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Language holidays in Germany - Has anyone tried it?

Hello All,

I was taking to someone last year about how he learnt German and he said the best thing he did was a 'language holiday'. I seem to remember him saying that he went to Berlin for a week or two and had intensive lessons in the morning and organised sight seeing tours in the afternoons all conducted in German. He also mentioned that the whole group stayed in a house together and socialised/ate in the evenings in German too although they were English speakers.

I am really interested in doing this but I would like some feedback. Has anyone here done this before? How did you find it? Was it 'too intensive'? Any companies or locations you would recommend?

I would be very grateful for your feedback!
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Re: Language holidays in Germany - Has anyone tried it?

Sounds like a great idea, since it gets so confusing between German and Swiss German, in Switzerland. Love to hear more, if you do it. :-)
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Old 18.08.2013, 22:54
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Re: Language holidays in Germany - Has anyone tried it?

Hi there,

I did it. I went to Berlin for two weeks in July, had intensive german classes and went on excursions with the school.

I stayed with a host, but she was talking too fast all the time with me even if I asked her to slow down, she said she doesn't do that, that it was like that. I had trains running under my window until midnight and starting again at 4am, and all the night through at weekends. So, if you go, ask details about the bedroom and its surroundings!

Some of the other student had either the same problem, or the host people were not always here in the evening etc.. Depending on your level, I would recommend you to ask to stay with a family with children. They tend to be more patient and to speak slower.

About the school, DID institut, it was really really hot in the classroom, no air conditioning and with the windows opened, we were annoyed by the noise outside. Most of the students were young and partying in the evening which means that during the class, they were a bit disconnected, shy to speak etc.. But teachers were very good and very well prepared.

Between students, we were talking most of the time in English as our level of German was not enough to always say what we wanted to say.

The city in itself is very interesting and captivating. But having, said that, I am not entirely convinced that it's the best way to learn German.

However, if you are thinking about going there, you can PM me to have more details on which questions to ask the school.
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