I have recently (six months ago) moved to Rostock and I am working full time as a consultant of a German company. My contract has been reconfirmed for another full year, with good chances to keep going on for a bit even after that.
I do not speak German at all (I work in IT and in the office I can work effectively with English) but I think it would be better to start learning it.
This will be my own private initiative (i.e. I pay out of my own pocket) and will have to do that outside office hours.
Here in Rostock I have seen Inlingua, Berlitz and a place called s-cool, there are probably more, but these three are also very close to my apartment so I'd start with these to simplify the logistic.
I think a regular class (or even better, one-on-one lessons) would work better for me (I don't trust myself to stay focused with self-studying, at least for languages).
I am also aware that ultimately it's the teacher and how well you get along with his/her style and personality, but I'd like to get at least some idea about which of these to try first.
Finally, in case it matters, my native language is Italian.
(I am also aware that there might be state sponsored or university courses that might be way cheaper, but I'd like to try the "commercial" courses first)
Question: any suggestions/ideas about which one to try first? Any idea of the costs?