New German term: Präsenzunterricht

Before the 2020 pandemic struck, there were neither homeschooling, nor online lessons, and all the learning for school age children was done in Präsenzunterricht (classroom teaching). Hence, there was no need for this term.

Now we need this term to differentiate between online lessons and classroom lessons.

Language does evolve around the change of times.

Ab sofort wieder Präsenzunterricht! (From now on again classroom teaching!)

Well, this could also mean the virtual classroom (in the global world), but not to most Germans. 😉

Russian Language Trainer and Interpreter in Frankfurt

I am a native Russian speaker with an MA from the Russian Language Department of Moscow State Pedagogical University and a PhD from the Institute of Russian Language at Russian Academy of Sciences.
My Russian lessons are specifically designed to meet client requirements.
All levels from beginners to advanced.
No matter what your needs are – learning Russian for private or business reasons, a quick language course for an upcoming trip or in-depth tutoring for a proficiency level – everyone is very welcome.

Dr. Elena Farztdinova, Frankfurt Niederursel

Private Russian and English Lessons – Frankfurt

Posted on behalf of Dr. Elena Farztdinova on 19 Jan 2014:

I am a Russian speaker from Moscow, with a PhD in Russian and a Postgraduate Diploma in English.

More than 20 years teaching experience at universities and language centres in Russia, in the UK, and in Germany.

My lessons are well structured and very goal-oriented, and the learning process is comfortable and enjoyable.

Dr. Elena Farztdinova

Frankfurt Niederursel

0176 47975049

Free Education and Teaching Music in France

The Go Overseas recent post, How to Study in France for Free, written by Allison Lounes, caught my attention. Many  had read my earlier post about Germany the Land of Free Education, and as a matter of fact, it still ranks number one in the statistics. Getting a free university degree, while learning a foreign language and supplementing your income at the same time,  is one of the great advantages of studying in a socialistic country.

Ms. Lounes describes how to study for free at a French university, while also making a living. Some of her pointers are really useful and I would like to add one myself.

I’ve been told the following by an Asian student, whose aunt lives and works as a music teacher in Paris:

In France, being enrolled for a degree in music at university for at least one year qualifies one to becoming a private music teacher. The French also do not require a finished degree to have you give private lessons to their children or adults.

This would be a good way to supplement your income while studying at university. Ms. Lounes had already pointed out teaching English at various schools, but no mention was made of giving lessons in piano, cello, violin, guitar, etc.

Learning Russian

Our 15-year-old daughter decided to learn Russian as of this summer. With teenage interests being so fickle, I waited a little while before hiring a private Russian teacher.

After the fourth inquiry, I took her interest for real. Before buying the book, she got to sample some lessons on regular paper.

Here is what we bought from
Dialog – Neubearbeitung – 2. Fremdsprache: 1. Lernjahr – Arbeitsheft mit Hör-CD: Mit Lernergrammatik (work book with CD) and
Dialog – Neubearbeitung – 2. Fremdsprache: 1. Lernjahr – Schülerbuch (study book)

She is enjoying her lessons, so I can recommend these books.


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