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Colonnaden 96
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Since I came to Germany I have tried only Goethe Institute German courses before I changed to Colon, so I can not insist its the best language centre in Hamburg for I have not tried them all. However, I’m still taking lessons in Colone and our marriage is quite happy:)
There are three main differences why I find Colon courses far more better than Goethe:
1)You are given free test lessons to find á course which suits you the best.
2)Various programmes like business German/English, grammar etc
3)Colone is quite cheaper than Goethe Institute. And the more lessons per week you take the cheaper it is.
Search for available courses online or in information centre for some courses are not available at all times.

P.S My only claim would be that I can not afford all the courses I want:)

I went 2 times a few months ago, and the people on the entrance were so rude , that walked out, $months ago I decided to give a last try, still rude , but tried a class, left after 30 minutes, the teacher was 15 minutes late, she didn’t even apologize so I decide not to waste my time in that place.. rude staff, teacher coming 15 minutes late… no thank you.
So I decided to invest my time and money in a much better Language center, Deutsch Academy, and for much less

Stay away!!! Don’t be fooled!

Colon was recommended to my by my husband’s employer, so I gave it a try when we first moved here as I needed to learn German. Yikes! What a horrible experience.

I enrolled in a one-month intensive course. We had two teachers, er, we were SUPPOSED to have two teachers. The morning teacher was decent, and I learned some basics from him. The pace was pretty fast, and there wasn’t much time for speaking or practicing. I heard mostly the teacher’s voice and rarely the voice of my classmates.

As for the second teacher, we had more of a revolving door–two days with one teacher, then a day with another, then three days with a third. We finally got a good one, only she was let go as she didn’t have senority in the teaching pool….and she was replaced by a teacher who tried to humiliate us for asking questions. A group of us complained to the director, who gave us lip service about making things better. The bad teacher was gone a few days later, and by then it was the end of the course.

I felt angry, as I am an adult who wanted–and needed–to learn German as my family and I have relocated to Hamburg. Colon was expensive, and I do not think I got my money’s worth. I don’t know if the teachers saw us as a bunch of rich spoiled foreigners living off of our parents’ or husbands’ money, but they did not treat us as motivated Adult learners. After being insulted and not really learning anything, I found a MUCH better school, Sprachfix, where I finally learned German well enough that I could rightfully communicate and get a job.

Bottom line: not worth it.

I have been learning German at Colón for over a year and a half, and couldn’t have been happier. Before coming to Germany, I studied a year and a half at Tel Aviv’s Goethe Institute. Upon coming to Germany, I looked to find a school which rivaled Goethe in level and quality, as the Goethe Institute is extremely expensive in Germany. Colón, I am glad to have discovered, rivals The Goethe Institute easily, for study of German as a foreign language.

Colón conducts it’s lessons, levels and tests according to EU standard – this means that if you finished a certain level at another school which recognizes this European standard, you can fit in snuggly at Colón. This includes all standard levels from A1 through to C2, and additional certifications such as German for Business and all Zertifikat Deutsch tests (more info about tests is on their site).

I find the Colón staff to be helpful, friendly and patient (which is important, when you barely speak German). The quality of the teachers at the school vary – some of the teachers I have had experience with were extremely & surprisingly good teachers. Some others, I felt, were a little lacking in the patience and consideration department. This happens everywhere – and is not entirely Colón’s fault, but I have heard more than one horror story from a friend who’s teacher at the school was having a particularly bad day. To the teacher’s defense – I find my teacher to be a remarkable, educated and interesting woman, who has been one of the only familiar faces I got used to during my first months in Germany.

Prices at Colón, as a private school, are slightly higher than the community schools, but still well affordable. A morning or evening course, 3 times a week, 1.5 hours each meet is about 155eu a month.

What I like about Colón is that along with the language studies, it encourages it’s students to participate in cultural events and mingle. The school has a movie night at a nearby cinema once in a blue moon where it shows movies in easi(er) German, there are organized field trips, and a social round table for students every week at a nearby cafe.

Besides teaching (11 different) languages, Colón is also an international bookstore and a travel center. It provides an affordable health insurance plan for students, as well.

I feel I owe Colón a lot – it was, and remains difficult for me as a foreigner in Hamburg, Colón helped soften the blow, introduce me to others who are/were in my situation, and made everything just a little easier.

I needed to learn German quickly and was told to do an intensive class, which offers five lessons per day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. Unfortunately the next course wasn’t going to start for the next two weeks, but because I already knew a little German, I was able to join an existing course. The way this works is, you get to participate in a course a whole day for free, which means you can “test” it to make sure it is suitable. Afterwards you make your decision. I chose to do the afternoon course.

Unfortunately after four months or so, I had to leave my afternoon class because my working hours were changed. I asked if it was possible to switch into a morning class and this was no problem at all. I felt uncomfortable about moving at first, but the morning class offered to me,
was at the same level as my old class and I was able to try out the class again before signing up. In the end I stayed for about 6 months and left after completing the B2 level. I enjoyed going to class. It was pretty hard going at times (German is not so easy) but the lessons were really fun.
I had two really great teachers (Regine and Mathias). They were kind and patient. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep these after I switched into the morning class. My other teachers were also very good teachers. No offence!

I didn’t experience any of the rough things written below. The only thing that happened was we had to change our classroom twice. Then again, the rooms were tidy and offered enough space. What I find great is, that Colon is really easy to reach, no matter where you stay in Hamburg.
For me it was five stars!

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    Since I came to Germany I have tried only Goethe Institute German courses before I changed to Colon, so I can not insist its the best language centre in Hamburg for I have not tried them all. However, I’m still taking lessons in Colone and our marriage is quite happy:)
    There are three main differences why I find Colon courses far more better than Goethe:
    1)You are given free test lessons to find á course which suits you the best.
    2)Various programmes like business German/English, grammar etc
    3)Colone is quite cheaper than Goethe Institute. And the more lessons per week you take the cheaper it is.
    Search for available courses online or in information centre for some courses are not available at all times.

    P.S My only claim would be that I can not afford all the courses I want:)

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    I went 2 times a few months ago, and the people on the entrance were so rude , that walked out, $months ago I decided to give a last try, still rude , but tried a class, left after 30 minutes, the teacher was 15 minutes late, she didn’t even apologize so I decide not to waste my time in that place.. rude staff, teacher coming 15 minutes late… no thank you.
    So I decided to invest my time and money in a much better Language center, Deutsch Academy, and for much less

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    Stay away!!! Don’t be fooled!

    Colon was recommended to my by my husband’s employer, so I gave it a try when we first moved here as I needed to learn German. Yikes! What a horrible experience.

    I enrolled in a one-month intensive course. We had two teachers, er, we were SUPPOSED to have two teachers. The morning teacher was decent, and I learned some basics from him. The pace was pretty fast, and there wasn’t much time for speaking or practicing. I heard mostly the teacher’s voice and rarely the voice of my classmates.

    As for the second teacher, we had more of a revolving door–two days with one teacher, then a day with another, then three days with a third. We finally got a good one, only she was let go as she didn’t have senority in the teaching pool….and she was replaced by a teacher who tried to humiliate us for asking questions. A group of us complained to the director, who gave us lip service about making things better. The bad teacher was gone a few days later, and by then it was the end of the course.

    I felt angry, as I am an adult who wanted–and needed–to learn German as my family and I have relocated to Hamburg. Colon was expensive, and I do not think I got my money’s worth. I don’t know if the teachers saw us as a bunch of rich spoiled foreigners living off of our parents’ or husbands’ money, but they did not treat us as motivated Adult learners. After being insulted and not really learning anything, I found a MUCH better school, Sprachfix, where I finally learned German well enough that I could rightfully communicate and get a job.

    Bottom line: not worth it.

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    I have been learning German at Colón for over a year and a half, and couldn’t have been happier. Before coming to Germany, I studied a year and a half at Tel Aviv’s Goethe Institute. Upon coming to Germany, I looked to find a school which rivaled Goethe in level and quality, as the Goethe Institute is extremely expensive in Germany. Colón, I am glad to have discovered, rivals The Goethe Institute easily, for study of German as a foreign language.

    Colón conducts it’s lessons, levels and tests according to EU standard – this means that if you finished a certain level at another school which recognizes this European standard, you can fit in snuggly at Colón. This includes all standard levels from A1 through to C2, and additional certifications such as German for Business and all Zertifikat Deutsch tests (more info about tests is on their site).

    I find the Colón staff to be helpful, friendly and patient (which is important, when you barely speak German). The quality of the teachers at the school vary – some of the teachers I have had experience with were extremely & surprisingly good teachers. Some others, I felt, were a little lacking in the patience and consideration department. This happens everywhere – and is not entirely Colón’s fault, but I have heard more than one horror story from a friend who’s teacher at the school was having a particularly bad day. To the teacher’s defense – I find my teacher to be a remarkable, educated and interesting woman, who has been one of the only familiar faces I got used to during my first months in Germany.

    Prices at Colón, as a private school, are slightly higher than the community schools, but still well affordable. A morning or evening course, 3 times a week, 1.5 hours each meet is about 155eu a month.

    What I like about Colón is that along with the language studies, it encourages it’s students to participate in cultural events and mingle. The school has a movie night at a nearby cinema once in a blue moon where it shows movies in easi(er) German, there are organized field trips, and a social round table for students every week at a nearby cafe.

    Besides teaching (11 different) languages, Colón is also an international bookstore and a travel center. It provides an affordable health insurance plan for students, as well.

    I feel I owe Colón a lot – it was, and remains difficult for me as a foreigner in Hamburg, Colón helped soften the blow, introduce me to others who are/were in my situation, and made everything just a little easier.

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    I needed to learn German quickly and was told to do an intensive class, which offers five lessons per day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. Unfortunately the next course wasn’t going to start for the next two weeks, but because I already knew a little German, I was able to join an existing course. The way this works is, you get to participate in a course a whole day for free, which means you can “test” it to make sure it is suitable. Afterwards you make your decision. I chose to do the afternoon course.

    Unfortunately after four months or so, I had to leave my afternoon class because my working hours were changed. I asked if it was possible to switch into a morning class and this was no problem at all. I felt uncomfortable about moving at first, but the morning class offered to me,
    was at the same level as my old class and I was able to try out the class again before signing up. In the end I stayed for about 6 months and left after completing the B2 level. I enjoyed going to class. It was pretty hard going at times (German is not so easy) but the lessons were really fun.
    I had two really great teachers (Regine and Mathias). They were kind and patient. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep these after I switched into the morning class. My other teachers were also very good teachers. No offence!

    I didn’t experience any of the rough things written below. The only thing that happened was we had to change our classroom twice. Then again, the rooms were tidy and offered enough space. What I find great is, that Colon is really easy to reach, no matter where you stay in Hamburg.
    For me it was five stars!

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