Reviews of A Door to Italy, Genoa, Italy

Total No. of Reviews: 44
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A Door to Italy, Genoa, Italy
4.2/5.0 
(44 reviews)
City 4.5/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.5/5.0 
Social activities 3.6/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 4.1/5.0 
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Host Family 4.3/5.0 
Shared flat (apartment) 4.1/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
30. Jun. 2014
1. Georges (75 years)  - 
1. Long weekend course - 1 week

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16. Oct. 2013
2. (34 years)  - 
2. Italian and cooking (20 language + 9 cooking) - 4 weeks

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The quality of teachers is high. Fun lessons. Information booklet by the school(with the information of hospitals, taxi, bus etc.) is helpful.
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You should not expect too much for the accommodation.
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I booked and paid for the middle category homestay though, the same room was appeared as the economical category on the school website. I didn't realize till I came back home.
10. Jul. 2013
3.  -  United States
3. Intensive 10 (code I10) (20 group + 10 individual) + Weekend Crash Course - 1 week

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variety of teachers, their positive personalities and professionalism
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In my opinion, this school is best for short stays. Courses for longer stays aren't planned as well as they should. This is feedback from students who wanted a structured study plan for long term goals. Mention this to admin if you plan on studying long term. Ask for an individualized study plan up front, but dont reject the school before giving them a chance
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I had a rewarding crash course with a variety of techniques and exercises..great for me as a language teacher.
9. Aug. 2012
4. (31 years)  - 
4. Standard (code SG) - 2 weeks

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the lesson structure, the teachers
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the will and the desire
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thank you very much! I am very happy! a great school!
11. Oct. 2011
5. Maria (20 years)  -  Russian Federation
5. Standard (code SG) - 2 weeks

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24. Aug. 2011
6. (56 years)  - 
6. Conversation Course - 2 weeks

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The lessons with my teacher Federica, the very good atmosphere in the school.
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Go with the weekly bus ticket to Bocadassern (Line 31) and to Nervi (Bus 15). Go to Pegli by ferry (weekly ticket is valid). Visit Portofino by train and bus .
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I definitely want to come back next year and put the finishing touch for my own Italian classes.
3. Jul. 2011
7. Patricia (51 years)  - 
7. Standard (code SG) - 1 week

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20. Mar. 2011
8. (21 years)  - 
8. Standard (code SG) - 2 weeks

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All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. I also liked the small class sizes (2-5 students).
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'Cinque terre' is worth a visit.
4. Oct. 2010
9. (42 years)  - 
9. Standard (code SG) - 1 week

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That my teacher paid attention to the individuals... and that he didn`t discuss certain material stubbornly
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Our apartment was unfortunately very dirty, I was happy that I brought my own sheets for my bed. The mattresses in the rooms were also very poor
13. Sep. 2010
10. Anna (26 years)  -  Germany
10. Standard (code SG) - 4 weeks

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26. Aug. 2010
11. (58 years)  -  Spain
11. Standard (code SG) - 2 weeks

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Teachers enthusiastic, experienced, concentrated very much on oral communication. Small classes - we were only 3!
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As I intend to stay in Genova for a while, I've enroled for evening classes at "A door to Italy".
24. Aug. 2010
12. Mikhail (23 years)  -  Russian Federation
12. Standard (code SG) - 3 weeks

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16. Aug. 2010
13. (29 years)  - 
13. Standard (code SG) - 3 weeks

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Federica, the secretary, is very amiable
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Andrea is a very good teacher, try to be in his group.
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There were only 4 groups. Teachers' professional levels are very different. Working in advanced group is boring,too much time is used for listenning without lexical and grammar exercices. There is no strict program for studying, many subjects are initiated and then abandoned. Don't expect a serious studying, it's just a supplement for your staying in Italy
20. Jul. 2010
14. (64 years)  - 
14. Standard (code SG) - 2 weeks

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Hotel 2 stars
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the spontaneity
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the school supplies was poor
3. May. 2010
15. (24 years)  - 
15. Individual lessons - 12 weeks

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Hospitality of the staff,courses and the city,when the weather was nice.
3. Oct. 2009
16. (21 years)  - 
16. Intensive 10 (code I10) - 8 weeks

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You must try the organized trips of the school
21. Aug. 2009
17. (28 years)  - 
17. "La Dolce Vita" (1 week) + Standard Course (1 week) - 2 weeks

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The teachers were fantastic; I learned a lot. The course La dolce vita was very interesting.
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I have used this site many times and has always given me very good result, allows us to know and compare many schools in different cities and also offers a 5% discount on course price. Likewise, whenever I had doubts I have been a result by phone or email. My assessment is very positive and do not hesitate to re-use again and have recommended it to my friends!
14. Jul. 2009
18. (24 years)  -  Sweden
18. Standard (code SG) - 3 weeks

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Genova is a great city to study Italian in. The size of the city is perfect, big enough to find new things to see every day but yet small and cozy. The people of Genova are very nice and friendly and I got many oppurtunities to practise my Italian. Because there aren't many tourists in Genova(or at least not non-italian tourists) the pace is calmer, people are not as stressed as in Rome or Florence. They find time to talk to you and encourage you in your speaking. Genova is perfect in the summer since it's by the sea and a beach is never far away. The pesto is also a reason for going there!
13. Jul. 2009
19. Kerstin (46 years)  - 
19. Standard (code SG) - 1 week

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16. Mar. 2009
20. (20 years)  -  Yugoslavia
20. Standard (code SG) - 3 weeks

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Some of the teachers are really good (Gian Luca is always using interesting methods in studying). They are friendly and will do a lot to make your stay pleasant.
17. Nov. 2008
21. (45 years)  - 
21. Standard (code SG) - 1 week

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the location
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sight seeing tour with our teacher
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No more copies, these were too much!!!
27. Feb. 2008
22. (46 years)  - 
22. Standard (code SG) - 3 weeks

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changed teachers
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speak a lot
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be punctual!!
15. Sep. 2007
23. (34 years)  - 
23. Standard (code SG) - 4 weeks

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the atmosphere
27. Jun. 2007
24. Birgit (34 years)  - 
24. Intensive 8 (code I8) - 1 week

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20. Jun. 2007
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25. Standard (code SG) - 2 weeks

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The place and single teachers
13. Jun. 2007
26. (60 years)  - 
26. Standard (code SG) - 1 week

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13. Jun. 2007
27. (56 years)  - 
27. Standard (code SG) - 1 week

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relaxing atmosphere
11. May. 2007
28. Sandro (31 years)  - 
28. Intensive 6 (code I6) - 12 weeks

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27. Dec. 2006
29. (43 years)  - 
29. Standard (code SG) - 3 weeks

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teachers are very helpful, teaching methods really good
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Classrooms would need a refurbishment.
26. Dec. 2006
30. Rick (49 years)  -  United Kingdom
30. Standard (code SG) - 20 hours Group lessons per week - 4 weeks

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16. Nov. 2006
31. Sebastian (25 years)  - 
31. Standard (code SG) - 20 hours Group lessons per week - 1 week

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2. Nov. 2006
32. (51 years)  -  Switzerland
32. Intensive 4 (code I4) - 20 hours Group lessons + 4 Individual lessons per week - 3 weeks

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good teaching and good friendship
20. Oct. 2006
33. (59 years)  -  Finland
33. Standard (code SG) - 20 hours Group lessons per week - 3 weeks

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Small groups and good teachers
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The atmosphere of the school was friendly and all the necessary information was easily available. The teachers were professionals and spoke clearly. A small defect was the lack of space: the classroom of my group was nearly a corridor and the noise from the next-door classroom disturbed remarkably.
9. Jun. 2006
34. (74 years)  - 
34. Einzelunterricht (20 Lektionen insgesamt) - 2 weeks

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good teachers
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better rooms
1. Jun. 2006
35. (51 years)  - 
35. Standard (code SG) - 20 hours Group lessons per week - 3 weeks

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very good teachers
20. May. 2006
36. Rainer (44 years)  - 
36. Intensive 4 (code I4) - 20 hours Group lessons + 4 Individual lessons per week - 1 week

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19. Dec. 2005
37.  -  Polska
37. Standard (code SG) - 20 hours Group lessons per week - 3 weeks

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very good teachers
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that school is great, lessons are not boring, everyone was very nice
19. Dec. 2005
38. Ulrich  - 
38. Standard (code SG) - 20 hours Group lessons per week - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
39.  - 
39. Standard (code SG) - 20 hours Group lessons per week - 2 weeks

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reliable
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commitment
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a very friedly atmosphere
19. Dec. 2005
40.  -  Japan
40. Standard (code SG) - 20 hours Group lessons per week - 1 week

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small classes
25. Aug. 2005
41. Annette (35 years)  - 
41. General

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22. Jul. 2005
42. (40 years)  - 
42. General

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like a family, very friendly and helpful, the teacher take very much care about their students and are very much interested in their progress in the language
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the singing at friday
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The Teachers are very helpful and well educated. I had a great but also very, very intensive time at a door to italy. I've learnd a lot!
10. Mar. 2005
43. (44 years)  - 
43. Super Intensive (+35h)

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The train
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Very welcoming and professional!
14. Nov. 2004
44. (64 years)  - 
44. General

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service, atmosphere. Very good lessons
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no comment
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very worthwhile

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