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I have been an adult education teacher for 20 years. I have taught German as a foreign language (DaF and DaZ) at language schools and privately in Poland and Switzerland. At the same time I was a lecturer of art history at different universities and art academies, among others at the Institute of Art History in Basel and the Institute of Theory and History of Photography in Zurich. I have a PhD in art history and possess the "Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom" (Goethe Institut) as well as the certificate "DaF Methodik und Didaktik" (Goethe Institut).

For twelve years I was working as a journalist for the photography magazine "Fotografia". I have regularly published articles about photography, art, dance and theater in different magazines, books and catalogues. 2011–2014 I was responsible for coordination of publications at the University of Basel ("eikones" Insitute).


Currently I still work as a freelance photographer for various clients including Stadtkino Basel, Kulturmanagement Universität Basel and Kulturelles Baselland. For the past twelve years I have been producing videos about artists and musicians and have worked for, among others, Museum Tinguely and Musikwerkstatt Basel.

In my German classes I combine my knowledge about the language with a deep interest in culture. Through my journalistic background and practice in video making I can teach you German and present Basel to you in a non-standard way. I have lived in Basel since 2001 years. Meanwhile I have dual citizenship (CH/ PL) and am more than happy to share my knowledge of the German language and the city of Basel, as well as my experience as a migrant woman and mother of two children with other expats!




"Great German lessons, best I have experienced so far. Daria uses her creativity to adapt the lessons to my needs

and interests. Lessons are very practical, enjoyable and definitely I feel improvements in my day to day use of German. Highly recommendable lessons for anyone who wants to learn German while having fun!"

Pepe (Spain)

"Daria is full of energy, with positive attitude and great sense of humor. She will identify what is “your way” of learning and adapt it for you, will choose topics which are interesting, engaging and relevant for you, will make learning German pure fun. After couple months I had made more progress than being in group classes for a year! Definitely one of the best teachers I ever had!"           

Malgorzata (Poland)

"Daria is a pleasure to study with. She teaches in a wide variety of topics which is based on what students need in the everyday life. Students can easily follow what is going on in a class as Daria is always clear with various explanations.

She is enthusiastically willing to assist her students with any activity which is making a very friendly class room. She is organized, efficient, responsible in teaching, fun and has excellent communication skills."

Akiko (Japan)


"Daria is professional, always well prepared, provides personalized lessons tailored to your own interests and needs. I learned a lot about Basel culture and the creative scene here, my German improved a lot and I had good fun at the same time!"

Stephanie (New Zealand)

"Daria is a fantastic German language teacher. She is friendly, welcoming, funny and all around a great person. I enjoy and look forward to my lessons each week. I have learned a lot in such a short time and hope I will continue to learn much more. Highly recommend."

Jessica (USA)

" (...) I have really felt the improvement in my German skills since we started collaborating. What I think is really unique about Daria's approach is (...) her ability to tailor individual lessons to meet the individual's needs, interests and goals. She also makes the lessons really fun and has her unique style to teach e.g. (...) offering movie nights and art event visits (...)"

Taimur (Pakistan)

"Daria is an extremely professional teacher who adapts her teaching strategy to the student’s learning agility and learning style. She is a driven, organized and patient teacher who develops inspiring relationships with her students.

I do highly recommend Daria as one the best private German instructors in Basel!"

Mana (Iran)

"Learning German with Daria is a pleasure ! She made it very interesting, proposing nice topics to discover. I learned a lot about Basel culture as well, which is very good when you just arrive in Basel!"

Laure (France)


"Daria is not only an outstanding teacher, but also an inspiring person, immersed in the cultural life of Basel. Her classes offer very intense communication exercises, that find their extension in the everyday life and at the events that Daria follows and convincingly recommends. Definetely, the most broadening the horizon language course I have ever frequented"

Mateusz (Polen)

"Daria is a fantastic teacher and flexible in her teaching style. Her willingness to focus the classes on her student's interests was a major factor in my choosing German Classes Basel and it was a great decision! Her studio is conveniently located and she is easy to communicate with. I highly recommend language classes at German Classes Basel."

Matt (USA)

"I recently concluded a set of German lessons with Daria, in preparation for my German B1 exam and also prior to that in 2018 for preparation for the Swiss Nationality application. Daria is an excellent teacher, who clearly leads the course and learning experience in a very structured way, which prepared me excellently for the exam. Furthermore, Daria is very dynamic and keeps lessons interesting, and uses not only books but media tools too. I highly recommend Daria as a German teacher".

Lucinda (United Kingdom)

"Daria helped me prepare for the "Sprachstandanalyse". This is the German level test required for obtaining the Swiss Citizenship. The test was a total success! Daria is very friendly and approachable. Personable and knowledgeable. The best way to lear a foreign language is to find the right teacher and I was very fortunate to take part of her classes. Once the Sprachstandanalyse was approved, I decided to continue taking classes with her in order to help prepare for the Citizenship protocol and final steps of the process. Thank you Daria!!!! I would highly recommend "German Classes Basel".

Leo (Argentina)

"Looking to learn German during your maternity leave: I went to Daria’s class with my one month old baby and we both loved it. My baby son was really relaxed and Daria knew what to whisper when he got agitated, always in German. I quickly learned enough German to get around town and most importantly, I learned all the baby vocabulary that will help you with your daily life in Basel. I highly recommend spending some time with Daria during your maternity leave!"

Charlotte (France)

"Each lesson with Daria is very interesting, time is flying during the lesson as she adds to the standard classical method with books different not typical approaches, such as video with real life speaking conversation, visit in a shop to practice simple requests, phone call in German when you really need to do so (...).

Daria has lots of passion and enthusiasm in teaching German. Always patient, she explains difficult topics in a simple and clear manner. She has a very positive energy, is very supportive and can motivate each student in the group. But more important (…) she helps to not be afraid to speak, motivates to speak more and to love German language and culture in general. "

Natalia (Russia)

"I have really enjoyed my weekly ‘Deutschstunde’ with Daria (...) and I have learnt more in this past year than the previous three of trying to learn German. The topics are always in line with what is going on in my life and I really enjoy the range of learning materials Daria brings - it’s not all text books which makes the class a lot more engaging!"

Melinda (Australia)

Here meets the world! Thank you all!


Foto: Piotr Dzumala

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