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James M.

Degree: Music (with C2 German module) (Bachelors) - Manchester University

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About me

Hi! I'm a friendly student with a real passion for my subjects and for transmitting my understanding of them to others of all ages. Please read on to learn a bit about me.

My academics:

I have been learning German for 6 years now and, through formal teaching and visits to Germany and Austria, have attained good fluency. I achieved an A* at A2 and in my first year at the University of Manchester completed a module in German at C2 level of the Common European Framework (defined as 'Mastery or Proficiency'), passing with a First. I believe my first-hand experience of the process of learning German as a second language is beneficial to my tutees as I have an excellent understanding of how to help students at any stage of the learning process to progress.

My experience:

As you will see from my profile, I have plenty of experience of tutoring on MyTutorWeb and my tutorials have consistently been given excellent reviews by students and parents. I also have experience of paid in-person tutoring of A-level German, and voluntary tutoring in 'clinics' at my secondary school, in which I helped students from Years 7 - 13 with schoolwork. Over the recent exam period I tutored students at a wide range of abilities and levels, from almost complete beginner to A-level, so I am able to tailor my tuition to different abilities and levels in order to achieve the fastest possible improvement.

I think you may be the right tutor for me or my child. What do I do now?

Great, I look forward to hearing from you! Simply send me a message using the 'Send James a message' box on the right, letting me know what subject, qualification and exam board you or your child are studying for along with any other relevant details. I will get back to you ASAP (within 24 hours in all but exceptional circumstances) and we can arrange a free 'Meet the Tutor' session so that you can meet me and we can discuss what you need help with.

Subjects offered

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German A Level £20 /hr
German GCSE £18 /hr
German GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

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GermanA-LevelA*
GeographyA-LevelA*
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Ratings and reviews

5from 45 customer reviews

Thomas (Student) December 3 2016

Excellent as usual

Georgia (Student) November 9 2016

Very thorough tutorial

Georgia (Student) October 13 2016

Very accurate

Thomas (Student) October 8 2016

Excellent, well planned
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Questions James has answered

How can I improve my German vocabulary?

First of all, don't worry if you're feeling overwhelmed by the amount of German vocabulary you need to know – sometimes it can feel like quite a lot, especially if you haven't been learning the language all that long. The key is regular, focused practice. Keep a notepad with you in German less...

First of all, don't worry if you're feeling overwhelmed by the amount of German vocabulary you need to know – sometimes it can feel like quite a lot, especially if you haven't been learning the language all that long. The key is regular, focused practice. Keep a notepad with you in German lessons/tutoring sessions and note down all the new vocab you learn. Also look at the dictionary in your textbook, and any vocab lists you have been given. Then at a particular time each day, just spend 10 minutes trying to memorise a certain number of useful words – the number can vary on how good you feel your memory is, but start with as few as 5 words and build up from there. Don't stop until you feel confident with the meanings of all the words and how you could use them. Then, 5 days or a week later, recap those words and, if you have forgotten any, memorise them again. This should help put them into your longer-term memory. If you are organised about this, you should get a pattern whereby each day you quickly recap a small set of words you learnt 5 - 7 days ago, and learn a small set of new words. For a very small time investment of 10 minutes a day, you will be surprised at how your vocabulary improves over time, especially if you also sit down every now and again for a longer session to recap all the words you have learnt over the past few weeks.

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What is the imperative and when should I use it?

The imperative form, known as the Befehlsform in German, is used to modify the verb when you are giving a command (including polite commands!). Sentences using the imperative are often followed by an exclamation mark to reinforce their meaning. Forming the imperative is simple. There are rule...

The imperative form, known as the Befehlsform in German, is used to modify the verb when you are giving a command (including polite commands!). Sentences using the imperative are often followed by an exclamation mark to reinforce their meaning.

Forming the imperative is simple. There are rules for duihr, and Sie conjugations of the verb. When using the du conjuncation, simply take the -st  ending away, remove any umlauts, and you have the imperative form. For example, 'Go home!' could be translated as 'Geh nach Hause!' or 'Fahr nach Hause!' (note the removal of the umlaut from du fährst).

The ihr and Sie conjungations are even simpler. For ihr, you simply remove the ihr and use the verb on its own – for example, 'Fahrt nach Hause'. For Sie, simply conjuncate the verb as normal, but ensure that it comes first in the sentence – for example, 'Gehen Sie nach Hause!'. Here the exclamation mark helps to convey meaning, showing that the sentence is a command rather than a question.

Irregular verbs can be exceptions to these rules: in particular, the verb Sein uses different rules, which you must simply learn. The du form is sei, the ihr form is seid, and the Sie form is Seien Sie. For example, 'Sei ruhig!', 'Seid ruhig!' and 'Seien Sie (bitte) ruhig!'

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8 months ago

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