Conversation group in Stuttgart

 

During the Corona crisis no groups in public locations can take place. 

However, I am offering the following online groups/coachings:

  • 5 week virtual conversation group, B-level, Monday evenings from 19 to 20 Uhr, max 4 participants, start: April 6, 13 Euro/catch-up (65 Euro total)
  • 5 week virtual conversation group, B-level, Friday afternoon from 16 to 17 Uhr,  max 4 participants, start: April 10, 13 Euro/catch-up  (65 Euro total)
  • 1 to 1 virtual conversation, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday afternoon or evening, 30 minutes,15 Euro/catch-up

The following groups and costs are NOT RELEVANT until further notice!

 

You are  living in Stuttgart and want to improve your German skills while meeting new people? Then join my  German Conversation Groups! We will talk about topics that are hot right now in Stuttgart and even go out to use our German on the streets, to test our skills on “real Germans” and to see what’s going on in town.

Please note: We will not talk about grammar in the Conversation Group. It will be all about you losing your fear to speak in German and to finally become comfortable saying what’s on your mind without thinking too much about grammar rules. It is important for me to create a safe and fun atmosphere where everybody feels welcome and comfortable to use their German.

I want to keep the groups small so there is a minimum number of participants of 4 and a maximum number of 6 people (please note that the session time might be reduced to one hour if only 3 or less people show up for a catch up).

The catch ups will take place in a café or restaurant in downtown Stuttgart – or alternatively somewhere outside.

German Conversation Groups

B level groups

The focus of my B level groups is on making you speak. Talking about how your week was is for example one of the recurring tasks. The goal is that you are confident when having a conversation with native speakers.

Tuesday Group 1

Time: 10:00 Uhr – 11:30 Uhr
Dates: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7
Location: various locations in the city center

Tuesday Group 2

Time: 13:00 Uhr – 14:30 Uhr
Dates: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7
Location: Karl‘s Kitchen Breuninger
This group is perfect for moms and dads with small children. Karl‘s Kitchen has a play area and there is enough space to bring the pram or stroller!

Wednesday Group 1

Time: 17:30 Uhr – 19:00 Uhr
Dates: April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8
Location: various locations in the city center

Wednesday Group 2

Time: 19:015 Uhr – 20:45 Uhr
Dates: April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8
Location: various locations in the city center

C level group

In the C level group we will focus on discussing certain topics. We will for example read an article about the political situation in Germany and talk about it.

Monday Group

Time: 20:15 Uhr – 21:45 Uhr
Dates: April 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6
Location: cafe in the city center

Costs

I am conscious and aware that not everyone might be available for every session. That’s why I am offering two different rates. You can decide personally which price model suits you best.

All-in rate

When you book all 10 catch up sessions the price per session is reduced to only 15 Euro. That means the total price for the all-in rate is 150 Euro.

5+ rate

When you know from the beginning that there are some dates you can’t join the group you can choose the 5+ rate. For the 5+ rate the individual session costs 18 Euro. This requires you to book a minimum number of 5 sessions in one group. Thus the total price of the flexible rate starts from 90 Euro (for 5 sessions). When you choose the flexible rate you are requested to advise which dates you would like to join the group at the time of booking.

Please note that this rate does not allow you to visit 5 sessions in different groups nor that you can pay when you visit one session.

What’s included in the rates?

The rates include the  1.5 hour sessions (if 3 or less people show up it will be a 1 hour session) and all materials.

Individual Conversation Groups

If you would like to train your spoken German in a one-to-one session or in a small group of friends I can arrange an Individual Conversation Group for you. Please contact me via the form below and we can look for dates and times that suit you and I can provide you with an individual offer.

Who is running the groups?

Some words about myself: When you read my blog here on Living in Stuttgart for a while you might know a bit about me already. I am a  blogger and journalist from Stuttgart and have lived abroad during my studies for quite some time in Prague, Sydney, Glamorgan and Brussels. It was always important to me to speak the language of the country where I was staying at so next to English and French I also studied Czech for a while.

What I’ve found out during my time abroad: Official language courses are important to learn the basic rules of a language. But when it comes to speaking, the official setting never worked for me. An example: I’ve studied English in highschool for eight years but was not able to have a proper conversation with a native speaker when I left school. But when I was studying in Sydney and later in Glamorgan I made local friends and hung out with them. And that’s when I became more and more comfortable with speaking English.

Based on my own experience I am convinced that you only learn to speak a foreign language when you feel comfortable and amongst friends. And that’s the kind of atmosphere I want to create in my German Conversation Groups.

I am no language teacher but a journalist by profession. Thus I am not the one who explains you the grammar rules but the one who gets you talking 🙂

What former participants say

This is exactly the German conversation course I have been looking for! I took this conversation course and simply loved the relaxed concept of gaining self confidence in talking German with no focus on grammar. Mel is very friendly and made me feel comfortable from day one. We also had some fun interaction games with local Germans! I recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their level in German conversation.
Claire, Malta

I liked the friendly and supportive atmosphere and learning more about the local area.
Heather, Scotland

While working full time, I was looking for a group to practice speaking German, without the stress of the formal classroom. Mel’s group fit my needs perfectly, meeting once a week, in a small group setting. By being out and about in the city at a different location each week, the group was also a nice way to explore my new city with the expertise of a local leading the way. I feel more confident attempting to speak German as a result of participating in this group.
Julie, USA

The group really helped me with my German. First the way Melanie help us when we got stuck with a word, she is already helping you to say it or even reading our minds. 🙂 Also I felt comfortable with the level of the language of my class members. I felt in. According to.
Adriana, Mexico

Sign up for the next German Conversation Group now!

If you are interested in joining on of the  German Conversation Groups, please fill out the contact form below. You will receive further information about the terms and conditions as well as the methods of payment. If you choose the flexible rate, don’t forget to include the dates you would like to join the group in your message.

Your place in the German Conversation Group is booked as soon as I receive your payment.

If you are interested in joining a group but are not available on the dates published above please contact me via the form as well. I will save your contact details and get back to you as soon as I start new groups.

Please note: Sometimes emails that I write from my mel@living-in-stuttgart.com account go into the spam folder. So if you write to me an email or contact me via the form below, please make sure to check your spam folder or even better, include my email address in your list of accepted addresses. Otherwise you might wait for my answer while it is actually already sitting in your mail account.


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