Hello, g’day, and howzit everybody!
I’m Toby and I’m living close to Freiburg, Germany for the time being, until my partner Anna (she’s tutoring on chatterbug too!) and I can safely cross borders again. Until then I am located in between the Black Forest and the French border , where I enjoy the company of my folks and friends after moving across the globe for about 3 years. The first year we skipped aviation altogether and traveled from Germany down to Australia through 15 countries, always crossing land or sea borders from one neighboring country to the next. This journey took us a full year. If you’d like to get to know me a bit better before scheduling a live lesson, check out our website. It’s in German & English!
“ Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” - Maya Angelou
I’m a commercial photographer, videographer, and editor by profession but I guess my true calling is being a generalist. Every now and then I dip my toe into another field because I refuse to be defined by what I do for a living - and because I love to learn new stuff. E.g. I worked as a roadie in Switzerland, as a production coordinator in South Africa, as a dog walker in the Canadian Rockies, and as a kiwi flower picker in New Zealand.
Besides globetrotting and connecting with fellow human beings, I enjoy learning new instruments: So far I play the guitar, accordion, ocarina, harmonica, and a wee bit bagpipe. I’m also a serious film geek, bookworm, love rock climbing, and a good hike with our dog Peanut.
Well, I’d love to be your partner in crime while learning German. It’s a wonderfully weird, imaginative, and diverse language (I speak a couple of dialects, too). I learned the basics of English in school, but I was able to master it only through frequent conversations with native speakers. And that’s why I fell in love with the chatterbug method: it combines great linguistic background with sturdy didactics and a friendly and open-minded community!
Looking very much forward to our next live lesson,
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I use my tutor introduction in the community forum to get in touch with my students!
︎ Please use this link and create a post in my thread if you have any questions regarding your last Live Lesson with me , or if you’d like to have something clarified because we ran out of time !
Please feel free to reach out and I’ll get back to you asap.