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What to do in November in Switzerland?

VOX Cultural Digest, Issue N.4 Remember, remember the 5th of November. No, not only the 5th! November is a month full of learning, exploring, and experiencing. Whether you’re looking to learn about different cultures, languages, literature, or exploring different museums and festivals, November has something for everyone. We made a list of festivals in Zurich…

The Perfect Book for Language Learners: levels B1-B2

VOX Cultural Digest, Issue N.3 Books are a uniquely portable magic They can take you anywhere, and inspire you in ways like nothing else.  Stephen King We know that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. That’s why we have put together a list of our favorite books for…

Events in October 2021

VOX Cultural Digest, Issue N.2 October is a month full of learning, exploring, and experiencing. Whether you’re looking to learn about different cultures, languages, literature, or exploring different museums and festivals, October has something for everyone. We made a list of festivals in Zurich and around that are taking place in October. Zürich liest’21  Zurich,…

Meet the founders of VOX-Sprachschule

Movies Based on Books: Our TOP PICKS

VOX Cultural Digest, Issue N.1 What is the best way to unwind and learn about a new culture and practice a foreign language? Our chips are on movies and books or a combination of both: a movie based on a book!  Here is our list of top picks for movies based on books in German,…

Why learn German in Switzerland?

If you have been living in Switzerland for a while you will have noticed that many locals speak English or other languages well. You will also have noticed that German speakers in Switzerland speak Swiss German, not Standard German (Hochdeutsch) as their mother tongue. Learning (Standard) German can therefore seem pointless and overwhelming, particularly in…

How to be German? Top 5 steps!

Step 5 Klugscheissen. As a marketer, I was always told: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. In Germany, it’s the opposite: Never let a story get in the way of truth. For Germans, truth is sacred and prayed to from the altar of fact. Therefore, it’s also very important…

How to be German? Top 5 steps!

Step 4 Hate Schlager, know every word. If you’ve ever seen the 1999 movie Idle Hands, you’ll know there’s a rare condition called Alien Hand Syndrome, in which a person’s hand develops a will of its own, actively working against the wishes of its owner. Germans suffer from a lesser known but equally debilitating condition,…

How to be German? Top 5 steps!

Step 3 Stick to the rules If you’re been to the cinema here, you’ll know the seats come in two types and prices – neckache and non-neckache. Neckache is the first rows from the front, and to be at the back you’ve got to pay more. I’ve not seen tiered seat pricing in other countries.…

How to be German? Top 5 steps!

Step 2 Say what you mean English is not about what you say, but how you say it. German is both, but more the former. So what Germans say tends to be direct and prepared with minimal ambiguity. Ruthlessly efficient, if you will. In English, for example, if you want someone to do something for…

How to be German? Top 5 steps!

Step 1 Speak German Every nation has done things it should be embarrassed about. Dark acts in its history. The Germans are no exception. You know of what I talk – the German language. Deutsch is mostly an incomprehensible jumble of exceptions. A dungeon designed to trap foreigners and hold them hostage, repeatedly flogging them…

Foreign Languages as Key to Success

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Although this quote by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is already more than a hundred years old, it is especially relevant again in today’s world. Languages open doors for you in many ways. How best to learn languages and what role stays abroad play in this.…

Integration across all borders

As fate would have it, he came to Switzerland with his family as a sixteen-year-old boy. From being silent to starting to speak he developed and refined his own method of learning foreign languages – far more effective than what we are used to from school time. He is ready to share it with all…

Learning a New Skill Through a New Language

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things is learning or experiencing something new. It keeps life interesting, can help us with our career and even keep our brains healthy. When you know the basics of your target language (the one you are learning), you are ready to use it to gain…

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