From GermanyLiving in Dusseldorf, Germany (02:27 UTC+01:00)
italki teacher since Jan 4, 2017
For me, languages are an art, not a science. Since my childhood, I've always been surrounded by at least two languages. Now I'm learning my eighth.
Looking at both kids and adults, I figured out that they essentially face the same challenge, the only difference being that the child learns completely unconsciously. So I wanted to know: How do you get adults to imitate the unconscious learning strategies of a child? Yes, it works. It works amazingly!
Me as a Teacher
My aim is to help you unfold your language learning potential to the fullest. I believe that the more you enjoy learning, the faster and easier you become better at it.
I want to know from you:
What does it take for you to become a successful German speaker?
With me as your teacher you will learn German the most natural way. Just as you did when you learned your mother-tongue or how to ride a bicycle. It all comes down to learning how to do things that you are naturally capable of.
My lessons & teaching style
I would like you to try out something new.
Let's leave vocabs and grammar rules aside. Just like riding a bicycle, speaking a language is more about feeling than knowing it. I will show you how to acquire the German language by getting comfortable with it, by playing with it, and by making mistakes in it.
You choose the material - songs, books, movies, jokes, riddles, poems, magazine articles... Anything that you are passionate about, that you enjoy listening to, reading or talking about.
All you need to know is already inside of you. Remember that, as a child, you have done it already. Time to do it again!
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2 German lessons
Very entertaining. Also my first time to meet someone who really cares about my needs and don't abide by a predefined agenda. Also the tips and hacks he gave me for acquiring the target language and assimilating its content are invaluable.
Jul 21, 2018
7 German lessons
Jan is an exceptional teacher! Not only does he have a unique method of teaching German (or any language for that matter); he is also incredibly knowledgeable in various topics. This makes conversations with him very enjoyable and enlightening. I totally look forward to each lesson and I must admit, I feel almost sad when the lesson is over. It actually feels more like play than work and yet I realize I’m learning. I highly recommend Jan as a teacher. If you’re planning on taking German lessons, definitely give Jan a try.
May 8, 2017
18 German lessons
With Jan's "brain friendly" methodology for learning languages I was able to remember all of the words that we discussed and I practiced last week. We have chosen movie and tv show quotes to concentrate on in the last two classes, which is a topic of interest to me - another key to enjoyable and effective learning. Thank you, Jan! See you next week.
Jan 26, 2017
5 German lessons
I really love Jan's lessons. He has tonnes of knowledge about the origins of words which I find really interesting. It also helps a lot with remembering new words and making better guesses at the meaning of new words. I also liked his energy levels and the lesson pace. Thanks Jan
Jan 24, 2024
1 German lesson
Erster Unterricht war super! Jan hat mich wirklich beeindruckt! Sehr interessantes Gespräch, danke!
Oct 6, 2021
1 German lesson
War ein sehr erfolgreiches erstes Gespräch mit Jan - ein echter Sprachkünstler!