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English schools

I had a talk to Speedwell on finding a good English school in NYC. Then I thought we could discuss this issue broadly, meaning sharing our knowledge on the schools and more importantly on the different method each of us might know. For instance, I’m learning Danish now and I go to a school whose method was taken and adapted from an American method used in Korea to teach the Korean soldiers English. It’s a totally brain-wash method based on military attitude, but it works. It really does. It’s thus, don’t worry what it means, just keep repeating with correct accent and you’ll get it; and you’ll understand what it means later. It must first sound correct! And you should tune-in to be able to hear and understand the very native speakers. Unfortunately Americans don’t teach English in Korea anymore, otherwise I know which school to go to!

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An English school in NYC, and I'm in Texas, a thousand miles away. At least I'm in the same country! :)

That's a clue, about the method used to teach Korean students. I'll see what I can dig up. Any information from anyone else would be massively appreciated!

speedwell2 April 26, 2004, 10:13am

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This is not easy! I would feel OK recommending this as a place to start your search. Berlitz has a decent reputation. They also have a Danish homepage here: that is in Danish.

speedwell2 April 26, 2004, 10:26am

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But can one classify the Major methods of teach/learning English?
How have they been made? When and where have these method been started?
I'm getting curious all about it. It's now more than just to find a school for myself.

goossun April 28, 2004, 3:52am

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Wow, this IS interesting. I found this site:

It seems very informative... a whole book's worth of info there. A good start, anyway!

Berlitz teaches by something called the "immersion method," I understand, that involves exposing the student to the new language all at once and guiding him through to a limited extent. It's said to be very effective.

I asked my father, who learned English as his second language when he came to the US in 1956, and he said he went to a class held by a church, but it was not very formal and he wound up being the teacher's assistant the second day! He thinks the best method is just to move to the new country and start interacting with the people who live there. It's a little drastic--I mean, I don't want to just go move to Tokyo for no other reason than to learn Japanese, for example--but it's what he did, and it worked for him.

speedwell2 April 28, 2004, 4:22am

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C'mon for the sake of all poor-second-language-learners Speedwell. That's the whole point with my problem. If only I were living in an English country I wouldn't have much trouble as I do now. That't th eexact problem I do live where Hamlet died; where he called it "a prison" and I'm so pissed off with Britishs that they did not invaded Denmark once for ever so that we could today speak the languge I love. Alas! However your father is damn right, I should say.
But lets keep on the subject and wait for more comments.
(Seems that people visitingthis site less and less, don't you think so?)

goossun April 28, 2004, 5:15am

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yes, I am a monolingual idiot and it's surprising I ever learned to sing the mass in Latin. LOL. Well, my fiance is an artist too, and he goes to the Art Institute (of which there is a branch in New York City), and I'm having him ask there. No stone left unturned in the cause.

Berlitz undoubtedly teaches English classes, but I'm unsure if their Copenhagen location is anywhere close to you.

as far as traffic to the site... I just got here, but I talk enough for ten normal people. :))

speedwell2 April 28, 2004, 10:52am

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For my money the best way to learn is total immersion. From the time you get into class until the time you leave you speak nothing but the target language. However this does leave some gaps, so I would suggest adapting the system used by military and spy schools around the world (24/7 immersion) by finding books on tape and just playing and repeating them over and over and over again. I think this actually works best if you start the mimicry before you understand any of the words.

If you are working, you probably don't wat to exceed 6 hours per week of class. More than that and you stop learning the language and become less effective at work. Everyone is different though so YMMV.

searcher June 6, 2004, 3:26pm

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