Meet the language teaching team

A language school is brought to life by its teachers. At speakeasy Berlin it's certainly the language teaching team who are responsible for delivering lessons by the speakeasy method – meaning practical, interactive, learning, focused on the individual needs of the students. And we like to think the language teaching team all embody the speakeasy spirit, just like the rest of the team at speakeasy – this means being warm, open-minded and fun.

The language teaching team creates the exciting interactive learning environment that we believe gets the best results. It's their jobs to make sure all students get the most they can from their classes – and have a good time doing so!

Our teachers themselves come from different backgrounds and have extensive experience teaching adults from around the world. Most of the language teaching team have taught at speakeasy for a long time, so they really are vital to what makes the school just what it is.

The teachers introduce themselves

Teacher Team - David

David

Hi there. I am an open-minded, positive person and I enjoy teaching new things to people from all over the world. I really like grammar, but also stories and learning about people’s background, and always bring fun and motivation to my classroom. I am really interested in Latin America and have travelled there many times. I lived in Brazil for 7 years, where I also taught German. My best advice for language learning is: "use, use, use," and "step by step."

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Teacher Team - Ralph

Ralph

Hi there, I've been a DAF teacher for over 15 years with professional experience abroad in Mexico and New York. Teaching DAF is for me much more of a privilege than a job and I still really enjoy it. My passions are travelling, languages, architecture, films and photography.

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Teacher Team - Claudia

Claudia

My name is Claudia. What do I love about teaching? That the world meets in my classroom! I succeed in creating a positive and motivating atmosphere which even makes my students enjoy German grammar a little bit. Iโ€™m looking forward to meeting you!

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Teacher Team - Michael

Michael

I used to be a translator, but have now been teaching German both in Germany and abroad since 2015. I enjoy helping other people learn another language and develop a new personality in that language. In addition to teaching German, I'm also involved in psychology, music, and literature.

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Teacher Team - Nicola

Nicola

It has always been crucially important in my life to work and deal with German language. After my studies of German Literature, Art and Media Science, I worked as a Dramaturg for several years in different theatres around Germany, such as Berlin and Saarbrรผcken. At speakeasy, I use my communication skills and enthusiasm for language to prepare you for the big stage we call โ€˜Berlinโ€™. I look forward to getting to know you!

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Teacher Team - Annika

Annika

Hi! My name is Annika. After studying German language and literature at uni and spending some time teaching abroad, I now live in Berlin. Since 2015, I have taught German in the speakeasy classrooms as well as at several companies. If you fancy not only learning about the present and past tense but also about cook books, German beer and discovering Berlin, just come down to speakeasy! I look forward to meeting you all!

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Teacher Team - Ulrike

Ulrike

Hello! My name is Ulrike! I studied German Linguistics. The priorities in my classes are that (1) every one feels welcome, (2) you learn how to actually speak German and (3) you learn how to use german grammar correctly. An open-minded atmosphere, a lot of group/partner activities and detailed explanations are the base of my teaching style.

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Teacher Team - Andreas

Andreas

I studied German literature, politics and philosophy in Munich and Berlin. Since 2004 it has been my great pleasure to teach German as a foreign language. After working in India for 12 years, I returned to Berlin in April 2019. I really enjoy rediscovering this great city after all this time, even though I really do miss the delicious food and warm climate in India. Most of all, I enjoy teaching German as a foreign language to interesting people from all over the world.

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Teacher Team - Lisa

Lisa

Hi, my name is Lisa und I am teaching German as a foreign language since 2010. In the last years I lived in China, Vietnam and Poland; since 3 years Berlin is my new home. I enjoy learning languages as much as I love teaching them. In summer 2020 I joined Speakeasy. Looking forward to seeing you in class!

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Teacher Team - Jan

Jan

Hi! My name is Jan and I am a true Berliner. I studied Italian studies and Intercultural German Studies / German as a foreign language in Berlin and Göttingen and since April 2020 I have been teaching at speakeasy. I look forward to having many interesting interactions with you and sharing a lot of motivating learning experiences.

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Teacher Team - Rebecca

Rebecca

Hello German-learners! I‘m Rebecca! Everyone is warmly welcomed on my courses just as I was welcomed at speakeasy Berlin in January 2020. I studied Spanish and German (literature / linguistics) in the historical city of Tübingen and have travelled as a teacher, translator and pedagogical assistant in bilingual schools in Stuttgart, Dénia, Málaga (Spain) and San Estanislao (Paraguay). I love immersing myself in the world of books and have worked in publishing houses (product management) and volunteered writing scripts, leading performances, acting and coaching both adults and young people. Speaking German with body and voice: those who change themselves change others! ;)

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Teacher Team - Uli

Uli

Hello, I am Uli and have taught German as a Foreign Language since 2002. Since the middle of 2009 I have worked at speakeasy and mostly teach private lessons and conversation courses. I like to spend my free time with music and literature.

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