"My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years. It seems manifest, then, that the latter tongue ought to be trimmed down and repaired. If it is to remain as it is, it ought to be gently and reverently set aside among the dead languages, for only the dead have time to learn it." Mark Twain: The Awful German Language, 1880


No? Of course you are! So, let’s start ... Let's read, translate, discuss together all kinds of texts: newspaper and magazine articles, essays, reports, short stories, novels, poetry - whatever you wish.

Reading is like an adventurous trip, even more when you ride through a foreign language. But in a mere year you'll get pretty far, discover new expressions, idioms, patterns etc. and gain a deeper understanding of how the German language "works". As a nice side effect, your speaking and writing skills will improve too! Little by little you'll be able to express your feelings and thoughts, opinions and reasons in a much more satisfying way.

I have been living in Japan for a long time, with many years of experience in teaching German as a foreign language (DaF) to university students. Aside from helping people to become more fluent and confident in German, I'm busy with literary translations.

    What I offer:
  • Private and small group lessons in the city of Zürich (up to 4 people)
  • Intellectually stimulating topics (depending on your needs)
  • Writing assistance (letters, documents, papers etc.)
  • Reasonable fees
    What I do not offer:
  • I-only-have-two-weeks-left-but-I-need-you-to-make-me-pass-the-xyz-test ... sort of crash course
    What you offer:
  • A sense for the wonders of language

For further information please feel free to contact me. Vielen Dank!