Course in Berlin

You are in Berlin?
You want to learn German in a real life language course but you don’t have much money and you want to keep it flexible?

I offer what I call “advanced tutoring” or One-Way-Tandem


I don’t have a room so in winter we meet in cafés and in summer we meet in cafés too because it is raining. In the rare event that it is not raining we go to a park to sit there.


We usually meet once a week… or once every 2 weeks. Or twice a week. It is really flexible. One meeting is about 2 hours long.. or shorter or longer. The time and day are flexible and can be changed on short term notice (also by me :) )


We meet and as soon as the basics are clear (the basics being “using verbs in present and past”) we just talk. Then, we will see what problem and roadblocks we get to. I used to follow a more text-booky approach but it didn’t work for my students and I didn’t enjoy myself too much so I decided to just go with the flow.

So… if you want someone you can talk to who can also answer all the tricky grammar questions, I can help you. I don’t take that many students because I simply don’t have that much time but if you’re interested send me and e-mail to:



Deutsch für Dich – German course

Deutsch für Dich is a really really really really really really great project. Really. I’ve heard about it only recently but I decided to post a link right away because it deserves support.
It is a team of enthusiasts offering German classes for different levels on weekday evenings in a Bar in Neukölln… I think they do sell beer there too, but I am not sure. There is no contract so you can just pop in, see if you like it and then decide.  And the best thing is… it is on pay-what-you-want-basis.
Woah awesome now I can learn German for free while drinking beer… if you thought that, well… that is not really the idea.
The concept is pay-what-you-want mainly to give people whole REALLY can’t afford any classes to learn German anyway. And if everyone just gives a little, no one will have to give even close to the amount a regular school costs. So please please people… if you go there and you enjoy yourself… be fair and leave them a tip!!!! Organizing stuff like that is hard work.
I am stressing this point because there has been a “pay-what-you-can-afford” brunch buffet in a place called Café Morgenrot at some point and eventually they had introduce a minimum pay because people were just thinking “Oh awesome, it’s free.”
So anyway… if you’re in Berlin and you want to make some friends, learn German in a nice atmosphere and all that without being in a school… check out Deutsch für dich.
Here is the link to their Facebook-page and to their FAQ:

Deutsch für Dich on Facebook

Deutsch für Dich – FAQ

43 responses to “Course in Berlin

  1. I am from London , I want to learn the Deutch

  2. Does anyone know if the surname Islieb means “is love” in German?

  3. Hi there,

    Try if you’re looking to learn (absolutely anything) or you’d like to teach and earn money whilst doing it. I’ve signed up there and it seems pretty cool.

    Good luck!

  4. Hi, my dear,
    I really really want to learn German from you, but i am in hamburg, what can I do?

    • But you are learning from me :)… seriously though, you’re not missing THAT much. If you can find a good tandem partner or a couple of friends to talk to you’ll have what I could offer… but you’ll have it for free :)

      • do you offer Skype sessions? maybe that would work for Lee…he could be in Hamburg and you and your computer could still sit in a cafe in Berlin, LOL.

  5. Hello,
    Where can i post any questions about german?

  6. Hi, first of all, let me say this…best website ever to learn German.. everything is so accurate and you make it so easy. But I have a question. I still don’t know when I should use “zu” and when I should use “an”. They both means “to”, so is there any way how I can differentiate between these two..

    Thanks a lot.

    • Hey Haleem, thanks for your nice feedback :).
      The rough rule for “an” vs. “zu” in a local sense is that “zu” is used when you actually go to a place (person, personified locations like Mc Donalds), while “an” is used for “transmissions” of things to persons… like writing letters, sending emails, having a question. Of course, there are many exceptions… you can drive “ans Meer” and you throw a ball “zu” someone… I’m afraid there is a lot of learning involved. But if you say “Ich werfe den Ball an dich.” people will understand so don’t worry too much, and pick it up over time.

  7. Thanks a lot. It was very useful. I know now that I have an idea and I can start from that. It’s easier if I know the basics first and the exceptions like you said, i can catch them later. Thanks again for such a quick reply. Happy New Year!!!

    Take care!

  8. Hi. Can you recommend a good book that incorporates word/meaning, grammar as well as how to make sentences in German?

  9. Hi there, I will be in Berlin in April 2014. Its very interesting what you offer, but seriously its for free? I mean only give a little amount of money like 3-5 euro/meeting?

    Since English is also my second language, I really have to work harder than the other. :) I’ll let you know as soon as I arrived. Danke

    • Hey Sanny,

      so there are two courses listed here and I have nothing to do with the second one. I just have them on the page because I want to support the concept :). But yes, I think 3 -5 could be okay because it is actually about the rate you would get in a language school intensive course too.
      The tutoring I myself am offering is a little more expansive and ranges from 8 to 15 depending on what you can afford.
      Save travels :)

  10. samuel eric mulwa

    hi,am sam from Kenya and i really like german.Currently i learn german here and i would like to learn it in germany because my tutor is not that efficient he skips lots of infomation and sometimes leaves me hanging.i am really inspired to learn this languge,mostly i am on your page trying to get some information,kindly look foward to me .Yours faithfully Samuel Eric Mulwa

    • That’s nice that you like German :). Words are what’s most important. Don’t worry about der/die/das or the Dative /accusative too much. If you can learn lots of words, you’ll definitely be able to speak and read one day. Ich wünsche dir viel Erfolg und viel Spaß beim Lernen (und beim Lesen hier) :)

  11. Hello ! I’m french and I’m also trying to learn german. I’ve been trying to use Anki. Have you heard of it ? Its a software that let you create or download flashcards. Basically, you have a 1000 words vocabulary list and the software ask your their meaning. Depending of the difficulty, it asks you again in 1 day or 4 day or 1 weeek and so on. Do you think it’s a good idea to begin with vocabulary learning ? Or should mix vocabulary learning and sentence structure learning ?

    Also, if you have some children books to recommend, it’ll be great!

    Thank you again for all your work.


    • Hey Adrian, so my very condensed advice would be to indeed learn vocabulary. The more the better and if you can train yourself into liking brute force learning then I can almost guarantee you that you make progress fast. Gorge down as many words as you can :). 1500 if you can.
      And start reading books that are designed for students… Daf-Lernkrimi for example. You can find it for any level, even A1.
      I wouldn’t recommend childrens books though. Just because it’s for children doesn’t mean that it’s simple language. Children learn stuff in a different order, kind of. But that’s just my opinion so maybe someone else has some suggestions.
      Bon courage :)

  12. Hi, what do you think is the most effective way to improve vocabulary, I’ve founds lots of things to improve grammar, but now that I have, a pretty basic, hold on it I figured I would be better learning vocabulary and reading books or that kind of thing.


    • brute force list learning…. no order, no context, no examples. Just repetition and a lot of it. Work at 100 words at once and mix in new ones as you go along. And then start reading to reascertain and collect more. I can learn about 1000 in 3 months with about 30 minutes a day (train-ride, toilet, pauses)… all the rest (context, examples, pictures) is a waste of time for me. I’m sure this isn’t for everyone but for me it is THE BEST :)

      • Mit Listen lerne ich auch am schnellsten. Ich finde es aber manchmal schwierig, sicher zu sein, dass ich das richtige Wort habe. Ich stelle das Wort in Leo ein und es gibt mir viele Optionen, die ich nicht kenne. Bist du auch ein Fan von Frequency Dictionaries?

        • Leo (und viele andere) sind nur gut, wenn du dich in der Sprache schon auskennst. Gerade Leo ist nicht so cool, da da der erste Treffer nicht immer auch der gängigste ist.
          Ein kleines Handwörterbuch is’ defnitiv besser weil es eben NICHT alle Varianten hat, sondern nur die wichtigste. ist auch ganz gut, da das nach Kontext geordnet ist und Beispiele hat.
          Was sind denn Frequency Dictionaries? Ich meine, ich kann es mir denken, aber ich habe das noch nie gehört.

  13. achso, ich habe es grad gefunden, danke schön :) Ich scheint, besser als Leo zu sein.

  14. Ich spreche nur ein wenig Deutsch. Dank für diese website. Es ist hilfreich!

  15. I am from Afghanistan I will be in 4 months in Germany klön I want to learn Germany you can help me I wait for you

  16. I am in Afghanistan now I will be in 4 months in Germany klön I really really want to learn Germany from you

  17. hiiii… thank you so much for this wonderful blog.. this is the best place ever to learn German basics and you explain in a great way.. we all will be always thankfull for you to spend a lot of ur time for teaching and making us understand easily… God bless you bro..

    can i have your email id??

  18. Is there a German dictionary with etymology? For English, there’s OED and Webster, and I’d LOVE one for German. You have no idea of the extent to which my jaw drops when I discover connections between languages I know (i.e. Hindi, English, and French; still learning German :|). And Proto-Indo-European words are like Dickensian twists…

    • Indeed they are… it can be such a huuuuuuuuuge help. I bet it’s really really cool to actually really see the connections between German and Hindi… I mean, I know they’re there but I don’t “feel” them.
      You could try your luck with That’s what I’m using. It’s very scientific looking though with lots of abbrev. etc..
      The German Wiktionary is pretty accurate with the Etymology and it is super succinct too. As for print you could get one from Duden (Etymologisches Wörterbuch) and then the classic from Pfeiffer (Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen). The latter is older but I REALLY love the layout and the script. Very simplistic and eye pleasing.
      Last but not least…. next week I’ll review a book that basi.. oh wait, I’m not gonna tell yet ;)

  19. Love to learn german…ein bissen Deutsche…need much practice…danke…john Andersen

  20. Hi,
    If I need you to write an email in German, would you do that? I wrote that email in English and the recipient reply was go learn german and then you can ask the questions. It is work related opportunity. And really I don’t want to waste a year learning the language to figure out then that the answer is negative.

    • Wait, I’m confused. Who are you asking there that they’d ask you to write in German all the while you still think it’s an opportunity? Is that some sort of information agency or something? Anyway, I could write your mail but it’s not for free.

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