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

Total No. of Reviews: 116
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 
(116 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.5/5.0 
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 
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Shared Flat 4.2/5.0 
other 4.1/5.0 
Individual Reviews
8. May. 2011
51. Irja Emma (31 years)  -  Germany
51. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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22. Sep. 2009
52. (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
52. Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 3 weeks

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Involve yourself as much as possible.
1. Jul. 2009
53.  - 
53. 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
54. (61 years)  -  Sweden
54. Standard - 1 week

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Small class and proffessional teachers.
2. Jun. 2009
55. (36 years)  -  Sweden
55. Standard - 1 week

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Mostly very good teachers.
29. May. 2009
56. (28 years)  - 
56. 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
57. (60 years)  - 
57. 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
58. (70 years)  -  United States
58. 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
59. (37 years)  -  Sweden
59. Standard - 3 weeks

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Airconditioning should exist in the classrooms.
27. Oct. 2008
60. (32 years)  - 
60. 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
61. (31 years)  -  Greece
61. Standard - 4 weeks

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interesting lessons,activities in class
29. Dec. 2007
62. (30 years)  -  Czech Republic
62. Standard - 8 weeks

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lessons with Monica and Elisabetta
21. Aug. 2007
63. (53 years)  - 
63. STANDARD OR SPECIFIC PLUS BUSINESS - 2 weeks

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Good Spirit, very kindly
20. Aug. 2007
64. (19 years)  - 
64. Standard - 2 weeks

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

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15. Jul. 2007
66. (57 years)  - 
66. 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
67. (17 years)  - 
67. Standard - 1 week

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12. Apr. 2007
68. (37 years)  -  Sweden
68. 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
69. (28 years)  - 
69. STANDARD OR SPECIFIC PLUS BUSINESS - 1 week

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Grammar courses
17. Jan. 2007
70. (51 years)  - 
70. Standard - 3 weeks

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The teaching, the afternoon & weekend activities.
28. Dec. 2006
71. (35 years)  - 
71. Standard - 11 weeks

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

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29. Nov. 2006
73. (35 years)  -  Germany
73. Standard - 1 week

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Teacher & Pupils, Grammar Lessons
10. Sep. 2006
74. (39 years)  - 
74. 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
75. (27 years)  - 
75. 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
76. (19 years)  - 
76. Standard plus 5 Individual lessons - 3 weeks

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

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2. Jun. 2006
78. (42 years)  - 
78. 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
79. (22 years)  - 
79. Standard - 2 weeks

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the team
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that there are activities
24. Apr. 2006
80. (23 years)  - 
80. 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
81.  - 
81. Specific (Grammar+Conversation) - 2 weeks

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in the middle of town
19. Dec. 2005
82.  - 
82. 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
83.  - 
83. Standard - 1 week

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Central location
19. Dec. 2005
84.  - 
84. 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
85. (23 years)  -  Ecuador
85. General

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

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

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4. Jan. 2005
88. (54 years)  -  Usa
88. General

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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
89. (20 years)  -  Mexico City
89. General

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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
90. Steiner (50 years)  - 
90. General

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28. Oct. 2004
91. Carolin (25 years)  - 
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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
92. (22 years)  - 
92. General

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

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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
94. (28 years)  -  Australia
94. General

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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
95. Gabriele (42 years)  -  Deutschland
95. General

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13. Apr. 2004
96. (24 years)  - 
96. General

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nice teachers, small groups
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stay in a family to speak more italian
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very spontaneous applying possible
3. Mar. 2004
97.  -  Germany
97. General

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Good structured grammar lessons; very friendly and competent teachers!
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A guided organized tour through Florences Kultural Highlights.
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Fast uncomplicated way to enroll at ABC and start with lessons right away; and at the right level!
31. Dec. 2003
98.  -  Canada
98. General

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Great people, great city.
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Get outside of the city of Florence, the countryside is spectacular.
20. Dec. 2003
99. (70 years)  -  Usa
99. General

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Terrific teachers. Outstanding method.
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Sign up for conversation classes as well as grammar.
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The entire staff of Centro ABC were always cheerful, super friendly, helpful and efficient. Wish I had them all working at the nearby university I attend.
18. Dec. 2003
100. (30 years)  -  England
100. General

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Friendly.
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Overall an excellent experience.

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