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.
Speaks English, German, French
MA German Studies from University of Florida
Teaches students 18 and up
Lesson was great! So excited to continue on!
I absolutely loved it! Sam is an awesome teacher and I look forward in going forward in learning German.
If I could give a 10 star rating, I would award that to Sam. She is an exceptionally outstanding tutor. She took the time to make sure that we were agreed on my goals and preferences for the upcoming sessions. Sam adeptly and promptly put me at ease whenever I was having difficulty with any aspect of the course. As I refined my objectives for the remaining sessions, she seamlessly adapted the sessions accordingly. In the time that I had before my trip to Germany, I feel very confident that I can handle the situations that I most likely will encounter, such as traveling by bus, train or air; dining; getting directions; and understanding native speakers. Here's my final remark: if you are looking for a tutor who will understand and work with you to achieve your goals for learning to understand and speak German, choose Sam!Show More
Such a great first lesson! I can't wait to learn more from Sam!
Sam is a fantastic tutor. She makes it a point to teach the important fundamentals and she continues to use it in future lessons to create that strong foundation. I also like how Sam challenges me to come up with the correct "answer", it forces me to think through my practice a bit.
You can tell that Sam isn't just going through the motions in terms of her teaching, she makes you feel like you're her only student.
Patient and easy for my shy daughter to work with. My daughter is already a Deutsch Language Student but with Sam’s tutoring she has already been able to help my daughter clarify several missing steps in her language learning program while in school in Deutschland. She learned a good bit just from her first lesson and is looking forward to future lessons under her instruction.Show More
Sam is very personable and organized -- great for helping me learn German. She focuses on my goals with the language and sends notes on what we talk about from each lesson for me to review. I'm excited to continue to work with her!
Now I'm in Germany and I'm seeing and using my lessons everywhere! Great job, Sam!!!
On my way to Germany to use what I've learned so far! Decided to keep taking lessons while I'm there so as not to lose momentum. Good job, Sam!
Lessons keep getting better and better! Yay Sam!
Sam did a Fantastic job helping my 9th grader understand German better. She was on time and very friendly and knowledgeable and asked us before the lesson to forward any information that would prepare her to better help him. She is Awesome!!!!
GREAT! First session. Sam is patient but moves at whatever pace is appropriate. Can't wait to continue...I'm on my way!!!
Sam continues to be amazing! She has customized my lesson for things I like to do and talk about, and does a great job finding the appropriate materials to let me work on and practice. It's so much fun!
Wonderful and more then I expected!! My instructor, Sam, made me feel very comfortable and provided the learning experience I need. I can't wait to recommend her to my colleagues. Highly recommend and very much enjoyed my first lesson. Looking forward to y next!! Thank you!!Show More
Is a really good teacher and extremely nice!
Sam is patient and helpful. She makes learning fun.
Really nice and a good teacher.
I truly enjoyed learning German with Sam! She tailored the lessons so well that I was able to speak basic German fluently within a few months. In addition, she was also proactive in communicating her availability in advance and happy to accommodate the student's when possible. I'd be happy to continue my lessons with her in the future. Vielen Dank!Show More
Sam continues to be amazing! She has a very sharp ear for hearing my pronunciation mistakes, and it is helping me to remember more and more. The audio and written lessons have helped me improve on my understanding of the sentence structures and content. It is still daunting trying to remember and apply the grammatical rules when it comes to me initiating a sentence. I hope it will get easier soon!Show More
Really nice, you learn a lot, and she spends a lot of effort to help you learn German.
My instructor, Sam, helps me feel like I can learn German after all. I’m looking forward to my next lesson.
I have just finished 10 lessons, and I have learned SO much from Sam! It is a bit daunting, and she is so very patient. She explains things so well that it makes it not only easier to learn, but you don't feel badly if you've made a mistake. I am really enjoying working with Sam, and I have signed up for another 10!Show More
Excellent first lesson! I can’t wait to work on my homework. And I can’t wait for my next lesson!
Great as always!!!! Very patient even with a slow learner like me:)
Sam is a fantastic instructor. I have already made tremendous progress in our first two sessions. I highly recommend her.
As I complete lesson #5, I realize how much I have learned. Sam explains everthing really well, and makes me feel comfortable, even though the material can sometimes accumulate and start to feel overwhelming.
I'm having fun and always look forward to our next lesson!
She's great at explaining things in an everyday application so that I can relate well to what I am learning. The progress seems to be going faster than I expected, but it takes homework on my part. Sam is very bright and personable, which makes the lessons more enjoyable.Show More
Just beginning, but she makes me feel comfortable.
Sam is a great and engaging teacher! She has a wonderful personality and great knowledge of German. I would recommend her to anyone who has any interest in the study of the German language!
Very nice first lesson. Sam, presented the lesson in a straight forward, easy going way. I look forward to the next one,
Sam is good at figuring out how much progress I've made, and tailoring the lesson to meet my needs. She gives me good homework in between the lessons.
Great with her speed, content, and delivery. I learned a lot.
Sam is great teacher! She is knowledgeable, engaging, enthusiastic and has a sincere love for all things German! She is definitely an asset to TakeLessons team!
Sam is friendly and knowledgeable, which immediately set me at ease. I was nervous about our first session, as I have never studied German. She made me feel comfortable that I will be able to reach my goals.
Sam is an amazing teacher. Very patient and easy to learn from. Highly recommend!
Sam is great!
Sam is a fantastic teacher. She is super organized, with daily lesson plans and follow up emails. She is incredibly knowledgable about both German language and culture and has a real ease in communicating concepts. She is patient and makes German learning approachable and enjoyable. I have progressed a lot since starting lessons with her. Highly recommend!Show More
I look forward to class every week. She is very patient, makes learning German fun. Don't get me wrong... Sam does challenge me and makes me think which is what I need to learn....She is a true teacher at heart. Thank you Sam for being a great teacher for me.Show More
Sam is the best!! Ive had a couple German teachers with Takelessons and Sam has been just the best!! Her lessons are well planned out and to your goals in learning German, as well as she sends great notes about what was studied after the lesson. Sam herself is extremely patient and makes you feel comfortable with what you're learning from day 1. 100/10 recommend Sam for anyone trying to learn German :)Show More
Sam is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and breaks the lessons down when needed. She reviews with me in areas that I have struggled to help me better understand what I am doing.
Great experience with first lesson, will definitely be taking more classes with Sam!
So helpful, great start!
Great Teacher ! She is very patient and makes learning German fun. Today I am leaning a little about Nikolaustag. I hope all the kids have been good.
The lessons are fun and Sam makes it easy to learn.
Sam is wonderful. I am on my way to learning to speak the German language. She has been very patient with me, answers questions and is really good at explaining the details needed for me to learn the language. Thank you Sam for working with me :)
Sam is literally awesome.
My first lesson with Sam was great. I look forward to the next one :)
Great first lesson.
My nine-year-old son, who is actually signed up for the lessons, enjoyed his lesson thoroughly. Sam was very patient with his pronunciations, and was very ready with positive reinforcement.
Loved my first lesson with Sam! She was easy to talk to right off the bat and she understood my needs quickly. I'm looking forward to working with her!
Sam is a great teacher and makes lessons not only valuable but also entertaining!
as always :)
Sam is great, as a teacher and person! I traveled to Germany and held my own 5 weeks after I started working with her. I look forward to continuing learning German with her.
not only the classes are interesting and engaging, Sam is really accommodating when issues just show up and i need to change the time of the classes in the very last minute. I really appreciate that, and it helps me keep on learning :)
Her approach and materials are just great. She makes you feel as though you can do it rather than feel stupid about how much you've forgotten! Definitely going to continue.
She is super flexible with the schedules (which is a big problem with me, allowing me to change almost on a weekly basis). And also super flexible with contents of the class, making them both interesting and and challenging. :)
Just finished my first lesson, I am not one that easily adapts to another language however, Sam was an amazing instructor I surprised myself being able to read and respond in simple German sentences and this is only the beginning. Sam is very sweet and very helpful.Show More
it is a little hard for me do lessons on wednesday because I have a lot of stuff to do
Personalized learning, addressing my weak points. Great.
interesting and challenging, as always :)
I also might just guess alot
Great as always.
I feel i make fast progress with Sam, since she uses any old piece of stale information from my high school lessons in my mind and works with them to build new knowledge. She doesn't try to start from ground zero so i fit in her teachers book, but adapts the classes to use whatever i can remember. it's great.Show More
Sam is great, the lessons are fun and informative!
it's nice to have a very dynamic teacher who is constantly adapting the contents of the class so we can move forward fast in a very swift manner. Thanks Sam
I had a very good experience. I feel more confident after Sam broke everything down for me in a way I could understand. Learning German doesn't seem so scary now.
Sam will definitely teach you German. She is very fun and nice.
Sam was very interactive and very nice. She makes sure everything is understood and doesn't mind repeating herself.
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First lesson experience was right at my level. This is exactly what I needed from on one lessons and think Sam is perfect for being my teacher. Ich spreche etwas Deutsch. It's hard to start right at your level in a group or wirh someone who is not as flexible. I have homework that is tuned to deficiencies I know I want to work on, and she picked that up. So excited to have found her. She also has great cultural knowledge and is adaptive in her style. This is absolutely teriffic. :)Show More
I will try my very best to remember
She really helps you even if you know only a tiny bit
Sam considers my personal learning style with each lesson, bringing in content and tools which I find more engaging. My understanding of German grammar and vocabulary is already substantially better than it was just 5 weeks ago. I highly recommend lessons with Sam to anyone interested in the German language!Show More
I was really tired before I started
Sam is very good with children and has been really great with my son
thank you Sam
Frau Green was my German Language & Culture instructor for two semesters in a row. Purposefully arranged the other classes in my schedule the second semester so I could take Frau Green's section again. This was a 5 day-a-week class at 9:35am and without Frau Green I'm positive it would've been miserable. She brings a lot of energy to her lessons, is very understanding and attentive of where the class is at, and also brings a lot of personal experience to her lessons. Learning a foreign language from a non-native speaker has a lot of benefits because the language was at one point foreign to them as well so they are much more likely to understand what things are difficult to learn. 10 out of 10 would recommend.Show More
Sam is really flexible with her schedule, which is very nice. She is also very good at making sure that you have all of the basics that you need laid out to make sure that you can learn as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Sam was an absolutely amazing German instructor. I had her for German 1 at the University of Florida. She is very well organized and does an incredible job reviewing material in new ways so that it doesn't feel repetitive but you still get the repetition needed to cement a new language in your mind. Other than her superior skills and qualifications as an instructor, she is truly blast to be around, always positive, welcoming and therefore creates a comfortable atmosphere. She is also very patient, never making anyone in class feel incompetent, and gentling guiding them to proper responses and pronunciation. Highly recommended!Show More
Sam Green was my instructor for Beginning Intensive German 1 & 2. With such a concentrated and rigorous course, Sam made sure we did not feel overwhelmed by the workload and had time to focus on every topic. She even went out of her way to meet with students outside of class to help answer any questions. Sam is relatable and quirky, which makes her extremely approachable. She is very welcoming and really cares about her student’s success. I have been a witness to her constant kindness and dedication as Sam has helped me throughout my undergraduate German courses. She has even given me advice and assistance with my plans for my graduate studies. I have been very fortunate to find a teacher and role model like Sam, and i know all her future students will also consider themselves lucky. German is a very difficult language to learn, but having a teacher like Frau Green made it a bit easier and a lot more fun!Show More
Frau Green was my teacher for Beginning Intensive German during my first semester of college, and she was absolutely fantastic. She always made sure everyone in our class thoroughly understood what we were working on before moving on to another subject. She was always quick to find our mistakes and help us fix them. Her teaching style made difficult subjects seem simple. As someone who was recently a student herself, she relates well to her students, acting as both teacher and friend. I felt well-prepared for my next German class after having her as a teacher.Show More
I took an introduction to German course during my first semester at the University of Florida - having grown up speaking German at home I decided to take this class in order to brush up on my communication skills and learn the "correct" way of speaking. Thanks to Sam I have dramatically improved my written and oral communication in German, as well as vastly improved my confidence with reading the language in literature. She has inspired me personally and professionally, such a wonderful person to call a mentor and friend, thank you Sam!Show More
Before I took German with Frau Green, I knew next to nothing about the German language despite having a heavy background of German ancestry. My goal was to display decent proficiency in the German language to be able to converse with my grandmother.
I had a wonderful learning experience with Frau Green. I certainly achieved my goal and learned more than I thought imaginable in three short months. Frau Green was the main proponent of the quality, in-depth learning I received, as she truly cares about and fosters a love of German in her students. She makes the course material relatable and exciting even though the basic fundamentals of German could feel overwhelming at times. As a non-native spearker, she understood the frustrations of the density of German and was able to teach in a way that put students at ease. I would take her again to continue learning the language. One of my favorite instructors of undergrad, Frau Green is truly fantastic and I would highly recommend her to anyone!
After years of struggling to learn German on my own, I decided to take an actual German course. I wasn’t very confident that I would be able to learn the language or that I would feel comfortable speaking it either. However, once I was in Frau Green’s class for just one week I was already feeling comfortable and learning so much.
As a perfectionist, I always had a ton of questions. No matter what my concerns were, Frau Green would try as best she could to help answer my questions and provide me with further understanding. I became very comfortable speaking German with her and eventually with others as I traveled over to Germany to study abroad. Even then, I would still message Frau Green with questions which she always answered as best she could.
Although I wish that I could take more courses with her, Frau Green helped me create a solid foundation in the German language and continued to be helpful even after my course ended. Her friendly personality and passion for the German language and culture make each of her students feel comfortable and excited to learn the language!
For the last few months I've been writing in-depth lesson plans for the digital curriculum company, Shmoop, on their new German program.
University of Florida
At UF I taught intensive beginners German to a range of students. They went from complete beginners to being at a high enough level to study abroad in only two semesters. Courses were taught both in classroom and online.
University of Florida
Anglia Ruskin University
Fluent / Native Proficiency
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