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Maria L
Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece
Public Administration, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
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In Innbruck there is a dialect spoken which is hard to understand even for Germans. When people where talking dialekt, at least at the beginning, it was a nightmare. Only at the end of the semester could I understand and only if somebody was talking to me. When to locals were talking to eachother like always, it could have been Chinese!!!
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Paulo P
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Geography, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
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It was really important for me to be on a german course for Erasmus, don't miss it. Even if you don't pass on the 1st exam, in which they choose who can stay there learning, you can try to ask to let you be there.It's for free so don't give up. Also important is to be with other erasmus students, there are some who already have a very good knowledge of the language and they speak "hoch deutsch" that means that they speak the german you learn in school, not dialect, and they speak also slower..always important for someone that isn't native speaking:)Never speak in english...you need to improve your german.
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marcisko
The Poznañ University of Economics, Poznan, Poland
Tourism, Graduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
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Personal comments
whenn i came to innsbruck i could speak german but not austrian-tyrolian, it was a little bit difficult at the beginning to understand some people that was not speaking in german, but after a month i was ok
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Ciaran D
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
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Administrative / Institutional
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Personal comments
Initially very difficult to encourage people to speak german to me, especially other ERASMUS students. After, mainly socialized with Austrian students.
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Kjetil P
Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
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Educational
Administrative / Institutional
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Personal comments
Innsbruck is the capitol of Tirol and "Tirolerisch" can be somewhat more difficult than German. This, however, made it even more interesting to improve my German, to be able to understand and make myself understood in both traditional German-language speaking countries as well as the ones with types of German-dialect.
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gracela
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
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Personal comments
I arrived in Innsbruck with no knowledge of the German language but after a year I could get around and felt comfartable talking a little German.
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