I’m a native German speaker, but I was born speaking Russian. I moved to Germany when I was 2 years old and I lived there for twenty years. So, I personally experienced what it means to learn that language.
Further through my school career, I studied English as well as Spanish, while still continuing my Russian education at home. This experience gave me a great understanding of what works and doesn’t work when learning a new language.
In particular, my specialty lies in pronunciation and being able to identify and adjust to the slightest tonal shifts. This stems from my extensive professional work in Germany for the theater focusing on language with different age groups. In this setting, I spent countless hours in an informal setting as an English tutor.
Now, I am teaching English speakers German from the ground up. Starting with the alphabet and pronouncing individual letters such as “u” and “ü”, “ch” and “r” the German way. As well as diving into the complex rules of German grammar; such as building simple sentences and slowly graduating to complex structures.
I found that the trick to learning any language is repetition. Repetition in as many settings as possible as well as involving as many senses as possible, such as hearing, speaking, writing and even mimicking.
Author: Ana R.
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