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Chris
« Perfect! Svenja is a professional, reliable and knowledgeable Tutor. Her... More »
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Chris
« Perfect! Svenja is a professional, reliable and knowledgeable Tutor. Her friendly, relaxed approach to tutoring is really improving my confidence and I am thoroughly enjoying our sessions! Vielen Dank, Svenja! Bis nächste Woche! »
$30/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and qualifications verified
Response Time 17h
Lessons offered by Svenja
  • Individual
Lessons can be held..
  • by webcam
Subjects taught
  • German
  • Oral expression - German
  • Oral comprehension - German
  • Vocabulary - German
  • Written comprehension - German
  • Accent reduction - German
Levels
  • All Levels

Jetzt Deutsch lernen - Learning German with Love - Up your Game - Revive long forgotten knowledge

Methodology

Learning a language is immersion. It's asking yourself what you want to be able to say. It's finding the courage to make mistakes and still try again. It's love. It's the vibe of it.

I've worked with several people wanting to learn a language for several years already and I enjoy accompanying you on your way of being able to talk freely without any blockades.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you - please let me know when you have any questions. Depending on where you live, personal lessons may be possible (I am moving around a lot, right now located at Central Tilba, NSW - back in Melbourne in August :)).

Ambassador

One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualified and response guaranteed. Svenja will plan your first lesson with care.

Background

I've studied sociology and education in Germany and worked in a language learning center for 4 years in total. We mostly used computer programs to help students improve their language skills and also tandems were a quite important part. During my time there, I met many people who were really enthusiastic about learning a language, but also very scared of using newly learned language skills - afraid of being laughed at, or afraid of making mistakes. Yes, grammar is important to have a certain frame and guiding. Yes, you won't learn everything after just one day, or one week. Yes, you will make mistakes - everyone does - but you will learn from them. And you will gain so much security from just speaking the language you're willing to learn. I'll be glad to show you. We will work it out together!

Rates

Travel Fee : $5
Rate for online lessons : $28/h
Lessons offered by Svenja
Individual
Lessons can be held..
webcam
Subjects taught
  • German
  • Oral expression - German
  • Oral comprehension - German
  • Vocabulary - German
  • Written comprehension - German
  • Accent reduction - German
Levels
  • All Levels

4 reviews on Svenja
  • 5/5

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C
Chris

Perfect! Svenja is a professional, reliable and knowledgeable Tutor. Her friendly, relaxed approach to tutoring is really improving my confidence and I am thoroughly enjoying our sessions! Vielen Dank, Svenja! Bis nächste Woche!

Svenja's response

Chris is a very dynamic, good hearted lady. She is eager to learn and fun to talk to / to teach. Looking forward to see her again next week! :D

3 recommendations

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Tobias

Svenja is a long time friend of mine and always had quite the neck for languages.
She basicly taught herself first the basics, then an advanced form of chinese.

She is an open, honest, upright person with a inner joy thats simply contagious and with her being this good with languages, she always was good in explaining things in detail regarding that matter.

I always thought it to be very easy to listen to her voice and her spirit makes up for a well invested time to learn things from her.

All in all, she has a wonderful personality, is kind and patient and has a smile on her lips most of her time thats, again, pretty contagious.

You see, if you want a person that tries to understand your needs and is open for your input...and you DO want to learn german in a funny, good time for both of you, Svenja is surely your right choice, believe me! :)

Matthew

I have known Svenja for 14 years and have spent a lot of time with her. My assessment is: She is a very caring and empathetic person with a lot of patience. She really wants to help and is a good listener. So she can identify what in particular you actually want to learn and transfer that knowledge into the lesson. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to learn something and actually enjoy it at the same time.

Manuel

Svenja es encantadora. Es muy fácil sentirse cómodo hablando con ella, lo cual contribuye mucho a la clase. Además trabaja muy duro en prepararse, transmite información con claridad y se preocupa de adaptarse a su interlocutor. Totalmente recomendada.

Interview with Svenja

QUESTION 01 | 05
When did your passion for teaching German begin?
Svenja — I have always been fascinated by languages and was the type of kid who always kept asking “what is that called like in French? And in English? German?...” Of course, that always depended who I spoke to. While I was studying in Germany, I worked in the Language Café (a place to learn pretty much every language via Computer and via various other methods) and I loved helping out with taking the fear off my students to speak without fear. No matter if they wanted to learn German, English, Chinese or.. anything really. So my passion is not about teaching German specifically, it is rather about languages in general. About speaking without fear and to teach / learn with fun.
QUESTION 02 | 05
In your opinion, what does it take to be a successful German speaker?
Svenja — I think it is a lot about the passion for the language. There is always a reason behind learning something. In school, it is often put upon the students and they have to learn it, in order to get good marks rather than actually thinking about the language behind it. That was at least my own experience, when I learned languages in school.

Think about it: you have a class which is stuck together for several years and everyone has different learning preferences, characteristics (...). The teacher tries to help out everyone, but mostly time is insufficient and students are too many. So it’s mostly a race through a book, with lots of grammar and some nice “let’s talk” treats in between. Yes, that doesn’t always have to be the case, but I have seen that one many times.

In order to be a successful German speaker, I think it’s crucial to love the language. To have a good reason why you want to learn it. Maybe you want to able able to talk to your new German friends, relatives... or you just love the long German words (Bahnhofsgebäudenvorarbeiterschutzkleidungsettikettenschild) ... where you can pretty much invent new words every day (can be fun ;)), or the fun tongue twisters (Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut und Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid) ... i still struggle to say that one fast!... or... whatever your passion might be! And... success isn’t necessarily to speak perfectly without any mistakes. Take small steps, have fun and it’s gonna be great!
QUESTION 03 | 05
What do you think is the most peculiar thing about the German language?
Svenja — I think it’s the “Der, Die, Das” thing. Whether something is male, female or neutral. It doesn’t follow any logic, so everyone just needs to memorise it.

Also we have lots of little words like dem, den, deren, dessen, denen, ein, eine, etc.. which do take a bit of time to learn and to get the feel of it.
QUESTION 04 | 05
What would you say to a student who says learning another language is useless or boring?
Svenja — I would say that he/she probably hasn’t learned the right one yet and ask for his / her reasons of saying that so we could find a good way of working together anyway.
QUESTION 05 | 05
Finally, what piece of German literature would you say is an absolute must-read for all people learning to speak German?
Svenja — I would not want to recommend THE one, because I think it’s no use to read German poems if the students doesn’t have a heart for it. What I would recommend is to talk about what the student is interested in and then find a good fit of German literature. There are many to choose from, so I believe we can find something fun/serious/well written...

Having said that, reading some literature from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is something I would still recommend, as he wrote quite a few things and is a rather on German personality. :)

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