Learn German in New York with an Experienced Native Tutor
Online German lessons in New York tailored to your goals and requirements
Hello, my name is Jens Olesen. I founded the German language school Olesen Tuition in 2015. Since then, my company has become one of the leading providers of high quality German lessons. I graduated with first-class honours from RWTH Aachen University, and then went on to do my Masters at the London School of Economics and my PhD at the University of Oxford. Having worked as a German tutor for over 20 years, I have successfully tutored thousands of students who now speak German fluently. In addition, I hired an excellent team of native tutors, many of whom also work at Goethe Institutes in the UK and in Germany. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught many clients based in New York via Skype and Zoom, and as soon as the pandemic is under control, we are also looking to offer in-person lessons in the city.
Whether you don't have any prior knowledge of the German language or you studied German before, my colleagues and I will help you learn German properly. Our German lessons are tailored to your goals and requirements, so whether you want to learn German to chat with friends from German-speaking countries, your partner's family, to negotiate with business clients or to do well in an exam, we adapt our lesson plans and materials to make sure you achieve your goals. Find out more about us, our method, and an estimated timeline here.
Please note that our lessons are subject to a 24-hour cancellation policy. In the event of a cancellation with less than 24 hours notice, the full fee will be charged.
Learn German in New York with an experienced native German tutor
Our German lessons are designed for rapid progress. We aim to strike a balance between speaking practice, listening exercises, grammar training, and writing tasks. The German language is too challenging a language to be taught purely through conversations. That is why we will practice listening, reading, writing and speaking in more or less equal measure.
If you are beginner, we first need to teach you the foundations in German, such as the conjugation of regular and irregular verbs in present and past tense, how to use articles before German nouns, and some basic vocabulary to get you off the ground, as it were. You will learn how to introduce yourself, how to order a meal in a restaurant, how to check into a hotel, how to ask for directions, among many other things. Once your German has reached elementary level, we are going to discuss texts on more sophisticated topics.
From intermediate level onwards, our lessons normally begin with the discussion of a text. We ask our students to summarize a text in their own words. While our students talk about the text, we give them hand signals to indicate grammatical errors on topics such as syntax or the cases which we had discussed before. While this might sound silly at first, it is a very effective strategy to provide feedback on their spoken German since it allows our students to self-correct their mistakes. As a result, our students gain confidence in speaking because they know they can communicate their ideas clearly, without sacrificing grammatical accuracy in the process.
Private German Lessonsand Small-Group German Classes via Zoom or Skype
Whether you're looking for one-on-one German lessons or small-group classes with up to 5 students, we can help you learn German fast. While our one-on-one lessons have the advantage that everything we are going to do is tailored to your individual requirements, our small-group classes will help you gain conversational confidence in using what we learnt in our session. If you're interested in private lessons, just get in touch to arrange your first session. For more information on small-group German courses, just click on the links below. We offer daytime, evening, and weekend German courses for New Yorkers who are keen to learn German with an experienced native speaker.
Why should I learn German online?
One important advantage is that you learn German from the comfort of your home in New York or office without having to leave, thus making it easier to fit lessons into your schedule. The other advantage is that online programs such as Skype and Zoom offer screen share and other features that allow us to literally be on the same page every step of the way.
Our experience with online German lessons with clients in New York
We have been teaching German New York based clients online for more than 15 years. We currently have Zoom, Skype and FaceTime students all across New York City, as well as in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Moscow, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.
What timezone are you on?
We are based in London, so our timezone is GMT. We are available for lessons in New York every day between 6am and 5pm EST.
What payment methods do you accept?
We do accept PayPal, Ping and bank transfer. Of course I'm happy to provide invoices.
Please don't hesitate to message us if you have any questions. Also check our answers to the frequently asked questions by clicking the button below.
We look forward to hearing from you!