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Intensive German course-Recommendations?

Hi,

can anyone reccomend an intensive german course they have done? i'm a total begginer, but i have 2 weeks spare before I start work. I will be moving to Basel, but am happy to do a course anywhere in switzerland, germany, austria (if accomodation is provided).

There are so many to choose from, which is why i'm seeking one that comes with a reccomendation.

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Old 08.03.2008, 05:03
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Re: Intensive German course-Reccomendations?

To be honest Switzerland is probably the worse place to learn German because when you leave the classroom you wont hear "high" German as taught in school. The local dialects here are nearly foreign languages compared to high German.
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Old 08.03.2008, 10:41
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Re: Intensive German course-Reccomendations?

The local supermarket company MIGROS do high German language courses at numerous places throughout Switzerland. Search this forum to find details or use Google.
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Re: Intensive German course-Reccomendations?

I did my intensive course at the HDS school it was fantastic and i really learnt to speak German fast. Goodluck with your move, and learning German
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Re: Intensive German course-Reccomendations?

did I understand well, would you like to do an intensive course during your 2 spare weeks? In this case it might be a bit difficult for you to attend such course as normally they last 6-12 weeks minimum.... A solution (although I would say an expensive solution) would be private tuitions...
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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

Hi,

I'd be an absolute beginner and I'm thinking of taking an intensive German course for a month or so in Germany (or Austria maybe?). HDS was mentioned in this thread, but I couldn't figure out where it is from a Google search. I heard of the Goethe Institut before and they seem to be as well respected as the British Council or Alliance Française. Any comments or previous experience with their schools in Germany?

Thanks very much.

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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

in basel go to NSH just few blocks from the train station there is also the goethe intitute there migros it depends on the place but i give it 3 out of 10 there is also inlingua its avarage 6 out of 10 there is lingua nova in aarau 8 out of 10 very nice .But all depend on who you stay with and which language you use as you aready know practice makes perfect
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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

I know you say Basel, but if by some chance you end up in Zuerich, then I recommend this school

http://www.alemania-deutschschule.ch/

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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

Hi,

Thanks for all the recommendations. I checked out some of the suggestions and they sound good. However, like Snowboardspice I am also looking for a 2 week intensive course in Zurich but no one seems to offer that .........

Any other suggestions?

Thanks a lot everyone!

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Hi,

Thanks for all the recommendations. I checked out some of the suggestions and they sound good. However, like Snowboardspice I am also looking for a 2 week intensive course in Zurich but no one seems to offer that .........

Any other suggestions?

Thanks a lot everyone!

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private tuition, it costs 2-3 times more but you can decide when and how long
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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

bump (curious that this forum doesn't have a smilie for that)

I'm looking for an intensive German class for 2 - 4 weeks in Germany, does anyone have any experience with this? There is a whole slew of classes with a simple google search, but I'm looking for something that will really kick me in the pants so I can get up to speed. I'm somewhere around A2 now, but my grammar is atrocious.

I've found the Goethe institute, which is a well known name so I'm tempted to go with that, but again would be very happy if anyone could share first or second hand experiences.

(as background Summer is typically the slow time in my office and with the current economic climate they would be happy for me to take some unpaid leave, I would also be happy for the extra time off, but am too much of a goal oriented person to just sit in Zurich for 2 weeks playing video games so this feels like a good fit, just need to make sure it is a good school with lots of German immersion activities available nearby, it seems too hard to get those here in Züri Deutsche land)
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I've found the Goethe institute, which is a well known name so I'm tempted to go with that, but again would be very happy if anyone could share first or second hand experiences.
I've heard very, very good things about Goethe Institut, but I don't have first-hand experience.

I ended up spending last summer in Dresden in eastern Germany and I was happy overall with the experience. The Technische Universität Dresden Institute for Advanced Studies (TUDIAS) offers intensive German, A1 through C1, in sessions of 3-4 weeks from July through September. I missed the deadline for the first session so I started out in a small private school which wasn't very good and then went to TUDIAS for the second session.

Almost all students were naturally around university age (18 through late 20s), but the few 40-somethings seemed to have no trouble keeping up with us in the numerous extra-curricular activities encouraging us to speak, e.g. field trips, sports, films and boardgames/chatting in a bar. There was at least one class per level and class sizes were 10-20.

It's not shiny and clean like Bavaria or Switzerland, but Dresden is a beautiful city with a lot of culture. It's home to the Semper Oper and the surrounding Elbe River Valley hosts many castles including those of the Saxon kings. Nearby Leipzig is also a treasure for classical music lovers. Eastern Germany has a lower cost of living and most people on the street (except Berlin) don't speak much English -- a potential plus for your language study.
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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

I heard good things about http://www.benedict.ch/zh,sp,xk,deutsch_intensiv_eng

Thinking about sending my better half there....
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I heard good things about http://www.benedict.ch/zh,sp,xk,deutsch_intensiv_eng

Thinking about sending my better half there....
I'm sort of looking for an excuse to get out of Zürich for a bit, but that would probably be good if I wanted to stay in town, I need to wait for approvals etc. at this point anyway so have some time to decide (I wanted to get in in June, but at this point that seems a tad rushed)
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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

I did an intensive course for 3 weeks at Innsbruck university when I first arrived.

It is direct on the train from here, and a gorgeous city. It is not hard to find accommodation, as there are either hostels, or you check out the university notice boards for sub-leases as it is summer holidays.

They also have activities organised daily in the afternoons.
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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

I am very happy with http://basel.inlingua.dreamproduction.net/
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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

There is 1 month summer school ( 6 hours a day) in Würzburg, Germany. Colleagues who joined were very postive about it, but I haven t tried personally.

http://www.learn-german.com/welcome/...ces.htm#preise
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Re: Intensive German course-Recommendations?

Hi there,

Alpha Sprachstudio (Stadelhofen)has a good intensive course. I also heardaboit a German Course subsidized by Migros that seems quite affordable. Good luck!
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