What Students Say About CLS
We can say many things about learning Croatian at the Croatian Language School of London but we think it is better to let our students say it their way. People from all walks of life have learned Croatian with us both for business and pleasure. Here’s what they say:
For over two years my wife and I have studied with Linda via Skype. We moved to Croatia in 2013 and participated in a two-week intensive course on the island of Losinj. Living in Croatia, we hear and speak Croatian daily, but we do not receive much feedback and correction. At the Losinj course we had much practice listening, speaking, reading and writing. Losinj class activities were tailored just to our needs. Linda is a great teacher, who is concerned that we speak Croatian well, not just that we can communicate. She helped reinforce our current language ability, corrected some bad habits, and moved us toward a deeper understanding of the language and culture in which we now live.
Thank for our course this week. It was exactly what I wanted and I was very happy with how things went. In fact I have been very happy with the lessons in general here and on Skype.
I wanted to start learning Croatian after visiting Dubrovnik and Zagreb last year and falling in love with the country. I contacted the Croatian Language School and have now been having lessons for the last 6 months.
The standard of teaching is fantastic and they offer complete flexibility with regards to learning that can fit around a busy lifestyle and are always available to help you with any questions you may have. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
As a Croatian-born American who left Croatia at age 5, I lost much of the language over the years. Having recently moved to the London area with greater opportunities to visit Croatia, I am very motivated to refresh my understanding and reading ability.
Most importantly, I want to be able to have conversations with my relatives when I visit Zagreb.
Linda is very patient and makes everything interesting, even the complicated verb conjugations! My lessons are on Skype using a video cam which is the next best thing to being in the same room. I can see her speak which is very helpful.
Travel has not impacted the lesson schedule because either of us can be anywhere. I highly recommend it!
For someone with a working knowledge of Croatian who wishes to increase their communication skills in the language and who has an empathy with the place, but whose spare time is limited, Linda’s new project of an intensive weekend of immersion in Zagreb life, is a brilliant idea. Last weekend I spent two and half days there and loved every minute. I cannot believe how much we managed to pack into such a short time – from everyday things like shopping and trying to join in conversations to getting a taste of Croatian culture at the theatre with so many things in between, not to mention some one-to-one language lessons to reinforce what I had been learning while out and about. I came home feeling thrilled at what I had achieved and with a renewed determination to carry on improving my ability to communicate in Croatian. Just the incentive I need to cope with all the intricacies of Croatian case endings, perfective and imperfective verbs and all the other stumbling blocks along the way. Now I am determined that I will eventually get to grips with them. And, more important than anything, I really want to!
Thank you, Linda, for a brilliant weekend and all your hard work. I hope I’ll be able to do it again sometime.
It’s a fact that Croatian is a really difficult language but the lessons at the Croatian Language School of London have been excellent. Linda Rabuzin has endless patience and I have really enjoyed some of the on-location schools in Croatia – both in Porec and in Losinj.
Skype training is a revolution in language training with Linda. Skype enables the person to concentrate on the sound and learning like never before. This has enabled our learners to be at home, work or in any office and still continue learning. We would recommend this to all as an effective tool to advance learning. Many thanks, Linda.
I just wanted to let you know that your Croatian lessons have been incredibly valuable! I am enjoying being able to actually talk to people! Even if I understand only 50% of a conversation, that is 100% more than I understood the last time we were in Croatia. This morning I was walking with my daughter, and I stopped and had a great conversation with a baka who was sitting in the shade by the road. She thought I was a German tourist until I told her I was from America. Thank you for your great teaching!
We really enjoyed the lovely weekend in Zagreb. It was packed full of information not only on language but also food, culture, history, places of interest and new experiences. We particularly enjoyed the tour of the old town and the Croatian Theatre experience. We felt so welcome and looked after with typical Croatian hospitality. We would thoroughly recommend the “Zagreb Weekend Experience” to anyone learning Croatian as a way to immerse yourself in the culture and language but enjoy yourself at the same time!
Professional and sympathetic teaching builds a strong foundation for further learning, enthusiastic and supportive fellow learners, work in small groups, interactive teaching style that involves all students, interesting and varied fellow students. Fun – especially fun.
This summer’s Croatian cookery course, held on the island of Losinj, marked a tasty, new departure for the Croatian Language School and a highly enjoyable one. As a nervous and unconfident cook, I was pleasantly surprised to find that cooking could be fun! The course, led by inspirational chef Mladen Marusic from Zagreb, introduced us to a wide range of regional dishes, as well as teaching us the language and cultural aspects of the food we were preparing. It also took some of the mystery out of the daunting experience of shopping for Croatian ingredients when you cannot understand the labels. I learnt many basic cooking techniques, which I had never acquired before, and a few of chef’s tips, all of which boosted my confidence and success in cooking. The fact that I was learning Croatian cookery, rather than English, helped to eradicate my previous unsuccessful experiences in cooking. Mladen always had his finger on the pulse and knew exactly what each student was doing. He was encouraging and professional, helping each student at whatever level they were. And he made it fun! It was a joy to be on this course and, of course, we were able to sit down together afterwards and enjoy the wonderful banquet we had made, while continuing to practise our Croatian language skills. Since my return to the UK I have been inspired to cook for friends and family, which has deepened their interest in the language and culture of Croatia. I can’t wait for the next course!
Linda is a great teacher. I enjoyed learning Croatian with her for many years and I feel confident speaking the language when I am in Croatia
I’ve been taking Croatian lessons for 10 months now. When I started I had zero knowledge of Croatian. By December I could say a few sentences to my Croatian mother-in law and now I can have very basic conversations. My Croatian wife says my progress is noticeable. One of the key advantages of the program they offer is that they accommodate very busy people with busy travel schedules. I’ve had classes from 9am to 9pm London time and since we do it over Skype I find myself doing most of the classes from hotel rooms. It’s hard to find an excuse not to take a class and as you progress you find more motivation to continue. I highly recommend it.
It’s been brilliant! I have learned all my Croatian here. Linda is a wonderful and very patient teacher. I’m still learning and she hasn’t shot me- yet! We also have an amazing week of language tuition and culture somewhere in the country during the summer. Each year it is different. This year we are due to be in the Elaphite Islands in June. It makes holidays so much more fun if you can chat to people in their own language. They are pretty gobsmacked to find a 60+ British male able to chat to them!
I love the Croatian Language School. Enjoy learning Croatian and the support from teacher Linda is great! With the added social events organised we are encourage to share experiences, best practices and tips. Would thoroughly recommend!!
I highly recommend the Croatian Language School to anyone wishing to learn Croatian in a supportive and encouraging environment with lessons and courses tailored to your needs, level and progress. Being taught by a native speaker is invaluable and has helped build my confidence in speaking, listening and writing and also gaining a clear and thorough understanding of grammar and vocabulary along the way. I find it helps my learning efficiency to be able to use Skype, FaceTime, and Google Docs in addition to face to face lessons and printed and textbook materials as I can easily study on the move and save on travelling time and costs. Lessons are very good value for money. Thank you CLS for continuing to make learning Croatian a joy!
I have been studying Croatian with Linda at CLS for 10 months now and can honestly saw it been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable decisions I’ve made! Linda is an incredibly kind and patient teacher (helpful with someone like me who is not great with languages!), and I feel I’ve learnt and moved quickly within a relatively short time of study.
Lessons are flexible and fit my busy schedule, Skype calls are clear and allow me to take a lesson at home, work or even on holiday. Highly recommended for all! 🙂
Miss Linda is an amazing teacher. She found a way to engage my boys in Croatian language and they love it. Highly recommended for all levels.
I have been a CLS student for many years and have thrived in the way the School integrates the language and culture of the wonderful country of Croatia. The immersion courses are delightful and stimulating experiences with many treasured memories.
I appreciate the school and Linda as well, she is very supportive, has an easy style to deliver the information, wonderful teacher and patient.
i’m really recommending the school for anyone needs to learn Croatian.
Linda is the best language teacher you will find. I’ve been learning Croatian with Linda at CLS for 2.5 years now. I started off in a small group evening class setting at the school in Ealing. The small group lesson structure was brilliant, we all learned together, and we all became good friends. I now have lessons over skype which is 1-2-1 at flexible times convenient to me. Both options have been excellent and have suited my changing circumstances. Linda is an excellent tutor with endless patience. She explains complex grammar in easy to understand ways and she makes learning Croatian a joy. She runs regular free coffee mornings (free to attend – you buy your own coffee) where people can try to chat in Croatian or just listen to native speakers talk. Why not come along? I can’t recommend it highly enough.
All my interactions with the CLS have been hugely positive. Linda is a fantastic teacher, amazing patience, great teaching techniques & very encouraging. Being able to have lessions online is a big bonus and the language and culture weeks are both enjoyable and informative. I would definitlely recommend all their programmes.
Highly recommended. CLS has helped me to become a confident Croatian speaker and has inspired me to continue my learning
Linda is a superb teacher and you will learn Croatian rapidly. Highly recommended!
I have been learning Croatian with Linda for nearly two years now. My Croatian has advanced much quicker than expected and I have really enjoyed learning the language.
Linda is an excellent teacher and a lovely person. She takes time to explain all of the grammatical concepts and places a lot of emphasis on spoken practice, which are (in my opinion) the two most important aspects of learning a language. We have combined lessons in person and Skype lessons, both of which are genuinely useful and enjoyable. Lastly, the value for money with Linda is excellent.
Would highly recommend!
Great quality teaching! Linda is trilingual and her command of languages makes her good at explaining the more difficult aspects of Croatian despite having her native speaker advantage. I made great steps in my 18-day stay, all thanks to her!
I’ve been learning Croatian for my professional work at Sail Croatia. My experience is all online learning using Skype teaching, combined with Google docs which makes it personal, interactive and efficient. It is just like being 1 on 1 in the classroom (without the journey…) and is easy to fit in my work schedule. The service has always been to a professional and consistent standard!
I could not have chosen a better tutor to help me through the challenge of learning to speak this difficult language. Linda is so encouraging & patient – without her guidance I would have given up a long time ago! At last I am beginning to feel that I will get there one day – malo po malo. Thank you, Linda!
Since I’ve been learning with Linda my vocabulary, grammar and general understanding of the Croatian language has improved so much. Linda is a lovely teacher and I really appreciate being able to have lessons by Skype which makes it very convenient and flexible.
I took a two week language course with CLS in Croatia, as well as having lessons via Skype. My teacher was fantastic and I cannot believe how much I’ve achieved in the month I’ve been learning. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to speak Croatian.
Excellent language school. Would highly recommend 🙂
I studied with Linda for many years in London. I started with group lessons in the beginning then went to private then to Skype lessons. She is a great teacher – patient and explains things as many times as necessary. I went from not speaking a word of Croatian to full speaking and communicating. I would highly Recommend CLS and Linda for those interested in learning the Croatian language.