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Old 24.03.2010, 09:46
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New to Basel (Need help with German)

Hello everyone,

Just got here in Basel 2 weeks ago and like the place already

The only thing that's bothering me is that I speak no German at all, most all the people I talk to speak English but when you're in a group and you are the only one who doesn't speak German and all the group switches to English for your sake ... mmm .. you know also in the malls and shopping centers .. everything is in German and you feel alienated

So am starting German courses soon, but would like to get some help from a native speaker .. Swiss or German .. and in return I can help in both English or Arabic

If anyone's interested PM me

Enjoy the sun

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Old 24.03.2010, 10:07
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Welcome! And don't forget to check out the conversation classes at Centrepoint (www.centrepoint.ch)
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Old 25.03.2010, 18:44
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Hey, you should start with this online course, its free and pretty good. U can do as little or as much as u like.

I have just completed the last 2 weeks of a beginners course and to be honest its VERY simple stuff, if I were you I would do the basics online and see if u can do the last week or a beginners course THEN get straight onto A1 level. It will just save u time and money..
I am taking intensive lessons with Migros in Aarau.

http://www.dw-world.de/deutschinteraktiv.
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Old 27.03.2010, 12:18
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Thanks NotAllThere, ktoneill, nice tips

But isn't it better to like practice with someone .. face to face .. you kind of recall things better that way .. or at least thats what I think

But in all cases, I think the online courses are a good idea

btw, is there a schedule for the migros course to run on weekends (Saturdays)?? or maybe in the evening in working days cause I finish work around 6 or 6:30

Thanks once more
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Old 27.03.2010, 12:35
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Hello Ihabz,
Welcome to the group. I am in a similar situation (i.e. cannot speak/read/write German) and unfortunately all the communications that you will get from the canton will be in German and you will need to ask for assistance from someone who knows the language.
However, meanwhile I have started some basic lesson on livemocha.com (free for first 4 parts).
Once I know some basic words, I plan to join classes or social groups for learning German.
By the way, this is my fourth week in CH.
All the best.
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Old 27.03.2010, 12:36
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

just registered at the CenterPoint site .. seems very interesting!
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Old 31.03.2010, 19:30
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Hey Tkn,

Its my first month here too .. everything is lovely except for the "everything in German" .. that makes me feel a bit uncomfortable

Drop me a private message if you join any of the groups for introductory English conversations

BR,
Ihab
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Old 31.03.2010, 19:33
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

isn't centrepoint just for conversational German....i.e you need to be able to speak German ? they won't teach you just help you practice
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Old 31.03.2010, 19:53
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mmm .. no clue .. will check that out

thanks for the tip yupnya
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Hi Ihabz! I'm in the same situation, arrived to Basel a month ago and speak very little german. I signed up in Migros klubschule for A2 level course and I'm beginning next week and I hope it will help, but so far I find it quite unconfortable everytime a group of people have to switch to english because of me

Let me know if you find (or create) any interesting group to practice spoken german.

Cheers!
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Old 04.04.2010, 23:27
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Hi Neubasler,

Am going to register for Migros KlubSchule also .. but how are you going to get to level A2 and you don't know any german yet? shouldn't it be A1

Will sure tell you if I manage to assemble a group

Happy Easter

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Old 04.04.2010, 23:51
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

I will meet someone from my company next week and try to arrange for German classes.
Sometimes I ponder if it will be worth it because we use English for all work-related things and it may take at least a couple of years to learn basic German and then it is the time to leave the country......
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

You could try posting in this Thread about tandems for language learning.

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Swiss friends think it MOST odd when I explain that we ex-pats actually are aliens.
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Old 05.04.2010, 13:33
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I will meet someone from my company next week and try to arrange for German classes.
Sometimes I ponder if it will be worth it because we use English for all work-related things and it may take at least a couple of years to learn basic German and then it is the time to leave the country......
You never know what will happen .. maybe you will stay .. maybe you will leave but the language makes you have some good friends here! .. maybe you will leave and use the language some other time in your life .. you just never know .. if you have the time just go for it

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You could try posting in this Thread about tandems for language learning.

Swiss friends think it MOST odd when I explain that we ex-pats actually are aliens.
Thanks Longbyt, already did that

and yes, you just feel "out of this planet" when language is a barrier

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Old 23.04.2010, 00:30
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Still haven't started a group or even found a single person that is interested in my English .. and willing to improve his/her English for some German

mmm .. thought that would be much easier :/
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Old 23.04.2010, 00:35
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Have you had a look at the BBC language site?
It might help you to get started, if only with just a few words.
Try the link above and see if it helps.
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Old 02.05.2010, 16:58
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Try to make an add here

http://schweiz.kijiji.ch/f-Unterrich...QQCatIdZ200084

I am Swiss and owning a private school but can't help you at the moment as I will not have the time in the next few month.
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Ya I completely know how you feel!! I never felt so alienated, isolated and I guess even a bit stupid as I do since moving here, because so many people speak English as a second language here in Basel and have to switch to english when Im around...for me it causes such a bad feeling to not be able to speak German and I have been here almost 6 months...I am turning into a recluse or hermit and barely want to leave the house most days ugh! LOL
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Old 08.05.2010, 23:03
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Re: New to Basel (Need help with German)

Thanks LongByt & Roman for the tips! The BBC thing is really nice

AvaLace ... I've been here for 2 month .. and piking up words but I think it will be at least a year before I get a basic understanding of the language! started some self study as I haven't found a tandem partner yet and will join Sprachenzentrum course in a couple of month
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