Meet the newest member of our team: Andreas

Meet Andreas!
Andreas is the newest member of our team and will be taking over Laura’s A2.2 class starting in June. In addition to that, he will be working in the office and would be happy to help you out with any questions concerning enrollment or organization. We asked him a couple of questions to get to know him a little bit better.

How did you become a German teacher?

I’ve always been interested in literature and languages. During my studies, I started working as a German teacher at a language school in Berlin. Although I hadn’t had any previous teaching experience I liked it straight away. A lot of my friends back then were new to Berlin and couldn’t speak any German. I was always thrilled to help them out with the language and explain oddities about German culture.

Do you have any tips for learning German?

There is the stereotype that German is an unnecessarily difficult language which is partly true I guess. But the most important thing is just to go with the flow and not to be too intimidated by complex German sentences. Start talking, make mistakes, move on, and start again.
A good way to start is to immerse yourself and do your favorite things in German, like going to a bar and trying to speak one or two sentences with the locals or booking a guided museum tour in German. Art is a playful way of learning a language, it’s colorful and exciting. That way, your brain is more engaged and will more likely remember new words.

How did you hear about Transmitter?
A colleague of mine from another school suggested I start working with Transmitter and I’m super happy with my job here. The team is very nice and besides teaching, I’m also responsible for the admin: taking care of course registrations and being in touch with prospective students. I’m learning a lot of new skills which is challenging!

Which class will be your first?
In June, I will start teaching the A2.2 class which I’m very excited about. I always enjoy teaching A2 because you can see the progress made by the students every day and besides that, students are highly motivated and curious about how to express things in German.

Do you speak any other languages?
I speak English and French. Other than that, I studied some Spanish and Turkish. I hope to one day be able to speak one of them fluently 🙂