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About Kathleen B.

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Menlo Park, CA
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German is a spoken language, so being able to speak it well is important. I work on building vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. For students who are planning to travel in German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) we can also work on survival: basic words & phrases for travelers, and listening/understanding when spoken to.

About Kathleen
I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing. I love children, but I do not work with girls or boys younger than 14.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST C
redential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

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I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Karin N.

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Miami, FL

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I grew up in the German part of Switzerland. I was exposed to the language throughout my schooling years. In my professional life as a doctor's assistant and later CEO assistant I needed to communicate daily in the German language. I studied business for 3 years. Over the last 3 years I have taught numerous people German. Some only need a little guidance, others keep on coming back to master more fluent conversation.

I'm flexible with my time and willing to adapt to my students' needs.

About Karin
Guten Tag,
My name is Karin. I was born and raised in Switzerland. However, Miami is my home now. I love the unique melting pot of Miami. No wonder so many German speaking tourists, investors and patrons are visiting here.

Over more than ten years I have taught numerous people the German language. Some of them only need a little guidance to have a more pleasant traveling experience to Germany. Others keep on coming back to master fluent conversation and writing skills. I'm passionate about tutoring. My goal is to provide an atmosphere that will facilitate an ongoing level of improvement in my students' speaking, writing proficiency. You'll see this by the way I teach. I am flexible with my time and adapt easily to my students' needs. As a first step I get familiar with your expectations. Secondly I recommend an approach that fits you
. Thirdly I want you to have fun and learn in an interactive way.

Bis bald!

PS: Cancellations must be notified at least 24 hours in advance; otherwise, students will be charged in full. Group rates vary.
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Leslie October 30, 2018
· German · Online
Karin is a delightful and knowledgeable teacher. I’m really enjoying the lessons and am making progress in only a few weeks. She provides helpful resources and is very accessible.
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Stefan M. August 29, 2018
· German · Online
Stefan enjoyed his first class
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Hein S. May 22, 2018
· German · Online
Karin is unbelievably good at carrying personal conversations about what is important to yourself. Enabling me to talk about my live and goals in German was not easy, but forced what I learned in school 35 years ago back to a basic conversation level in a mere 10 lessons.
Ready to hit the road.
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Karin N.

Karin N.

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About Juergen W.

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Native speaker of German

About Juergen
I was born in 1976 in Dayton/Ohio. In 1979, when I was 2 we moved to Germany where I lived until 2013 year when I moved to Ohio, then to Colorado and now I live in Tucson, AZ.
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Juergen W.

Juergen W.

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About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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40 years of German language knowledge, having lived and worked in both Cologne and Berlin. I'm a certified teacher with a minor in German, having taught at all levels internationally.

About Henry
Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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TARUN CHAWLA September 20, 2018
· Writing · In home
Mr Henry helped in improving my son's writing skills. He is a wonderful teacher. My son was struggling with writing. He used to be shy of writing and now he seems to be more confident in writing. Mr. Henry not only taught him different types of writing but also improved his vocabulary skills. I highly recommend him for learning/improving writing skills.
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Shaun June 19, 2018
· German · Online
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Jacek March 16, 2018
· English · In home
I am very satisfied and happy
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Henry M.

Henry M.

San Jose, CA 95113
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About Susan G.

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Granite Bay, CA
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Whether you are learning German for leisure or business, we have a customized lesson plan for you. Learn immersion style, while practicing German phrases and idiomatic expressions. Grammar made easy tbrough frequent repetitions.

About Susan
Learning while having fun is guaranteed. I enjoy working with students of all ages and from all countries. Eacvh of you is special and deserves a special curriculum and lesson plan. Talk with you soon. I look forward to meeting you.
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Lys August 29, 2018
· German · In home
I have been taking German lessons from Susan Gibbs for 4 yrs ,she is a great teacher I have learn a great deal from her ,she is very good at her work.I can now speak German fairly well.
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Deborah August 29, 2018
· French · In home
Susan is a wonderful French teacher both for adults and kids. We have had her as an in-home teacher for both over the past few years during the school year. She is very patient with the kids and keeps it fun for them, and also is a great conversationalist with the adults. I can’t recommend her enough. She is also versatile enough to teach German as well.
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Susan G.

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About Sam G.

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Asheville, NC
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I love all things German and my aim is to encourage my students to feel the same. I've been teaching German for 3 years. My students go from knowing no German to being able to hold conversations to eventually completing their grad studies in a German speaking country!

Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to introduce yourself and before you know it be a German whizz. I try to base my lessons around modern German pop culture typically using current events as inspiration. My lessons feature video links, audio, worksheets, textbooks, and more.

About Sam
Guten Tag,

I'm Sam! I was born in England but have been living and teaching in the USA since 2014 where I studied for my MA in German Studies at the University of Florida. This year I became a USA permanent resident and am working my way to becoming a citizen.

I started learning German in school at 11 so, as well as teaching German I also know what it is like to learn it. I firmly believe this background aids my teaching.

After school I went on to study German as my major at undergrad level, studying in Düsseldorf plus living and working in Berlin multiple times. Ich liebe (I love) all things Deutsch, would also love to pass that on to you.

German can be a tough language to learn but that is what makes it extra rewarding. I consider myself to be an approachable teacher who will always strive to make you feel comfortable in
our lessons steer them to cover things that interest you personally.

I'm currently located in Asheville, North Carolina, so if you're a local feel free to contact me regarding in-person lessons.

*** Before signing up for lessons with me I encourage you to check my availability calendar/contact me to make sure I have a time slot that will work for you. I have a large number of students currently and very limited space in the evenings.

Danke!
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Marith Z. November 6, 2018
· German · Online
Really nice, you learn a lot, and she spends a lot of effort to help you learn German.
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Marith Z. November 6, 2018
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Gianni October 30, 2018
· German · Online
Great lesson!
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About Sean O.

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Plano, TX

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I am a native German with a certification in teaching German as a foreign language.
I teach all levels, from beginner to advanced, including adult education for students who want to study, work, and live in Germany. I can help with business, technical, and medical German, or just survival German for vacation and short trips.

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About Sean
Dear Students and Parents,

Born and raised in Germany, I graduated from college in 1995 with a degree in special ed and nursing. I came to Texas in 1997 and studied Biology at UTD. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in health care, and I also obtained my teaching certification in composite science (teaching chemistry, biology and physics) and in German.
Currently I am teaching high school science classes (biology, physics, anatomy&physiology) , as well as German 1, 2, 3, and 4 (including pre-AP and AP German) at a local school.
I have been teaching , translating and interpreting German for several years.

I graduated with my Master's degree in science education in 2015, and I am writing curriculum since 2013. Currently I am enrolled for my PhD in biology.

I am offering German lessons for every level, beginner
to advanced, including conversation, test preparation, and reading German literature. Since every student has different interests and needs, I customize the lessons and reading materials to fit the individual student. My specialties are medical and technical German, and business German.

I am tutoring all science subjects from K through 12, and some subjects on a college level as well. Sciences can be hard to understand sometimes, and I am generally able to break down the concepts to make them easier to comprehend, often with the help of manipulatives and hands-on material, such as molecular kits, microscopes, lab experiments, or games.
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Sean O.

Sean O.

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About Gwendolyn K.

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Oakland, CA

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I tutor beginning German, teaching the tricks I learned from the stellar teachers at the Middlebury College Language School, a seven-week, full-immersion program I attended two summers before moving to Germany for ten years. I know the most important techniques that can build a strong foundation for German fluency.

About Gwendolyn
I'm an opera singer with seven years of stage experience in Germany and the US, including top houses like the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, and, since moving to the Bay Area, I have worked with Opera San Jose and Lamplighter's Theater. I have a MA in singing from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin, and I have taught others to sing since 2014.

I am also a 200 Hour Certified Yogalign teacher. Yogalign teaches the body how to come into natural, functional, comfortable alignment and strengthens it to stay there. I use it while teaching voice, but I also love to teach it on its own.

In voice lessons, I constantly incorporate alignment practices because we use our whole bodies to produce sound. A free breath, which means good alignment, is the foundation of good voice technique.

I believe
that singing is a movement practice like any other. When we move our legs and feet properly, we move through the water, and we call that swimming. When we use our breath and our resonance properly while our vocal chords vibrate, we call that singing. It is all a matter of coordination, one we either naturally understood in childhood, or one we must be taught. It is my joy to guide people to this knowledge of their voices.

With public speakers, my goal is to help people feel at home in their bodies and command the room with their voices while giving presentations. I have given seminars teaching scientific researchers in Berlin and Potsdam, helping them to present results in ways that are both informative and inspiring.

I am fluent in German, having spent two intensive summers at the prestigious Middlebury College Language School, getting top training in the ins and outs of German grammar. That preparation, the tricks and tools I learned there, paved the way for the fluency I acquired while living in Germany for ten years. I am happy to help beginners learn the tools I learned to help get them on their way auf Deutsch.

Students in each area can expect to progress steadily week to week, provided they do the assigned exercises in between. The voice, the body, and language skills are all muscles we must train daily to expect any progress.

I look forward to working with creative students who have a passion for self-discovery and honest self-expression. Let's have fun!
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Gwendolyn K.

Oakland, CA 94610
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$75 / 45-min

About Kemery D.

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Provo, UT
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I teach with the goal of getting you to the paragraph level as soon as possible. I don't teach anything without explaining it first, so you won't be confused, but you will be challenged! We work at your pace and learn whatever interests you!

About Kemery
I've been learning German since I was 14, and I know the struggle is real! Without extended time in a German-speaking country, it can be really hard to learn all of the little rules that make German so difficult. But I've been there before and I know what works and what doesn't, so I can help you with whatever you're struggling with!
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Kemery D.

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About Shakib M.

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lived in germany 25 years, finished school and studied there as well.

focusing in practical german in my lessons with the goal to make a german speaker for your travel, job or permanent stay there.

not only the language but also culture, etiquette and lifestyle in Germany and western Europe will be part of my class.

About Shakib
lived in Germany 25 years, studied there as well.

lessons tailored specially for people that plan to go and live there for a while, have an assignment or simply want to study abroad.

Not only the language but also culture and etiquette in Germany will be part of this class.
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Shakib M.

Shakib M.

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