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  Annmarie Higgins
Vice President, Human Resources
“The course, materials, and staff were all excellent. I felt challenged, and at the same time, encouraged. I would highly recommend S&W. It was well worth the investment of my time.”
  Elizabeth O’Donnell
Head Global HR Pharma/ Diagnostics IT
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd United Kingdom
"Niels and his team run a superb adult learning program designed for success. I made more progress than I thought possible and would highly recommend S&W."
  Barry O’Connell
General Manager Austria and Slovenia
Coca-Cola Hellenic Austria
“S&W Training in Meersburg provides a perfect setting to learn the German language in a beautiful yet challenging environment.“
  Kirsten Steer
Head of Talent Management
“I spent a week in May 2010 with S&W Training improving my German.
The course is intensive, and really does focus on the areas in which you need to improve. I would strongly recommend it for anyone wanting to improve their spoken / written German or who is taking up a position in Germany and needs the language.”
  Thomas Loafman
Director of Purchasing
VW Group of America
“Taking S&W German language training is like taking a ride in a F-1 with a professional driver: It goes incredibly fast but the driver takes you safely through each twist and turn.”
  Joe Paola
Head of Global Controlling, Paper Chemicals Division
“S&W Training’s excellent team and methods managed to simplify for me the German language in such a way that I now have a better understanding of how the language works and hopefully soon can also speak more fluently and with confidence.”
  Mark Fairbourn
Bayer Schering Pharma AG
Head of Online Marketing Strategy
“What a surprise! I would never have thought that the training would help as much as it has, and the location is something special. I’ll be returning for more courses as soon as possible.”

Paul Sansom
Audi UK
Sales Director
„I would recommend S&W Training wholeheartedly. They make you feel very welcome and relaxed. The environment in which to learn is perfect. The teachers are excellent & deliver at a pace that is suitable for your specific needs. The materials & teaching methods will accelerate your knowledge.“

  Andrew P. C.
U.S. Army
„I have studied foreign languages for over 20 years in a variety of academic settings and with a broad selection of materials.
Nowhere else have I found such a flexible, capable and customer-oriented language training program.
Niels and his staff went far above and beyond my expectations, which were high to begin with. The one-on-one instruction, combined with a cadre of well-trained and flexible instructors, modern techniques and a constantly customized curriculum resulted in a highly efficient investment of scarce time and valuable training funds.”
  Piyush Uphadyay
Executive Director Human Resources
Volkswagen India
“S&W Training takes you back to classroom days, though in a style and approach that makes you so comfortable. The entire infrastructure, the people and the ‘Meersburg’ environment provide a perfect blend for a great learning experience. ‘Kudos’ to you – you make ‘difficult’ things appear so easy and comfortable.”
  Simon Thomas
Head of Marketing
Volkswagen Groups
„You gave me all the tools and showed me how to use them. Now it’s up to me! Thank you for your patience and perseverance! ”

Deirdre K. Pierson
Bank Attorney
„I attended S&W Training following two weeks of intensive German language study at the Goethe institute. While my experience at GI was excellent, attending S&W Training has been extraordinary.
S&W Training is accustomed to working with professionals. At S&W Training, the instructors are exceptionally skilled and are able to explain and simplify the most complex aspects of the German language. They tailored an entire program to my particular interests and provided a level of personal attention I had not previously experienced.
A fabulous experience!


Wayne Jones
Member of the Executive Board
„The entire staff have a great passion for teaching. Great fun with a huge amount of information.


Don Jackson
Volkswagen Group of America

  • Enjoyed the training experience
  • Knowledgeable staff – one-on-one training
  • I would recommend the course to others to either start a new language or expand on your existing
  • During the two week experience I had 3 different instructors. They worked as a team and modified the plan daily to support my overall education experience.
  Jeremy Godwin
Senior Technical Specialist
Syngenta AG
“I found S&W’s approach to be first-class and without doubt the best language training that I have experienced. The total immersion approach is very effective although I would encourage others to at least have a little knowledge of German prior to starting at S&W. However, the real strength of S&W is the quality and commitment of their team members – absolutely outstanding!”

Professor Ian T. Baldwin
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Ökologie
„An extremely client-responsive German language learning approach. A very satisfying experience!“

  Patrick Maher
Senior Technical Expert
„Probably the best course that I have ever attended.
I can, without doubt, recommend the course and my trainers to my colleagues.”

Menasheh Fogel
Senior Project Manager
Bayer Pharma
“My experience with S&W Training was overwhelmingly good!
The structure, trainers, and course materials are of very high quality. The attention to personal levels and needs was outstanding. As a testament to the quality, after a week with S&W, I’m having trouble writing in English!”

  Christophe Muguet
Vice President Syringe Business
“Learning a language is always a tough exercise requiring commitment.
S&W Training makes this much easier and efficient than expected – thanks to a personalized approach, a very friendly atmosphere, highly competent teachers, and a great location.
I recommend it to anybody. I also recommend to stay with the Wodsak family in order to have full exposure to the German language.”
  Chris Bebbington
Vice President
E.on Energie
“Very well structured materials and tuition based around the individual’s needs.
Emphasis on understanding and learning the German language and not just learning ad hoc phrases ‘parrot fashion’.
Excellent basis for effective communication.”
  Linda Mayer
Schott North America
CEO and President
“I highly recommend S&W Training to anyone who wants to learn how to speak German or improve their German. The school can adjust to any level, age background etc.
Only 1-2 weeks of classes can make a remarkable difference in understanding and speaking the German language. The one-on-one instruction is invaluable. All the teachers are professional, well-trained and ensure that it is a great experience.”
  Jin Jianming
Volkswagen AG
Market Intelligence Expert
„S&W Training is so far the most professional, most efficient German Language Training institute that I have met and it can really provide customized training. The place – Meersburg – is a very quiet and beautiful town by the lake; very suitable for language training: calm, nice and no disturbing.
All the trainers are very professional, responsible, and respectable.
All in all: great!
It was a wonderful experience, and I’d like to come back for another German language course.”
  Mark Dixon
HR Director UK
“A very thorough approach to commencing the development of a new language through real competence. I can absolutely recommend S&W Training to you. A pleasure!”
  Yulii Bogatyrenko
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals
Strategic Marketing General Medicine
“Dear Niels:
Thank you very much for a fantastic course. It would have probably impossible to start learning German on my own.”
  Steven Kalma
“A very enjoyable week: Great Teachers, great environment.
Has inspired me to try harder with learning German.
  Ian Robertson
BMW AG - Mitglied des Vorstands
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars – Chairman of the Board
“A good experience from the learning perspective. It presents a foundation to develop further and hopefully return for a 2nd week – in the not too distant future.”

Matt Arrigale
Schott North America, Inc.
Director, Human Resources
“I strongly recommend S&W Training to anyone who is serious about learning. The atmosphere here is absolutely fantastic, and the trainers are extremely competent, friendly, and helpful. They immediately make you feel like part of the team. The accommodations and social aspects of Lake Constance are also simply terrific.”

  Elaine Wong
Credit Suisse
„I highly recommend S&W Training in Meersburg to anyone who would like to learn German!
The classes are well structured, course materials are clear and systematic, and complicated German grammar is easily explained in layman language.
The teachers are highly professional and their enthusiasm for German is infectious.
As Antje says often:
‚Ich liebe Deutsch!’”
  Derek Marshall
Vice President
“Learning through laughter!
Tailored to my needs!
A great learning experience!
Gave me great confidence to start speaking.”
  Lurdes Reis
Scientific Communication Manager
Bayer Schering Pharma
“S&W Training in Meersburg offers their students an outstanding German language training. The used methodology, the techniques and the way the course is prepared and organised give the participant a clear picture of a complex foreign language, making the learning process a success.
The methodological learning process is supported by excellent materials and a team of extraordinary professionals.
I highly recommend all the executives who need to learn German to get an opportunity to make this course because this is the best way to be successful.
Congratulations S&W Training – you’re almost perfect!”
  Jacques Steyn
OMYA International
Regional CFO
“The practical approach that S&W Training uses, made me concentrate on what is really necessary to communicate effectively in German. I believe after 7 years in Switzerland, I have finally crossed the German language barrier.”
  Jeff Martin
Vice President
“What a magnificent learning experience! Niels with his enormous background knowledge about Germany, the Germans, and the German business culture which provides you with a lot of added value, and his highly professional and fully committed team make you always feel comfortable in spite of hard work. The stunning beauty of Meersburg and the surrounding Lake Constance region with lots of cultural highlights complete a perfect package.
I can only recommend S&W Training to everybody who wants – or needs – to learn German in Germany.”
  Paul Wilkinson
Maus Frères SA
Chief Financial Officer
“I learnt a lot. Surprising thing: it was always stimulating and interesting too.”
  Laury Smagghe
Logistic Purchaser
“One year ago I started to take German lessons in Düsseldorf. Before the training at S&W in Meersburg I was still surrounded by ‘language smog’
However, today – after the intensive course in Meersburg – I feel equipped (right tools) and motivated to learn further on my own.
Excellent method!”
  Marty Revel
International Corporate Sales Manager
“I would highly recommend S&W Training. The instruction style was very flexible and tailored to my specific needs. I hope to further my Deutsch skills in the future with another course at S&W Training.”

Neil Whitehead
BMW GroupContent Manager –
Business Management
Never knew German could be so much fun to learn!
This was the first time German made sense to me.”

  Steven Morten
“Anka and Niels:
If all schools were like yours, half the population would still be there, willingly, at 35 years of age! I can honestly say it has been a pleasure learning from you.”
  Martin Gagnon
Key Account Manager BHC
“The S&W training was everything I expected and more. It came very highly recommended by a Bayer colleague – and I was not disappointed. I think this has given me a great foundation and enthusiasm to pursue my German language goals.
I am really hoping I will be able to return for a second week.”
  Graeme Grieve
Bereichsleiter Importeurmärkte
“A very useful and compressed learning experience in a good learning environment.”
  Jason Hoffman
Purchasing Manager
Volkswagen of South Africa
  “Unbelievable experience! Was nothing like I expected it would be. Worked at my own pace and understanding which was and is of the greatest benefit to anyone thinking of using S&W.
Thank you all for making me feel at home and adjusting the training methods to suite my style of learning – and for your professionalism.”
  John Cornley
“S&W Training was extremely professional throughout my entire stay. They have successfully managed to create an intensive but relaxed learning environment.
I can not stress enough how valuable it was for me spending two weeks with S&W Training in Meersburg on Lake Constance. They have given me building blocks in language and shown me how to use them to best effect, they are thoroughly professional.
I look forward to an ever more fluent German as I practice each day and to the chance to call on the services of S&W Training at a higher level some time in the future.”
  Douglas Busch
Head of Clinical Research
“Dear Anka and Niels,
I thoroughly enjoyed these two weeks, and my motivation to further improve my German has been greatly stimulated. Your teaching techniques are excellent and I leave with warm memories of Meersburg and the concerned and interested teachers of S&W Training.”
  Michael White
Volkswagen AG
Leiter Konzern-Produktionsstrategie
“A most enjoyable language training school with very professional and friendly trainers.
The training is designed to suit the individual and the step by step process with check / action assures each individual’s targets are achieved.
For the first time in 15 months I now understand the basics of the German language and also the cultural elements to help me forward in my career and life in Germany.”
  Chris Newhouse
Roche Diagnostics
Head of System Development
“My wife and I took a partners course together. We had learned some German before this, but in very different ways and were at different levels. Nevertheless the staff at S&W Training were able to quickly determine (based on our ‘Needs Analysis’ and the first day with us) what we needed help with and tailored the curriculum for our two weeks perfectly.”
  Mike Partrick
Vice President
E.on AG
“S&W Training effectively brought back what I thought I had forgotten from school learning German decades ago – and put in it a positive approach to learning.”
  Bill Kulmacz
Continental / General Tyre
“I must congratulate all of you for the fine teaching job! Although at times I thought it was impossible, you have found room for yet another language in my head.
Most of all: Thank you for the friendly and open way you have introduced me to the German culture as well as the German language.This has been a lot of work, but extremely satisfying.”
  Matthew Pickard
Head of Cereals, Central Europe
“I highly recommend S&W Training for a rapid increase in German language ability. The staff were very professional, tailoring the course exactly to my needs and pushing me to absorb, practise and test myself. It has given me the confidence to start my new role using German in the workplace – exactly what I wanted to achieve.”
  Zoran Bogdanovic
General Manager
Coca-Cola Switzerland
“S&W Training has in many ways exceeded my expectations. Their individually tailormade approach is excellent and I have the impression that it is tailored just for me.
The people at S&W Training are great. One can see and feel that they are completely oriented to the fulfillment of their clients’ goals with making them feel good and very comfortable.
For all those who want to learn the German language relatively fast but in a systematic and quality way, I recommend S&W Training.”
  Jill Lees
E.on Engineering
Head of Project Development
“Excellent tailored programme that exceeded my expectations.”
  Douglas Busch
Head of Clinical Research
“Dear Anka and Niels,
How can I thank you enough for your patience and warm good humour?I appreciated your efforts and understanding greatly!
I thoroughly enjoyed these last two weeks, and my motivation to further improve has been greatly stimulated. I think that your teaching techniques and procedures are excellent, and I leave with warm memories of Meersburg and S&W Training.”
  John A. Craven
Deutsche Bank AG
Mitglied des Vorstands
“Dear Niels,
as I am sure was apparent while I was in Meersburg, I found the atmosphere both stimulating and enjoyable and was delighted to find that you were able to produce experts to teach me not only the German language, but also to cover such disparate subjects as German history, politics and economics.
I certainly intend to return to Meersburg for a weekend refresher in due course and you can be sure that I have given a glowing recommendation to the Personnel Director of Deutsche Bank.”
  Tracy Mehr
Vice President
Deutsche Bank North America
I would like to thank you fort he dedication and energy which you infused into the Deutsche Bank International Staff Seminar. Your presence insured that the seminar was engaging, insightful and, most of all, thoroughly enjoyable. I had a wonderful introduction to Germany and the Germans.
Your efforts to make the International Staff Seminar a complete experience were appreciated by all who attended!”
  Andrew Harvey
Head of Financial Accounting
“This intensive course provides 3 key elements:
- reality check
- how to set priorities
- application for the future.
I would recommend S&W Training to anyone who is serious about learning the German language.”
  My-Khan Phan Newhouse
“Thank you for our wonderful stay! It was a perfect combination and balance of education and family vacation. Our 8 and 10 year old girls were enthusiastic about learning the language and they looked forward to their lessons every day. There were also plenty of family activities around to keep them entertained and motivated.
Needless to say, there’s a lot more for me to learn, but I feel that I have gained a more in-depth understanding of the complexity of the German language.
Thank you!!!”
  Andrew Jordan
Head of HR UK
“Starting from scratch is very daunting but the friendly and flexible style of S&W Training makes learning German possible. Thank you very much!”
  Jeannine Pascal
Associate Director
The Royal Bank of Scotland
“I was and remain a huge fan of S&W Training. I first came to S&W in 1993 for an intensive German course in order to land a job in Germany. Thanks to the very high professional level of teaching and tailor-made classes, I was indeed able to interview in German and get a job in Frankfurt.
Because the people at S&W made such a positive impression on me, and because Meersburg is such a charming, pretty town, I returned to S&W for further studies.
I can definitely recommend S&W to anyone wishing to make good progress with their business German.
Vielen Dank an das Team von S&W!”
  Louise Lyons
Area Head, Key Account
“Two weeks at S&W have raised my confidence and given me the boost required to switch from passive to active use of the German language. This has opened many new opportunities for me. Danke!”

Peter Harris
Group Marketing Communication
Volkswagen Group
„After 10 years of living in Germany, I have finally come to grips with the German language.
Excellent location and environment for learning.
Thanks to S&W Training!”


John Alexander
Managing Director
Novartis Ireland
“On reflection I am delighted with the course. I think I have made good progress, and grammatically I feel more confident.
A great week with very good teachers in a very lovely comfortable location.

  Mai Lan Tai
“We really enjoyed and benefited from the 2 weeks of learning German.
Intensive, but very enriching and eye-opening!”
  Timothy Schier
Project Manager
„My German education has had the best possible start. The open, worldly & very knowledgable trainers at S&W Training provided a highly tailored and personalized course that has left me in a much better position than I thought I would be. Highly recommended, and I will be back for more.”
  Rebecca Middleton
Corporate Communications
E.on AG
“Overall, I have had an excellent week. I just wish I had more time!
The teachers and materials have all been excellent and made the course fun as well as extremely meaningful.
At S&W Training, they have adapted to my needs – and this flexibility has been appreciated.
Thank you!”
  Robert Yates
Director Diagnostics Business
Roche Diagnostics
“Well planned and structured program!
Excellent approach to learning!
Outstanding teachers!”
  Chris Gray
Application Technology Wetend
“The course was better than I anticipated – not only in terms of improving my German level, but also I enjoyed the whole week and had some fun – especially in the Vinothek.”

Luis Páscoa
Pilot Plant Manager

  1. The German language course is very well organized with an innovative method implemented, well structured and gives the possibility to an easy learning process
  2. The team has high level skills and excellent customer orientation.
  3. The toolbox I received from Niels will be very useful to improve my German in the future.

I highly recommend S&W Training


David Waller
Ich bin freiwillig eingedeutscht worden ...”

  Jorge Teixeira
Project Manager
VW AutoEuropa
“Thank you S&W, Niels, Annette, Claudie and Eva! I feel I am a ‘new man’. After all I can speak German. My main objective was to lose the fear I had to have a conversation in German – and you made it happen. I will be back.”
  Christine Jones
“Despite having made more progress than I thought possible this week, my German vocabulary does not do justice to this professional and charming team who have created an empathetic and challenging atmosphere in which to learn to speak German in the delightful town of Meersburg.”
  Carolyn Austin
Process Manager
“I have had a fantastic two weeks in Meersburg. I have learned more than I thought was possible and have actually enjoyed grammar! Both the hosts I had and the school were very helpful with living arrangements and the logistics of getting to Meersburg, and the location offered many opportunities to see a stunning part of Germany. The use of the room and facilities within the school at any time was particularly helpful. I would willingly study here again and think the results are well worth the work.”
  David Revitt
Corporate NEM + BCM Manager
“An enjoyable, challenging and rewarding week. Materials were provided in a very supportive learning environment, tailored to the needs of the individual. Superb!”
  Zac Hollis
Head of Planning
Skoda UK
“This week has given my German another boost and has been invaluable in helping me prepare for the challenges presented by working in a foreign language. The balance between everyday language and the world of business was just right.”
  Lars Wennberg
Vice President Production
Tetra Pak Deutschland GmbH
“All trainers are very knowledgable and professional. The continuous adaptation of the training, based on the needs of the participant, has been very efficient for me in my learning process.”
  Alison Adams
„My experience with S&W was absolutely perfect. Don’t change a thing!
What I appreciated most about the personell at S&W, other than their language expertise and compassion, was their willingness to be totally flexible with the needs of my daughter and myself. Our experience was worth every cent!”
  Paul Willis
Volkswagen UK
„Superb balance during the course! Theory, practise, and immersion. Also a chance to experience German culture.”
  Stephen Egli
Senior Consultant
Newton Industrial Consultants
„If you want an intensive total immersion course, this is perfect!”
  Martin Hirsch
Head of Group US Communications
“After one week at S&W, there was good news and bad news: The bad news was, I still couldn’t speak German. The good news was, I could understand it better. And I was actually optimistic that I could learn it. The course was definitely worthwhile. I’m already planning to come back for another week – to learn German or die trying.”
  John Young
Chairman of the Management Board
Atlas Elektronik
“We all have different learning needs and we all respond to different methods of teaching. For me, the approach of S&W works extremely well; based on a good ‘feeling’ for my capabilities and needs, the S&W team have clearly demonstrated (over a number of separate weeks tuition) their ability to put together a programme which recognized my level of competence.”
  Louise Shaw
Systems and Standards Manager
“The pace and style of the teaching was adapted perfectly to my needs. Just what I needed.”
  Clyde Swartz
Division Head Vehicle Manufacturing
Volkswagen of South Africa
“I found the course very satisfying and focussed on my personal needs and ability. An excellent mix of theory and practice. Training at S&W is really effective and the setting in Meersburg is ideal.”
  Irvin Bamford
“S&W Training is for those who are serious about extending their skill in German and extending their knowledge of German culture and society. Teaching staff are all very capable, knowledgeable and interesting people. It is important for those attending S&W to be very clear about their needs and objectives. After that S&W will take over and make all the arrangements, including excellent accommodation, for an excellent learning experience.”
  Fiona Fu
British Telecom Germany
Senior Proposition Development Manager
“It has been a very useful week. I have learnt a lot. It’s very useful to learn a new language in 1-2-1 sessions as the teacher is able to tailor the course according to my needs.”
  Anand Williams
Volkswagen of South Africa
  “A wonderful learning experience! Understanding a nation’s language and culture. Definitely worth the time and effort. Customer oriented!! All the best for the future.”  
  Vanessa Leung
Universität Bonn
  "I have gained a lot from my course at S&W Training. The instructors are very experienced and provided me with practical and specific assistance with all of my goals.”  
  Nancy Stahl
“Since I have lived in the German speaking world for thirteen years, I have developed some ‘bad habits’ in getting my point across with poor grammar. The teachers at S&W were of the highest quality and managed to untangle much of my muddle in a week’s time. Their help will certainly prove invaluable.”
  Graeme Gill
Project Co-ordinator
VW South Africa
“S&W, you were wonderful hosts. My time with you in Meersburg was absolutely exceptional. Your trainers are excellent and have immense patience. I will definitely be returning in order to further my German language training. Thank you.”
  Leigh Robinson
Abteilungsleiterin EOC
“S&W surprised me by actually making learning Deutsch fun. My week went quickly and was also enjoyable.”

Christian Georgeson
Head of Consumer Launch & Lifecycle Management
“The course not only provided the materials, stimulus, and teaching approaches that certainly helped ‘raise the bar’ on my language skills. It was delivered in a friendly (almost family like) environment.”


David Sisson
President & CEO
AirLiance Materials
“As a complete beginner I found my two weeks stay at S&W to be an excellent introduction to the German language. I have learned a great deal and have a good basis for continued study. I plan to return on a regular basis for further study.”

  Susana Quintana-Plaza
Strategy Manager
“A real pleasure!
I feel I learned a lot. The teachers and teaching methods were excellent, and the location as well as the infrastructure of S&W Training were very good and pleasant.

Elizabeth Catlin
Senior Manager
Ernst & Young
“For me, this course clarified the grammar in the more difficult areas of the German language as well as took me a step beyond my current level of knowledge. The focus on what is important to me was put into context and helped me understand the German language.”


Peter Wyhinny
Volkswagen UK
Direktor Nutzfahrzeuge
“Everyone was really friendly and flexible and engaged in my style of learning. So we had great fun. You were all so generous with your stars (well deserved of course!). I had to charter a Zeppelin to take them all home! Many thanks, hope to see you all again.”


Alison Nichol Doherty
“I can recommend S&W Training highly. The teaching is professional and of a high standard but also fun (yes, German can be fun to learn). I came with my 2 young children and we all made good progress. The best German course that I have attended.”

  Aggie Psathas
Global Marketing
“To all my friends at S&W Training:
You certainly have found the ‘magic method’ to motivating people seeking to speak the German language: A little grammar, a little wine, a little perfect, a few laughs, and so on ....”

Raj Zala
International Counsel
Lafarge Roofing
“Overall the experience at S&W removed or broke down a number of mental blocks about learning German and inspired me to continue learning .”


Varsha Zala
“Thank you very much! I didn’t think that I would enjoy learning German so much! “


Therese St. Peter
Head, Programme and Policy Development
Syngenta Foundation
“Exceeded every expectation …”


Bharat Kedia
Coca-Cola Switzerland
Chief Financial Officer
“S&W is a fitness studio where people invite themselves by paying their own money to torture their mind & body and leave with happiness thinking they lost some ignorance (calories in mind).”


Tom Bonham
Region Manager
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America
“A great German experience all around. The language courses were very flexible in content, depending on starting ability, and timing, my courses were split over two separate weeks. The people at S&W and around Meersburg were always courteous and interesting. To top it off there were lots of great cultural experiences around the Bodensee. At the end of the first week Frau Trautwein, the owner of my lodging, and I went out to see BB King at the Zeltfest in Konstanz, experiencing a wild storm on the Bodensee during the ferry ride and a rainbow blessed docking in Konstanz after the storm. I came a few days early for the second week of training along with my girlfriend so we could sightsee around the Bodensee and go to the opera in Bregenz, where the stage floats on the water. One of the best events we have ever attended. At the end I was able to speak German, and I had something to talk about with my German work colleagues.”

  Oliver Larkin
Volkswagen AG
Investor Relations Manager
“This one week immersion in German has given me the confidence to switch English ‘off’ in the office and insist on using German only. By the end of each day my head was full but I had achieved 7 hours of non-stop German. Wow!
It is a real pleasure to learn with such a friendly team. Don’t be afraid of coming to Germany, come here and enjoy yourself!”

Renee Masserey
Pricing Manager
Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
“I had first experienced S&W in January 1990, and was impressed by the team-oriented approach and importance given to individual needs. I returned in October 2003, this time with my 9-year old son who will be entering a German-speaking school in two years. We were both very happy with our courses, and enjoyed a wonderful week learning and relaxing. Our teachers were energetic, very personable and eager to help us reach our goals for the week.“

  Jonathan Bourne
Executive Director
“I really enjoyed my one week intensive course with S&W Training. It was early summer and Meersburg and Lake Constance were looking particularly beautiful. Anka met me from the train on Sunday afternoon and it was non-stop German from then on. The accommodation was well-chosen and very friendly. Anka and Niels followed my pre-determined course requirements exactly. It was also a pleasure meeting my fellow students and a dinner at Mainau amongst the rose gardens with one of the tutors and a fellow student stands out in my memory. All-in-all an experience to be repeated.“
  Peter Murray
Vice President
Helaba – Irish Branch
“The experience of studying at S & W was an excellent opportunity to develop German linguistic skills with a dedicated professional team who gave a living interest to both the language & the culture. Arriving as a stranger in Meersburg they ensured quick integration & a positive learning environment full of encouragement. A wonderful experience that I highly recommend.“
  Harald Mag
Account Management
Siemens AG
“I visited S&W Training in 1991 for a one week intensive German language course. Not only was this one of the most fun weeks I ever had, but I also managed to greatly improve my German. This has allowed me to successfully pursue many career opportunities for which I am very thankful today in these difficult economic times. I can wholeheartedly recommend S&W Training not only because of the effective and professional training methods that achieve real results, but also because of the unique combination of fantastic location and great staff. Still today, I have fond memories of Meersburg and the S&W Staff and come back every few years just to reminisce.“
  Leigh Robinson
Abteilungsleiterin EOC
“S&W surprised me by actually making learning Deutsch fun. My week went quickly and was also enjoyable.”
  Martin Hainge
Sales Director
BMW Motorsport
“Dear Anka and Niels,
To find such a friendly team of people who can teach the German language in such a good humoured and professional way in such superb surrounding is very rare indeed.”
  Tara Lutz
“You were right, Anka – the two weeks flew by. And what an enjoyable two weeks they were!
I feel more bold and secure now in speaking German.”
  Gerry Murphy
Product Manager
“I would like to say how much I enjoyed my week of German language training at S&W Training in Meersburg and especially the atmosphere of the classes. I hope to visit you again soon.”
  Michael Fetter
Preseries Logistics
Volkswagen Group of America
“I thought my German was weak – I found out it was dysfunctional.
Through structure, experience, culture, and role playing I have gained in two weeks what would have taken at least another year without S&W Training.”
  Kim Johnson
Senior Engineer
DSM Nutritional Products
“Niels and S&W Training have created a wonderful atmosphere to learn German in.
The course addressed the parts of the German language I most feared - such as declinations - and made them clear. I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to really understand and speak German.”

Julian Steele
Deutsche Bank Capital Markets
“Thank you for all your patient and helpful advice in tackling the German language. It was extremely enjoyable and I think that I will need at least three weeks more next summer.
Sincerest thanks to all at S&W Training!”

  Richard Vosburgh
“You at S&W Training are special people who have given me a wonderful start on a new life and career in Germany. Thanks for making a difficult task so enjoyable and human!”

Michael Formica
“Two weeks went by very quickly, and it’s hard to believe that I now must go back to work. I am very happy with the S&W team and I am sure you have a great future for your company. I know this will not be my last visit to beautiful old Meersburg.”


Brendan Cranny
“Dear Anka and Niels,
I would like to help you for your great help in improving my bad German.
I found the atmosphere very helpful and easy to learn in
I am sure that my Continental work mates who visit you will also have a pleasant learning experience.”


Gordon Anderson
General Manager
Commerzbank UK
„Yet again, I must resort to English to express my thanks and appreciation for the excellent work put in by all at S&W Training. Your perseverance to pump in much grammar and vocabulary has been very impressive Your patience and efforts to extract some German from me has been even greater – and quite successful.
The threat for you is:
I am sure I shall be back
Many thanks!“


Bernard O’Shaughnessy
Quality Engineer
„To Anka, Niels and all my new and old friends at S&W Training:
Thank you for all your help this week. The week went too quick for me, and I think that the next time I come to Meersburg I’ll stay for two or more weeks.“

  Nithia Pillay
South Africa
Volkswagen South Africa
Sales Manager
„S&W Training – a truly well run institution!
From the quality of the course materials to the capacitiy of the tutors, to the passion of each individual. I found it one of the better courses that I have attended in my career.
Many thanks, Niels & Ladies.”