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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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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).