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New in Nyon

My husband and 3 year-old daughter relocated close to Nyon about 2 months ago. We would love to connect with other English speaking families in the area, exchange ideas and information on expat-life in Switzerland!
If anyone knows of any English speaking playgroups or other activities for toddlers around Nyon would be great if you could share with us.
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Re: New in Nyon

Hi Joyco
Last night I joined a Nyon group in meet up that I think you are a part of. I'm too new and caught up in house hunting and all the tasks of the big move but once things settle in place I would love to meet up with you. In my search I have so far found two playgroups around Gland and Nyon. One meets every Thursdays and the other every Tuesdays. I am rushing out the door now but if you don't already know about them I can pm you the details later. We are all on the same boat and should support each other to not feel isolated. Talk to you later!
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Re: New in Nyon

Hi there,

Thanks for your message. Yes, the meetup group is one I formed in my search for playdates around this area. If you could send the details on the Nyon/Gland playgroups I would appreciate it - I haven't heard of any around here. Hopefully will meet you through our meetups or other playgroups soon.
Thanks again and welcome to Nyon
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Re: New in Nyon

You shall get the info, as soon as I figure out how to send you a private message I haven't attended them yet. I have a friend who used to live in Rolle and she and others in the Facebook groups shared these infos with me. My life is a bit crazy at the mo; as soon as this madness slows down I would love to get together.
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Re: New in Nyon

There are loads of english speaking groups in Nyon and in the surrounding villages. They don't all advertise "English only" but you'll find plenty - GEMS is an example, not quite a playgroup - but a big meeting place for mums and kids - with a playgroup.

We struggled more to find French only groups for our kids - because we preferred them to integrate and be more ready for school.
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Pm sent.

John-H; I am aware of GEMS and sent the info to Joyco but could you please share what you know about the other English speaking groups? Thanks in advance.
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Re: New in Nyon

Check out this place close to Migros:

http://laribambelle-nyon.jimdo.com/

My wife really enjoys going there with our 2-year old son!
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John-H; I am aware of GEMS and sent the info to Joyco but could you please share what you know about the other English speaking groups? Thanks in advance.
Jeeeze I hoped you wouldn't ask for the names .. Wife goes, I don't!

La Ribambelle Nyon - Tried there? It's a nursery type place with different groups on different days - English only (or mostly) groups there on some days.

The Little Green House in Gland - Another play group / nursery, many-mostly english.

PlayBall - Another favorite for english speaking, there are 2 or 3 of those groups in the area.

Just try a couple, from there you hear about more and then can decide what works and what doesn't. And the outdoor pool will open again soon, all play requirements sorted.

EDIT : Don't feel scared by the language barrier.. Everybody speaks english in Nyon - From the postman to the bus driver, to the girls in MacDonalds. Especially if you are nice to them
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Re: New in Nyon

Many thanks JohnH and donpiedro for your suggestions! Some of the playgroups you mention I knew and the rest I will definitely contact to learn more..As for the language barrier, to be honest, apart from the Mcdonalds and cafe next to Manor employees I haven't found another person in Nyon speaking or understanding English unfortunately..Its a bit sad actually as coming from France (previous relocation) we were expecting the Swiss to be a bit more open and close to an international mentality that would accommodate the large xpat community they host.. But then that is a big discussion with many different points of view..
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Many thanks JohnH and donpiedro for your suggestions! Some of the playgroups you mention I knew and the rest I will definitely contact to learn more..As for the language barrier, to be honest, apart from the Mcdonalds and cafe next to Manor employees I haven't found another person in Nyon speaking or understanding English unfortunately..Its a bit sad actually as coming from France (previous relocation) we were expecting the Swiss to be a bit more open and close to an international mentality that would accommodate the large xpat community they host.. But then that is a big discussion with many different points of view..
Wow I'm really surprised on the language point ..
I take it you've been to the famous fishermans pub? Typical english bar down near the lake.
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Wow I'm really surprised on the language point ..
I take it you've been to the famous fishermans pub? Typical english bar down near the lake.
I'm quite surprised too.
We don't live in Nyon, but we stop in to/from the airport and constantly hear English in the streets and the Italian restaurant we frequent. Just last Friday I had a lovely chat with a shop owner in a mix of French and English. She gave my daughter some treats while I tried on a few dresses. She responded to me in English while chatting with my daughter in French.
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I'm quite surprised too.
We don't live in Nyon, but we stop in to/from the airport and constantly hear English in the streets and the Italian restaurant we frequent. Just last Friday I had a lovely chat with a shop owner in a mix of French and English. She gave my daughter some treats while I tried on a few dresses. She responded to me in English while chatting with my daughter in French.
Totally. I was at the flea market on Sunday and half the time it sounded like i was in London! Or somewhere in the USA!

Croix Verte Italian resto .. They love kids and speak English if you want. Same with the Restos down by the lake, near to the ferry port.

My advice .. Try it in French, make even a little effort and i think you will find a good response.
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Re: New in Nyon

We were leaning towards Morges area initially but reading here in that Nyon has more English speaking expats is changing my mind to focus more on Nyon. My husband is fluent in French and my french is enough to get by in the daily life. However, I do prefer to meet friends and people who speak English to not feel too isolated. I will use and practice my french in daily life and in dealings with the local school but I need to have coffee and chat in English to keep me sane.
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We were leaning towards Morges area initially but reading here in that Nyon has more English speaking expats is changing my mind to focus more on Nyon. My husband is fluent in French and my french is enough to get by in the daily life. However, I do prefer to meet friends and people who speak English to not feel too isolated. I will use and practice my french in daily life and in dealings with the local school but I need to have coffee and chat in English to keep me sane.
I guess it's hard to gauge it remotely. I can only speak from local experience (village just outside Nyon). My wife speaks almost no French and gets by just fine in daily life, shopping, school, vet, doctors, commune, pediatrician.. They all speak english, some perfectly. She also has multiple circles of friends all english speaking, some neighbours, some from school, some for coffees etc etc. Even baby sitters and pet sitters. All easy to find speaking english.

There's also a facebook group called ForSaleFreeWanted in Geneva and Vaud.. It's original purpose is buying and selling stuff but it's full of advice and contacts too with 17k members.

Bon chance!
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..As for the language barrier, to be honest, apart from the Mcdonalds and cafe next to Manor employees I haven't found another person in Nyon speaking or understanding English unfortunately..
Go shopping at Chavannes on a Saturday, you might just think you are in England. More english spoken there of late compared to French, a bit scary in fact.
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Also check out the website LivingInNyon.com - loads of things going on in English in the area. Think I read somewhere that a full 33% of people in the larger Nyon region are anglophone. Welcome!
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Thanks a lot everyone for your replies and useful info provided! Will be checking out all suggested spots and might even be running in to some of you in the next months Have a Happy Easter with your family and loved ones!
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English speaking mums in Switzerland on Facebook could be good! I know a lot of Mums in Nyon that are members of the group!
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Thanks Susie. Do you have a specific fb page in mind?
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