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

I can heartily NOT recommend the Benedict Schule!
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

My wife went to several schools and I had the discussion last weekend with friends - language courses are too complex to give a simple "good" or "bad". I know somebody who preferred Benedict over all others for having a tough test system in place and making students go back to a module if they did not pass the test - on the other hand do others not like that they cannot stick with the same teacher there fore ages...

so it is simply a personal thing - in which environment do you learn best? Whenever I had a language course, I must say that the school hardly mattered at all: It was easily 90% the skills, effort and personality of the individual teacher that made a course a success or complete failure for me.

So ranking schools is a bit silly unless for price or other measurable factors as the organization of the course, learning speed or similar.
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It was easily 90% the skills, effort and personality of the individual teacher that made a course a success or complete failure for me.

So ranking schools is a bit silly unless for price or other measurable factors as the organization of the course, learning speed or similar.

I completely agree with this statement.

I used to go to Belingua (completed A1 and A2), all teachers I had were good or very good. I also like the system when you write the tests, and if you are not successful, you might need repeat some chapters, and anyway it kept me more motivated (at least I tried to prepare myself for some tests). unfortunately my teacher has been replaced by the new one. And new teacher does not look experienced enough, or I just got used to the previous one....anyway I am in this thread, because I am seriously considering to change the school

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Old 30.05.2011, 22:42
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Just as an aside, are all courses following the same levels...

What I mean is, I am doing an independent course at the Horgen BZZ (further education college) and our courses are called A1, A2 etc, is this standardised across the board?

Who was it who wrote they got from A1 to B2 in about 6 weeks? I have been taking lessons since January and we are just on A2 now!!! (it is only 2hours a week though....)

This is so called Commong European Framework of Reference for Languages - A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 is equal to the native speaker understanding and speaking.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_..._for_Languages

And usualy its not possible to get so fast from A1 to B2 ... B1 level is suggested for using a native speaker in the lessons where previous levels recommend to have lessons partly in your own language (especially explaining German grammar)

Usually for a person who does 1X90 min lesson a week it takes about 4 semesters to get from A2-B1 and approximatelly same to each further level. But it also differs from the way you are using the language during "non active" learning - since you live in the country.

maybe someone else has answered the question already.. its just - I am a branch manager of one such school. Unfortunatelly we have no branch in Switzerland, so I will have to look for my own German lessons somewhere too :-)
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Has anyone done an intensive German course in Germany they can recommend ?? I was thinking about Goethe Institute as I did a beginners course with them a few years ago.
I am currently in the US but thinking about a month in Germany surrounded by Germans to get me kick started.
I know if I stay with in-laws and do a course in Zurich I will get VERY confused as they are not good at remembering to speak in High German. When I tried to learn a few years ago it was a disaster with them.
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Which is the best place to learn german in zurich.

Hi,

Can anyone hint or share your experience with regards to which is the best and cost effective place to learn German in Zurich. As its a really expensive course want to take some advice before joining in.

I was thinking about migros schule... Any suggestions or any other recommendations?

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Old 03.08.2011, 08:47
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Re: Which is the best place to learn german in zurich.

Good Morning, and welcome to the forum.

In my extensive experience, the best way to learn German (or another language), is to organise yourself a girlfriend/boyfriend with German as a mother tongue.
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Old 03.08.2011, 08:50
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Hi,

Can anyone hint or share your experience with regards to which is the best and cost effective place to learn German in Zurich. As its a really expensive course want to take some advice before joining in.

I was thinking about migros schule... Any suggestions or any other recommendations?

Ram.
I just signed up at Inlingua. They came highly recommended. I hear the cost is more but the quality is best.
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Old 03.08.2011, 09:07
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[...]the best way to learn German (or another language), is to organise yourself a girlfriend/boyfriend with German as a mother tongue.
I would assume a girlfriend is a lot more expensive than just classes. Considering eating-out prices in CH...I'd choose Berlitz over Helga.
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Re: Which is the best place to learn german in zurich.

In my experience the EB Zurich is great. I took all of my classes there and had great results. My tip to you is always go to class and do your homework, otherwise you can easily fall behind. You have to want to learn the language and put effort into learning. Good Luck
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Re: Which is the best place to learn german in zurich.

I studied at Migros Klubschule, and would generally recommend it (though interested to hear of others' experiences). I did evening classes (1h40, once a week) for a year, and started at B2 level as I'd done German for 6 years in high school.

There were 12 people in our class, but this quickly dwindled (in each semester) to around 4-5 regulars, so there was actually quite a bit of time for individual questions. I didn't spend as much time as I should have reviewing my notes or doing homework, and I think that if I had done so then I would have got more out of it.

I haven't ever had an individual tutor, but if I did then more self-study time would definitely improve your return on time (and money) invested. Either way, you probably need to spend at least as much time on individual studying as you do in class (as you would do at uni, for example).
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Re: Which is the best place to learn german in zurich.

I have been taking A1-1 intensive course at Migros Klub Schule since Jul. It is very good.
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Old 15.08.2011, 03:32
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Re: Which is the best place to learn german in zurich.

i learned german at EB Zurich for like 6-7 months. really had a great experience. they have really excellent and experienced teachers at the lowest cost. the low cost is because it receives a subsidy from the government, and thus does not reflect any diminished quality, unlike any other school like Alemania for instance that has indifferent teachers.

i have lots of friends from the course, with which i go out often and speak german outside the class. the breaks are really enjoyable if you get posted to the Altstetten school, cos they have got a school cafeteria with affordable munches and drinks. you can really talk freely and and with ease with your course mates. might be just the reason that i have lots of friends there.

many people have moved from other schools to EBZ and find it to be better than their previous school, so it must mean something.

have fun in learning german!
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Re: Which is the best place to learn german in zurich.

Langstrasse,Niderdorf,Katze see,Kreis 4 not necessary in this order
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Old 15.08.2011, 03:49
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And what's the name of that school/institute ?
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I studied at Migros Klubschule, and would generally recommend it (though interested to hear of others' experiences). I did evening classes (1h40, once a week) for a year, and started at B2 level as I'd done German for 6 years in high school.

There were 12 people in our class, but this quickly dwindled (in each semester) to around 4-5 regulars, so there was actually quite a bit of time for individual questions. I didn't spend as much time as I should have reviewing my notes or doing homework, and I think that if I had done so then I would have got more out of it.

I haven't ever had an individual tutor, but if I did then more self-study time would definitely improve your return on time (and money) invested. Either way, you probably need to spend at least as much time on individual studying as you do in class (as you would do at uni, for example).
I've had the same experience with the Migros Klubschule. It certainly gets better after a lot of people drop out and you get more one-on-one time.
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Re: Which is the best place to learn german in zurich.

hey i had the same problem in finding a school i started an intense german course at Alemania and its fantastic and really well priced it FR.540 for teh month and its every weekday for 2 hours for 4 weeks. i love it im doing the next level at the start of the month, there staff talk pretty much all languages and if you cant do week days they sort out classes that suit each person. its located in albiserdraplatz <--- I prob spelt that wrong but the tram number 3 and 2 stop right outside the school
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Old 12.10.2011, 11:36
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

I see that most of the info in this thread is quite old, so I was wondering if anyone would be able to provide some more up to date insights, especially about Alpha Sprachschule and Inlingua. I have had placement tests with both schools and they (luckily!) placed me at the same level. So now I have to decide which one to go for. The things that I am thinking about are:


Class sizes: Alpha had up to 10 people per class vs 3 or 4 with Inlingua (I think the amount of "floor time" for speaking is important as this is the area where I really need to develop)
Cost: Alpha is cheaper!!
Atmosphere at the schools: They both seemed friendly and relaxed, but maybe Inlingua seemed more geared to "professionals", which would be good for me as it might help with my German at work.


Does anyone have experience of these schools - what the teachers are like at the moment. good experiences, bad experiences?
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Hi - I have only been to Alpha - I did Group lessons for A1 and had an absolutely fabulous teacher but unfortunately for the class she got pregnant - so I started A2 with a new teacher - who I just couldn't get on with!

I have recently started back at Alpha for private lessons - to try and catch up and the teacher I have is fabulous and I definately recommend him.

But not sure if I will go back to Group lessons after my course of 10 private lessons are up - to be decided!
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Thanks very much for your input

It seems to be very much dependent on the teacher (as other people have said previously..!) which makes it such a tricky decision

I guess it's maybe a case of not signing up to too much and seeing how it goes!
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