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American/Australian moving to Geneva area

Hiya -

I'm a American - Australian dual national in her mid-30s moving from Australia to the Geneva area. At a time when most people seem to have a clue of what's going on in their lives, we've pulled up stakes, quit our jobs and switched countries - so a bit scary, but also hopefully a fun adventure (my husband worked/lived in Zurich for over a decade, so not going in totally blind. Plus, our furniture is on a containership somewhere between Singapore and Geneva at this point, so no turning back.)

I don't speak French, but know it's going to require some work! Looking to meet other people who have space in their friend-quota . I'm curious, open-minded, interested in tons of topics, occasionally funny. Always up for an adventure, laugh and good company. PM me if you're interested in meeting up!

I'll sign off before this sounds too much like a dating profile, but going to start hunting some of you down in the Property threads now as we look for somewhere to rent!
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Thanks!
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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

Welcome to the forum, and soon (again) to Switzerland. Any reason you chose Geneva this time instead of going back to Zurich?
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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

Thanks 3Wishes! Hubby seems to think I'll integrate better there (more expats? more somewhat English-speakers? so when I get lost trying to get home from the bakery the first month...) and there's actually more work in his industry in the town. I've heard both terrible and good things about it, so just trying to show up with an open mind.

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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

Welcome!! I am new in the french speaking part of CH too. From what I have earned since June, a lot of EF members seem to be in the German speaking part of CH and I have to say while some things have been true to descriptions others have been a million miles off the mark so take all you read with a massive pinch of sel/salz and you'll be peachy keen jelly bean!
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Thanks 3Wishes! Hubby seems to think I'll integrate better there (more expats? more somewhat English-speakers? so when I get lost trying to get home from the bakery the first month...) and there's actually more work in his industry in the town. I've heard both terrible and good things about it, so just trying to show up with an open mind.

Any and all tips for this total n00b appreciated

A strange statement as Zürich has more expats and more English Speakers than Geneva
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A strange statement as Zürich has more expats and more English Speakers than Geneva
I guess you would know better! But hopefully that just means double the fun
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A strange statement as Zürich has more expats and more English Speakers than Geneva
I would dispute this....and the Swiss government does too!!

Zurich has 31.5% foreign nationals and 6.4% with English as their first language
Geneva - 40.4% foreign nationals and 10.7% with English as their first language.....

So perhaps if looking for an expat community is important then her hubby did his homework

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http://www.atlas.bfs.admin.ch/maps/1...Only/0_de.html
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Zurich has 31.5% foreign nationals and 6.4% with English as their first language
Geneva - 40.4% foreign nationals and 10.7% with English as their first language.....
Correct, but Zurich has about twice as many inhabitants. Wolli said more English speakers, not a higher percentage.
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Correct, but Zurich has about twice as many inhabitants. Wolli said more English speakers, not a higher percentage.
It depends where you want to place the boundaries! Or how far you're willing to travel to meet folk! Lies, damn lies and statistics...
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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

Also, I'd bet that more locals in Zurich speak English than in Vaud. So, in Zurich doing your shopping, etc with English only would be less difficult.

Anyway, there are plenty of English speakers here. It will take you along time to run through all of them!

It's also quite different depending on what part of the canton you are in. What part of Vaud are you moving to?

Good luck with the move! And don't worry. It'll all work out great.
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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

EF is generally more German-part crowd, glocals on the other hand more Romandie (and Geneva particularly) folks. EF is way more information rich and forum-based, glocals is better for actually meeting people for tons of activities (met quite a few past and current GFs there, among tons of other people).

Those stats reflect general feel - Geneva feels a bit (not by huge margin) more international (big employers like CERN, UN, gazillion of NGOs, P&G etc) - at least by my subjective feel (lived in both if anyone asks).
Then there is this ridiculous french/swiss french attitude towards speaking english (or any other language for that matter), where I believe swiss germans are not so stubborn.
But then if you want to live in your own house, or huge flat, and not pay it forever and ever, france is very cool place to be, with swiss salary (including all shopping and services, minus is usually longer commute, but not always).
Nightlife in twice as big Zurich is naturally richer, but to say you have nothing to do in Geneva, one must be super picky (and living a bit boring life, by relying on others to provide fun and exceitement).
Lake is much bigger, mountains are much closer to Geneva, they are cheaper, and hey, 1 hour drive from my home and I am standing right under fully glaciated highest mountain in western europe, some 3800m higher... and so on

EDIT: just saw you are actually in Vaud - not that international, better start some french courses Valais is at your hand though, and lake can feel a bit like sea sometimes, with mist covering Evian
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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

Hi all, Well my story is rather different - I'm French but I've been living pretty much away from France my entire life which leaves me with terrible french to speak. I just started working in Geneva around two weeks ago, so far so good although the fact that I don't know any english speakers around makes life pretty difficult! I just had to start searching online and ended up here!

So yes, I'd love to meet any english speakers even if its for a cup of coffee at starbucks or whatever!
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Welcome to the forum. Hope you won't be bored for long.
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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

Thanks Medea, truly miss speaking english, thanks to this forum looks like not for long!
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Thanks Medea, truly miss speaking english, thanks to this forum looks like not for long!
Welcome to Geneva There are plenty of English speakers in the area, even a few Aussies.....
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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

Where do you all hide! haha! Thanks @Hairybadger. I'm French but seriously, god bless the english language haha!
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Where do you all hide! haha! Thanks @Hairybadger. I'm French but seriously, god bless the english language haha!
ah sorry, was confused by the thread title As for hiding, try the pubs
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Re: American/Australian moving to Geneva area

So is there some kind of chat site everyone gathers at, or how does this thing work exactly? excuse my lack of knowledge (not everyday I do this).
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