In 1897, Mark Twain wrote: „A person who has not studied German can form no idea of what a perplexing language it is. Surely there is not another language that is so slip-shod and systemless, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp.“
Is German difficult?
The German language is definitely a challenge. Especially in a
German course for beginners there’s a lot to discover. …
Mark Twain refers above mainly to two aspects of German:
There are three articles – masculine, feminine and neutral – which are declined in four cases. So when you look over a text, you see lots of “der,” “den,” “ein,” “einen” and so on, and many words look similar, but have different endings, such as “gut,” “gute,” “guten,” “gutes.” This is no reason to panic. I can explain it to you!
The second interesting point is the so-called “Satzklammer,” or sentence bracket. In many sentences the verb – which tells us what the protagonist is doing – is located at the end. Thus, it’s extremely important to read or listen until the end of the sentence, so you know, for example, if someone has bought, sold, seen or stolen a car. But not to worry – with a little practice, you’ll soon get the hang of it!
German in Luxembourg
There are around 100 million people who speak German. They live in Germany, in Austria, in Switzerland … and, of course, also in Luxembourg.
In addition to French and Luxembourgish, German is one of the three official languages in Luxembourg. Expats are often confronted with German in everyday life,
- for example, in administration and in official offices.
- It is also exciting to explore the region on the other side of the border. A visit to the Roman monuments in Trier and a meal at a restaurant in the historic city center are the perfect weekend outing.
- The official language in large companies is, of course, English, but there are many business contacts in Germany, and also many colleagues speak to each other in German, for example in their coffee break.
- Knowing German also helps to understand Luxembourgish.
So there are many reasons to take a German course in Luxembourg!
Das sagen meine Schüler:
Generally speaking, participants are very satisfied with the opportunity of taking German Classes as they are eager to improve their current level and they possibly can use it in their current job. Further they are very pleased with your teaching method, it seems that you apply a practical approach and that you are taking enough time for each individual. Also your patience is very much appreciated by the students. Overall, they are totally pleased with the lessons.BRE Europe
Dans le cadre de la formation Office-Assistentin, Madame Daniela Fischer intervient en tant que chargée du cours de correspondance commerciale allemande depuis 3 ans. Elle dispense sa matière dans des groupes multiculturels de 12 personnes qui ont pour objectif de réintégrer le marché de l’emploi luxembourgeois dans les métiers du secrétariat. Elle sait adapter son enseignement à des niveaux intermédiaire et avancé et veille à l’organisation du travail individuel de chaque participante.JO, ZARABINA ASBL. LUXEMBOURG
"It's been now 2 years that my wife and myself actually came across Daniela path. Beginning with a level 0, we gotta start having a good command of the language and through all the (funny) listening and comprehension a good overview of the german culture and people. It's with pleasure that each week we are waiting for our german class....I would not believe that I would ever say such a thing one day!"Marie and Ludo, Luxembourg
I have been studying with Daniela in the format of 90min-private lessons. Daniela is very committed to her meetings. She always arrives on time and is always well prepared for the lesson. She is patient and encouraging and is continuously looking for new ways to explain and make me understand better. We have been concentrating mostly on speaking and are working a lot on managing a conversation. I enjoy her classes and have already made a significant progress. I can now communicate with my collegues in German, also via telephone.Mimi, Luxembourg
I had weekly lessons with Daniela for over a year in preparation for competitive examinations to become a lawyer-linguist at an EU institution. We worked together to tailor the lessons to help me to reach my goals, namely improving both my reading comprehension and my spoken German. She adapted her teaching to meet my needs, and I enjoyed and looked forward to our lessons. Daniela was always well prepared and punctual. I am very grateful to her and am very happy with the outcome achieved.Sam, Luxembourg