EducationBA International Relations and International Organization at University of Groningen, the Netherlands
ExperienceMy name is Suenne,
I offer private language lessons in German (native) and tutoring for Portuguese and Dutch (up to intermediate level). Knowing 7 Germanic and Romance languages (German, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French, Latin), I have a strong understanding of grammar and the skills required to learn languages. I am very enthusiastic about learning and teaching languages and hope to share my passion for languages with you.
I have successful prior tutoring experience and adjust my teaching methods according to the students' needs and strengths (speaking, grammar, writing, listening and reading). I think it is important that we find out how you learn best and how to make learning a language fun for you. I have several approaches to share with you.
More about my competences in each language:
GERMAN: I am a German native speaker. I was raised and attended German high school in Germany. Having studied Latin for 5 years, I have a strong understanding of the grammar of Germanic and Romance Languages.
ENGLISH: I studied English for 9 years in school and recently graduated from a BA in International Relations entirely taught in English. Further I have studied abroad and volunteered for international student organizations.
PORTUGUESE: I have had a one-year study abroad experience with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in 2007/2008. I lived with 3 Brazilian families, went to local high school, made Brazilian friends and integrated successfully into society. I self taught myself Portuguese on a conversational level within 2 months and became fluent within a year. I learned to communicate according to Brazilian language norms and culture.
SPANISH: I minored in Spanish as part of my BA in International Relations completing B2 level Spanish courses according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Studying Spanish I could rely on my strong understanding of grammar, that I have acquired studying Latin for 5 years in high school, as well as my knowledge of Portuguese.
DUTCH: I learned Dutch living in the Netherlands for 3 years attending the University of Groningen. I completed a B1 level Dutch course according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and have improved to level B2 in the three years of my stay. I speak and write Dutch at upper intermediate level (B2 CEFR). I have tutored Dutch on a beginner level to intermediate level.
I am available for lessons via Skype or IN PERSON in Downtown Seattle/Pioneer Square Area/Bell Town/South Lake Union/Fremont/Ballard/Southwest Green Lake/North East Magnolia. There is a 2 hour minimum per session in the evenings. 1 hour minimum per session in the mornings. I charge $40 per hour.
I am excited to share my passion for languages with you.
See you soon, bis bald, até logo, hasta luego, tot straks.
HobbiesI am excited about learning languages and doing outdoor sport activities, especially tennis, biking, hiking and skiing. I am interested in traveling and cultural exchange. That's why I lived, studied and worked in Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands, Turkey and the USA and have been involved with international student organizations.
Client Reviews (6)
I travel to and lecture in Germany two or three times each year, and decided to learn German so that I could start presenting the talks in German and to also get around easier. My wife thought it would be fun to also learn German, so we contacted Sünne and set up weekly 2-hour tutoring sessions. We chose her because she had received extremely positive reviews. She has turned out to be even more wonderful than the reviews indicated. She exudes warmth and is fun to talk with (in German of course, appropriate for our level), and at the same time is able to seamlessly teach vocabulary and the fine points of German grammar throughout. Think of the ideal teacher: someone who is passionate about the subject, has a great sense of humor, is positive, caring, and reinforcing, and is also able to guide and correct you in a way that still leaves you feeling positive about yourself and what you are learning. That is Sünne. It has been especially fun doing this as a couple. You could not find a better language tutor.
I have been studying German with Sünne for a year and a half, starting June 2015. She is absolutely amazing. She is whip smart, and having learned several languages herself she understands the process thoroughly and is very helpful to others struggling to learn as she did. She can teach not only the fundamentals of grammar, but also the everyday expressions and the ins and outs of understanding German culture. She has really helped me to make my German fluid. And yes, she is a delightful, humorous, kind person. I could not recommend her more highly.
I started getting private lessons from Suenne for German in December 2015 till July of 2016. Before I saw Suenne, I was struggling to build sentences. I tried using mobile applications and podcasts, but they weren’t really helping articulate what I wanted to say and I was constantly being misunderstood. Since working with her, my knowledge of German has vastly improved and I have been more effective with navigating the language. Suenne has proved to be a pleasure to work with and well worth the investment. She constantly found time to be cater to my busy lifestyle and was able to easily breakdown the language in a way that I understand. I would happily recommend anyone that has a desire to learn German to Suenne.
Suenne is simply great!! That are a lot of things I really like about her: - Flexibility: she is always willing to work with someone with a busy work schedule - Teaching style: her approach is very practical; she focuses on real life examples, which makes learning and retaining information much easier - Positive energy: she always comes to my office with a vibrant attitude; she encourages me to go an extra mile by pointing me out to websites, videos, movies and other forms of interaction with German language I strongly recommend Suenne to anyone who is looking for a non-classroom environment, a truly individualized & personalized approach to learn German! Carly
Suenne is AWESOME! Her way of teaching how to learn a language is great. She knows how to observe you and know how you will learn a language the best. Her knowledge of language and culture is helpful with learning a new language also. She is very good at communicating and flexible with where and when to meet. She is also very nice and became one of my good friends. I know she will always be there for me when I have a Dutch question! I highly recommend her and I will be taking more lessons from her later I'm sure.
Sünne is hands down the best language instructor I've ever had! I feel like I learned a thousand expressions, grammar rules, colloquialisms, and colloquial pronunciations every lesson. She catered to my learning style: I told her that I'm terrible with worksheets and textbooks and that I learn best from writing and speaking so that's what we did and it worked out really well. I think what really made the lessons especially valuable is that Sünne could explain translations and grammar. She knows both English and German well and she remembers all of those grammar rules from school. She also has a great sense of humor so our lessons were always filled with lots of laughs which made the learning process even more enjoyable.
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