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German Intensive Course - Bern

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I'm looking for German intensive course in Bern area. Any suggestions reg where it can be done. I'm searching language schools with condiderable fare. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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Mirgos Klubschule at Marktgasse fits the criteria but bear in mind that 60% of your classmates are housewives and house-husbands, and most of the your learning time will be spend on talking and discussions on stuff that has nothing to do with learning German.

Once, a Brazilian girl argued with the teacher about a German grammatical rule which doesn't exist in the Portuguese language. 15mins of my learning time went down the drain because the teacher has to convince her that that's how the German language works.

If you can travel, give VKHS in Fribourg a look-see.
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Hi Lord

Thanks for your reply.
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Migros courses are highly dependent upon the class and the teacher. You can have a great class and teacher - I did. What I hated though, was that the class met every day, 5 days a week from 8 to 11. Can't sit still that long. It also sucked the life out of the rest of my day. I was trying to get started on a research proposal and it just didn't happen.

If you're a morning person and have the patience to sit for 3 hours a day 5 days a week, and you get a good class.... it will be useful.
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Mirgos Klubschule at Marktgasse fits the criteria but bear in mind that 60% of your classmates are housewives and house-husbands, and most of the your learning time will be spend on talking and discussions on stuff that has nothing to do with learning German.

Once, a Brazilian girl argued with the teacher about a German grammatical rule which doesn't exist in the Portuguese language. 15mins of my learning time went down the drain because the teacher has to convince her that that's how the German language works.

If you can travel, give VKHS in Fribourg a look-see.
That is something I recognize all too well.

In my experience, you can learn quite a bit more through self-studies if you're somewhat gifted for languages. The pace of most language schools are set to fit the slowest student in the group, leaving everyone else rather frustrated.

Having said that, self-studies are only really effective if you have the chance to practice on a regular basis. If the language you learn is spoken all around you, start speaking it today! Don't think "I'll wait untill I'm a bit more fluent", that's the worst - and most common - mistake language learners make. You'll never get fluent if you don't speak.
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By the way, I am technically a "house wife." And I find that as long as people in the class are willing to speak German, it's really quite useful if they discuss trivial matters.

I try to speak German as much as I can in stores, on the telephone and etc. Lots of my conversations end up half-German half-English. The important thing is not to be too embarassed, be polite and smile even though you're making a mess of your speech. Now that probably doesn't work for a job.

But it's been rewarding. I get good service when I shop because I try. I even get a discount price at a local restaurant occasionally when I order all in German.

But I agree with Frontenac that speaking is critical. As much as you can.
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That is something I recognize all too well.

In my experience, you can learn quite a bit more through self-studies if you're somewhat gifted for languages. The pace of most language schools are set to fit the slowest student in the group, leaving everyone else rather frustrated.

Having said that, self-studies are only really effective if you have the chance to practice on a regular basis. If the language you learn is spoken all around you, start speaking it today! Don't think "I'll wait untill I'm a bit more fluent", that's the worst - and most common - mistake language learners make. You'll never get fluent if you don't speak.
Hi

Very crisp yet effective message. Thanks Frontenac. I do believe in self study and I do it in a website named livemocha. It's really very good and interesting. The problem is if we happen to miss a week, then a big gap occurs. Still the fact what both u and Edot meant is absolutely right..We cannot get unless we speak out...ich werde probieren

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By the way, I am technically a "house wife." And I find that as long as people in the class are willing to speak German, it's really quite useful if they discuss trivial matters.

I try to speak German as much as I can in stores, on the telephone and etc. Lots of my conversations end up half-German half-English. The important thing is not to be too embarassed, be polite and smile even though you're making a mess of your speech. Now that probably doesn't work for a job.

But it's been rewarding. I get good service when I shop because I try. I even get a discount price at a local restaurant occasionally when I order all in German.

But I agree with Frontenac that speaking is critical. As much as you can.
Hi Edot thanks for your message again. I'm also a house wife..doing the same as u as far as German is considered. So lets join hands together and improve our German. Ist es eine gute Idee?
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