Six weeks ago I was looking for someone who didn‘t speak any German and hasn‘t taken any classes so far to prove the concept of Smarter German, which claims to teach German in just 30 days to English speaking learners. The aim was to pass the Goethe B1-exam shortly after these 30 days.
Almost the first applicant seemed right from the beginning. She had tried to study German a bit but has never taken nor spoken any word of German before although she was already living about half a year in Germany. But working in a start-up, where everybody speaks English and having English speaking friends, Camilla had no real need to learn German although the wish was there. She just didn‘t want to sit in classes with ten to twenty others at fixed times for at least half a year if not more. That was also not compatible with her working schedule. When she heard of my offer to teach someone 30 days for free with a guaranteed result, she was in immediately. She had nothing to lose she said… afterwards.
The Right Attitude
In the second session I could see that she was serious and that I hadn‘t erred in picking her for the Challenge. She worked according to my instructions which is crucial for the program’s success. And we made sure that we protocolled her progress in four short videos at the end of every week. I have to say that even I was amazed by her progress and her ability to work with the technques that differentiate Smarter German from all other offers available. It was a mere pleasure to see her absorbing all this information like a sponge and being able to use it right away. She also got lovely support from her partner who started to speak German to her as much as was possible.
As the end came near it was time to register for the B1 exam. I wanted her to do the Goethe because it has the best reputation and is one of the most challenging exams out there. Berlin was booked out so we checked other possibilities and found that Hamburg had a few free spots left. On March, 28th 2013 Camilla sat in the exam with mixed feelings. She reported on every step she took in the breaks and didn‘t feel too confident, especially about the listening comprehension. But I was sure that she would pass it. The pre exam she did at home in a third of the required time gave her an 80% score, so the real one couldn‘t fail. And now almost two weeks later, when she checked her mailbox after work she found the letter with the news from the Goethe Institute and was so nervous to open the letter.
What came out was so overwhelming, she called me right away telling me that she passed the exam with a very good. She‘s got 272 out of 300 points, that‘s 91%. I don‘t know when I was that happy before. That was a giant proof that my system worked, that it is possible to learn German in just 2-3 hours per day for a month.
The Next Level
In May we will start to work on B2. Of course in 30 days only. We will leave the weekends out this time and it is not that revolutionary as the first part because we will only save two months time but just imagine she continued on her own later on and would do C1 in just another month. A year‘s work in just 3 months. And with splendid results instead of just passing it somehow. That‘s a certificate that you like to put in your CV or show your friends. By the way, take a look at Camilla’s here.
I am more than thankful for this experience and am currently already working with two other clients, that will finish B1 in just 30, respectively 60 days. Chris just has too much work on his schedule and is doing an MBA at the same time, so we just work over Skype three times a week, at six in the morning. That‘s the spirit that I am looking for. You‘ve got that too? Why don‘t you try Smarter German and save valuable time and spare yourself a lot of frustration. It‘s still some work, but hey, if it is fun, is it really working?
Hope to see you one day and have a good time.