Here’s the best way to learn German (or any language) from home

Learning a new language can not only boost your confidence and social circle but may also enhance your career prospects. Research even shows it could help protect against dementia.

Here’s the best way to learn German (or any language) from home
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With an online school, you can be tutored by native teachers in your own home – you don't get that with an app. Here are six reasons why joining an online language school like Lingoda could give you the best chance of learning German or achieving your other linguistic goals. 

1. Go to a real language school – without leaving home

Flexibility is vital in these strange times. Millions of people have found they can work from home. With Lingoda’s fully online classes, you can also go to school while remaining in the comfort of your own home.

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Fire up your computer, grab a headset and join a video class anytime, from anywhere. Everything you need is viewable in the video, so there’s no need to download anything beforehand. But you can review the materials later – perhaps while unwinding on your sofa or on a balcony in the sun.

2. Set your own timetable 

You love the idea of having the time and energy to dedicate yourself to studying a language. But even before lockdowns, it was hard to see how to fit it in. 

The solution is a real school that lets you set your own timetable. Lingoda fits around even the busiest lives, no matter your working hours, your time zone, or how many kids you have.

Video classes in German and other languages take place 24/7 thanks to an international network of teachers and students. Plus, you choose how often to study: just once a week or several times per day!

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3. Comprehensive content 

An online school can recreate an educational environment far more fully than a simple app. Many apps offer only a few dictionary or translation features. 

You may get little or no communication with teachers in an app and learn strange phrases you will never hear – or need – in real life. But with Lingoda, you’ll be writing, reading, speaking, listening, learning grammar and practising pronunciation. 

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4. Native-speaking teachers

Some language programmes soon leave you bored of the same recorded voice. When you join Lingoda’s live face-to-face video lessons, you speak with a qualified native-speaking teacher – and students around the world.

You’ll learn to recognise a variety of accents – just as you must in life. Just choose whether you want to learn German, English, Business English, French or Spanish. 

5. Staying connected

Fed-up of the phrase social distancing? While keeping physical distance between us is now necessary, so is human connection. Unlike learning alone with an app, Lingoda’s group classes have an average of three students – a small enough number for the kind of meaningful interactions you get in a physical school.

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Feeling below your best or having a pyjama day? No problem. Classes are held on the video tool Zoom but you can always join on audio only.

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6. Real world value

Imagine how great you’d feel at impressing your colleagues or friends by speaking a new language. Or the impact on potential employers browsing your CV.

Lingoda’s live lessons require you to think on your feet in preparation for the real world. Topics include typical expat challenges such as opening a bank account or visiting government offices, as well as how to make conversation at work.

Your teacher will encourage you to share opinions on topics as you discuss them. Simply memorising simple phrases like how to order a coffee or a cab will not cut it.

Ready to give yourself a chance of learning German or another language? Find out more about Lingoda – and start your 7-day free trial with a private class or three group classes included



Travel: Are neighbouring countries still open to Swiss tourists?

Borders between Switzerland and its neighbours are open. But given high coronavirus infection rates, border nations have tightened their entry requirements.

Travel: Are neighbouring countries still open to Swiss tourists?
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Yes, people from Switzerland can still to go to France, Germany, Italy and Austria, but it is not as easy as it was before the second wave of Covid-19 swept the entire region.

Of the four states bordering Switzerland, Austria is the easiest to enter.

For the time being, it does not restrict travellers from Switzerland. The borders remain open and no quarantine or Covid test is required for Swiss residents.

Like Austria, Italy has not to date implemented any access restrictions or quarantine requirements for Switzerland. The only condition set by the Italian authorities is that each person entering the country must complete a form declaring that they have not tested positive for Covid-19. Otherwise, it is necessary to observe a 14-day quarantine. 

However, before travelling south of the border keep in mind that Italian cinemas and theaters are closed, and restaurants must stop serving their customers at 6 pm. The authorities have also imposed a night curfew from 10 pm until 5 am.

READ MORE: How will lockdowns in France and Germany affect Swiss residents? 



Since October 30th, France has been in lockdown, which will last until at least December 1st. As such, travel on French territory is prohibited, except in well-defined cases — including trips to get to work, trips to buy essential goods, or trips for compelling family reasons — and on presentation of an ‘exit certificate’.


Unlike France, Germany has not implemented a new shutdown. However, restaurants, bars and leisure facilities like theaters and cinemas are closed until December.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said last week that the country's borders with its neighbours, including Switzerland, would remain open.

Gemany already placed Switzerland on its quarantine list on October 22nd, because Swiss Covid infection rates exceed those of its neighbour.

This means that anyone who enters from Switzerland must be tested on arrival in Germany. The tested person must then quarantine until the result comes through.

But the German state of Baden-Württemberg, which borders Switzerland, exempts Swiss arrivals from quarantine, under some conditions.

For example, those crossing the border from Switzerland to visit family and friends will be permitted to do so without quarantine, provided they do not stay longer than 48 hours. 

Baden-Württemberg's authorities are also allowing residents of Appenzell, Aargau, Basel, Basel-Country, Jura, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thurgau and Zurich to come to Germany without being tested, as long as they stay no longer than 24 hours.