Learning German and cycling
I love cycling. Cycling is my passion. My favorite place to cycle is Switzerland.
When I am cycling I feel the flow. What is flow?
Flow is being enthusiastic (die Begeisterung). Cycling in the mountains is exciting, when I think about the speed (die Geschwindigkeit) and the power (die Kraft) I think about the flow experience (Flow Erlebnis).
Flow for me is the state of enjoyment (das Vergnügen). I don't have to do anything, I do it because I love it. Flow is the state of being a champion (die Meisterschaft). Flow is working without effort, forgetting about time and goals. It is effortlessness (die Mühelosigkeit).
I wish you the same experience with learning German.
Does speaking German make you nervous?
In the beginning my students of German are always a bit tensed (angespannt) and nervous about our online conversation lesson. Some of my students feel so nervous that they can here their heart pounding (pochen).
My first task is to relax the student and make him comfortable. The aim of the first German lesson is to relax (Sich entspannen). After a few minutes it will be more and more relaxing (immer lockerer).
Once the student is relaxed and comfortable we can reach our goals, it is vital to be relaxed during our conversation lessons. It is natural that in some cases we might feel a bit nervous when we have to speak German.
The anxiety (die Angst) can be natural. It is one of our most frequently experienced feelings. A bit anxiety can be positive, it can release some positive energy. Dealing with stress and anxiety is part of our personal development (die Entwicklung). Let's face it: The anxiety and fear is part of our human nature (Angst beherrscht uns Menschen).
Topics for discussion for our German lessons via Skype:
1. Does speaking German make you nervous? Why?
2. What do you do to get rid of the stress?
3. Would you agree that fear and anxiety controls our lives?
Who are my students of German?
I really love my job. I am so lucky that I am able to meet so many people from different backgrounds. Most of my students are on the advanced (fortgeschritten) level.
They are very busy people who have no time for traveling to language school or attend one to one lessons. For example, Katia and Tim run a small business in Berlin. They have 4 children and both work in their small family run enterprise (das Unternehmen).
Katie helps in the business and is very busy with the household chores (die Hausarbeit). In her business she is in charge of accounting (die Buchhaltung). Tim is also very busy the whole day (den ganzen Tag auf den Beinen).
It is clear they they both have too many things to do. They have kids, business, a lot of stress and things must be done (die Dinge müssen ja getan werden). Every time they look at their schedule they feel hopeless (ratlos).
Simply no time to learn German, no time to improve their vocabulary. Luckily, they found the solution with the Skype lessons. Once they kids are asleep and it is quiet at home, without the need to travel to a language school they can have conversation lessons wit me and this way improve their German.
I am a teacher of German. I teach conversational German via Skype.