I've studied and spoken German for over 20 years, including a year in Berlin; ten summers of teaching, and leading activities at Concordia Language Villages summer German program.
Over those ten summers, I developed a deep "bag of tricks" for teaching, and practicing various aspects of the German language. Mastering a language is hard work, but it can also be great fun!
As someone who developed a high level of fluency as an adult learner, my particular strength is helping students work toward:
* more consistent and accurate pronunciation
* a systematic understanding and mastery of various aspects of German language structures and patterns (a.k.a. grammar), though that word makes it sound boring).
I'm a patient coach, and I tailor pacing and content to each student's needs, interests, learning styles, and abilities.
Ultimately, German will teach you German, if you can expose yourself to enough of it! As an adult learner, if you can internalize and master the underlying patterns of how German works, then all the real Germans you encounter will reinforce and solidify that knowledge. As opposed to reinforcing the annoying sense, that this language is a mystery!
I'm also a working musician, a songwriter, a guitar or sax player, and give private acoustic guitar finger picking self-accompaniment, songwriting, sax, and improvisation lessons.