What is the difference between a “normal” intensive course and this course?
Normal courses teach you pretty boring stuff and knowledge, you don’t need in your daily life. This course focuses on colloquial language – so you will learn, how people really speak. You will learn all the important small phrases that most books simply don’t cover.
When can I start the course?
Start any time you want! Note that the course is structured – see the weekly schedule for more information.
You will be able to start immediately with your first exercise, but you will get the recording exercise on Thursday.
If your start your subscription on a Thursday, you will get the exercises from Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, you can decide if you want to do everything at once or if you want to take your time and hand in the exercise in the following week.
Is this course more efficient than a classical language course?
100% yes – that is my promise and this is one of the major advantages of this course.
In a normal course, you waste simply too much time: 10 min with organisational tasks, 10 min with small talk, 20-60min with commuting time, 20 with listening to your peers (which might be helpful from time to time, but more often only causes confusions or teaches your wrong things).
This course fits even in a structured, full schedule.
After having finished this course, can I continue in a normal language school?
Of course! Depending on your affinity for language and your motivation to learn new vocabulary, you can start with the level A2, A2.1 or even B1 (with extra self-study).
Which level will I have reached after the course?
This course covers A1 and the most important points from A2. You miss out some very small grammar points for A2. I am planning to include them as an ad-on.
In theory, students will learn more vocabulary in a 8-weeks intensive course (5d/w, 4h/d), but in reality, most students will forget most of the vocabulary anyway.
If you want to reach A2, I will give you some advice for extra-study and reading materials to learn more vocabulary.
Can I finish faster?
Absolutely! If you have already some ground base, you can go faster. Please note, however, that it is very unrealistic to go much faster as your memory needs some time to memorise the vocabulary.
With the weekly payment, you can also start in a later lesson.
But: learning too much at one time is one of the major mistakes learners do. Two weeks later, they have forgotten 60% of the vocabulary. This course forces you to repeat vocabulary and grammar.
If you want to go faster, just tell me. Please note: If you are doing too many mistakes, I will ask you to slow down again.
I will also not correct more than six recordings a month. This means, you can finish in two months instead of three.
Can I make a break in between (for holidays, business trip, etc)?
Yes, of course! The course is designed to give you maximum flexibility. Just stop your subscription and start later.
After more than two weeks of time I will ask you to do a short revision. Without repetition of the previous material, it will be too hard to keep up.
Can I cancel my subscription?
If you take the weekly payment for individuals or monthly payment for groups, you have maximum flexibility. You can cancel your subscription anytime. The only thing I am kindly asking you is to provide a reason. It will help me to improve this course.
The one-time-payment doesn’t offer cancellation.
Can I use this as a Business Course?
Everyone who wants to learn German, has to start with some basics. So: Yes, it’s perfect start before you specialise in Business German.
This course is especially helpful for professionals and expats in German, Austria and Switzerland.
They learn how to have small talk with colleagues, how to order food and how to manage all the important daily life situations.
After having taught in big companies, I have learnt one thing: Colloquial German without too much focus on grammar, is really needed.
This course is perfect for all professionals with few time, long working hours and a lot of travel time.
Contact me for special company solutions.
What is the learning methodology of this Course?
Did I invent a new learning system? No. I am neither neuroscientist, nor a big data analyst, nor a sorceress.
I took courses in learning psychology and educational theory, I read a lot about memory and learning systems, methodology and watched every TED-Talk about this topic.
But self experience is also important: I have studied several languages (latin, arabic, farsi, french, italian and currently greek) and had the honour of being taught by world class teachers at the Language center Language Center of the University of Zurich and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
This teaching experience, peer reviews and the usage of different learning materials made me believe:
There is no hidden secret in learning a language.
It’s rather a mix of:
– interesting and engaging material: learn stuff you really need and not blank theory
– repetition, repetition, repetition: Language needs the long time memory. The flash card system of Quizlet and my system of (forced daily) intelligent repetition will help.
– combination of writing reading, listening and speaking: using a language needs everything – so you need to practise everything
– different, “smart” exercises
(Think about it: How often in school have you done an exercise just for the purpose for having it done – without having learned a lot?)
– focus on pronunciation and the natural flow of a language from the beginning
– colloquial language: nearly all textbooks and schools are not bold enough to teach you a language as it is spoken by 99% if its users (old fashioned profs may be the exception)
This course will be different.
– learn phrases instead of rules and single words. So many conversations are highly standardised. This is why you need to learn with dialogues instead of small texts.