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 Austria and the Austrians, about living in Vienna and 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 speak and listen, and learn how to ask questions and answer them. It's reasonable to take private conversation lessons additionally to a regular German course in a group, because it really can help you master everyday communication with the natives :-D
1-to-1 classes allow as much speaking time as possible, I'll help you improve your accuracy and fluency by carefully correcting mistakes and encouraging practice. In our conversation class we'll have a good cuppa tea or coffee and exchange information on topics you choose.
No textbook, no homework, e.g. only if you want some, and as few a grammar as necessary. We will build up an everyday vocabulary, apply most common question-answer sequences, practice small-talk and improve your pronounciation. We can read Austrian or German newspapers, talk about your relocation and your new life in Vienna, discuss cultural differences, chat about everything and anything.
Join me for a walk and improve your fluency in German. This is an excellent opportunity for you to use your communication skills without pressure and learn some nice places at the very heart of Vienna. Classes take place outdoor, somewhere in the 1st or in the 2nd district, e.g. Augarten, Prater, Vienna Old Town etc. Or let's go for a walk in the Mariahilferstraße and do some (window) shopping, get a coffee or a cake in one of Vienna's famous coffeehouses in the city center and let me show you some of my Geheimtipps .
Tutoring approach: Since no two learners are alike I apply different 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, as well as Hungarian, can be fun. I aim to foster a friendly but professional relationship with each student, to build their confidence and self belief. That is partly why I have a large number of loyal costumers who stay with me for months (or years), for my services are much appreciated and recommended frequently.
Learning German one-on-one offers benefits to both teacher and student. As your private teacher I have the opportunity 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. German can be an extremely challenging language and as a experienced German tutor I really can help you learning it.
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 sessions can be 60, 90 or 120 minutes in length. You can also bring your friend, spouse or collegue and take semi-pirvate lessons. 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 and in-company trainings are also possible by agreement, please ask for an individual price offer.
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.
If you want to speak German, you have to speak German. Try to be (more) confident and speak as often as possible to as many people as you can. Do not be shy to make mistakes! The more you practice the better you'll become in your pronunciation and vocabulary. Remember, speaking is a skill like learning a musical instrument or a 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 organizers 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. Try to ask a lot of questions, use as much 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/