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Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

Hello,

I have already completed B1 Level in German and taking classes for B2 Level.
However i am still Not getting the needed fluency when it comes to speaking the Language .

Can anyone suggest how to improve my speaking skills ?

I found one program - HEKS who organize German conversation classes in Zürich but their Timings are not suiting me.

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Re: Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

There is an English Forum German speaking group in Zurich..

German Conversation Group Zürich

They seem to meet every Wednesday.
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Re: Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

Immersion, immersion, immersion.

Try to cut out English and/or your own mothertongue if different to English as much as poss. Watch German TV and films - a great way to start is watch movies or series you've already seen in your own language, so you know the plot, etc. Try to join activities with people who speak German- be it sport, art, whatever...

When I was young (50s/60s/70s) it was much much easier to learn a new language- without the internet, expat forums, satellite tv, etc- as you just had to go to a country and get stuck in. The effect on the brain was massive, painful even- but you learnt very quickly. Everytime your brain is allowed to switch back to your own language, yout take a step back. So how can you change your lifestyle to allow for immersion, which will massively increase the speed of learning. With total immersion, you can learn most languages to a good communicative level in 6 months.

If you spend most of your time with expats and on English internet, Skype, etc- it will take much much longer.
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Re: Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

What Odile said and take at look here:

http://www.ebzuerich.ch/kursprogramm...e-deutsch.html
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Re: Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

Thanks everyone for suggestions.
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Re: Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

A SO who only speaks German.

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Re: Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

talk to other people, talk to yourself, talk to anyone you can find, and do it in German. if you are studying at the B2 level, then you already have enough German at your disposal to start living in the language on a daily basis. the good news is that the truly hard part is behind you.

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Re: Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

What everyone else said and find a Tandempartner as well! There is a thread on EF on which you'll be able to meet someone in order to swap your language for German.
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Re: Suggestions needed to improve fluency in speaking German

In addition to everything that has already been said you can also try to find a tandem partner on this webseite:

http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch/lerngruppen/

I know a lot of people who found good tandem partners there and I myself benefited a lot from the three I had while living in Portugal.

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