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Reviews of ABC-Palazzo Malvisi, Florence, Italy - Page 2

Total number of reviews: 128
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ABC-Palazzo Malvisi, Florence, Italy
4.5/5.0 
(128 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.6/5.0 
Facilities 3.9/5.0 
Social activities 4.2/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.6/5.0 
Value for money 4.3/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay 4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.3/5.0 
other 4.2/5.0 
Individual Reviews
7. Aug. 2012
51. Ornella (17 years)  - 
51. ITALIAN ART HISTORY - a) \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Wandering in Florentine churches and Museum - 2 weeks

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30. Apr. 2012
52. (67 years)  - 
52. Standard - 2 weeks

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The nice contact with teachers and students, the hospitality, the small groups (between 3 and 8)
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museums, churches, excursions in Tuscan cities ( Lecce, Pisa , Siena .), Chianti
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A small school, a family atmosphere, teachers who like their job.
26. Mar. 2012
53. (21 years)  - 
53. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 3 weeks

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The school staff and teachers are all friendly and open.
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If you have a question, please ask to a teacher. He should explain you till you understand.
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Homelike atmosphere. When I was in school, there were very few Japanese students. Therefore, I had to immerse myself in Italian.
22. Nov. 2011
54. (64 years)  -  Sweden
54. Senior course - 1 week

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7. Nov. 2011
55. Ysabel (64 years)  - 
55. Standard - 4 weeks

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Florence is an extraordinary city.
6. Oct. 2011
56. (38 years)  -  United States
56. Standard - 2 weeks

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The teachers were competent and pretty, and they were all friendly; I also joined a few organized activities (day trip to Lucca and museum visits) that were quite informative.
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If the queue for the toilets is too long, there is one downstairs in room 7.
3. Aug. 2011
57. Jennifer (25 years)  - 
57. Standard - 2 weeks

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31. Jul. 2011
58. Elphège (18 years)  -  France
58. Standard - 2 weeks

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11. Jul. 2011
59. (61 years)  -  Sweden
59. Standard - 2 weeks

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30. Jun. 2011
60. (25 years)  - 
60. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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Competent staff and good organization
29. Jun. 2011
61. (28 years)  - 
61. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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The teaching staff and education structures are great.
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Intensive group courses in the afternoon
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Great organisation (basement car park etc.)
20. May. 2011
62. (57 years)  -  Sweden
62. Standard - 2 weeks

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8. May. 2011
63. Irja Emma (31 years)  -  Germany
63. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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22. Sep. 2009
64. (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
64. Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 3 weeks

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Involve yourself as much as possible.
1. Jul. 2009
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65. Standard - 1 week

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very friendly teachers and staff
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the conversation-lessons are too small; there might be more time for conversation in italian language. People want to learn how to speak and talk with habitants, the grammar is not so important.
3. Jun. 2009
66. (61 years)  -  Sweden
66. Standard - 1 week

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Small class and proffessional teachers.
2. Jun. 2009
67. (36 years)  -  Sweden
67. Standard - 1 week

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Mostly very good teachers.
29. May. 2009
68. (28 years)  - 
68. Standard - 2 weeks

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the enthousiasm and patience from the teachers
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Try to talk as much Italien as you can. It is very much appreciated by the Italian people and new doors will open.
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If you like renaissance art, good food and you have some time to spend in one city, it's a great experience!
26. Nov. 2008
69. (60 years)  - 
69. Standard - 2 weeks

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the flexibility of the organization
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all the leisure activities
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For the conversation courses, it is very important to be with other latin language speakers.
19. Nov. 2008
70. (70 years)  -  United States
70. Specific (Grammar or Conversation) - 8 weeks

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It was one of the best experiences that both, my daughter and I, have had in Italy. From what we learned at this school, we now feel very comfortable speaking with italians in their own language!
6. Nov. 2008
71. (37 years)  -  Sweden
71. Standard - 3 weeks

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Airconditioning should exist in the classrooms.
27. Oct. 2008
72. (32 years)  - 
72. Specific (Grammar or Conversation) - 1 week

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there was a good atmosphere
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you should see il ponte vecchio
22. Oct. 2008
73. (31 years)  -  Greece
73. Standard - 4 weeks

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interesting lessons,activities in class
29. Dec. 2007
74. (30 years)  -  Czech Republic
74. Standard - 8 weeks

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lessons with Monica and Elisabetta
21. Aug. 2007
75. (53 years)  - 
75. STANDARD OR SPECIFIC PLUS BUSINESS - 2 weeks

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Good Spirit, very kindly
20. Aug. 2007
76. (19 years)  - 
76. Standard - 2 weeks

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16. Aug. 2007
77. Ronny (32 years)  - 
77. STANDARD OR SPECIFIC PLUS BUSINESS - 2 weeks

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15. Jul. 2007
78. (57 years)  - 
78. Standard - 8 weeks

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Very friendly staff and teachers. The methods of teaching a foreign language are very efficient. The courses are really worth one's salt. The afternoon and weekend programs are of great variety, and you can always see that the teachers are highly motivated. I would return to ABC at any time!!!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
According to my opinion the excusions offered by the school are much better that the ones offered by official tourist organisations, because the groups are smaller and the excusions are acompanied by well informed teachers of the school. So take the opportunity to join as much activities offered by the school as possible.
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ABC-pupils come from all over the world and it's amazing that you can communicate with anyone in Italian, because it's the common language of everybody. The average age of the sutdents may be about 25, but also people beyond 50 are comletely integrated (if they want to be). I could hardly believe that it is so easy to learn a new language with 55!! And therefore I would always return to ABC, if necessary.
11. May. 2007
79. (17 years)  - 
79. Standard - 1 week

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12. Apr. 2007
80. (37 years)  -  Sweden
80. Standard - 4 weeks

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Passionate teachers.
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Make sure you get into a group with the right difficulty level. If you don't, change group!
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Very professional school. Good organization. Many activites.
28. Feb. 2007
81. (28 years)  - 
81. STANDARD OR SPECIFIC PLUS BUSINESS - 1 week

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Grammar courses
17. Jan. 2007
82. (51 years)  - 
82. Standard - 3 weeks

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The teaching, the afternoon & weekend activities.
28. Dec. 2006
83. (35 years)  - 
83. Standard - 11 weeks

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familiar School with motivated Teachers !
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Afternoon Program with various Activities
30. Nov. 2006
84. Brett (42 years)  -  Australia
84. Standard Plus 5 - (25 lessons per week) - 4 weeks

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29. Nov. 2006
85. (35 years)  -  Germany
85. Standard - 1 week

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Teacher & Pupils, Grammar Lessons
10. Sep. 2006
86. (39 years)  - 
86. Standard - 1 week

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The kindness, the conversation and the visit in Sienne
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to create a RV at the evening in a cafe between studients
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Thanks again to Bernardo for the visit to Sienna .
6. Sep. 2006
87. (27 years)  - 
87. Specific (Grammar or Conversation) - 1 week

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the teachers were well educated
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don't miss the excursions - a nice experience together with the other students
17. Aug. 2006
88. (19 years)  - 
88. Standard plus 5 Individual lessons - 3 weeks

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16. Aug. 2006
89. Xinxin  - 
89. Standard - 8 weeks

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2. Jun. 2006
90. (42 years)  - 
90. Standard - 2 weeks

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the absolutely professional and super nice staff
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a trip to the sea, by train just two hours and glorious as opposed to the full Florence
24. Apr. 2006
91. (22 years)  - 
91. Standard - 2 weeks

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the team
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that there are activities
24. Apr. 2006
92. (23 years)  - 
92. Standard - 2 weeks

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you can learn a lot from the teachers in this school
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it was a wonderful experience which i hope to repeat very soon.
19. Dec. 2005
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93. Specific (Grammar+Conversation) - 2 weeks

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in the middle of town
19. Dec. 2005
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94. Standard - 1 week

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The teachers were really nice.
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Avoid Tourist areas in the city if you would like to practice your Italian! Everyone in the shops and restaurants speak English with you, since there are so many tourists! It takes an effort to make the shopkeepers speak Italian with you!
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The school is very small. There are only 4 or 5 classes in total. The teachers are very friendly and helpful. You will more likely build a better one-on-one relationship with the instructors and you have a better chance to get help with your language problems, as opposed to a bigger school, with bigger classes. The teaching method is very structured and more concentrated on excercises rather than instructing and showing examples, in the grammar classes. I liked the conversation classes since the topics were interesting and encouraged the students to talk without putting pressure on them. If you are attending the school for a short period of time (1 or 2 weeks) you will find the conversation classes more helpful than the grammar classes.
19. Dec. 2005
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Central location
19. Dec. 2005
96.  - 
96. Standard Plus 3 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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The very personal service and the fact that the school is small (not so many students)
12. Aug. 2005
97. (23 years)  -  Ecuador
97. General Course

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making friends
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all the extra activities
12. May. 2005
98.  -  Usa
98. General Course

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relaxed and friendly environment to learn in.
6. May. 2005
99. Anonymous (29 years)  - 
99. General Course

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4. Jan. 2005
100. (54 years)  -  Usa
100. General Course

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The fine teachers--this was serious study, which was good! Also, Brenda's trips.
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Would have been nice to have some evening activities, like dinners out or wine out together. Most of the students were much younger than me, but it would have been nice to socialize. I really progressed in my language--thank you!

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