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:
Of the three organizations in the Richmond area that teach languages to adult learners, only one offers German:
The LLI offers MANY classes for adults with one being ‘Conversational German’.
NOTE: This class does have a prerequisite of having several years of German experience at minimum as it is an intermediate level conversationally focused class.
The University of Richmond has a large German department offering both a major and minor in German.
They also have an established study abroad program. Students considering a major or minor in German studies may spend up to a year at one of the University of Richmond’s partner universities in Germany including, Universität Konstanz, the Universität Mannheim and the Universität Münster in Germany.
Virginia Commonwealth University offers both a major and minor in German. Their classes focus on the German language as well as a variety of different topics from German business to culture and history.
Of particular interest to STEM students, they will help connect you with post-graduate and research opportunities with Germany and Austria’s advanced degree offerings.
I’m not aware of anyone teaching privately in the Richmond area. You may be able to find one through various nation-wide platforms but those can be hit or miss.
They go by three different names (which is a little confusing) but this is the biggest German club in the city of Richmond.
Their annual Oktoberfest event is claimed as “the most authentic German folk fest in Virginia”.
Their menu is VERY German. Pork and veal schnitzel with various seasoning. Bratwurst. Spätzle. Frikadellen. YUM. Oh and don’t forget the German beer. Click here to see their menu.
Not nearly as German as Cafe Rustika. They have a few German-esque plates so you’d really only want to go hear for upscale dining with a German flare.
Craving a fun atmosphere with a German feel? The Hof Garden definitely has brought some great aspects of the classic biergarten to Richmond (without an emphasis on the German food).
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.