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I wanted to learn German.
Apparently the Canton would like me to have a B1 certification ahead of considering my request for a C Permit.
Any ideas on how easy/difficult is it to get a B1 certificate and how much time I should devote to the same?
Also do I need to be enrolled into a school for the same or could I self study and take the exam separately?
Many thanks for any advise.
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Re: Learning German

Depends on your current German level. It is estimated to take 400 hours of study to reach cefr level B1.

You can self study and then take the exam. Or do a course and take the exam. If you do a course, they should prepRe you with mock tests etc.

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Many thanks.
And what is the better way of learning?
Self Study.
Studying in a big group.
Studying in a small group.
Any experience of being taught via Skype?
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Many thanks.
And what is the better way of learning?
Self Study.
Studying in a big group.
Studying in a small group.
Any experience of being taught via Skype?
That depends on the person and what kind of learner you are!
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Re: Learning German

Mark Twain estimated it took about 30 years to learn German, provided one was "gifted":

"My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years. It seems manifest, then, that the latter tongue ought to be trimmed down and repaired. If it is to remain as it is, it ought to be gently and reverently set aside among the dead languages, for only the dead have time to learn it."

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Many thanks.
And what is the better way of learning?
Self Study.
Studying in a big group.
Studying in a small group.
Any experience of being taught via Skype?
Go to the telc web site and download the B1 practice test from there and see how it goes for you. I did that and did OK, so I booked the real exam at the AOZ in Zürich and scored 90%. The practice exam is identical in format to the real thing, so you'll know what to expect. I did a three month course many years prior to that, nowhere close to 400 hours.

Good luck!

https://www.telc.net/en/candidates/l...ch-b1.html#t=2
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