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This course is very well ordered and easy to follow. The teacher has really helped me learn how to pronounce the German sounds. My German has already gotten better and I am am only half way through the first course.

Video course

I started Juliane’s A1 course as a complete beginner. I must admit that my expectations for learning German through a video course were low. German is my third foreign language, so I know how much effort and time it takes to get through the beginners’ stage and reach a relative fluency. In addition, I had doubts about the effectiveness of a video course, because obviously one cannot ask questions in real-time. But I decided to give it a try, mainly because I have to fit my language studies around a very busy work and family schedule and cannot commit to a real class. 

Having completed Juliane’s A1 course, I want to say upfront that doing her course is better than having a real teacher!! I think she has created a totally unique language course. On the one hand, the video format of the course allowed me to watch it at any time of the day (usually 5-7am for me) and to watch any video and listen to the explanations as many times as needed, not just once or twice as in a real class. On the other hand, Juliane has found the way to fully counter the disadvantages of the video format by creating an interactive course, whereby she plays a dialogue or shows a sentence with gaps and then she makes a pause requesting a listener to make up an answer, say it aloud, and then check it versus her version a few seconds later. This means that one has to be an active participant, rather than a passive listener, in every lesson she teaches, like in a one-to-one session.

The fact that one cannot ask questions in real-time is actually an advantage, as I have discovered, because it prevents you from wandering off during the lesson. (When I learned my second foreign language, I took some one-to-one lessons, and I remember this happened very often and resulted in much time-wasting.) Of course, I had questions after watching some of Juliane’s videos, sometimes a lot of questions, so I emailed Juliane all of my questions. And I have to say that her commitment as a teacher is truly exemplary! She replied to every single question very promptly, and every time with a thorough explanation, whether on a difficult grammar point or some vocabulary question. And again, because her answer was in writing, I could read it over and over again, as well as write it down in my notebook. Another big advantage versus a real-time class! 

With regard to the contents of Juliane’s A1 course, it is utterly amazing how much I learned with her in just a few weeks… First of all, I want to mention that after I had completed Juliane’s course, I watched another German video language course for beginners, branded as a “complete course for serious learners.” It was a joke… The author has simply put together a few standard paragraphs, with very patchy and incomplete explanations of the basic grammar and yet with quite an advanced vocabulary. A really surprising part was that the author finished each video by saying “… and now you are fully equipped to order food at a restaurant, hunt for an apartment in Germany” and so on.

Juliane’s approach is completely different. She builds the learner’s understanding gradually, step-by-step by teaching not only an extensive vocabulary, but also the grammar right from the very start, from Lesson 1. Moreover, she returns and reviews each grammar point through interactive exercises and additional explanations in later videos, introducing further subtleties of the language or expanding on her initial explanation. This regular repetition is really important, as it allows to do more exercises, clarify any misunderstanding, and simply practice creating grammatically correct sentences. Juliane makes a very good use of creative diagrams and colourful, catchy images in order to draw on the visual memory. For example, in Part 3/Video 44, there is a great diagram on two-way prepositions, which really helped me to understand and retain this difficult point of the German grammar. It is also very helpful to see all of the sentences on the screen. Even though Juliane speaks very clearly and slowly, taking special care to articulate some difficult words, seeing helps to memorise a new vocabulary much more quickly. 

Another great feature of Juliane’s course is that all of the videos are short and digestible, so there is a sense of accomplishment after each lesson. And because her videos are so interesting, touching on various real-life topics, I was always curious about the next lesson and would often take a quick peek. I really doubt I would be able to motivate myself to get up at 5am to do my studies had this course not been so engaging!

One final point, really essential for me, was Juliane’s cheerful and reassuring attitude. It really helped me not to despair over some difficult points and carry on. I strongly recommend taking detailed notes when doing the course and choosing time when you can concentrate and do interactive exercises. It is NOT possible to watch Juliane’s videos and do something else at the same time. When I started, I watched the first few videos without taking notes but quickly realised that it was a wrong approach, because as mentioned, Juliane reviews each grammar point in subsequent videos, sometimes in several videos, so taking notes helps to keep track of the entire trail of her very detailed explanations.

To sum up, Juliane’s course is for those who are really committed to reaching a good level of proficiency in German and are willing to work hard on her intense course. I am very happy that she plans to continue making A2 and B1 videos. Having done the A1 course, I am fully confident that Juliane’s guidance and commitment to her students will help me reach my objectives. Thanks so much, Juliane! You are a very special teacher, and you have created a very special language course!!

Video course

In preparation for moving to Germany, I had the opportunity to take German lessons from Juliane. She is an an excellent professional teacher in all respects. She is a native speaker and really knows her formal grammar. I’ve worked with her for about 7 months and for about 2-3 hours each week. Her lessons are well prepared and effective plus being creative and FUN. Through songs, games and role play, I suddenly find myself speaking a new language. Each lesson is structured and has a clear focus, yet Juliane is highly flexible to adapt materials I need to fill the gaps in my knowledge. In each lesson I have a chance to practice language skills including conversation, and when I speak, she is incredibly patient (which I really need). She has also pointed me to some great online resources as well as a wonderful German news radio site. So, I would highly recommend Juliane as a German teacher.

Saudi-Arabia / One-on-one classes

The lessons with Juliane were a really enjoyable experience. I have learned German with several tutors and her style is so much different from everything I saw before. The most obvious advantages for me were the tailored materials – which are always based on your needs and specific gap areas, flexibility in the content and timing of the classes, always positive attitude and her optimism regarding the learning process (which I really needed in some instances). The concept of on-line lessons was a very good idea for me, as well, because I don’t have a fixed travel schedule and this allowed me to keep up with the classes in any circumstances. Moreover, apart from my subjective opinion, all my colleagues are really surprised by the progresses I have made with my German since I am taking lessons with her. I would highly recommend her as your German tutor!

Calarasi (Moldova) / One-on-one classes

I would hight recommend Juliane as a German tutor. I have been living in Germany for almost 2 years, my job is very international so I have not learnt German as I thought I would just by living and working here. I made the the decision to do the online skype lessons, I found it perfect to fit in with my busy work hours and the tailored course to fit my needs to learn the language. I would not say that i am a natural at leaning a language but Juliane has showed me and given me the confidence to lean it step by step. I have only had 20 lessons but it has given me a great confidence for small talk and day to day tasks. I am really looking forward to my next 20 lessons and I will not stop until I can talk comfortably to native speakers.

Melbourne (Australia) / One-on-one classes

Juliane puts a lot of effort into creating a quality step by step course with many exercises and examples which help to steadily build the confidence of her students.

Canada / Video course

Excellente enseignante, très dynamique, très bien structurée. Beaucoup de matière dans ce cours avec des sujets très pertinents à la vie de tous les jours en intégrant la grammaire, un sujet très important dans l’apprentissage de l’allemand. Sans cela, ce serait difficile d’avancer. La stucture des leçons est très progressive et le «pacing» est aussi très à propos pour donner le temps de penser aux sujets. Enseignante de haut niveau de compétence. Merci!

Gatineau (Canada) / Video course

In May 2012 I have come across Juliane’s advert on a website for English-speaking expats in Germany and looked no further since. Juliane is all I could wish for in a language teacher and her lessons are something to always look forward to. I love the idea of the ‘one-to-one Skype model’ we are using and the way my lessons are tailored to my needs. Depending on my progress, we slowly and continually increase the difficulty or stop and practice some more in areas where it is still needed. Juliane is professional, patient, extremely nice and knows how to teach German! I feel very lucky to have found Juliane and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a private tutor.  🙂 

Děčín (Czech Republic) / One-on-one classes

I have been very satisfied with these German lessons, and would recommend Juliane to anyone looking for lessons tailored to individual strengths and weaknesses.  I have been impressed by the quality and professionalism of teaching materials that she has provided, including grammar summaries, exercises, audio files and interesting web links.  It is clear that Juliane has adapted the lessons to focus on the weaknesses in my German, and the lessons (in Berlin) have always been friendly, fun and challenging.

Newtownards (UK) / One-on-one classes

Juliane’s lessons are truly excellent. After a year in Germany (in an English-speaking job) and two courses of lessons my German had completely stalled, but Juliane was able to explain the linguistic logic behind all the confusing exceptions and rules that kept tripping me up. She adapted every lesson to our interests and to work on our weaknesses, has given us excellent exercises and materials, and a lot of tea! 

Sussex (UK) / One-on-one classes
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