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Das Team von speakeasy

The team

Our competent and motivated team has many years of experience in imparting knowledge. From our practical experience, we know that learning must be fun. Because in a motivating atmosphere, the desired learning successes occur all the more easily. Our trained specialists attach great importance to exactly this aspect. We want you to learn to learn independently and offer you “help for self-help”. And we don’t just say and write that, we actually do it.

Antje Seidel

“You can do anything if you stick with it and really want to do it.”

The principal Antje Seidel comes from around Cologne. After studying Japanese, linguistics and pedagogy, she lived in Tokyo for several years, where she worked as a lecturer for German as a foreign language at the Goethe Institute and at various renowned universities. Since 1990 she has been teaching German with dedication and great pleasure and has helped many beginners to master the German language.

Dominic Portrait


“A foreign accent is a sign of bravery.”

Originally from Bavaria, Dominic moved to Cologne to study linguistics. After his inspiring stays abroad in Colombia and Spain, it was clear that working with people from all over the world was one of his passions. Since 2020, he has been working at speakeasy, helping students not only find the right course, but also learn the German language.

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Course books

Courses A1, A2, B1

+ DaF kompakt neu A1, Intensivtrainer
64 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-676316-5
Price: €16.99

+ DaF kompakt neu A2, Intensivtrainer
88 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-676317-2
Price: €16.99

+ DaF kompakt neu B1, Intensivtrainer
96 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-676318-9
Price: €16.99

Courses B1+, B2, C1

B1plus2: Aspekte neu B1 plus, Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch Teil 2 mit Audios
192 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-605019-7
Price: €23.50

+ Aspekte neu B1 plus, Intensivtrainer
96 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-605022-7
Price: €15.50

B2.2: Aspekte neu B2, Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch Teil 2 mit Audios
200 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-605028-9
Price: €23.50

+ Aspekte neu B2, Intensivtrainer
96 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-605031-9
Price: €15.50

C1.2: Aspekte neu C1, Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch Teil 2 mit Audios
200 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-605038-8
Price: €23.50

+ Aspekte neu C1, Intensivtrainer mit Prüfungstraining DSH und TestDaF mit CD
96 pages, ISBN: 978-3-12-605041-8
Price: €15.50

Available at Mayersche bookshop at Neumarkt 2 in Cologne or
online at thalia.de or klett-sprachen.de.

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The perfect lesson

Deutsch lernen mit Spaß

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the perfect lesson because everyone is different. Here are some key features of how we as Team Speakeasy envision the perfect classroom.

  • Inspiring learning environment – our rooms are bright, friendly and colorful, just like the people in them.
  • Lively lessons – there is room for laughter and fun.
  • Motivating teachers – convey their enthusiasm for the German language and respond to learners’ questions and challenges.
  • Simple explanations – our teachers explain things clearly, patiently and in a friendly manner so that all learners can follow along well.
  • Modern methodology – games or practical examples make it fun and make you curious about what is to come.
  • Interactive elements – discussions or group work encourage speaking and community.
  • Real-life examples – give course participants the opportunity to apply what they have learned in real-life situations.
  • Clear textbooks – a common thread in the lessons helps learners to better understand and retain vocabulary and grammar.
  • Regular feedback – helps learners to see their progress and stay motivated.
  • Our additional program – for example a visit to a pub together or a guided tour of the city provide variety and a relaxed atmosphere.

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Learning to learn

Wie das Lernen im Gehirn funktioniert

Learning a new language, such as German, is like an adventure.

It starts with the brain absorbing new words and sentences through seeing, hearing and reading. These impressions are then processed in the brain and compared with the knowledge already acquired in the mother tongue.

In order to learn German successfully, it is crucial to practise regularly and repeat the acquired knowledge so that new connections in the brain become stronger and stronger. A small lane should become a multi-lane highway – this is how you have to imagine the links or neuronal connections.

If you learn actively and continuously, your brain will strengthen the neuronal connections. Focusing on correct pronunciation and grammar can help with this.

Motivation also plays a major role in learning German. A personal interest in German culture or communicating with German speakers increases the ability to learn.

In addition, techniques such as reading books, watching movies or practicing with native speakers are effective ways to reinforce what you have learned. Avoid distractions and create an environment in which you enjoy learning. Maybe it helps to put flowers on the table or drink from your favorite cup.

Learning German as a foreign language is a journey that requires patience and perseverance. The brain works in a unique way to learn this new language. Use the methods and strategies mentioned above to maximize your learning progress.

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Our expeditions are always great fun to get to know life in and around Cologne.

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