COVID-19 Update June 2020. Although the situation is slowly going back to normal (in Germany) I cannot offer distancing at home and teaching with mask is unthinkable therefore I keep teaching only online.

The 3 differences between private course of German and group course

Thanks to my many years of teacher activity I was able to gain a lot of useful experiences with group courses and single courses, either in German and Italian. I can now summarize my experience compiling this list with the 3 basic differences between group and single courses. To get...

Christmas markets

Since the 20th century, every year in November the same picture in German cities. The traditional Christmas markets open and till the 23rd December they attract thousands of tourists from all over the world. But also for Germans it is a pleasure to visit a Christmas market in their city. For them...

Information on testDAF

Ever wondered what’s behind this acronym: DAF? Read further The test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a foreign language), short-name testDAF, is one of the most recognized German language tests. It is a centralized, standardized and not free language test and gives the possibility to a...

5 Reasons to learn German

Why do you want to learn German? Do you really like this language or is it more a need to survive in Germany?
In the following, I want to give 5 good reasons why you should definitely think about learning it.

Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache?

speak German in MunichGerman is such a complicate language that there is a common saying about it. We know how difficult our language is, we admit it, and we tell you in this way: “Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache”. Unfortunately this doesn’t relieve your burden to learn it. On the contrary is a mean to squeeze a bigger commitment from you.

“Ich spreche kein Deutsch”

In my life as a German teacher, I meet often people who, despite they are living in Germany for many years, aren’t able to speak German.

And there are people who only learn Ich spreche kein Deutsch (I don’t speak German).

Resources to learn German I

In this post I’m going to give a short overview of the grammar resources to learn German.
The post is dedicated to all that want to learn, improve and get fluent in German. Of course this my point of view as teacher of German with already some experience behind.

Tips to learn German

It’s difficult to find rules that work for everybody because anyone has his own way to learn things. Only one thing is true for everybody: master the German language requires a lot of dedication and motivation. Even the most talented in learning languages might struggle with German.

Learn German: with a tutor or self ?

If you learn math is normal for you to sit down with a book, study for hours, and at the end you are (probably) ready for your math exam. But I wonder if this method works with a subject where one to one communication is the main achievement. In other words can you learn to speak German if you...

Preparation of the German language test

A course for the preparation of a German language test is a short course where the weakness of the student are analyzed and possibly improved with the main purpose to pass the test. Once or twice, depending on the duration of the course, a simulation of the test for the chosen level can be...

Learn German online with the Deutsche Welle (DW)

This is one of my favorite website to learn German online.  The DW is the German broadcaster for international news. It is member of ARD, the German association of public broadcasters. It broadcast from satellite (in German, English, Spanish and Arabian), radio and Internet in 30 languages. On the...

Resources to learn improve German

There are many resources to learn German online and for free. I don’t think you can get to the point to speak the language with those only, but for sure is a perfect addition for your learning. Ideally you will take a course in a language school and in your spare time you can enjoy some basic...

Asparagus stalking

If you newly moved to Germany you might be interested in learning German language but also in learning German culture, use and traditions. This post is on German culture and tradition. To be more precise food tradition. In Germany there is one additional season, it is “Spargelzeit” the season...

The price of a private course

This post is a bit complex. But I know people coming to work in Munich are usually highly educated and will not have a big problem with the math presented here. I will try to answer the question: is a private course more expensive of a group course in a language school? A language school in Munich...

Shortnames in German real estate ads

The first thing you will do arriving in Munich is of course find a German course to start getting grip on the language. By far less important, in the second place of the most important things to do is to find a place where to live. While I focused on the first point throughout all the website, on...

German urban dictionary

You hardly find it in a German course book, but it is very useful in everyday life and you can use it to impress you German friends and colleagues: it’s German slang (Umgangssprache). Let’s learn a bit of German street language.   Auf jeden Fall or Auf jeden Absolutely yes, for sure. If...

German-English false friends

German and English belong to the same language families, this means they descend from a common language. Not to mention the many words both languages borrowed from Latin. Therefore is normal they have many words that are similar in spelling and in meaning (real friends). Unfortunately, there are...