Marike teaches you everything: English fluency and cultural fluency. You will love every minute with her and learn so much. Her sessions are amazing. You arrive in DC with general knowledge of U.S. culture and some English, and then you start meeting with her. From that point on, everything starts making more and more sense. Let her guide you, and you won’t regret it.
Marike is like magic. Not just a teacher; a magician with English vocabulary as her magical power.
Already in our first class I realized that the classes were going to be interesting and fun. Marike can talk about anything and make it entertaining while teaching you real English. Every class motivates you to learn more and even if you are not in a good mood before your English class, you will leave with a smile on your face. Her people skills are outstanding, and her positive energy, optimism, and enthusiasm for her work and students know no bounds. Most importantly, after several years of grammar classes, now I have someone who focuses only on me and my mistakes while improving my fluency. This is what we do in class. From time to time, it is necessary to clarify grammatical issues, and Marike is excellent at that. In fact, she loves grammar. Working with her has made me feel so much more secure when talking in English. Even only after 4 months, I already felt that I had improved a lot and felt so much more confident when speaking English.
- Carmen, Washington, D.C., Madrid
When I came to Washington, I looked for a teacher who would help me to polish my English and would be able to customize the lessons to the specific needs of English in academic contexts. I am so glad I found Marike! If you are searching for a highly professional and dedicated teacher, do not look any further – just drop Marike an email. You will not regret it! Marike puts so much effort into every single lesson, which goes way beyond any pre-fabricated business English classes. She prepares by reading articles that are important for my research as well as my own texts so that we can discuss the topics relevant for me. She coaches me before presentations, discusses my writing (as to style and content) and enlarges my vocabulary by covering topics from everyday life in the U.S. ranging from food to books, politics and beyond. I have learned so much from her and, even more, I really love our weekly meetings. Marike is not only an experienced and skilled teacher; she puts her heart into her work.
- Andrea, Marburg University, Germany
Marike has been my English teacher since 2011. She always comes extremely well prepared to our classes. Marike has a deep love for her profession and is passionate about my concerns as a student. Her love for her profession and clients always shines through. Her enthusiasm, optimism, and authenticity are truly unmatched. I have never worked with a teacher like that before. She does not only say that she cares. She truly cares and would do anything to support you. For example, she always spends hours on different strategies to help me improve. Her lessons are extremely well thought out and professional. Marike always personalizes your learning experience. She is an extremely gifted, highly adaptable teacher, truly unmatched in her efforts and talent as an instructor. No time is ever wasted in our class. She always does an outstanding job and will be a great asset for your education.
- Yurani, The Pan-American Health Organization, WHO
I am a French Art History professional. Last year, I spent six months in Washington to work on my thesis. When I arrived, my English level was pretty bad. Thanks to Marike, I could improve my level within only a few weeks. I needed to work both on listening comprehension, pronunciation and writing. The exercises I had to complete each week quickly helped me acquire idiomatic expressions, vocabulary and strong grammatical knowledge. Furthermore, Marike is a very special teacher. She was highly attentive to my needs and interests. In order to make the lessons interesting, we visited art exhibitions and museums together. The coaching sessions turned out to not only be academic English classes, but created a true immersion experience for me. I got to experience American life in its entirety. In addition, the experience was great on a human level as well. We often had fascinating conversations about a whole array of topics. After six months of intensive training, I learned more with her than in ten years of English lessons in France.
- Coline, Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
I love having Marike as my English teacher. My experience has been wonderful. Marike is an extremely dedicated teacher. She always goes the extra mile and uses a variety of teaching methods. Her main purpose is for students to learn and succeed professionally. If you are really serious about wanting to have an impressive coaching experience with an extensive repertoire focused on pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, take classes with her. You will not regret it. It has been an incredible journey with her patience and dedication. My decision to hire Marike as my teacher has turned out to be the most life changing professional development experience I have ever had.
- Nidia, The Pan American Development Fund, Washington, D.C.
Marike has taught me with a focus on verbal communication not only during my three years stay in D.C. but also via Skype since I moved back to France. Her classes are extremely efficient. I have improved my pronunciation and vocabulary while going through a wide array of topics. Marike is a cultured and brilliant teacher who knows how to make you improve with the right methodological tools. With a lot of patience and flexibility, she customizes as much as possible. She even helped me with my resume for a number of top positions and assisted me with a number of professional presentations. Now that I have returned to France, I realize what I owe her and how much she has helped me reach my current level. If I had to give someone else a recipe to be good at English, I would definitely advise them to meet with Marike.
- Vincent, The French Embassy/Paris, France
Marike is a fantastic English instructor. She not only adapts her classes to your specific needs but also makes them extremely interesting and enjoyable through high quality conversations and material. This is not the typical Business English course that you end up quitting! After four months of classes, I have tremendously improved my English skills. Now I feel much more comfortable using English in a professional and private environment.
- Carlota, The Inter-American Development Bank
So much more than an English teacher.
- Celine, Paris, France