Yes, you can finally learn to speak German.
You've probably tried to learn German on your own with an app or maybe you've taken a class somewhere. You probably have questions you couldn’t get answers to, or maybe you couldn’t get them answered to your satisfaction. Maybe you need more speaking practice.
You need a different kind of German class. A German class that gives you answers to your questions. A class with activities that help you speak German the way you want to.
This kind of German class is one made just for you.
Welcome to private German lessons.
This is Not Your Usual German Class
Whether your usual German class is 20 minutes on your phone, tapping away at the screen like zombie, or it's a class filled with people that moves too quickly for you, private German lessons might be the right fit for you.
You can take German lessons online and learn to speak German with a live instructor. You can have your lesson at a time that works for you, using books written just for you, and in a lesson format that’s tailored to your needs.
Private, Individual Lessons
When you take German lessons online with Nicole, you have a German lesson that’s as interactive as a regular class. The lesson is about you and your learning, because there are no other people asking questions. You get to practice speaking German without comparing yourself to other people. And you get to ask all the questions you want.
What's a private lesson like?
Most lessons go approximately like this:
We begin by greeting each other in German (Guten Tag!).
After an easy warm-up, we talk about your homework and I answer your questions.
Then we start the next topic and I walk you through all the parts: grammar, vocabulary, everything.
We go through the homework so you know what to do for the next week.
Lastly, you download your whiteboard and I send you an email with your homework in it.
Das ist alles! That's everything!
Write on your own darn whiteboard!
The online meeting room has a fantastic whiteboard where you and I can type text and mark it up with drawing tools. It's your whiteboard, so you can write your notes on it. It's yours to download and save at the end of every lesson, too.
You'll have a record of everything we talked about in your lesson. I'll keep a copy, too.
German books (not text books!)
The books we use have been written to help you learn to speak German. They’re all from German publishers and are readily available here in the U.S. The books help you have conversations in German, but there’s no set curriculum.
These German books have answer keys!
How many times have you been told not to use the book? Probably as many times as I will tell you TO use the book. Because why would you buy a book only to be forbidden from using it? That makes no sense! It's your resource, so use the book! Use the answer keys! Have an answer key party!
No grades. No tests. No finals. I promise.
It’s really this simple: no grades, no tests, no finals.
Less pressure = more German skills
When you take away the strict curriculum and take away the grade, you take away all the pressure and all the worry. Then you can take all that energy you used to spend worrying and you can invest it in learning to speak German step-by-step.
That’s a win-win!
Finally Get the Clarity You've Always Wanted
Yes, there is clarity in German grammar!
Nothing is more frustrating than having someone explain a German grammar concept to you, only to have it disappear the monent you walk out of the room. Not here! Because you'll save your whiteboards from every lesson, you will always have your notes with you. And if you want to repeat the concept or dig a little deeper, then that's what we do. When you get the instruction you want, learning German is so much more enjoyable and a lot more fun.
As much or as little “homework” as you want
You can call it homework, you can call it German practice, whatever you want to call it is fine by me. You can have a lot of it, you can have only a little.
You Also Get Community
Meet other German learners just like you
Every client has their own, individual lesson, and you all get to hang out with other clients, too!
Six times a year clients get together for a client meet-up. It's called a Kundentreffen. Everybody speaks German at their own level and you get to hear from other clients who are learning German.
Some clients have even become friends outside of lessons. How cool is that?!
If you want you can also join the Easy German Book Club. The client discount makes it even sweeter, but can you imagine reading a 35-page book and understanding everything?
First-Class Client Treatment
Clients get the best of everything and they get it first: weekly lessons, the resources in the client portal, client meet-ups, a discount on the Easy German Book Club, and a free Klub membership.
Das ist sehr gut!
So who are you, Nicole?
Hallo, ich bin Nicole!
I first learned German when I was in my early 20’s. I had tried taking German in college and it was a DISASTER. I was constantly worried about the grade, the book we used was ridiculously confusing, and my teacher just couldn’t explain the concepts clearly.
Then in 2003 I moved to Germany and took a different kind of German course, one in which I learned to speak German. I learned to speak German so well that when I speak German with native speakers, they think that I'm German. I'm not. (Well, not legally anyway.) I now speak German at a near-native level and I've received the Zertifikat C2, the highest level of German speaking certification available. I’ve been teaching German live and online since 2013. I’m also certified to teach German as a Foreign Language and I teach it the same way I was taught to speak it.
Nicole is a fantastic teacher! She is organized, knowledgeable, supportive and patient. I am a classical singer and voice teacher with specific goals to move to Germany and I have found that Nicole has tailored each lesson to achieve the goals that I have. Nicole provides the grammar lesson with the add-on's of culture, music, the do's and don't's in the German culture and makes the language and lessons relevant! She also incorporates different methods of learning styles and different learning tools, adjusting to my learning style. And to add to it all, she makes it FUN! I am excited and inspired after every lesson, despite the challenges of learning a second language.
Update: Jessica subsequently attended the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria, and has since moved to Berlin.
If you’re ready to finally learn to speak German, fill out the form at the bottom of this page to find out more.
Yes, you REALLY can learn to speak German!
Open Lesson Times:
Lessons take place Tuesdays - Saturdays; times listed are in the Central Time Zone (Milwaukee, WI)
- Wednesdays at 3.00 p.m.
- Fridays at 9.45 a.m., 1.00 p.m., 2.15 pm or 3.30 pm
N.B. If none of these times work for you, you can get on the waiting list by filling out the form below.
Your German tuition includes:
- 40, one-hour lessons per year (12 months)
- use of the secure, online meeting room
- an email with homework items after every lesson
- 6 client meet-ups per year
- access to the Client Portal with additional resources
- enjoy free Klub membership as long as you’re a client (a $250 value!)
- a discount on events like the Easy German Book Club
$207 or EUR 187 per month
The fine print:
Tuition doesn’t include your books, but it does include all the extra materials I share with you in the client portal and via email. (I have a LOT of additional materials.) Tuition is due in advance and is paid as a subscription; the minimum commitment is two months of lessons. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required. All German learners under 18 must have a parent or guardian copied on all emails. Now let's get back to German!
“Nicole really helped me get back on track with my German studies after many years of dabbling here and there. As soon as I made the decision to get more serious about my studies, I contacted Nicole. She quickly helped me determine my starting point, and to define a structure that would speed up my learning process. She was flexible in allowing me to work at my own pace (I can get obsessive if I really get into something!), and as a teacher she is extremely attentive, patient, warm, encouraging and kind. In addition to Skype video lessons with Nicole, I also benefited tremendously from all of the materials she makes available to all of her students on http://GermanWithNicole.com. Since your first teacher in a new language is perhaps the most important, I give Nicole my highest recommendation for impassioned German enthusiasts and learners of all levels.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Feel free to read all the Questions and Answers or only the answers to the questions you have.
New to German or New Here:
I’ve never learned a foreign language before. Can I take German lessons, too?Yes! I have worked with many beginners and can help you with every aspect of learning German from how to learn vocabulary to finding resources that are helpful to you.
I need tutoring to help me with my current class. Can I tutor with you instead?You sure can! Tuition is the same price and we follow your class curriculum instead. You still get all the client benefits.
I’d like to take lessons with a friend/partner/spouse/my family. Do you teach partner/group lessons, too?I sure do! Please tell me how many people are going to take part in lessons and how many different households it is. I’ll send you the special pricing.
Are you going to get mad/yell at me if I don’t do my homework?No, I won’t. I promise.
Simply tell me at the beginning of your lesson and I can adjust for that lesson. I can help you with your homework or we can move on. Also, if you know you have a busy week coming up, simply tell me “No homework for me this week, please.” And I won’t assign you any.
What are your other clients like?My other clients are just like you and they speak German at all different levels. They have a wide variety of backgrounds and careers. Some folks have jobs in technology or medicine, some are tradespeople, some are consultants, some are still in school, some are retired, and some have a German/Austrian/Swiss parent. Clients have taken lessons from Hawaii, Idaho, Boston, Germany and Switzerland!
Everyone is welcome here and that's a philosophy my clients hold as well.
What do your current clients say about their lessons?You can read what other clients (past and present) have to say on the testimonials page.
Do I have to speak German all the time? Do you ever speak English with me?If you’re a beginner, then we speak more English at the beginning. As you acquire skills then we speak more German and less English. Generally I encourage you to say whatever you can in German and for the rest we use English.
I’m an introvert. Are you going to make me talk about myself?No. While you do need to know how to hold a general conversation, which includes basic introductory things about you, I won’t be asking you the personal details of your life. That’s not my job. My job is to help you communicate in German, so I welcome you to make up answers if that’s more comfortable for you. The goal is to speak in German, not exchange personal details.
How will I know I’m making progress?This is really, really cool. You’ll notice you’re making progress:
- when German words come to you while you’re doing other activities
- when your in-lesson speaking improves
- when you begin to dream in German (that’s always a fun one) or perhaps
- when you notice you are figuring out more and more on your own
You’ll surprise yourself!
Grammar & Vocab:
Do I have to be strong in grammar to learn German?No, you don’t. You can learn the regular grammar terms with me or we can use substitute terms that I’ve developed with other learners.
Accusative and Dative are a mystery to me. Can you help me? I’m so frustrated.Absolutely! I will help you differentiate the two, practice the application of each, and you will learn which one to use when.
Do you teach slang and swear words, too?Yes, in fact I teach just about everything in German. A language is a living thing, so when it’s appropriate, I include slang, Umgangssprache (colloquial terms) and swear words, which you can read about here.
In general, you are welcome to ask me anything about German.
My accent is horrible. Can you help me?Of course! I’m also a professional, classical singer so I’m well equipped to help you with German pronunciation. Whatever your native language is, I’ll help you learn authentic German pronunciation.
I have German customers. Can we focus on that business relationship?Of course! Germanic work culture is different from what we have in the US, so it’s important for you to work to bridge the gap.
I have dyslexia. Can I still learn German?Yes, indeed! We can use the serif fonts in the classroom, I can adapt worksheets for you using a couple of different tools, and the best news of all: German is much more predictable than English when it comes to writing it (orthography). I've worked with several people with dyslexia and I'm happy to work with you, too.