Policies and Tips
Tutoring German

One hour of tutoring is 45 minutes for children and 60 minutes for adults.
Please call me to set up a time at which we will meet regularly.
Basic tutoring fees are stated on the Home page and increase depending on where we meet, and how many people are participating.
Payment by cash or check is possible.

Book costs are extra. Students buy a textbook and a workbook, which I will order for them. Books are sold at cost. Book costs are usually between $40 - $50. The books cover one to two years of learning depending on how fast we move forward.

Please be punctual so you can have a full 45/60 minute lesson. Lessons cannot run over the appointment time, as other students may be waiting for their lesson to begin.


If this is the first time you are asking me for a translation, please feel free to call me.

Please send a copy or an e-mail attachment of the text or document you would like me to translate. When copying make sure that everything is copied. Use the zoom feature to either enlarge a small letter or reduce letters written on pages bigger than standard letter size. Make sure the copy is neither too dark nor too light. The copy will stay in my files in case you have questions or I need to reference it.

Upon receipt of a translation request, I will call you with the quote or quote via e-mail. Please be sure to answer back, so I can start translation promptly. The translated document is sent back to you as a Word file or in printed form. Please specify how you like to receive it. For first time translations and larger translations, I require half of the fees immediately. The rest can be paid upon completion.

Interpretation, presentations, cross-cultural training or other work related to the German language ... Please call me and we can discuss your project and find out how I may be best able to help you.

The Best Way to Learn German

Übung macht den Meister. - Practice make perfect.
  • Dedicate in addition to your private lesson at least one additional hour per week for your studies. Two times thirty minutes or more is even better.
  • Make sure you learn "der", "die" and "das" immediately when you learn a new noun.
  • Have a list of your new words with you. Learn them while you wait in line or during down time.
  • Repeat to yourself all the dialogs in your book, come up with variations of these dialogs and make up your own dialogs.

The following tips are out of the book: "Grundlagen des Erst-und Fremdsprachenerwerbs" "Basics regarding the acquisition of the first language and foreign languages" published by the Goethe-Institute together with Langenscheidt.

Strategies of a "good" language learner
  • Is not afraid to embarrass oneself.
  • Looks constantly for patterns and regularities in the targeted language.
  • Uses and guesses many non-verbal clues, like body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, context, situation, ...
  • Tests and practices all he/she learns new in real life and mentally (plays situation in the head).
  • Initiates conversations with native speakers of the targeted language.
  • Succeeds in asking the conversation partner to respond and speak in a simple language.
  • Flexibly uses many strategies.