Friday, January 16, 2009

Können Sie Englisch?

Do you know anyone who wants to study English in Hamburg, Germany? Times are as tough there as they are here and my son could use some business.

How does one go about advertising when life is already on a shoestring budget? My husband created a website for him and with the help of Angela translated it into German. Hopefully it may draw some potential students.

I’m sure he’s a really good teacher. I watched him plan several classes while he was home and was quite impressed. He manages to teach vocabulary and grammar while talking about what's happening in the world. He currently teaches for a couple of language schools, but he seldom has more than 20 hours of work a week.

I was tempted to refer a couple of those people we attempted to talk to on Skype to him. It was not easy negotiating for a long-distance birthday surprise.

If you have any other ideas, leave me a comment!

13 Comments:

Blogger tut-tut said...

I wouldn't mind resurrecting my German from eons ago . . .

12:03 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I forget where he is in Germany. I have a friend in Stuttgart, an Irish woman married to a German and she teaches ESL. She may have some ideas.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Tut-tut -- In the US German is a fairly useless language, but it does have an interesting grammar.

Kate -- Let me know if your friend has any suggestions. (Dan is in Hamburg.)

12:48 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

Does he do written translating as well?

2:58 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Squirrel -- No, he's not really fluent in German, so he is only teaching English.

3:10 PM  
Blogger e said...

How did Dan get his ESL job? It sounds like a great opportunity. I'll poke around research-wise and see what I can come up with.There are some interesting resources out there.

The blog is up--no readers other than you yet. It does get better, right?

When I wrote a regular op-ed column back in the Dark Ages, I had readers that would follow me around...

4:27 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

E -- Your Blog is wonderful! I'm so glad you are writing as well as reading now.

As far as getting readers, I suggest you start with my link list and find some people you would like to invite to your Blog by leaving a comment on theirs. I love my readers!

Thanks for any helpful ideas you come up with for my son. He has done an admirable job of getting work in a foreign country, but work everywhere is scarce these days.

4:38 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

unable to help with this barbara...

its difficult to watch young people dealing with these hard times

5:38 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

He could just put an ad either into the Hamburger Abendblatt or into the "quarter papers" (even in English). There are so many school children who need Nachhilfe, he`ll be amazed, and for their children parents are willing to pay! But he should perhaps try to learn enough German to get around (discuss the fees). Viel Glück!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I wish I had some help to offer. I'll keep thinking and let you know if I come up with anything.

9:25 AM  
Blogger red dirt mule said...

I wish I could help. With so many similarities in our languages, I would think a German would pick up our language fairly easily.

Has he had a chance to check out private bi-lingual schools? I know when we lived in Guatemala, all the private schools taught in both languages: Spanish and English ... so he would not have to teach just in Language Schools ...

just an idea.

Also, thank you for the meme you passed along to Pauline. It was the best meme I have participated in doing. Very real. Very honest.

Good luck to your son.

xxx
rdm

1:50 PM  
Blogger e said...

Check your e-mail from me!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Everyone -- Thanks for all your good ideas. I will pass along your collective suggestions if and when I am asked for help!

But for now, my hope is someone in Hamburg doing a Google search for English instruction may land on this post and click on my son's websites!

4:25 PM  

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