Have you wanted to learn German for a while and are finally ready to get serious?
Or perhaps you’ve started learning German with Duolingo, Rosetta stone, etc., but find they’re not teaching you the ‘bigger picture’ of how German actually works.
Sometimes even finding a good German class locally can be challenging, though.
So, I created two resources to help guide you:
The Tennessee Language Center or TLC was created by the State of Tennessee in 1986 to promote intercultural communication goals.
They host several 9 week German courses throughout the year for beginner and intermediate students.
Although they haven’t offered a German class to the public for a while, they do offer language classes to the public frequently, so it’s worth a check.
Belmont University offers both a Major and Minor in German. After the basic and intermediate language courses, there is a plethora of German-focused classes on literature, history and culture, and conversation.
Vanderbilt students are encouraged to combine possible interest in German literature, film, history, philosophy, and music. Many of their undergraduate majors are double majors, combining the study of things German with a degree in, say, engineering or music.
Lipscomb has a smaller German department than Belmont or Vanderbilt but they do offer a minor.
I’m not aware of anyone teaching privately in the Nashville area. You may be able to find one through various nation-wide platforms but those can be pretty hit or miss.
In existence for over 10 years, this meetup gets together an ~monthly Stammtisch. You don’t have to be an advanced German speaker to attend but English is NOT allowed. It’s recommended to have some German under your belt first.
Their upcoming events are listed here
Location varies around Nashville.
Restaurant, event center, gift shop. This place is gigantic. They have German themed everything including (most importantly) their menu with würst, schnitzel, and much much more.
It’s worth the trip to check it out.
This doesn’t feel quite as German as the Bavarian Bierhaus but it does feel fun. Their large bier garten is great for enjoying their abundant selection of beer and house-made German sausages.
Nashville’s annual Oktoberfest held in early October is a must for any Germany lover.
Live Music, food trucks, beer, and a fun festive atmosphere.
Location: 998 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
I’ve taught for years at a university, at a language school, and privately. I took all of my teaching experience and combined it into a 3-Step German learning process. Best of all, the 1st step is completely free.