Testimonials of my German lessons
Harry O., Conductor
Jens is a first-class language teacher: his lessons are interesting, fun and thorough. As an opera conductor he's always been able to cater for my specific needs with the German language. He's always got the balance between being patient and pushing me hard spot on. I couldn't recommend him strongly enough
Natasha A., M.A. student
I had quite an ambitious goal at the start of learning German, which was to get my German good enough to enable me to study at Masters level in Germany less than a year after. I was often told that it was impossible...but then I met Jens. We had a wonderful, albeit challenging ten months working together as he shaped me from a complete beginner to a very proud C1-certificate holder. It is no exaggeration to say that Jens was an excellent teacher.
Angelo L., Lawyer
Jens is a dedicated and engaging tutor who goes above and beyond for his students. In my experience, he's never shied away from answering my multitude of queries; be it nonsensical or sometimes downright stupid. His tireless attitude is refreshing and I would highly recommend him to people who wish to master, rather than merely grasp, the German language.
Tony B., English tutor
I have been taught by Jens over the past six months. Although I spoke little to no German before I met Jens, I have now become a competent writer and speaker of the language. I intend to study a language-based subject in a German university within the coming years and both Jens and I believe this to be an achievable aim, given the distance we have made in the past six months and what this illustrates about my capacity to work under Jens's rigorous and holistic guidance. As a teacher myself, I have been impressed by the way Jens teaches. By attending not only to the normative demands of teaching a language but also to the specific needs, rich idiosyncrasies and irreducible particularity of the student before him (me), Jens has shown me that, instead of indiscriminately applying language like an iron to those one teaches, one should, as he does, facilitate and participate in the development of each student's own relationship with a language in both its most practical and imaginative applications. Thanks!
Anne E., Accountant
I have been studying German with Jens for nearly a year and have found him to be a really good teacher, patient and encouraging, ensuring we concentrate on my weaker areas so I continue to make progress. The main focus of each lesson varies between grammar and reading/discussing texts on a variety of topics which have introduced me to a wide range of new vocabulary. Jens also has a wonderful range of signals to indicate if I go wrong when speaking so I can correct myself. I still have lots to learn but enjoy the lessons and definitely feel much more confident with my German now than when I started
Paddy G., PhD student
Jens' tutorials struck the perfect balance between laying a solid grammatical foundation (much needed in my case)and introducing a range of useful every day topics. His academic background and clearly extensive German-teaching experience put his sessions streets ahead of other teaching I have experienced. He's a nice guy too!
James B., Hospital Manager
Jens has introduced to German through his well organised and interesting teaching. He always discusses topics at the right level and brings a lot of energy to classes. Jens is a fantastic teacher and you can't go wrong with him!
Catherine D., Shop Manager
Jens Olesen's style of teaching is a perfect fit for, I believe, most students. His passion for academic subjects and his warm sense of humour make for productive and enjoyable lessons. Jens' talent is in his ability to analyze very quickly what methods and techniques would be best for his student's learning, which is why he is such a popular and favoured tutor!
Rachael F., Marketing
Jens provides lessons that work around my schedule, and tailors each session to help me write and speak in fun, memorable ways. It's amazing to look back and see how much I have improved. I would happily recommend him to friends.
Tira S., Engineer
I was beyond beginners level German and wanted one-on-one instruction tailored to my specific needs. Jens is very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly, and identifies your strengths and weaknesses, and finds exercises, examples, and assignments to help you achieve more advanced levels of language comprehension. He also identifies your own goals and interests, and assigns homework based on that, making for amore useful and relatable language learning experience.
Patrick K., Web Designer
When I met Jens I had almost no knowledge of the German language, a year later I can speak and understand enough to feel empowered and excited! Expect uber--professional attitude but some humour as well!
Ulrich J., Manager
Our children love Jens as a teacher. He is great fun, thus motivating as well as at the same time productive and keen to guarantee academic progress for each child.
Thomas W., MBA Student
Jens is a hard working and highly skilled tutor. I would enthusiastically recommend him to anyone that wants to learn German. I needed to significantly improve my German to go to business school and only had two months to get ready. I actually ended up overachieving in the exam. Jens quickly developed a personalised curriculum for me and we both worked very hard for weeks to improve my German. Jens was clearly very invested in my progress and put a lot of thought into where exactly I needed to focus my attention. Hi support and encouragement made me look forward to each lesson and I was even excited to see what he thought of the essays I completed between lessons. Thanks, Jens!
Amy T., Teacher
Learning German with Jens was a fantastic experience. He is an outstanding German tutor who really goes above and beyond for his students. His grammar training is so thorough and his approach so motivating that I'm now fluent in the language. Trust me, this is Jens' achievement more than mine.
Alexandra C., Finance
Jens is a brilliant teacher. I've had a great and professional experience so far. I have particularly appreciated his flexibility. My German has improved tremendously, and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to take their German to the next level!