Germany is the most important trading partner of the Netherlands. If you can communicate more effectively in German with your German speaking business partners, you will build up a better relationship with them. You will be more interesting to employers who are active in German speaking countries. Petra’s Taaltrainingen helps you with a Goethe-Institut DaF tailor-made German course!

Then why choose for a Goethe-Institut DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) course at Petra’s Taaltrainingen?

There are a lot of reasons:

  • you can follow all level Goethe-Institut DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) courses at Petra’s Taaltrainingen; both general German and business German
  • the teacher is a native speaker of German and can explain you all the ins and outs of the German grammar
  • you will learn to apply the German grammar in an effective way in order to have insight into the grammar. You don’t have to learn all the rows by heart
  • you will learn the differences between the Dutch (or English or Spanish) and the German sentence structure in order to be able to check whether your written pieces are grammatically correct
  • the teacher is a dyslexia coach. In case you have problems with the grapheme to phoneme (G2P) correspondence the teacher is there to help you with learning strategies to make learning German easier. You will study German with more self-confidence and learning vocabulary will become a lot easier
  • you will learn which words are appropriate to which situation. Examples are: job interviews, asking someone to do something for you, giving your opinion during a meeting or making an appointment by phone
  • the teacher works with effective reading, listening and speaking strategies. These could also be applied to other studies and activities: in case you have to read a lot of German textbooks and lectures and/or presentations are in German
  • the teacher makes use of a lot of visual material which supports the explanation
  • you will learn the German grammatical terminology in order to be able to correct your written work yourself
  • the assignments in the course are focused on speaking and writing the German language in real-life situations. The content of the themes is geared to these as well

What distinguishes Petra’s Taaltrainingen?

Every course is a tailor-made course with 100% attention to your learning objectives, pace and level based on the Goethe-Institut DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) courses. Below you will find three examples of a tailor-made course.

Basic grammar course German

The course starts with the content of the basic Dutch grammar course. Next, a start is being made with sentence parsing and applying the German cases. Subsequently, the following parts of the German grammar will be dealt with:

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th case
  • the auxiliary verbs: haben, sein and werden and the passive
  • the definite and indefinite article (der- group and the ein-group)
  • the weak verbs in the present tense, in the past tense and in the present perfect tense
  • prepositions with 2nd, 3rd, 3rd or 4th case
  • personal pronouns with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th case
  • reflexive pronouns with 3rd and 4th case
  • possessive pronouns
  • the strong verbs in the present tense, in the past tense and in the present perfect tense
  • irregular verbs and modal verbs
  • the adjective with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th case (after the der-group, ein-group or without the der-group/ein-group)
  • the degrees of comparison (the positive/comparative/superlative)
  • the nominal use of adjectives
  • the nouns: masculine/feminine/neuter gender and the plural of regular nouns and the plural of irregular nouns
  • the weak nouns (der Herr, des Herrn, etc.)
  • the numerals: cardinals and ordinals and the fractions
  • the interrogative pronouns with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th case
  • the relative pronouns with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th case
  • German verbs with haben and sein
  • the difference between Dutch verbs and German verbs with haben and sein
  • verbs with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th case
  • the use of the infinitive (whole verb)
  • the subjunctive (Konjunktiv): word order in German: where are the verbs in both main clauses and subordinate clauses

German grammar course on level B2/C1

If you want to be able to speak, write and listen in German at a high level, Petra’s Taaltrainingen offers you the chance to master the complete German grammar and the most difficult parts of the German language. The course consists of the content of the grammar course business German for translators and for the trade, but this course is aimed at applying the grammar correctly, both verbally and written. This is a course for someone who wants to dot the i’s and to cross the t’s.

Business German course on level A1

In this course 8 business themes will be dealt with. Some examples are: greeting, introducing yourself, saying goodbye, spelling your name, what does your job involve, writing emails, making appointments, giving someone a guided company tour, informal conversation, holding meetings, going on business trips, applying for jobs, presenting the company, describing the way and products and services. In each theme you practice with the components: writing, listening, speaking and reading. You will learn Business German vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. The teacher will supplement this course with a lot of informal and formal German. These are for example: synonyms, proverbs and sayings.

Moreover, the teacher prepares you perfectly for the exam. The exam training is included in the price. During the course speaking and pronunciation skills will be practiced. In this course the grammar is integrated and the focus is on oral communication. In addition, role plays are an important part of the course with the practice of vocabulary and grammar.

You also do writing assignments: writing formal and informal emails, making a planning, describing the way, accepting an invitation, confirming an appointment. The content of the course is tailor-made and is adapted to the themes and skills you need for your work or study.