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Old 19.02.2015, 11:39
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I think the main problem is that no one speaks German here. For all the learning one does from a book, it is hard to find real life situations for practice.
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I think the main problem is that no one speaks German here. For all the learning one does from a book, it is hard to find real life situations for practice.
That is exactly the situation in the "German" part of Switzerland. You will very rarely hear "High German" as a stay home parent unless someone is speaking directly to you. High German is for reading and writing, Swiss German for talking.
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That is exactly the situation in the "German" part of Switzerland. You will very rarely hear "High German" as a stay home parent unless someone is speaking directly to you. High German is for reading and writing, Swiss German for talking.
You can watch German TV, listen to German radio etc while doing stuff around the home. Many people do that in order to improve comprehension skills.
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Re: Looking for a job after being a stay at home mother

Skyfly, Credit Suisse is running a program specifically to help mothers re-enter the workforce after staying at home to raise children. The program is active in Switzerland - I believe it began in January.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27737020 - gives an overview and you can search the Credit Suisse website for a contact name. They are interested in people with some finance / banking / operations experience. You are not guaranteed a job at the end of the program, but you will be paid according to your experience for the duration.

Perhaps other companies have similar programs - this is the only one I am aware of in CH.
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That is exactly the situation in the "German" part of Switzerland. You will very rarely hear "High German" as a stay home parent unless someone is speaking directly to you. High German is for reading and writing, Swiss German for talking.
Two more things to add:
1. The theory of immersion language learning is based upon being in an environment where the language is spoken, hence, one is immersed in the language. Although this is the situation in most of the world, this is not the case in German speaking Switzerland, where spoken and written languages differ. As the fundamental theory of immersion language is not applicable to German speaking Switzerland, one would expect that the immersion approach would not be particularly successful, which is consistent with the experience of most people I have spoken with. I believe this is why duolingo.com works better than immersion for most people here.

2. Skyfly, you might consider joining a club in your hometown, such as volleyball, knitting, or something. It would be a good way to hear Swiss German and speak a little high German. Also, in Switzerland, club members tend to help each other, and someone might introduce you to someone in need of part time accounting help. Just a thought.
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Re: Looking for a job after being a stay at home mother

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I think the main problem is that no one speaks German here. For all the learning one does from a book, it is hard to find real life situations for practice.
Hardly a problem for the OP, who lives in Vaud, where (more or less ) standard French is spoken (well, yes they do say 'huitante', etc).

Totally agree that being a mum of young children does not allow for a lot of free time- especially if OH is working long hours and comes home Kn*CKered... (been there, I can assure you). But still- looking ahead and preparing for the day is the key. Learning a language does not necessarily involve hours of formal lessons (I never had a single lesson in the UK- apart from German for my Degree and Italian at a later stage). Making friends, talking to neighbours, joining in local activities and perhaps a club or another kind of course at Ecole Migros (sport, pottery- whatever) + 1 or 2 formal lessons a week, in a school, at home privately or on Skype- etc, there are so many ways + radio, TV, DVDs- just 'getting stuck in'. It is more an attitude than a formal learning thing.

So, no criticism from me- but just a reminder that thinking ahead and preparation is best- for when the day comes, so you are ready to make the happy transition. I started Uni the day our youngest started school- and it is the best thing I ever did (I would have died of boredom in Stepford wives territory, I am sure! Even rural Switzerland seemed miles ahead in attitudes to women- I know many will not believe me (rural UK in the early 70s).
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Re: Looking for a job after being a stay at home mother

It's always easy to raise questions why did not you do this or that. Look he or she could manage to do this but why could you not. zzzzz..... sometimes we become so judgemental! I have seen a lot of home makers who honestly have no free time. May be they could manage a few minutes here and there and at max 1 hour in a strech but really after working a whole day long I can't think of picking up my books and read. All I would want at that point of time would be some peace.

My suggestion for you OP is don't feel disheartened from these comments and try to find some solution. May be ask your friend, husband or someone to keep your kids for sometime so that you can work on French, search job or prepare urself for your next interview. Just make this your priority for sometime. I have a friend who got a job after 7 years of long break and no swiss exp. It's not impossible but just keep calm, positive and try to find time for urself.
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