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Hi folks, 3 months after registering myself in Migros KlubSchule I'm still waiting for the German A1 course to start, apparently there's not enough students to start the course, strange that in Zug not many people are interested in learning the beautiful German language . Well, I am, and while I wait for the course to kick in I'm playing with the Duolingo app and listening to "German with Jenny" in youtube while I commute to work every day. I feel that this combination is helping me to start as I find myself understanding some conversations around me and here and there I'm starting to use German in easy situations. Therefore I'm willing to go a bit further with this "online" learning and checked some online courses like Rocket German or Lingoni, the hardest part here was to find credible reviews in google about them. Did any of you already used these or other online courses and had a positive experience? Which recommendations can I get from you? Thanks a lot..
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I had the most success with Duolingo. For whatever reason their method of learning German worked for me. It will take one to approximately A2 level maybe low B1. It really helped me learn the basic mechanics of constructing sentences in German. It does not help much with actual speaking though, so a spouse or friend, etc. will need to to help you reinforce what you are learning.

I own Rosseta Stone German as well and did about half of it, I had ok results with it. It's probably more scientific than Duolingo but I just can't stand using the program, the navigation and slow pace annoy me, I just find it difficult to use.

I have no experience with Rocket German but I have heard of it.

I did the Migros A1 5 years ago when I first moved here and it was alright, I struggled with with it at the time being a newbie but I think it's the type of course you get out of it what you put into it, like most in life.

I definitely recommend Duolingo though and for like 50 Francs for 6 months you can use it unlimited without interference or annoying ads.
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The problem I find with Duolingo is that some of the sentences are pretty nonsensical and there are lot of complaints re this. Apparently it started out as a Pearson course that was taken over a few years ago and there have been problems where the old and new courses overlap that were never ironed out properly in the software. It has a habit of sometimes accepting an answer as correct, then later marking it as incorrect which causes confusion. For that reason I would never sign up to the paid version, but I do use the free one for a quick revision every day.

As a paid for service Babbel is much better and I also use one called Lingvist for testing out vocabulary and grammar which can be free or paid for.

I was taking term time classes twice a week, but decided at the end of last year to take a break for a few months, then I'll decide if I want to rejoin in August. In the meantime I've joined an ex-pat club in Basel that has conversation groups pitched a different levels so I'm doing that for 2 hours on a Monday. I am kind of missing the classes as I liked the tutor, but I was struggling as I wasn't as advanced as others in the class and it was affecting my confidence a bit. I hope I'll get it back via the small conversation group I'm in which has only 6-8 participants.
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I met a teacher on this website, who teaches for the FBI....sounded intriguing...granted I did not use her...but she did sound quite prepared....

https://www.verbalplanet.com/
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Thanks all for sharing your perspective and experiences. I'll check Babbel and VerbalPlanet while I continue playing with Duolingo. In the meantime I got confirmation A1 classes will start by the end of February so I'm looking forward to see how it goes. I honestly envy all of you who already overcame the language barrier Wish me luck...
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I use https://www.germanonlineinstitute.com/ well, I did, I need to book up another block, I'm reluctant because my teacher makes me speak german. Online groups or private, I did private, I think ut was around 25EUR per lesson, discounts for block booking
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