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Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

Hi all!

I've recently moved to Lugano and would love any recommendations for where to take italian courses. I'm willing to travel a bit if need be and am also willing to trade my English (US) for Italian.

Thanks so much!!
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Old 13.03.2012, 14:17
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Get a local boyfriend/girlfriend!

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Hi all!

I've recently moved to Lugano and would love any recommendations for where to take italian courses. I'm willing to travel a bit if need be and am also willing to trade my English (US) for Italian.
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I admire your courage moving to a region you don't speak the language (or do you and you want to improve it?).

Seems you're a bit on the cheap side, however. Asking for the local language shipping in your remote one will not easily work out fine.

Go get a course pay for it, that would be my personal advice.


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I admire your courage moving to a region you don't speak the language
When I moved to Zurich, I didn't speak German (though I had taken one course at university).

When I moved to Ticino, I didn't speak Italian (and have never studied it).

Now I speak both.

Only language I have studied here is Rumantsch (French I already knew well).

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When I moved to Zurich, I didn't speak German (though I had taken one course at university).

When I moved to Ticino, I didn't speak Italian (and have never studied it).
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It's a choice.

And in fact - you are the proof - it can work out fine.


I think it to be quite risky, as not knowing the local language - also if a person might not need it at work (wonder what kind of work that could be) or in dialy life - probably will not enhance personal growing and ability in handling with routine.
If a person succeeds in going ahead it's despite the lack in local languages, not because of.


P.S. And I don't want to ask you again for how many years you have been here. ;P
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Hi all!

I've recently moved to Lugano and would love any recommendations for where to take italian courses. I'm willing to travel a bit if need be and am also willing to trade my English (US) for Italian.

Thanks so much!!
You don't say whether you work or study here. It shouldn't be too difficult to find someone who wants to improve their English and is willing to swap tales....put an ad at the local Univetsity. For courses try www.scuolaili.ch or even the council in Lugano. They do organise cheap courses for foreign residents from time to time.
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I think it to be quite risky, as not knowing the local language - also if a person might not need it at work (wonder what kind of work that could be)
Engineering.

French and German have been far more important at work in Ticino (and not just for me).

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Re: Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

Thanks all!

I am fine to pay for a class. Just thought I would leave the option open for a language exchange which might help me to meet other people as well. I've moved here to be with my boyfriend, so I haven't had to learn Italian in the work place yet as I am still jobless.

Scuola Ili looks great! Will check it out! Any other experience or feedback on schools would be very much appreciated
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Re: Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

I went to Migros but didnt find it that good , the books that help you study were in German French or Italian ( yeh in Italian to help you learn Italian I know Duh !)
A lot of people say the place behind the train station is very good, I dont know the name sorry
Also there is a language school opposite Parco Ciani on the main street before the traffic lights.
Do let us know how you get on
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A lot of people say the place behind the train station is very good, I dont know the name
http://www.scuolaili.ch/

My niece went there for three months before starting fashion design school in Milano.

Learned Italian well, but I don't think it was cheap!

http://www.scuolaili.ch/ili/index.ph...mid=32&lang=en

Fee:
1 week CHF. 360.- (20 lessons)
2 weeks CHF. 640.- (40 lessons)
3 weeks CHF. 900.- (60 lessons)
4 weeks CHF. 1’120.- (80 lessons)

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Re: Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

What someone who wants to learn a language could maybe do to find a private teacher is to pass by a Migros or Coop black board in the entrances. Normally you find some ads there and some of them aren't bad. Costs probably more than a group course but is individual and probably more flexible.
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Re: Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

Also look here for some inexpensive courses in Lugano. I haven't taken any of these myself, but a friend of mine took a course offered by Il Centro on Via Brentani.
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Re: Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

Thank you all so much!!
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Re: Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

I just did the 8 week Italian course at Migros and found it pretty good and reasonably priced. If you speak one of the languages at least you can get by pretty well, but with just English you would struggle in Ticino at least.

I also downloaded the Rosetta Stone Italian course from a well known free downloading site which I will also give a bash in the coming weeks.
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I went to Migros but didnt find it that good ...
A lot of people say the place behind the train station is very good...

Hi all!

I'm also looking for any reviews and opinions regarding Italian language study in Lugano.

Thought I would crystallize all the info so far:

Scuola Club Migros - 50% rating (1+ for, 1- against)
http://http://www.scuola-club.ch/
Via Pretorio 15 6900 Lugano
PRO: several course options, flexible, intensive courses offered
CON: "lesson books not in English," need group for discounts
2 weeks CHF. 680 - (40 lessons)


Scuola ILI - 2+ (the one by the train station)
http://www.scuolaili.ch/
Via Basilea 22 6900 Lugano
PRO: 1.5 reviews
CON: price
1 week CHF. 360 - (20 lessons)
2 weeks CHF. 640 - (40 lessons)
3 weeks CHF. 900 - (60 lessons)
4 weeks CHF. 1120 - (80 lessons)
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 12:15pm

Format
http://www.cfp-ocst.ch/
Via Serafino Balestra 21 6904 Lugano
PRO: cheaper than ILI... longer classes, start later
CON: ?
2 weeks CHF. 600 - (40 lessons)
3 weeks CHF. 800 - (60 lessons)
4 weeks CHF. 1000 - (80 lessons)
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm

CCT
http://www.cct.ch
Viale Cattaneo 27 6900 Lugano
PRO: evening courses, cheap
CON: non-intensive courses, need group for discount
7 weeks CHF 600 - (10 lessons for 4-12 participants*)
*if you have a group of friends/family/co-workers willing to join in on a language course

CTA Interlingue
http://www.interlingue.ch/

Via Monte Boglia 4 6900 Lugano
PRO: cheap, flexible course length, intensive courses offered
CON: need group for discounts
for 2 weeks | 1 to 3 months | from 4 months on
6 - 8 participants CHF 599.00 | CHF 1199.00 | CHF 1160.00
4 - 5 participants CHF 880.00 | CHF 1760.00 | CHF 1680.00
2 - 3 participants CHF 1190.00 | CHF 2380.00 | CHF 2366.00
per person a month

Euroscuola
http://www.euroscuola.ch/
Via Borromini 3 6900 Lugano (near station FFS)
PRO: several course options, diploma language prep, flexibility
CON: ?

Reist Lingue
http://www.reistlingue.ch/
Via Balestra 12 6900 Lugano
PRO: several course options, flexibility
CON: price*
2 weeks CHF. 700 - (40 lessons)
4 weeks CHF. 1400 - (60 lessons)
*price for intensive-study courses

ScuolaLingua
http://www.scuolalingua.ch/
Via Nizzola 2, 6900 Lugano
PRO: 1 lesson per week
CON: price, non-intensive study, length
24 weeks CHF. 1656 - (72 lessons)

As far as other language schools, there is:
ESL: esl.ch
USI: http://www.usi.ch/en/italian_course.htm
*open to USI students only


This is a good resource as well: http://www.lugano-tourism.ch/fileUpl...i%20lingue.pdf

Would love to hear if anyone has had experience with these schools!

Thanks.
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thanks so much!
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Hi all!

-cut- am also willing to trade my English (US) for Italian.

Thanks so much!!
I'm interested in language trading / exchange I'm italian mothertongue, graduated and magazine writer in italian, so, if you think it will be useful to do training, feel free to contact me.

bye, massi+
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Re: Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

great responses.. I go to restilingue in lugano centro.

1 month is 900 chf
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Re: Looking to learn Italian In Lugano

I've attended 3 different Italian courses in Lugano and my assessment is like this:

Scuola Club MIGROS
Enrolled to an Absolute beginner intensive course (5 days a week x 4 weeks)
Pros:
  • + Professional service
  • + nice and clean premises
  • + following a book
  • + speaking only in italian during the course
Cons:
  • - 2 instructors were losing connection between themselves
  • - absolute beginner was definitely a little above for absolute beginners

Scuola ILI
Enrolled to an A2 course (2 days a week x 8 weeks)
Pros:
  • + Welcoming & warm environment
Cons:
  • - No book followed
  • - weak teaching material (exercises in plain text or photocopies)
  • - weak follow-ups on homeworks
  • - courses does not start/end with levels, they enroll you on an ongoing course
  • - too many english (and other languages) spoken during the course
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