German & Swiss German
Caren has been teaching since 2007. She is studying Applied Psychology in Zurich and speaks English, French, German and Swiss German. Since language is the most important aspect to be part of the daily life in a new home and to feel at home, she is passionate about teaching languages.
Evelyn has studied languages, linguistics and German literature at SAL (Schule für Angewandte Linguistik). Currently she is working on finishing her Bachelors degree as a teacher. Evelyn joined Soft Landing in 2012. She teaches all levels, loves the culture exchange and likes to work very customer oriented. She motivates her students by creating a lively and engaging classroom atmosphere.
Evi has been involved for more than 5 years with children and young people, not only as a systems therapist but also by coaching children with an immigration background and providing additional help in German. With her quiet nature she is able to motivate children and young people to learn German. Her Motto is: “Learning goals should be achieved with fun and enjoyment as well as hard work!”
Harry started Soft Landing and is the Director of studies. He has more than 30 years of experience, but he’s also developed plenty of materials for our students to make learning easier, fun and sustainable.
Isabella is an experienced and energetic teacher with a good sense of humor. She was born in Austria, studied law and worked for several years in market research. She has lived in Switzerland since 2009 and has gained a wealth of experience in teaching during this time.
Jens Friedrich Mertens
Jens Friedrich has been teaching since 1999 in Switzerland and abroad. He has studied linguistics, didactics and communication, and worked with students from many paths of life. He also works as an examiner for the Goethe Institut. Born in Germany, he had to learn how to integrate into Switzerland himself and loves to help others to settle into Switzerland and enjoy what this country has to offer. As a linguist, he absolutely enjoys learning languages and speaks German, Swiss German, English and Swedish amongst others. Sharing the joy of discovering a new language and communicating with it is what he really likes to share with his students.
Julie has a Master in German and a Bachelor in French from the Danish Commercial University of Copenhagen. She is a certified Translator and Interpreter. Julie was a partner in a well reputed Danish translation and interpreter firm in Denmark. In this role Julie also served as interpreter in criminal proceeding for the Court of Copenhagen. Julie’s experience also includes teaching at the Technical University of Copenhagen and to business professionals on an individual basis. She has lived in Copenhagen, Munich, Brussels, London and Chicago. Since 2009 she is a permanent resident in Switzerland.
Karin Veit Brändli
After many years in material development Karin taught adults for 2 years before joining Soft Landing in 2012. She has a SVEB 1 (German as a foreign language) diploma, speaks English, French and a little Italian. She loves to open up a new world to students, help them integrate and get to learn another culture, and finally enjoys meeting interesting people.
Linda is a certified Goethe Institute teacher and has taught both individuals and groups on all levels, including Business German and Goethe exam preparation courses. She is fluent in English and French and has lived in Germany, England and, for the last 10 years, in Switzerland. She believes that learning a language should be a positive, fun experience and that a relaxed, friendly environment is essential.
Lucia is a Swiss National. She loves to travel and has had several work placements abroad. Whilst working and living abroad she realized the importance of learning the local language in order to better integrate and become a part of the local community. She fully understands the challenges and difficulties of learning a foreign language and therefore endeavours to teach German in an easy and fun way.
Manuela is Swiss and speaks German, English, French and Spanish. She knows from personal experience what it takes to learn the language of a new country, and enjoys using that experience as well as her energetic teaching style, and a good deal of kindness and patience to help smooth the path of integration for her students in Switzerland. She is currently studying towards her SWEB 1-Diploma (German as a Foreign Language).
Mariët has more than 10 years’ teaching experience and for the past 3 years has taught German as a Second Language to children with an immigration background. In between, she spent two years in Australia, where she taught Dutch to adults. As a Dutch native, she understands well what it take to acquire the German language. She gets a great deal of pleasure from teaching languages.
Myriam enjoys travelling and developed an interest in studying languages after attending several language schools abroad. She loves to help people acquire the national language of Switzerland, because she knows how much easier it is for newcomers to the country to feel at home once they have mastered the local language. She speaks Swiss German, German, English and French and also holds the SVEB 1 Diploma.
Parina worked as an export expert for international companies for many years. She loves to learn and teach languages and has a vast experience in learning languages both in groups and one-to-one. Due to visiting and studying in various countries, she understands the needs of people who recently arrived in Switzerland. Being a native Swiss, Parina is fluent in Swiss German, German, English and Spanish. Together with teaching German, she is also our Course Coordinator since June 2015.
Regula has a lot of experience teaching in companies, and enjoys giving lessons in a relaxed atmosphere. Language and culture fascinate her and she has also spent time living abroad. She is a qualified interpreter in German, French and English and is currently working on her Master’s thesis with the title„German as a Second Language for Preschool children.“
Reto studied Economics at the University of Zurich and has worked for many years in the financial industry, where his responsibilities included the execution of various training and education modules. During his studies at university he also taught German, French and English at the Secondary School in Zug. He enjoys sharing the German language and Swiss culture with other people.
As a qualified translator, Reto is very familiar with German and other languages, not only in terms of their basic usage and processing, but also their structure and melody, and the underlying culture of the countries in which these languages are spoken.
Reto has been teaching adults and children for twenty years, both individually and in a group setting. This experience has given him the ability to perfectly address the wishes and goals of his students and to help to bring them as efficiently as possible to the level they are trying to reach in their language learning.
Sabine de Spindler
Sabine is a trained primary and secondary school teacher and has many years of teaching experience. Her passion is the German language, literature and art. After continued education at university and at art colleges, she has started working as a visual artist for several years. In addition she teaches German for foreign-language students and gives art courses. Sabine is happy to share her love for the German language with the students of Soft Landing.
Trudi has been teaching as a Primary School teacher since 1982, obtained her SVEB certificate for teaching adults in 2010. She has been with us since 2010. She wants to make her students comfortable in using German to cope with everyday situations. Her motto is: Learning must be fun!
Yvonne has been teaching German since 2012. She obtained her SVEB 1 qualification and thanks to her training as a Business Economist she is well in tune with the needs of the private sector. She speaks Swiss German, German, English, French and Dutch. Integration and intercultural understanding is important to her, not only in her teaching but also in her travels around the world. She believes that learning should be a creative process that is also fun.