1. Have you always aspired to becoming a German teacher?
Basically, yes. There was a short moment in my life, where I wanted to live and work in West Africa. But while I was living there for 4 month, I decided to become a teacher.
2. Where do you see the importance of the German language in general?
German is spoken in over 10 countries in the world by over 90 million. Germany’s economy has been growing: it is an innovative country and “creates” cool places like Berlin where everybody wants to go. German is a “must learn language”.
3. What would you say are the biggest challenges for German learners?
You mean besides grammar? The sense of humor, expressions and getting used to the German formality.
4. What is more challenging to you, teaching advanced or beginner German classes?
Teaching advanced is more challenging because of the need to keep the learners motivated and going. Students can become easily frustrated in higher levels because their learning progress is slower.
5. Are there specific areas or topics that German learners are very interested in?
Most of our beginner students want to be able to speak and have everyday conversation. In general, students are interested in German literature, philosophy, art and music.
6. Do you have a favorite German word or expression?
Verflixt und zugenäht!
7. You have been teaching German at Deutsches Haus for a couple of years now. What do our German students like most about Deutsches Haus and what makes it a unique and special learning environment?
People love the location of Deutsches Haus. The Mews are unique and special in New York. It is a treat for their busy minds to come downtown to visit us. Deutsches Haus is a small "Häuschen" with excellent instructors from Germany and Switzerland who make learning an interactive, creative and fun process.
8. Do you have another place in New York that connects you to Germany?
A lot of my friends are German. My daughter goes to a German pre-school. And if I am longing for good pretzels or cake, I go to “Landbrot” Bakery.
9. What do you find most exciting about New York?
Its blue sky, atmosphere, people’s mentality and the open minded.
10. Tell us your personal highlight of the week?
My daughter…singing a song about spring :-)