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Old 08.05.2012, 14:34
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I know a little tiny bit, hence i could get alot of the story across, but my skills are basic. My husband and entire family speak fluently but not been in the situation to practice, learn or do any more with it, hence im sorting out a coirse first?
What do you suggest, i tell my husband when we have to move 'oh no, better get in some german lessons in the next few weeks amungst packing up, renting our uk pad and looking after three children, as i might might some swiss prats who need ranting at'?
I would rather make an effort to try, use what i do know, and make an effort to get on with life as much as i can until i can learn some more. I think theres more said for that than being totally ignorant, staying indoors and not trying anything to settle in?
next time politely tell them to bring you the wood fairy, heaven, ass and thread they've totally cucumbered you on, you have the nose full and they can slide down your hunchback. there are of course ways to say all this in German / Swiss German, but if you say it in English I'm quite sure you will find that more people understand English then let on.

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Old 08.05.2012, 14:37
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Day has got better, had a lovely time with my little people, weather been good and going to take my children out for dinner to enrage more swiss people ( who i have also notice dont think taking children out for dinner in public places appropraite ) - shame on me! Mwahaha
To be honest, I don't think that sort of attitude will make you happy in the long run.

I've met unpleasant people on public transport all over the world. I've also met fantastic, friendly people as well.

On balance, it's been better here.
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... to enrage more Swiss people I mean, it's entirely up to you how you wish to proceed with your future- but as Tom says, it does not bode well.
Actually we often take our grand- children out for meals in restaurants- and people are so friendly and tolerant generally. But we, and my daughter and sil, have made a big effort to teach the children the difference between healthy, happy, chatty behaviour- and brattish behaviour- and people do appreciate it and always congratulate parents and grand-parents.

The other day we went for a meal with friends, and the little ones were a bit noisy and messy, as per normal for a baby and young toddler. Everybody was smiling and totally cool about it. We offered to clean the mess (bread every where on the floor) but the waitress said 'no worries, I'll do it'. Smiles all round. Sometimes it really feels to me like you live in a totally different Switzerland to us. A positive and friendly attitude usually (not always, there are idiots everywhere) makes for more of the same. What comes round, goes around.

I met my OH on the train 42 years ago - I love public transport, lol.
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... to enrage more Swiss people I mean, it's entirely up to you how you wish to proceed with your future- but as Tom says, it does not bode well.
Actually we often take our grand- children out for meals in restaurants- and people are so friendly and tolerant generally. But we, and my daughter and sil, have made a big effort to teach the children the difference between healthy, happy, chatty behaviour- and brattish behaviour- and people do appreciate it and always congratulate parents and grand-parents.

The other day we went for a meal with friends, and the little ones were a bit noisy and messy, as per normal for a baby and young toddler. Everybody was smiling and totally cool about it. We offered to clean the mess (bread every where on the floor) but the waitress said 'no worries, I'll do it'. Smiles all round. Sometimes it really feels to me like you live in a totally different Switzerland to us. A positive and friendly attitude usually (not always, there are idiots everywhere) makes for more of the same. What comes round, goes around.

I met my OH on the train 42 years ago - I love public transport, lol.
The bit I like here is 'Sometimes it feels to me like you live in a totally different Switzerland to us'. Because that's exactly how I often feel reading all this moaning in this forum. I too have been here for many happy donkey's years among friendly intelligent people and have only very occasionally had reason to complain about anything. There's a saying 'Wie man in den Wald ruft' which if respected would avoid a lot of groans.
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Really gets to me on EasyJet when couples take the window and aisle seat, so that they have a free seat in between. Last time, I went and sat right in the middle of them - the dirty looks were hilarious! They then asked if they could swap - and I said not, I was perfectly comfortable, thanks. (I would of course always offer to move when families can't find seats together, etc).
I just have to say that this really made my day! I can just imagine the looks!
Well done!

I've found that actually people here are really friendly and generally very helpful. Maybe I've just been fortunate but so far I think the service here is better than back in England (again a generalisation), a lot of people have really gone the extra mile to help even though my German is rubbish.
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Dear Loulabelle,

You seem to be around the age I was when I first moved to Switzerland.
I know from bitter experience that living in a strange country with small children is hard at first... but I'm afraid it really is a case of 'When in Rome....'.
You're going to come across grouchy people; you find them everywhere. I'm afraid that now I'm old I find myself occasionally muttering under my breath about other people's behaviour on public transport, so I'm probably going to be one of them!

I hope you've found something to cheer you up since your run-in with the bus driver, bag lady, etc. Life here isn't all bad!
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