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

Total number of reviews: 121
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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ABC-Palazzo Malvisi, Florence, Italy
4.5/5.0 
(121 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
Host family 4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.3/5.0 
other 4.2/5.0 
Individual Reviews
31. Jul. 2011
51. Elphège (18 years)  -  France
51. Standard - 2 weeks

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11. Jul. 2011
52. (61 years)  -  Sweden
52. Standard - 2 weeks

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30. Jun. 2011
53. (25 years)  - 
53. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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Competent staff and good organization
29. Jun. 2011
54. (28 years)  - 
54. 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
55. (57 years)  -  Sweden
55. Standard - 2 weeks

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

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22. Sep. 2009
57. (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
57. Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 3 weeks

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Involve yourself as much as possible.
1. Jul. 2009
58.  - 
58. 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
59. (61 years)  -  Sweden
59. Standard - 1 week

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Small class and proffessional teachers.
2. Jun. 2009
60. (36 years)  -  Sweden
60. Standard - 1 week

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Mostly very good teachers.
29. May. 2009
61. (28 years)  - 
61. Standard - 2 weeks

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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
62. (60 years)  - 
62. 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
63. (70 years)  -  United States
63. 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
64. (37 years)  -  Sweden
64. Standard - 3 weeks

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Airconditioning should exist in the classrooms.
27. Oct. 2008
65. (32 years)  - 
65. 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
66. (31 years)  -  Greece
66. Standard - 4 weeks

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interesting lessons,activities in class
29. Dec. 2007
67. (30 years)  -  Czech Republic
67. Standard - 8 weeks

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lessons with Monica and Elisabetta
21. Aug. 2007
68. (53 years)  - 
68. STANDARD OR SPECIFIC PLUS BUSINESS - 2 weeks

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Good Spirit, very kindly
20. Aug. 2007
69. (19 years)  - 
69. Standard - 2 weeks

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

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15. Jul. 2007
71. (57 years)  - 
71. 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
72. (17 years)  - 
72. Standard - 1 week

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12. Apr. 2007
73. (37 years)  -  Sweden
73. 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
74. (28 years)  - 
74. STANDARD OR SPECIFIC PLUS BUSINESS - 1 week

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Grammar courses
17. Jan. 2007
75. (51 years)  - 
75. Standard - 3 weeks

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The teaching, the afternoon & weekend activities.
28. Dec. 2006
76. (35 years)  - 
76. Standard - 11 weeks

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

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29. Nov. 2006
78. (35 years)  -  Germany
78. Standard - 1 week

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Teacher & Pupils, Grammar Lessons
10. Sep. 2006
79. (39 years)  - 
79. 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
80. (27 years)  - 
80. 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
81. (19 years)  - 
81. Standard plus 5 Individual lessons - 3 weeks

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

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2. Jun. 2006
83. (42 years)  - 
83. 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
84. (22 years)  - 
84. Standard - 2 weeks

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the team
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that there are activities
24. Apr. 2006
85. (23 years)  - 
85. Standard - 2 weeks

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the grammar lessons
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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
86.  - 
86. Specific (Grammar+Conversation) - 2 weeks

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in the middle of town
19. Dec. 2005
87.  - 
87. 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
88.  - 
88. Standard - 1 week

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Central location
19. Dec. 2005
89.  - 
89. 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
90. (23 years)  -  Ecuador
90. General Course

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

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

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4. Jan. 2005
93. (54 years)  -  Usa
93. 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!
3. Jan. 2005
94. (20 years)  -  Mexico City
94. General Course

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THE TEACHERS
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BE WITH ILARIA
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IT'S A GREAT SCHOOL PEOPLE AND i KNOW THAT ANYONE GOING THERE WILL LEARN.
21. Dec. 2004
95. Steiner (50 years)  - 
95. General Course

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28. Oct. 2004
96. Carolin (25 years)  - 
96. General Course

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People at school were very friendly and helpful, whenever I had any problem. The teachers were nice too.
12. Oct. 2004
97. (22 years)  - 
97. General Course

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friendly teachers
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cena insieme/dinner together, trip to greve in chianti
5. Aug. 2004
98.  -  Norway
98. General Course

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The friendly atmosphere
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Ask the staff for advice on any practicalities.
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The staff is markedly friendly and helpful. The international mixed student mass makes an interesting environment for meeting new friends. The environment for learning is good. The after-school activities are worthwhile, especially the art-history excursions to nearby sights, with professional guides from the school. If one does not improve one's Italian substantially, as well as one's knowledge of the art and history of Florence during one's stay at this school, nobody but oneself is to blame.
7. Jul. 2004
99. (28 years)  -  Australia
99. General Course

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The way the teachers could make learning so fun.
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Sign yourself up for as many activities as you can - alcohol will improve your abilities ;-)
1. Jul. 2004
100. Gabriele (42 years)  -  Deutschland
100. General Course

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