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shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

Hello and thank you in advance,
I am just about to finish A1 with Migrosclubschule(Baden), but do not like the teacher so I need advice whether to change the group and give Migros another chance or go to different course. ECAP got one just starting which is by 100 CHF cheaper but that was the one I read negative comments for, as well as beginning at 19.00 in the centre of Zurich might be a bit time consuming to get to by car( still remember one evening traveling 2 hours from Spreitenbach to Zurich). Has anybody have any positive experience or would like to give me a piece off advice about any other language schools. Thank you
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

Hi, have you thought about private lessons 1-to-1? Many years ago I also did the Themen courses with Migros but found the whole learning and retention process greatly accelerated with a tutor. Sure, it will cost more, but in CH the quicker you can speak German, the less frustrating daily life will become.
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

yes I have, but paying 10CHF for 1 hour with Migros is nowhere near to what private lessons will cost, and I am afraid I can't afford it. Thank you for the quick replay anyway
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

Hi,

Have you tried EB? So far I am happy with the result, took up intensive from A1 and at the moment i'm taking B2. Maybe, the teacher plays a big role, in my case, A1 teacher was not as i expected to be, so the next session (after 20 days intensive) i choosed another teacher, so far so good.

good luck . . .
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

I tried Migros schule in Baden and wasn't such a fan either. I changed to Lernpodium in Wettingen and I liked it much better. And prices are not as high as you might think. http://www.lernpodium.ch/. Good luck.
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

Hi, just had a look but being a house man I have only the evenings after the Miss is back from work, and apart of EB being on the prissy side there is no option after 5 pm. Thank you for the respond
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

I didn't know about Lernpodium,but it turns out that one hour cost 50 chf according their website so ....not my cup of tea I am afraid
Thank you for the info
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

I had my German course at Ecap in Zürich and so far so good. I'm satisfied with the teacher and of course the price is also very reasonable. No idea with the Baden Ecap. You try Alemania in Zürich.
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

Does the kanton you are living in have an auslander integration service? Ours here in BL offer subsidised courses that are good quality - might be wirth checking. My local gemeinde gave lots of info too.
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

From my experience....... the teacher is everything !!!

Don't worry about the price so much. A cheap course and crap teacher isn't worth a cent (rappen).

Finding the right teacher has begun to make all the difference for me.


... but first, try to consider how it is that you prefer to learn. That way you can discuss this with the teacher first to see if the courses will suit you.

Be open to their (the teachers) suggestions.
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

At first I was also a dead unimpressed with our teacher at klubschule in Rapperswil, but I've sort of learnt how to get the most of out of her - asking lots of questions, checking things in the break, trying to shift things forward when it gets too too slow. If there are specific things it's worth raising them with the teacher - I've found this goes down OKish. And critically talking to the other people in the class which is as useful as the lessons - and mostly they have similar issues with the teacher that at least we can bond over. I guess you get what you pay for - and the convenience and price of migroschule for me came to outweigh the irritation with a slightly lame teacher. Good luck
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

Hm mm,the Canton didn't seem to have a sensible offer(once a week for 5 months), on the other hand I would like one to one 4 times per week for 2 hours ....but a language need its time to start working, so over a period of time that will be the most expensive option which I will not even think about. I suppose I'll give Migros another go, and hopefully ....
The point is that my group is moving to A2 but non of us is ...how to say .... capable of making a fairly complicated every day life sentence, so I really need to do something. That's why I just wanted to hear(read) some other opinions.
Let's see if I will manage this time to squeeze a bit more out than I will be paying for
Thank you , you have been helpfull
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

I started the ECAP couse in Zurich but getting there with 2 boys was problematic, so when the wife rang up to cancel they asked why I wasn't attending a local one- huh? Apparently they are everywhere but not advertised and nothing on their website about it. (apart from Zurich) So get a german speaking friend to ring and enquire about something local, it is quite ironic that everyone working there appears to have only one language - German. Prices are reasnoble and our teacher is great.
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

Thank you, will try this today
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

I learnt my German in bed with a long blonde Bavarian. It wasn't expensive, no time wasted travelling, on the down side I didn't learn how to swear in German. But you need to talk this over with the missus first.
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

can't afford that either
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I learnt my German in bed with a long blonde Bavarian. It wasn't expensive, no time wasted travelling, on the down side I didn't learn how to swear in German. But you need to talk this over with the missus first.
I tried that with a Swiss woman and we ended up getting married. You could say I'm still paying so it is probably the most expensive way to do it
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Re: shall I continue with Migros language cours or change the school

I go to Ecole Agora for french and find it affordable, teachers are fantastic and it is great school.

http://www.ecoleagora.ch/

590chf per month for intensive course...3hrs per day, 5days per week.
150chf for books...one time fee
150chf administration fee...one time only

good luck!
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I learnt my German in bed with a long blonde Bavarian. It wasn't expensive, no time wasted travelling, on the down side I didn't learn how to swear in German. But you need to talk this over with the missus first.
On ze pilou, eh?

Universite Populaire can offer really good tuition if you find the good teacher. It's ok to shop around, they are pretty flexible. And it costs 100fr a school year.
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