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Jude is awesome. She teaches German in a fun, super accessible way that makes a complete newbie like me look forward to our lessons weekly. She is always punctual, responsive, and encouraging. She is a great motivator, which is needed when learning a new language! If you're looking for an excellent German tutor, look no further.Apr 17, 2019Verified
Jude has been a good German tutor. She makes the lessons fun and not intimidating. Just the type of person I would want to learn from.Aug 18, 2017Verified
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.Jul 3, 2017
I've been taking German lessons with Jude for around 6 months now. My German was alright to begin with, but Jude has helped me to develop and solidify my skills in grammar, sentence construction and vocabulary. She is extremely patient and has a wonderful talent for developing personalized teaching methods best suited to each student. Jude is great at listening to what you want and filling in the gaps from what you don't like in creative and innovative ways. I personally hate grammar exercises! So, instead of being tortured for hours drilling grammar, she finds fun ways to weave those skill-sets into regular lessons, which involve what you really enjoy. Best language tutor I've ever worked with!!Apr 13, 2017
I've been working with Jude for only a few weeks now, and this is all the time I've needed to know that I made the right choice. She was quick to evaluate my skill level and plan the next steps for how to go about learning German. As a beginner who was directionless for a couple months, this was very stress relieving. Jude is professional, patient, and very well versed in the language. I highly recommend working with Jude.Jul 9, 2017Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I am happy to discuss tutoring fees during a free initial session. I prefer to discuss translation fees before I quote in a phone or video call so I can get a sense of scope, content, difficulty level,...
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I like to get to know each other and create a plan together that we both feel good about.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am fluent in German, have studied Germanic Languages and Literature on the graduate level and have my secondary certification to teach German. I have tutored children, teens, adults and seniors who were beginners through advanced students. I have translated for clients including Lufthansa, CNN, NBC, and PBS. I have translated short texts and longer texts, including a book - Architecture in the Twentieth Century Vol 2 (Taschen Publishing.)