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Island Monkey 22.11.2015 22:24

German [learning] ... where next?
 
I need to step up my language learning, and I'm not sure how. Currently I'm using Duolingo mainly, but I need to move on.

Torn between;

An intensive group language course
- Possibly would be too much info to take in in a short space of time. Suffer from social anxiety so learning in a group sounds horrendous, would probably sit and say nothing... then maybe I would be forced to and it would be good for me. Switzerland or Germany?

A once a week group language course
- Maybe slow progress, but could do lots of home learning in-between and would hopefully give me a structure for home learning. Best option cost wise.

A once a week private lesson
- Expensive, but tailored to me.

Or continuing to learn alone somehow.
- Maybe get some GCSE & A-level guides, but would be lacking structure, correction and speaking opportunities. A distance learning A-level?

My only options for schools near to home are Migros (cheaper) and Academia (probably better) . My grammar is not the greatest, I'm worried that will hold me back in a language school environment.

Any thoughts from those that have learnt in any of the above situations? Help me decide!!! :confused:

OBone 22.11.2015 23:13

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
you cant go too far wrong with migros IMO. if grammer is a problem, drop a level.

also go for some audo lesssons, i like using GermanPod101.com. you can download all of them from itunes for next two nothing and get a load of material. i like these as thez do the conversations 3 times, 1 in german - normal speed, 2 slowed down and 3 with translation.

Island Monkey 22.11.2015 23:24

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
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Originally Posted by OBone (Post 2490852)
you cant go too far wrong with migros IMO.

I've only heard bad things about migros on here... it's put me off a little.

3Wishes 23.11.2015 03:43

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Originally Posted by Island Monkey (Post 2490862)
I've only heard bad things about migros on here... it's put me off a little.

I think it depends on several factors - your learning style, your level going in, the students you're with, and the teacher. I had a good experience in a semi-intensive Migros class. :) There were 8 students. We met twice a week for 2 hours each time. I think it was for 10 or 12 weeks but I can't remember. Twice a week was frequent enough to keep material fresh, but not so frequent that I was overwhelmed and nothing stuck in my brain. :)

Regarding grammar, my German grammar is pretty weak but I get by. Migros breaks A1 into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. I started in the 3rd level of A1 since I'd already had some German in high school (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). I felt a bit out of place with my grammar in the first few classes, but the teacher keeps stressing it and using examples so you get the idea. Also the book contained all the lessons from the first two levels, so I could go back and do those lessons.

If you feel stuck with your self-learning, the Migros classes are not a bad option and they are more affordable than some of the other schools. Be sure to ask if you can sit in on a lesson to see if it's a good fit for you. :)

hairybadger 23.11.2015 11:17

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
I've had good experiences with Migros in Geneva, but as others have said it's very much dependent on the teacher. I've been learning German for the past four years: progress is on the slow side with only one lesson per week, but my teacher is first-rate.

I'm now learning Italian as well - am still happy with the teaching although I think my German teacher is stronger (or maybe I'm just more used to her style).

If you have the time and money to go for an intensive course then it must be worth a try :)

Island Monkey 23.11.2015 15:47

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
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Originally Posted by hairybadger (Post 2491070)
If you have the time and money to go for an intensive course then it must be worth a try :)

Time, but not really the money. I'd love to go to Hamburg or somewhere similar and do an intensive course, but not really an option, unless just for a couple of weeks.

Might give Migros a go!

sweeteaji 23.11.2015 16:29

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
why not meet some day(s) in a week in the evening and try our (even if bad) speaking skills. Ubung-Ubung machst meister!!

hairybadger 23.11.2015 16:57

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Island Monkey (Post 2491365)
Time, but not really the money. I'd love to go to Hamburg or somewhere similar and do an intensive course, but not really an option, unless just for a couple of weeks.

Might give Migros a go!

Migros do intensive and semi-intensive courses, but I have no experience of them :)

Aleydis 23.11.2015 17:00

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
Well, you won't learn to speak until you do it. Group course may also be a cure for social anxiety. Once a week is not often enough. Why not get out of your comfort zone and try semi-intensive courses? They are cheaper and you will have enough time to digest the things you learn. Do not speak English to anyone in the group!

PS I was told that one of the reasons why children learn languages faster is because they are not afraid to make mistakes.

sweeteaji 23.11.2015 18:21

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
ECAP offers a bit cheaper courses especially upto B1. But classrooms and demo tools are not as impressive as Migros.

dgerol 28.11.2015 09:04

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
While you are making up your mind for a formal course or tutoring etc, there are a number of internet resources that could give you a head start. One I used when coming here was http://yourdailygerman.com/learn-german-online-course/

ecastricum 03.12.2015 15:53

Re: German [learning] ... where next?
 
Hi there :)

Another option could be to have conversation lessons or practice your German language skills with someone online. You can have one on one lessons for really cheap with a native German speaker in Germany. They are much cheaper and really helpful.


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