10. Jude Vachon
- 18 years in business
- 21 hires on Thumbtack
- Serves Park Ridge, IL
"I contacted Jude in April 2017 as I was getting ready for a two-week trip to Germany. I had no prior German language training besides a few lessons on Duolingo. I wanted to have a more personalized learning experience and leverage the short time I had prior to the trip, which was scheduled for May 2017.
The first time I met Jude she was punctual, professional, and explained her teaching approach in enough detail to get an understanding. She also did an assessment of my German language skills and we both established a plan for the next few weeks, with two personalized lessons per week. I must say Jude did a wonderful job by giving me the basics to start a conversation, which increased my level of confidence tremendously.
During my travels in Germany and Austria, I had several opportunities to have basic interactions with local people. I was more aware and alert to what I heard, saw, and experienced during the trip because of Jude's acute sense of practicality when it comes to teaching the German language. Contrary to what some people might say, not everyone I interacted with while in Germany spoke English. In fact, due to the high number of emigrants from other Eastern European countries and elsewhere, you will find that German is the second language of the people who drive taxis, take your food order, serve and prepare your food, sell items at stores, and bag groceries at supermarkets, just to name a few examples. To summarize, having those German lessons with Jude prior to my trip made all the difference for the better.
After the trip, I decided to continue the German lessons with Jude. I enjoy learning something new each time we meet. Jude is a very accomplished professional teacher. Our lessons are very interactive and Jude is extremely flexible when it comes to adapting her lesson plans to my learning pace and goals. Jude is also very focused and detailed-oriented, which complements very well with my more broad learning approach. I appreciate so much when she points out specific details I am missing or taking for granted. I am a busy professional and sometimes I commit to doing more than I can possibly do between lessons. In those cases, Jude is quite flexible and she makes the best use of the lesson time, even creating an entirely new lesson right there from her vast experience and knowledge of the German language.
I am very pleased with my ongoing progress learning German. I understand it is more difficult to learn a foreign language when you are not living the language day in and day out. With Jude, I am able to practice German pronunciation and sentences, while receiving immediate feedback. Jude has native proficiency in the German language. I am able to observe how she pronounces words and sentences as if I was interacting with a native speaker in Germany.
When I set the goal to learn German, I wanted someone reliable, responsible, punctual, knowledgeable, and with first-hand experience living and understanding the language. You might think Jude's lesson fees are relatively higher than others; however, the value Jude delivers is significantly more than I expect each time we have a German language lesson together.
If you are looking for a reliable and professional German language instructor, Jude Vachon is the best value."