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German Instruction2022-08-09T21:44:09+00:00

When I came to Canada, I had the language skills after a two-year certification as a foreign language correspondent. However, I did not dare to talk to people. During the full-time programme, the goal had been perfection, but we never practiced interactively with people outside of the classroom. I was so afraid everyone would think I was stupid because I could not express myself to others with the subtleties of my mother tongue. In the end, I started practicing with our puppy, who was non-judgmental and willing to listen.

When I looked for opportunities to use my education in Canada, I had a chance to teach German in one of the local Community Centres. Later, I also started teaching government employees for a private company. I loved teaching. However, I was frustrated about my inability to set my hours and fees. Plus, I spent more time on the road in traffic than teaching. I often had to leave the house in the early morning hours to make it through the traffic in time to the classroom.

I started working with private clients, which was a lot of fun because I could individualize the learning material according to their needs and interests. I was more flexible and could pick when and where I worked. Unfortunately, I only had a small number of clients and spent a lot of time looking for new clients locally. Plus, situations changed due to travel, illness or family events, and I lost a client without much notice for a prolonged time. I still had to travel to the classes, hauling all my materials with me.

I finally realized that I could reach more people virtually. I have all my materials at hand. Plus, I save so much time. No more traffic jams and frantic searches for parking spots! No more worries about the weather! These advantages also benefit the clients who can learn from everywhere in the world.

I want to help you learn German playfully and practically to feel confident when you communicate with German speakers, whether in your circle of family and friends or during your vacation. The person across from you doesn’t care if you use the correct word or grammar but how you connect. I invite you to my Learn German Through Art programme to start speaking German now. The purpose of learning a language is to communicate.

As an immigrant, I know acquiring the language skills for communication is as crucial as knowing a country’s traditions and culture. It is my pleasure to share my knowledge with you to enable you to enjoy German art in its original language, whether you love reading books, watching movies, or listening to music.

Learning a new language opens so many doors. You will be able to talk to native speakers without a translator and enjoy the culture of a country in the original language.


I offer private, semi-private, and small group classes for various levels. Until further notice all courses are virtual.




I invite you to check out my Facebook page and join the community in my private Connect Through German group

I also send out a weekly tips email every Wednesday. Until I have the landing page set up, you can leave a comment at here to be added to the email list. You can also send an email to


To register for any of the events, please click on the event title or in case of different registration options on the applicable option to be directly transferred to the registrations page. All times are stated in Eastern Time. All fees are stated in Canadian dollars. As soon as you have registered, I will send you the link to the event. The registration deadline is at 10 pm two days before an event. You will find more information for each event on the registration page.



Summer Conversation Classes

July 24, August 6 an 20, 2022, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Zoom

Who wants to keep practicing German in a conversation class this summer? We will meet virtually once a week for an hour.

To speak German, you need to practice. Join me for bi-weekly conversation classes during the summer. We will practice everyday conversations in a supportive environment to get you confident in everyday small talk.

Level: Basic German

You can already ask and answer questions at casual and formal meetings to start the conversation with German-speakers (introduce yourself and others).

Here is what you can expect:

  • Dialogue-based interactive workshop to encourage everyday conversations (workbook included)
  • Art project related to the topic for visualization and memorization (You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy this activity.)
  • Interactive learning through role play in breakout rooms

Register here  for August 20, 2022.


The Art of German Small Talk

starting August 22, 2022 for five weeks
Contact me directly at for more information to participate in the pilot. There will be no registration link on my website.

I look for participants in a pilot for my five-week online programme, The Art of German Small Talk.
This online programme will help you learn German playfully and practically to feel confident when you communicate with German speakers, whether in your circle of family and friends or during your vacation.  At the end of the course, you will be able to introduce yourself, ask questions to get to know a person you meet and answer those questions.





New Beginners Courses, Zoom

Learn German Through Art – A Creative Language Course Focusing on Everyday Conversations

If you want to learn German in a relaxed and fun way to connect with German speakers without a translator, I invite you to my upcoming fall courses. Start to be part of the conversation and not an outsider. Contact me at if you have any questions or want to register for a private or semi-private course, and I will gladly meet with you for a 30-minute Zoom call.

If you do not feel comfortable entering your address when you register, please replace it with 1270 Kinsella Drive, Cumberland, ON, K4C 1A9.

Mondays, September 19, 2022  – December 19, 2022, 7 PM – 8 PM (no classes on October 10 and 31, 2022):

Register here.

Tuesdays, September 20 – December 13, 2022, 12 PM – 1 PM (no classes on November 1, 2022):

Register here.

Tuesdays, September 20 – December 13, 2022, 5 PM – 6 PM (no classes on November 1, 2022):

Register here.

Thursdays, September 22 – December 15, 2022, 1 PM – 2 PM (no classes on November 3, 2022):

Register here.


Learn Basic German for everyday use in a fun and interactive way.

At the end of this course,

  • you can introduce yourself and others, ask for basic information about a person, including a description of their appearance
  • you know the basics of telephone conversations, family relationships, directions, buildings in your neighbourhood
  • you can talk about likes and dislikes, order and pay when eating out
  • go shopping
  • get around while sightseeing


What you can expect:

  • Art projects related to the vocabulary of each class to help you visualize and memorize the new material
  • Interactive learning through role play
  • Language teaching material will be provided as a PDF file
  • Membership to a private Facebook group with bonus materials and pronunciation exercises and language games
  • Videos library to practice pronunciation


I invite you to join my private Facebook group Connect through German (for German learners of every level):

This group is for German learners who want to have fun interacting and learning new skills. We are here to support each other and learn from one another.

This group is for you if you want to:

– build relationships

– share learning tips and resources

– ask questions

– find support and accountability


Please send me an email to for further information if this resonates with you.




Reviews from clients:


When I was 18 or so, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe for a few months, at a time when it was fashionable to do so. During my stay overseas, I visited Germany and immediately developed an attraction for its culture and language. Sadly, upon my return to Canada, life took over and I did not have the opportunity to actually learn the language, until a few years ago,
It is then that I started taking German classes with Kerstin. Kerstin has been my language teacher for the last few years. The original plan was that I would join a German class group she had organized through the City of Ottawa. Sadly, not enough people signed in.
We quickly agreed to hold individual classes, and we have worked together since then. Kerstin was able to positively share her language and culture with me. Kerstin came regularly home once a week for classes. Her teaching plans were always prepared and she was constantly able to provide positive comments, not only on vocabulary, and grammar, but also on many cultural aspects of her home country.
Kerstin is imaginative and she has included conversation classes with other students where we would meet over coffee to discuss a pre-shared discussion topic.  Kerstin is also flexible in her approach. While I was away on long-term vacation or as nowadays, during the current COVID-19 crisis, we were, and still are holding our classes and conversation meetings through the Internet.
 I highly recommend Kerstin to anyone who wants to learn German in an effective and  flexible manner. Good luck in your studies.
Hugues C.





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