Michael Schmitz

German Language Expert


M.A., German as a Foreign Language, Technical University of Berlin

M.A., Turkology Humanities, Freie Universität of Berlin


  • Creator of smarterGerman online grammar courses
  • Wrote How to Learn German Faster (Amazon Digital, 2017)
  • Private German language tutor, fluent in German, Polish, and English


Michael is the founder, trainer, and blogger of smarterGerman, which offers German courses through Amazon's Alexa. He has over 18 years of background teaching both German and English to non-native speakers. 

Michael is the author of How to Learn German Faster (Amazon Digital, 2017). He also created Hack Your German, a course available on Udemy.com. Michael's teaching employs the Berlitz Method, which focuses on the spoken language.


Michael Schmitz earned a magister master's degree in German as a Foreign Language from the Technical University of Berlin. He also holds a magister in Turkology Humanities from Freie Universität of Berlin and an extended validation (e.V.) certificate as a trainer of Behavioral and Communicational Education. 

Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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