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Language school websites - why no English?

It seems a bit chicken and egg to me. I want to learn German so I go to a language school website for further info, only to find the entire site is in..... German!!

http://www.k5kurszentrum.ch/
(De)
http://www.klubschule.ch/ (Fr/It)
http://www.vhsbb.ch/ (De)


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Re: Language school websites - why no English?

It's a conspiracy I tell you...
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It's a conspiracy I tell you...
Yeah, and it's been confirmed by the EU "Official Language of Euroland" department

Euro English

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where! more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
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Old 09.12.2007, 17:21
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Re: Language school websites - why no English?

I can see the irony, but seriously: Translations cost money. Good translations cost more money. And English is only the #5 widespread foreign mother tongue in Switzerland anyway.

English native speakers are privileged, their language is common because many non-native English speakers have learnt it. There's a very good chance you will get an answer in English if you write these language schools a mail or call them.

If it's not for financial reasons, why don't many countrywide active organisations have an Italian website? It is a national language.
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Old 09.12.2007, 17:31
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I can see the irony, but seriously: Translations cost money. Good translations cost more money. And English is only the #5 widespread foreign mother tongue in Switzerland anyway.

English native speakers are privileged because their language is common because many non-native English speakers have learnt their language. There's a very good chance you will get an answer in English if you write these language schools a mail or call them.

If it's not for financial reasons, why don't many countrywide active organisations have an Italian website? It is a national language.
But I'm willing to wager that a lot of their business comes from British, Kiwi, Aussie, Canadian, American etc.. students. But even if that isn't the case, where are their "national" languages e.g. French?

I think it actually speaks to the general Swiss ambivelence towards marketing i.e. We have a product, if you want it "fine", if not that is also "fine".

Here is a language school in London (teaching English),the first hit on google. As you can see, the site is available in several languages.
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Re: Language school websites - why no English?

No matter where you are there will always be language school websites without your preferred language. I went through this recently myself. It is really unbelievable that the owner of the business is OK with it. They lose business this way! Who is the manager? This really extends past language websites and into website design. Poor design=bad business.
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Re: Language school websites - why no English?

This article is really funny, well written, made me laugh today fanx!
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Re: Language school websites - why no English?

You guys got it all wrong......

It's the first test which you all must pass. It's a covert assessment.
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Re: Language school websites - why no English?

When I went to Migrosschule for my first ever German lesson, I went to reception, "Meine Name ist NAT... er... er... Anfanger Deutsch". I was met with a torrent of German... and an annoyed look when I said I didn't understand.

I don't mind it not being in English, but you know, I was doing beginners' German for a pretty obvious reason!
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But I'm willing to wager that a lot of their business comes from British, Kiwi, Aussie, Canadian, American etc.. students. But even if that isn't the case, where are their "national" languages e.g. French?

I think it actually speaks to the general Swiss ambivelence towards marketing i.e. We have a product, if you want it "fine", if not that is also "fine".

Here is a language school in London (teaching English),the first hit on google. As you can see, the site is available in several languages.

Along the same lines, I was quite irritated to find that the Louvre had all the descriptions of the art/sculptures only in French! If I wanted something in English I would need to buy those annoying headphones or take a guided tour.
It is not an ''international'' museum if everything is written exclusively in French
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But I'm willing to wager that a lot of their business comes from British, Kiwi, Aussie, Canadian, American etc.. students.
In my language classes I was often the only native English speaker. HOWEVER, nearly all of the others, from Bulgarian to Brazilian, spoke English well enough--certainly better than German. So an English website would help them too.
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Re: Language school websites - why no English?

get rid of your rubbish browser and use google chrome. it can translate pages automatically. well enough to get the gist.
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get rid of your rubbish browser and use google chrome. it can translate pages automatically. well enough to get the gist.
I posted this in 2007
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Along the same lines, I was quite irritated to find that the Louvre had all the descriptions of the art/sculptures only in French! If I wanted something in English I would need to buy those annoying headphones or take a guided tour.
It is not an ''international'' museum if everything is written exclusively in French
It's France.....silly French pride....
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Re: Language school websites - why no English?

The best place in Basel to learn German without a shadow of a doubt (and the website is in English)

http://www.academia-basel.ch/en/?req=language_de

And in Zurich:

http://www.hull-school.ch/index.php/en/german

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