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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Hi to one and all, Dragoman here, new memeber.

Trust I am in the right place as am interested in which school/s are best for learning German in Zurich. It seems to me that Alpha and Bellingua get good write-ups (apologies for my spelling, got both names wrong in my introduce yourself message!)

Any news re the LSI school? I am planning taking about 10 months out before work to really try and get to grips with German and go with an intensive course...anyone done this? If so to what level did you get with German, was it possible or just too much learning in one go?....I am currently at Beginner level but studying hard.

Also for a not always internet connected bod like me any suggestions of course books etc that I could be looking at now, CD courses etc. I am watching movies and have a BBC basic course book/cd pack.

Thanks and trust I have posted this in the right spot and in the right way, later, Dragoman
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

personally think Alpha is the best !!! I went there about ten years ago and not a word was spoken in anything except German . I went there for 6 months and then started working . Afterwards I tried Migros where I didnt learn anything , then 2 years latter with the akad I took the middle level Goethe and passed with flying colors . I think you should go to the Alpha .
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Mamacass,

Hiya, yeah Alpha looks good, thanks for that.....what level did you enter at and what level did you leave at?
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

I started naturally at level 1 in about two weeks changed to level2 , At the end of 6 months was at level 9 which is enough German to get you by for a while . If I had it to do over again , I would stay at Alpha for a Year .
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Mama Cass,

Hiya...thanks for that. Yeah reckon a year is looking good. Have had good reports for Alpha so am going to check them out when I finally get there and can start the study.
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Old 18.11.2007, 01:01
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

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Well,

I found that german is a very different language to english
not really.
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Re: [German] Which is the best German school in Zurich?

There is Goethe in Zürich, u find them in the www.Akad-language.ch

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MegSF - There is unfortunately no Goethe in Switzerland at all , there may be certain partners but I'm not sure who they are. I heard that the University of Basel is somehow an accredited partner, not sure though.

They (Goethe) are really good, I studied with them in South Africa and my girlfriend worked for them too.

Cheers
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

I just want to put my two cents in on Benedict schule:

I had a great teacher, and the pace was quite good because we had to do a fair bit of work on our own at home if we wanted to keep up with the lessons. I always think this is a good thing.

Also, during my time there (I went for three months) several students came and went while I stayed but the whole time I was the only english speaker. I thought this was great because during the breaks we all spoke German. Plus, that kind of blew my mind the first time because we had me, an aussie, a turk, czech, serbian and a thai all with different native languages speaking a common language (or trying!).

The only negative point came when I wanted to change the length of my course. I had earlier said that I wanted to do the course for four months (and this helped support my visa application to study here). Unfortunately my visa application was rejected, and so I needed to change my course length to three months because as a tourist I was only allowed to stay legally for three months.

So I go into the office and tell all this to the secretary, and she then goes and gets a manager-type. He comes out and is all: "why would you only want to go for three months?" and "but you said earlier you wanted to do four months" and then saying I needed to bring in the official rejection letter from the swiss immigration dept. for them to change it! At that point I felt like they didn't care about customer service, just money. I was able to make the change (of course, it's my bloody right to!) but it took more effor than it should have. It was a shame because otherwise, I liked the school.

Although when I come back soon with my permit I'll be looking at Migros schule because of work I'll need to go to class at night.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Exactly what everybody will experience at Benedict school: Most of the poorly paid teachers are okay or good. The rest of the staff is just awful. It's a shame!
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Cheap German intensive courses?

I am looking for cheap intensive German courses. I am a beginner but I have some basic knowledge of German words. I like to be in a group. Ideally I am looking for a course close to Ruschlikon, Enge, Zurich town. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Re: German classes conducted in English?

There is a Klubschule Migros close to Bahnhof Wiedikon. There
are group classes there.
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Re: German classes conducted in English?

Have you checked the migros school
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Re: Cheap German intensive courses?

Hi, I am new to the forum.
As the first try, I wanted to give you my thought.

I am currently learning German at Bellingua.
I chose this school based on cost performance. ( calculated 5 different schools and compared the price per lesson)

Location:
Very convenient
City Centre of Zurich
(Löwenstrasse, 5-4min. walk from Zurich HB, close to tram stations)

Cost:
-Worth paying. Not too expensive.
-If you book very early, you may benefit 10% extra* off.
(I booked the intensive morning course 3 months ahead ((for 13 weeks course)) and was offered 10% off. )
-As you book your course longer, the tuition will be cheaper.

Quality of lessons:
95% happy.

*Positive*
-My teacher is very professional and fun
-Very well organized and well prepared
-Lessons are held in High-German (0% English in my class)
-First 20 weeks are focused on Grammar and Vocabs.
-After 21st weeks, you know most of the important grammars and can make many sentences
-They can arrange extra conversation courses if you need
-Great opportunity to meet people from all over the world
-their reception is very reliable

*Negative*
-Not so many outdoor activities (but they organize "night-out" quite often. in fact, they booked tables in a sports bar to watch UEFA2008 games)
-each class, Max 9 students. it could be too big if you are quick lerner

Cancellation:
*10% extra off -> if you take non-cancellation policy, you get 10% off on top of the early birds discount

You can cancel-> by end of the first week

They have follow-up tests every Friday and this helps you to keep your motivation.

This is my 15th week and I am still happy with my teacher and classmates.

I hope you can find the right school to enjoy learning German.

Thanks.
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Old 18.06.2008, 20:51
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Hi,
I did a 4 week intensive plus course at Migros. I found it good, but feel i didnt learn as much as i liked. A few people in my class realllllly struggled so the teacher gave them all the attention and spent alot of time repeating the same things. I was lucky i did an introduction German course before i came to Zurich, as in the class they seemed to miss out on alot of really basic thing like the names of the Months, and the teacher barely went over counting. But i think it was more so, just bad luck with the students in the class. Overall i thought it was good for a beginners (better than my teacher in Oz).. but i dont know if it would be good for long term.
Im now going to start working so i want to continue studying in the evening, but im not sure if to give Migros another go, or try somewhere else.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Hi All !

I'll be moving to Zurich within the next 6 months.
Since I will not be working immediately, I will have enough time to go to classes everyday.

Could you advise which would be the best school to do an intensive German language course at? My German is very basic, but I now want to be fluent!

Would Migros still be cheap and cheerful?

Thanks!
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Sorry for the previous posting. I will put it again, hope this time will look better

Hi all,
I just want to share with you my experience in Alpha Sprachstudio School just because I join this school classes after I saw posts on this site. I followed Alpha intensive classes during 3 months. During this time I change 4 teachers, two of them I can say that was very good but the others two were not good at all. I strong recommend you Dorothe and Jeanine.
I had also a very bad experience with secretary people. They are really unprofessional didn’t know how to resolve unexpected situation in their school. They also speak with superiority with people… and when you have something to complain they will just say “if you don’t like here you can change the school!!!” (Very nice advise from a person working in a private school. You can imagine after such a recommendation all my classmate change the school)
There are few very important thinks to note regarding this school:
1. It could be a good school if you have the chance to choose the teacher.
2. Try to avoid solving issues with secretary persons.
3. Don’t buy books from them. You can find it in stores cheaper from 5-10 CHF.
Another situation that you can face it there is that for example if you go and register for a course that will start after few days and something happened till that time (for example somebody died in your family and you have to go in your country) and you cannot start at that time (you want to postpone the course with one month) they will force you to give the entire amount for that course. They will not force you only if you will announce them with 10 days advance…
I Hoppe that my post will help in finding the perfect school for you.
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Old 01.09.2008, 23:41
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

My husband goes to EB. We paid 730 for 4 weeks, monday to friday. He's a total beginner and everybody else in the class already knows a bit. It's very fast for him, but so far he's keeping up with it with my help. He's in the second week and has to hold a short speech about his country already. I'm impressed. He has two teachers, one of them spelled his country of origin wrong, though..... =((
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Hello!

I also study at Migros and I find it a good place to learn German, especially if you are a beginner. In addition, the price is lower compared to other schools.

The problem with their website is true: they do not have an English version. But, if you call them, they will put someone on the line to speak in English with you.

They usually do not inform about their courses on the phone. You must go go there in person (call first and set an appointment). They want you to have a short interview and according to your level, they will tell you what courses their offer. This is how it worked with me.

Good luck!
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Hi,
I did a 4 week intensive plus course at Migros. I found it good, but feel i didnt learn as much as i liked. A few people in my class realllllly struggled so the teacher gave them all the attention and spent alot of time repeating the same things. I was lucky i did an introduction German course before i came to Zurich, as in the class they seemed to miss out on alot of really basic thing like the names of the Months, and the teacher barely went over counting. But i think it was more so, just bad luck with the students in the class. Overall i thought it was good for a beginners (better than my teacher in Oz).. but i dont know if it would be good for long term.
Im now going to start working so i want to continue studying in the evening, but im not sure if to give Migros another go, or try somewhere else.
Migros was happy for me to change classes when my level didn't match others in the class. You can also do trial classes for free to see if the group you are joining is at the same level as you.

Give them another try
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3. Don’t buy books from them. You can find it in stores cheaper from 5-10 CHF.
I'm two weeks into a B2 course at Alpha and although I read this thread before, I got lazy and got the books factored into my bill. It turned out that they (course book & workbook) cost me 59 CHF, whereas in Orell Fussli or Luthy bookstores, they work out slightly more expensive at about 64 or 65 CHF. Go convenience!

I'll get back to this thread later when I have more of a feeling for my course, but so far it's fine - I find the teacher very helpful and keen to correct little mistakes. Although the material so far is not particularly challenging, it's been 12+ years since I sat in a German class, so this gradual buildup is exactly what I needed.
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