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A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

I am getting my documents together to send to the Swiss Red Cross.
I am getting my qualifications recognised (nurse). I have two years to send
B2 in German (certificate). I am sitting A2 exam next month.
My major issue is practicing German speaking. Whenever I open my
mouth people switch to English!!!
I will be doing 4 hours a week lessons from November!
Any advise/suggestions?
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Old 24.09.2017, 21:42
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Re: A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

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My major issue is practicing German speaking. Whenever I open my
mouth people switch to English!!!
I will be doing 4 hours a week lessons from November!
Any advise/suggestions?
Just reply back, politely, in German! You can thank them and then explain you need to practice as you are learning. Ask them to correct you if you get something wrong. I use the same shops week in, week out, and most of the people in the shops know I am trying to learn and improve my spoken German. They help by just letting me speak, ask questions, pass the time of day etc.

I stopped at B1 but the most helpful thing I did was to find a native German speaker who wanted to practice English. We met, and still do, to chat together in both languages, exchange messages, again in both languages. If she makes mistakes, I correct them and she does the same for me, priceless.

Decide that tomorrow is the day you will not revert to English when someone answers your German question, have courage to massacre the language, and hope they will have the kindness to help. You have a goal, of course you will do it!
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Old 24.09.2017, 21:46
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Re: A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

A2 to B2 can be done in 6 months semi-intensively. 3 months with intensive courses.
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Re: A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

2 Years can be done easily, my wife did it in a year.
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Re: A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

I am in my late 30's and I am finding it
harder to learn vocabulary etc. Also an intensive
course is not an option as I have two young kids.
Thanks for the encouragement!!
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Re: A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

I started with absolutely no German around a year ago and am now half way through B1. Due to work I also wasn't able to take an intensive course so I did A1 semi-intensive, kind of skipped A2 (did some self-teaching and as I work in an office with mainly German colleagues I was constantly hearing and could practice in high German), and am now on a semi-intensive B1 course. I would say with motivation you can definitely get from A2 to B2 in a year - during my year of A1 to B1 I was terribly unmotivated and could have done a lot more and probably be around B2 by now if I had put the work in. Recently I have found my motivation and things have come so much quicker and easier, it makes such a difference. Since you have to reach that level for your job at least you should always have something to spur you on! You are so right about speaking practice though - I think without that it is really hard to feel like you're getting anywhere and breaking through that barrier of feeling like a complete idiot can be a difficult obstacle to overcome. Luckily I can practice in work all day but without that I simply wouldn't be where I am now. As someone else suggested, a tandem partner can be a great way to practice your conversational skills. It also helps because they are also learning your language so you don't have to feel so self-conscious when making mistakes.

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Re: A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

O P - you can do it, I did in French. You will need discipline. Start watching news every day, radio on in the morning as you go through your morning routine. Start reading in German, every single day. Make it a decompression task, something nice for yourself - your own investment in yourself, to alleviate the pressure and learn better. Do not think about your degree recognition. And arrange playdates every other day, only with local kids and local moms that will speak German with you. I had a very few classroom hours because I had an infant and no budget, but it worked for me and I had my degree recognized.
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Re: A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

A very easy way to increase your vocabulary is to read tabloids like 20min or Blick am Abend and the local gemeinde newspaper. They are always free, mostly short pieces and talk about rather interesting stuff. You can read some of the stories, use leo to translate words that you don't know, write it on the paper directly, cut the story out and glue it to a workbook or so. Then continue to revise and use these words till you know them by heart. This also has the advantage that it keeps you updated with the local news and gives easy conversational pieces you can use with other play date mothers etc.
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Re: A2 to B2 in 2 years- can I do it

Hi, when I arrived here my level was at half of A1 and, in 2.5 years I have received my Goethe Zertifikat C1. I work in English and speak in English/Spanish most of the time, watch TV in Spanish/French/English... so, it has been kind of complicated, but I joined a course 2h/day, 2x/week, with exams every two weeks (very important!) and I barely took any breaks. While doing C1, I also started doing tandem with a local, once a week and when I talk to locals (about insurances, to buy a car, in the supermarket...) I use German.

Since I am still not really fluent, I share my experience to let you know that, with a constant, moderate and regular effort, you can make it - obtain the certificate. However, I strongly recommend you to use your German on a daily basis using TV, newspapers, radio... everything you can and that will help you a lot to be more fluent than I am
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