Linguistics

If you’re a global nomad or have the wanderlust, I’d love to help you learn not only a new language, but also dive into a new culture and way of thinking.

Are you looking for a way to learn or improve your English, German and Norwegian? Why not learn all three languages simultaneously? In many countries around the world, bilingual and/or trilingual home, education and work life are the norm. So why not give it a go?

 

What I offer

  • Online Tutoring - Make consistent progress in language learning and intercultural understanding with a private tutor via Skype or Zoom.
  • Trilingual Readers - These readers are a personal project in bilingual and trilingual acquisition. They are a free resource for English speakers who wish to learn German and/or Norwegian, as well as for non-native English speakers who wish to learn English, German and/or Norwegian simultaneously. The readers consist of stories graded into beginner and intermediate levels. They are culture-specific, so you won’t just learn the language but also about the country and its people.
  • Video Lessons - These video lessons are short documentaries taken from the Internet to help you train your ear to understand real people speaking real English, German or Norwegian. I’ve prepared an audio transcript (the written words of what is spoken in the video) so that you can read and listen at the same time. These lessons are for advanced learners.

 

Languages I focus on

In a world where the majority of English language courses focus on American and British English, I focus on Australian English, Australian slang and Australianisms. I’m keen to share my stories of life in Australia and New Zealand with you, as well as my experiences in Norway and Germany.

  • English: The hybrid language - English is a true fusion of many different languages, dialects and influences, and one that keeps growing and changing rapidly thanks to the sheer number of people using it. Sometimes it’s feared, other times hated, but pretty much respected as the international language of choice.
  • Deutsch: Die logische Sprache - Some people dismiss German as an unimaginative and brusque language. But it all depends on whether you listen to German through culturally-biased ears or take time to really get to know the language. German’s history in motion will soon sound like music to your ears.
  • Norsk: Riksmål eller landsmål - Norwegian’s enormous variation from place to place demonstrates how isolation and trade have developed it over the years. From Bokmål’s humble Danish roots, to Nynorsk’s patchwork of dialects, Norwegian will open many doors of opportunity in Scandinavia.

 

Intercultural understanding - a meeting of mind and spirit

A major part of learning a language involves immersing yourself in a new culture and understanding its unique personality, communication style and subtle customs. Local knowledge and specialised know-how can help you talk to and get along with people of other cultures, as well as seamlessly fit into their community and avoid common pitfalls.

Think, act and speak like a local. Develop an openness, understanding, tolerance and curiosity for different ways of thinking, working and living. I would like to help you, so that on your next holiday, at your next business meeting, or in your new home, you’ll be prepared for every facet of jumping in and successfully engaging in your target culture. Ensure that your time in Australia, Germany or Norway is an unforgettable one – for all the right reasons.

 

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