Michael Schmitz - Creator of smarterGerman - German Tutor

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Hi, I’m Michael,

I’ve been teaching German for more than 15 years. Initially at a language school where I taught groups, couples and gave private lessons. For many years I was frustrated by the institutional curriculum led approach to teaching and learning a foreign language but I didn’t have the courage to leave the security of my job and follow an unbeaten track.

It struck me that the average learner studies more than 540 hours and can pay anything between up to € 8.200 to reach B1 level, without any guarantee of passing the final exam.

So ten years ago I started developing a system to teach smarterGerman. I have studied books that promise to explain how to speed up learning and have analysed language learning methods. I have created my own system to teach you smarterGerman in a way that is fun too.

Expelling ones mother tongue from the classroom is a big mistake as it is one of the greatest resources we have when learning a new language. Also, when learning fast, motivation tends to be high because you can see your progress and how you improve day by day.


It is important to me, and I hope you agree, that learning German accurately on your first attempt is vital. It is almost impossible to fix mistakes once they become habit. An efficient learning structure is crucial as I simply want you to enjoy learning German.

  • If you want to see some successes of the smarterGerman approach, then please see the thoughts and testimonies of students that have learned with smarterGerman.
  • For any further questions or if you would like to arrange a free trial lesson with me, please don’t hesitate and get in touch.
  • And last but not least, if you’d like some videos of grammar explained, step by step, you can find them here, in my online store.

I look forward to hearing from you.



Hi, I’m Margareth,

I’ve been working with Michael since December 2014 now. Although I taught groups of German learners before my strength is to make you speak. I am fluent in six languages myself and am a studied linguist and musician.  I am able to put myself into your perspective to help you make best use of your knowledge and abilities.

The years before I met Michael, I worked in various marketing agencies  but found this kind of work rather unfulfilling. As main conversation trainer at smarterGerman I have found a profession which is deeply satisfying and I enjoy the success of our clients, your success. Teaching German is more than just following rules and learning phrases by heart. It means to establish a connection with the language and above all with the German people.

Let’s get in touch and you’ll soon find yourself much closer to this beautiful country, its culture and the Germans.



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