you once not able to come, I need you to cancel our lesson in time and give me notice 24 hours in advance of our fixed date, but at least on the day before our appointment by no later than 20 o'clock by phone, e-mail or per SMS. Otherwise I have to charge 50% of the lesson fee, since I reserved my time for you and can not rearrange my day resp. other clients on such a short notice.
Try to be (more) confident and speak as often as possible to as many people as you possibly can. Do not be shy to make mistakes! The more you practice the better and more confident you will become in your pronunciation and vocabulary. Remember, speaking is a skill like learning a musical instrument or new sport – the only way you can get good is to actually do it.
So, if you really want to improve your spoken German, I strongly recommend you to try one of these self-organized conversation groups in Vienna. Most of them are free of charge, but ask the organizer anyway:
Deutsch um fünf in der Hauptbücherei Every Thursday 11:30 - 12:30 and 17.00 - 18.00
Deutsch um fünf in der VHS Donaustadt Every Thursday 17.00 - 17.50
Deutsch in der Bücherei Wieden Every Friday 10.00 -11.00
In these groups you can discuss all the topics that interest you in German. Ask a lot of questions, try to use as much (new) vocabulary as you can, listen to the others carefully and write down new words and phrases, that way you will use all your senses effectively.
It is also a great opportunity to make friends with German speakers or others learning to speak German with whom you can (and should) compare notes, exchange ideas and talk about things that you have learnt in regular German courses.
And check out this funny blog about life and Learning German in Vienna: https://austrianadaptation.com/vienna/
and about being an Expat in Austria: https://austrianadaptation.com/austria/