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I like helping people learn about their world, especially about language. Having become fluent in both German and French as an adult, I understand the daily challenges (and the fun!) of learning a language. An alumna of Smith College, I spent several years in Germany and France as a university student (studying art history and French culture). Simply put, I enjoy exploring languagelearning the nuances of vocabulary, grammar, and phonetics. And, as I often tell myself, learning a language isn't hard: children across the world do it. (I have to remind myself of this, as I'm learning Japanese!)

I tutor pupils in both French and German. Previously, I taught an introductory German course to adult students at a local language school. I also developed a curriculum for and taught an intermediate-level German grammar course. One-on-one, we covered the more advanced structures that my graduate-level art history student would need for her studies. I use my language fluencies daily as an attorney and translator, and I volunteer with a school in southeast DC to get 3rd graders excited about reading.

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Karen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Smith College - Bachelor in Arts, French Studies


Viewing art exhibitions, attending chamber music concerts, reading, and travel

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational French

Conversational German


French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4


German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I want to boost my pupils' confidence as they learn.

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