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German course [Speaking Focus]

I am searching for a German course, preferably in Germany, that focuses on speaking, speaking and more speaking. What I don't want is a course fixated on grammar, I want to improve my speaking abilities.

I have tried googling obviously, but just keep coming across standard courses. Maybe my search terms are letting me down

Does anyone know of anything like this?
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

An intensive course at Goethe Institut in Germany.

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Old 14.04.2015, 17:41
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

Go on holiday with a German native.
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

Why don't you try finding tandem partner? From my experience, having a tandem helped me a lot to practice my speaking or conversation ability.
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

You can try one of the standard courses and then concentrate on a tandem exchange to add to the conversation part. Info about this should be provided by the school.
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Problem is, most Germans speak very good English, so I'm not forced to struggle in German. I need to be forced to speak either in a classroom environment or by a German who speaks no English 😁
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Problem is, most Germans speak very good English, so I'm not forced to struggle in German. I need to be forced to speak either in a classroom environment or by a German who speaks no English 😁
Try join a tour/holiday group with native German and has a guide only in German. It worked for me
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Problem is, most Germans speak very good English, so I'm not forced to struggle in German.
I found in Berlin just over a year ago that if I spoke German (my German being A2 at the time) then I would be humoured and the conversation would continue in German
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Problem is, most Germans speak very good English, so I'm not forced to struggle in German. I need to be forced to speak either in a classroom environment or by a German who speaks no English ��
You're "unlucky" because you're a native English speaker and they want to prove you something. I've rarely had these problems because I don't have an English accent when I speak German (and actually that's the trick, I don't have any strong accent).
In the beginning I've accepted the humiliation to speak such a bad German when I could have just switched to English, but it payed off in the end.

I've recently met someone from the States who would speak only German, even with non-natives like me. Boy, it's a struggle to have a meaningful conversation but I understand his reasons...I did the same. So, practice, practice whenever and with whomever you have the chance.

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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

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Problem is, most Germans speak very good English, so I'm not forced to struggle in German. I need to be forced to speak either in a classroom environment or by a German who speaks no English 😁
Just to clarify, both of you are referring to citizens of Germany and not German-speaking natives of Switzerland, right?
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Just to clarify, both of you are referring to citizens of Germany and not German-speaking natives of Switzerland, right?
Yes. I meet a lot of Germans in my job and 9/10 have very good english!
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

Nobody has mentioned Swiss German, until you did. If I ask a question in German, & people reply to me in English, I continue asking in German.

You really could take a holiday in Germany, maybe a bus tour of German castles, that would be total immersion!

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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

Far and away the most practical German course I've taken was a 'Zeitung Lesen' class. We read newspaper articles and discussed the topic, with the teacher moderating the discussion. I learned more from this course than any other, and gained more confidence as well.

It's a very effective way of structuring a conversation course, as material is easily available at so many levels of language proficiency. We started with the 20Minuten, and were perusing the NZZ by the time the course finished.

Unfortunately the lady who ran that course has since died, but there must be someone doing something similar. Most traditional language schools offer conversation classes somewhere within their line-up - or ask a private tutor if this type of class can be put together. I've found that conversation classes work best with a group rather than one-to-one, though.

Another alternative - hobbies auf Deutsch. Whatever your interest - cooking, sports, gardening, art, etc. - take a course or join a club, and ask your fellow Swiss participants to correct you when you make glaring errors.* If the subject is one you enjoy you'll find that you naturally start speaking more easily.


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*Of course, that opens quite the can o' worms...
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

You can also join some German conversation group which I am addicted I have never bored cos everytime you have a new person to know. Hanging out with old friends are funny though. Than maybe you could arrange something for your groups apart from conversation group like hiking, dinner or picnic.
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

In Baden there is going to be a conversation course at Migrosklubschule. Only speaking, speaking and more speaking, no books, no grammar for 10 weeks (10 lessons). The course will be CHF 170 - the teacher is a German native. She is a very energetic person, and VERY talkative. Did I mention her speed? The class is max 8 students. I think it's a pretty good deal.

You could suggest your local Migrosklubschule something similar. Or visit the German speaking parts more often. Good luck!
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

I saw an awesome looking course (for many languages), in the States unfortunately, and expensive unfortunately. But it consisted of a residential course for a couple of months, where you had to sign an oath (very American) to only speak in the language you are learning whilst you were there. Break it and they kick you out. Apparently it's very effective. I'd love to do something like that.
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Re: German course [Speaking Focus]

So your motivation comes from paying an obnoxious amount of money plus you prefer the stress of being eventually kicked out of the program if you break the rule?

I am sure you can arrange for something similar here, with a native German. Who wouldn't like a huge pay? All of the German teachers I've had so far have a very limited English knowledge, so you are sure to find something in the way of the American program.
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So your motivation comes from paying an obnoxious amount of money plus you prefer the stress of being eventually kicked out of the program if you break the rule?
Ha, no the price is why I've not signed up
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