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Old 29.11.2019, 16:45
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Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

Does anyone know of any intensive language courses (German and/or French) that focus on speaking rather than sitting learning grammar? Preferably in Germany/France due to cost. Google searches are coming up blank. Thanks
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

What you are looking for is a private tutor or one-on-one lessons. Either in a language school or at your home.
If I didn't have individual lessons, I would have never been able to speak German fluently. Or to get my C1 language certificate. It really did help me a lot. It's like taking your language skills to a whole new level. (I don't think I'll ever be motivated/capable to go for C2 though...but who knows, some day, some day)
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Old 01.12.2019, 14:13
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

I agree that private lessons are worth a look. In a group class, there's often a set curriculum the instructor uses. You might get some speaking in, but a lot is book work.

I took private French lessons, and I loved that the instructor could spend more or less time on particular areas that I needed. We did a lot of speaking practice, because I mostly need French to handle conversations and less to write or read.

What kind of budget are you looking at? You can probably find a Skype tutor willing to speak with you for a very reasonable rate.
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

Skype could be an option. I canít afford private lessons at Swiss prices!
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

I have been taking classes during school term times for 3 years now and am still not speaking German. I have 5 lessons left before the holidays and have decided to take a step back as I've found I get too bogged down in all the grammatical stuff. I wanted to give up earlier in the year but the teacher persuaded me to stick with it. The teaching method is no longer working for me and I need to find something else.

Problem I have is everyone I meet wants to speak English with me. Husband's problem (he attends the same classes) is that being a software programmer everything he does is in English and all of his daily meetings at work are conducted in English. The Swiss guys he works with don't want to speak High German as they hate it.
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

I used one of the internet portals for German language teaching (almost exclusively speaking as I needed the practice for the Geothe Institut exams) and found a teacher I really like. I managed to persuade them to do the speaking classes without going via the portal and I now pay directly without the add-on charges.

It's a bit convoluted and took a while. I finished with an earlier teacher 'cos he ended up shouting at me: I'm slow and he was tired. However, i am still a slow German learner.

It's taking a while to improve my fluency although I passed B1 (the original aim) but I get by with strangers. The moment I talk to a colleague or cross the border into Germany, it all clams up.

Good luck and hope that helps.
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

The saddest thing for us is we really like our teacher. He's the same age as us, has the patience of a saint and is very aware I'm a bit out of my depth at the moment so is not too hard on me.
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I have been taking classes during school term times for 3 years now and am still not speaking German. I have 5 lessons left before the holidays and have decided to take a step back as I've found I get too bogged down in all the grammatical stuff. I wanted to give up earlier in the year but the teacher persuaded me to stick with it. The teaching method is no longer working for me and I need to find something else.

Problem I have is everyone I meet wants to speak English with me. Husband's problem (he attends the same classes) is that being a software programmer everything he does is in English and all of his daily meetings at work are conducted in English. The Swiss guys he works with don't want to speak High German as they hate it.
Ask him to do roleplays. They can be quite engaging and motivating.
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

Check out preply.com and find a private teacher online. My son is using it for Japanese and my sister in-law uses it for Arabic. There are teachers of all abilities and prices and there are no commitments if it isn't working out for you.
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

http://www.upcge.ch/en/



50 CHF for semestr
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

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I have been taking classes during school term times for 3 years now and am still not speaking German. I have 5 lessons left before the holidays and have decided to take a step back as I've found I get too bogged down in all the grammatical stuff. I wanted to give up earlier in the year but the teacher persuaded me to stick with it. The teaching method is no longer working for me and I need to find something else.

Problem I have is everyone I meet wants to speak English with me. Husband's problem (he attends the same classes) is that being a software programmer everything he does is in English and all of his daily meetings at work are conducted in English. The Swiss guys he works with don't want to speak High German as they hate it.
Cherub, is your teacher a native German speaker? I find they tend to bring in too much grammar too soon, like grammatical cases at A1 level.

Your husband must work where I do as well.
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Re: Langauge course [Speaking focus]?

My tutor is Swiss. In the end we decided to take time out for the first half of this year, OH's main problem last year was his mother was very ill for months and she eventually died, so he lost focus as he was spending a lot of weekends in London. Because of the strain he was under I was more focused on getting him through a stressful situation.

I've joined a conversation group in Basel via an ex-pat club and have done 3 short OU courses with a fourth just started to (free via Future Learning). I've also got an audio course which I plan to focus on next week when I'm in Scotland as I have a lot of free time.

The lady who takes the conversation group is Swiss, but speaks High German. It's not about getting bogged down with grammar, she just interjects now and then to correct you. There's about 6 of us, all have had lessons and all are struggling to speak.

I'd like to think I'll be able to get back into it and rejoin the class in autumn as I really liked the tutor, same age as me and a very patient and lovely guy.
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