How did Nicole get here, doing this?

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This is a pretty unique business, so it’s worth some background information.

In college I took my first German class and learned exactly four words in two semesters of German: böse and ein Glas Limonade. You can read about that catastrophe here.

In 2002 I took 20 hours of private German lessons. These lessons were game-changers because my instructor taught me the foundations of German grammar and I relished the one-on-one time with her. We enjoyed a lot of Kaffee and Apfeltaschen (apple turnovers) in those hours!

In 2003 I finished my Master's in Music and moved to Germany, where I attended the Goethe-Institut Düsseldorf for two months. My German language skills flourished. My two instructors there were highly effective and helped me make my way through the B1 and B2 levels. It was then I discovered that my brain is a bit freaky because I became fluent in German in less than 6 months. It isn’t something I actually recommend, because it’s so much work it takes most of the fun out of it. It was really hard. But I had the opportunity, so I took it.

After my stint at the Goethe-Institut I pursued my first career (classical singing) and began teaching English as a Foreign Language. I loved teaching English so much that in 2005 I got my English teaching certification. I taught a 40-week Corporate class in Business, Technical and Conversational English and tutored a whole lot of teenagers.

In 2008 I moved back to the US and I first tried simply to survive the times. It was rough, wasn't it?

Finally in 2010 I started teaching German classes at a private institute. The students loved what they were learning and it wasn't work because it was so much fun. After a couple of years, I wondered if I could do it on my own, so I started teaching online in 2013 and everything started to take off. Bu 2015 I knew I was absolutely in the right place.

And so are you!

Lieben Sie Deutsch?

This site is for everyone with that craving, everybody who wants to learn to speak German, get around the country while traveling, everybody who wants to speak with the locals in Austria and figure out what’s hot in Switzerland.

Whether you’re interested in reading all the blog posts, joining an online event or you're ready to start private lessons, you are welcome here! Join the hundreds of people from all over the world who visit every day to learn more about German and enjoy the learning process.

Danke, dass Sie gekommen sind!



More About Nicole:

German Language Skill:

Mastery:  Level C2 of the Common European Framework for Languages  (See also). Certified 2018

Experience:  2235 hours (as of December 31, 2018)

Germanic-American Institute (2010-2015):  adult language classes, children's language classes, one-on-one lessons & tutoring. 700 hours


aatg logo TransparentAmerican Association of Teachers of German (AATG) - 2013 to present

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Goethe-Institut:  Zertifikat "DaF Unterrichten" (Certification course for Teaching German as a Foreign Language), 2018.

Goethe-Institut:  Prüferzertifikat (Test Proctor Certification): A1:  Fit in Deutsch 1, A2: Start Deutsch 2, B1, B2, C1

CARLA Institute:  Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning, 2015

Autodidact:  Building Websites, Copy Writing & Newsletter Publishing, 2009-present

Deutschland:  5 years of Deutsch, Plattdeutsch, and Schwäbisch, 2003-2008

Goethe-Institut:  Mittelstufe II, 2003

Manhattan School of Music:  Master of Music in Classical Voice, 2003

Eloquia Sprachschule:  20 Einzelstunden, 2002

Augsburg College:  Bachelor of Music Performance, Voice, 2001


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