German in Chicago
With around a million people who speak German in the USA and, according to the 2011 Census, more than 150 thousand of them living in Chicago, it is clear that the German speaking community has a strong presence in the city. So, learning German will not only look great in your CV, but it will also give you the chance to increase your social circle and take advantage of future trips to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium or any other German-speaking country you decide to visit. Just call or send us a message at Language Trainers and we can start designing a German course tailored to your needs and abilities.
Why Study German in Chicago
For Work and Travel: Learning German in this city can help you advance in your career. There are an estimated 200+ German companies in the Chicago metropolitan area including Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Fresenius, and Lufthansa (whose headquarters were established here in 2013) who are always hiring bilingual speakers for positions such as flight attendant, tax consultant or profile coach. If you are looking to connect with companies of German origin, you should consider contacting the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest), founded in 1963 and headquartered on Dallas Street. This institution has the objective of promoting and assisting with the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the Midwest region. Or, if you are more interested in traveling to German-speaking countries, there are 7 daily nonstop departures from Chicago to Germany and Austria, to cities such as Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna. In a little over 15 hours, you will be in these wonderful European cities, ordering food and speaking to locals with the German pronunciation you acquired with Language Trainers.
For Culture: Those who want to get to know the German and Austrian culture can find many instances to do so in Chicago. For example, the annual Oktoberfest has been celebrated every September in the city since 2005, with all the greatness of the original Bavarian beer festival. You can go and taste craft beer tasting and participate in the “Kinderfest” featuring games and other activities carried out both in English and in German. If you are into Austrian art, you can visit the Dankhaus Museum on North Western Avenue, established in 2016. It usually has exhibitions featuring art and artifacts (with descriptions written in German) from within Chicago’s Austrian-American community. Also, the Chicago Architecture Foundation usually offers German language walking tours, with self-guided audio tours in German. Why not take some lessons with us to make sure you fully enjoy these experiences?
For Social and Food: Chicago is also a great place to meet and mingle with fellow German speakers near you. For example, you can join the Chicago German Language MeetUp Group to practice speaking and share German culture with its more than 2000 members. It’s intended for all speaking levels, so don’t be shy! Those who are more interested in sharing delicious German food with friends can do so by visiting some of the German restaurants in town. For example, the Berghoff Restaurant on W Adams St, Chicago, has been serving German-style cuisine since 1898. Open for lunch and dinner, this place has a wide variety of appetizers, salads and sandwiches that are sure to satisfy everyone. Another restaurant you cannot miss is the Glunz Tavern on N Wells, where you can try Schnitzel and Bratwurst. Their menus are in German with explanations in English, but we are sure you are not going to need them after taking your language course!
Where to Learn German in and around Chicago
Our German lessons at Language Trainers are structured so you are in total control of the time and location Our native instructors can go to your home or office or you can meet a public place if you prefer, such as the Harold Washington Library Center on S State St, Toni Patisserie & Café on E Washington St or Meli Café on S Dearborn St.
Or if you live outside the city center in one of Chicago’s surrounding areas, our tutors are available for German lessons in areas such as Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Peoria, Elgin and Naperville.
What are you waiting for? Let’s go, lass uns gehen! Test your current German level with our free Level Test so we can give you the best language package that suits your abilities and needs.
On average, bilingual pay differentials range between 5 and 20% per hour more than the position's base rate.
70% of job recruiters view bilingualism as an extremely impressive quality in job candidates.
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1-on-1 General German Course in Chicago
Our general one-on-one courses in Chicago will help students improve their German level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our German classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
1-on-1 Business German Course in Chicago
Our German courses in Chicago are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone German and email skills, as well as a level of survival German, granting them the ability to work in a country where German is the native tongue.
2-to-1 and Small Group
German Courses in Chicago (closed group)
Our German courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One German Course or In-Company Small Group German Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster German Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.
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Some of our Language Teachers in Chicago
An English-French bilingual born and raised in France, Linda has extensive experience teaching the two languages to learners of all ages and skill levels, in both France and the United States. She holds a Master's in English, as well as a French teaching certification. She has special experience preparing students for language examinations.
Anna is a native speaker of both Polish and German, and has over seven years of experience teaching both languages. She currently holds a Master's degree in German Literature and History. She is also a regular participant in conferences related to German language and culture.
Our clients from Chicago include:
ALPINE Bau GmbH
Westpac Banking Corporation
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”The lessons have been wonderful. I think the teacher is great, and I would be willing to recommend him to others if needed.”German course in Chicago
”The lessons are going well, and for the first time last Tuesday in all my language courses, I felt like I was making progress”German course in Tampa