Hallo! Ich bin Nicole! I am professional instructor for German as a Foreign Language.
Have you started--and stopped--and then started learning German again?
Do Germans switch to English when you speak German with them?
Have you given up on all the apps?
Do you just need some help with your German homework?
You've come to the right place! Learn German from wherever you are because to get to your classroom, all you need is your computer and an internet connection.
Surprise your German friends with your speaking!
Finally you'll know when to use Akkusativ and Dativ.
Understand your Germanic customers' expectations and relating to them in their own culture.
How do online lessons work?
German is important to you, otherwise you wouldn't be here, so I've made learning German is as simple as possible.
We meet in an online classroom for your lessons. We see each other with clear video and hear each other over the audio, plus we share a whiteboard we can both write on. We both have the book in front of us.
It's so easy! Es ist so einfach!
Here's a snapshot of the classroom, an Adobe Connect classroom:
Speak like a German!
We use the newest books and materials that teach you German like Germans speak it. This includes really, really good German pronounciation. As a foreign language instructor for 10 years (and I'm also a classical singer so you will definitely learn what to do with your mouth), I help you speak German the way Germans do. Watch this video to start speaking like a German now:
Start speaking like a German now:
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No more boring textbooks!
There's nothing worse than trying to learn from a German book that's totally boring. Or confuses you. Or worse--it only repeats things you already know. That's why we only use books specifically for learning German as a Foreign Language.
If you're an adult taking German, we'll choose a book for business if you have German customers, a book with plenty of travel skills for when you travel to Germany (or Austria or Switzerland). Are you just starting out in your career? There's a book for that, too!
If you're a teen learning German, we'll use a fun book just for you! Friends, cars, shopping, sports--it's all there. Plus, what teen doesn't love reading articles on German bands and the occasional game? It's all ready to go!
This will kill your fears:
A lot of people have had those kinds of teachers--you know, the ones that tell you everything you're doing wrong and maybe you're afraid to ask a question.
Me? I can't stand those kinds of teachers. I had those kinds of teachers, too, and that's why I promise you this:
You can ask me anything about German.
Seriously! Ask me anything about German--swear words, homework from 5 months ago, slang words you heard in the U-Bahn--anything. I'm not here to judge, I'm here to help you learn how to speak German. Period.
You can make up answers.
How weird is it when your German teacher asks you to talk about yourself except you don't even know them?! It's really weird! So you can just make it up! The funnier, the better, as you will remember it! Say you have blond hair if you are actually bald, tell me you live in Macedonia when you live in a small town in Arizona...it's not about telling your whole life story, it's about speaking German!
What you get in your tuition:
Let's be frank: private lessons cost more than a class because you're getting one-on-one time with the teacher. And get this: there's no one else in your class.
There's no one else asking questions you already know the answers to.
There's no one else in your class getting everybody off-topic.
There's no one else in your class hogging the teacher's attention.
And that's exactly why private lessons are so awesome: it's all for you! All the time is yours, all the energy is yours, the focus is on YOU.
We work at your pace. No more waiting for someone else's question to be answered, no more getting frustrated when you don't uderstand something and the class moves on--if you need extra help on a topic, we stay there and work until you've got it.
How often you want:
We meet for 1 hour once a week. Some students take 2 lessons per week so they can learn faster.
Your own online classroom:
Your lessons take place in a dedicated, online classroom whic we use for every lesson. (And no one else ever gets to see.) You and I can type and edit text, highlight, draw, and make notes. Want to keep a copy of what we've done? Natürlich! Just export the whiteboard at the end of your lesson and refer back to it at your convenience. Learn more about the online classroom here.
Your homework gets emailed to you:
After every lesson you will receive an email with a quick run-down of your homework. So quick, so easy, and never lost.
You also get exclusive access:
Only current clients have access to the resources portal of this site, which was built especially for you. You have exclusive access to:
- helpful learning tips
- grammar charts
- reference materials
- extra vocabulary exercises
- flashcard templates
- Oh yes, and every now and again I send you eine kleine Ueberraschung! (A little surprise!)
What others are saying:
"S---- is really enjoying her lessons and learning from you! She's loving the different way of being taught and the freedom it gives her to do homework when she wants to - and she's having fun!" November 2015
"She is teaching german via Skype for my daughter and it's going so great! She has an amazing online setup, very professional & knowledgeable and at the same time she is making it fun for her students! Great find!" August 2015
“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.” February 2015
"Nicole is the best kind of teacher there is --- serious, organized, supportive, and very funny. She understands right away what your needs are --- what concepts you're getting and what you aren't. Taking lessons from Nicole has been enjoyable and has given me the confidence to begin speaking German with the Austrians in my office.Online German with Nicole is also convenient and flexible. You can set a weekly lesson at a time that works for you. If a conflict arises, give her notice and you can always reschedule." September 2014Minneapolis, MN
"When I moved to Germany four months ago, I barely could string a sentence together. Nicole's flexibility allowed us to focus on specific aspects of grammar and day to day communication, so that I rapidly became more comfortable and confident in my new surroundings. Plus, drawing from her own practice techniques, and a wealth of printed resources, I have been able to acquire new vocabulary that I could immediately incorporate into my every day." August 2013
How long are lessons? 1 hour.
How many times a week? Once a week.
How many weeks a year? 45.
How much is tuition? $192 per month
N.B. The tuition of $192/month is per household (up to 3 people using 1-2 email addresses); please contact me for small group pricing. All prices listed are in US Dollar.
Read a price comparison of private German lessons and classes here.
Tuition Payment, Lesson Cancellation, and Scheduling Policies:
All lessons must be pre-paid. You get an invoice in your email and pay it with a credit card; payments must be received by the 1st of the month or there's a $30 late fee.
There are no registration fees.
The first month you pay for two months of tuition: your first month and your last month. I require a 30-day notice if you are going to stop taking lessons, so I request the last month's tuition up-front. When you decide to end your lessons, the last month is already paid, so you just tell me 1 month before you're done and pay no more. Should you fail to give me 30 days' notice, any pre-paid lessons will be forfeited, including the last month of tuition. The reservation month is non-refundable.
Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance or you will forfeit that lesson. If you are 15 minutes or later starting your session, it counts as a no-show and I reserve the right not to hold that lesson.
Emergencies and chronic cancellations (3 or more cancellations in any consecutive, 3-month period) will be handled on a case-by-case basis and decided at my discretion.
If you have your regular lesson on Wednesdays, you must take the lesson the day before Thanksgiving or you will need to take that lesson ahead of time, otherwise you will forfeit the lesson. The same applies to lessons falling on the day before major holidays that change depending on the calendar, like Christmas.
Books are not included in lesson tuition and a set of books (book, workbook, vocabulary book and CDs) runs around $65 including shipping. One set of books can last anywhere from 6-18 months.
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