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Moving from Brussels to Zurich

Hello everyone and happy 2015 !

Currently hesitating over our move from Brussels to Zurich.
Our situation : young expat family, 2 kids (4 y and 0.7 y), jobs in IT, mom and older kid speaking french and dad very little dutch after living for 3 years in Belgium. If we move we decided to stick with french LFZ school.

Does anyone here have experience moving to Switzerland from Belgium (ideally Brussels -> Zurich) and can please share their experience ?

Thank you so much.
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Hello everyone and happy 2015 !

Currently hesitating over our move from Brussels to Zurich.
Our situation : young expat family, 2 kids (4 y and 0.7 y), jobs in IT, mom and older kid speaking french and dad very little dutch after living for 3 years in Belgium. If we move we decided to stick with french LFZ school.

Does anyone here have experience moving to Switzerland from Belgium (ideally Brussels -> Zurich) and can please share their experience ?

Thank you so much.

I have checked the WEBsite of LFZ and am impressed. But when coming to Zürich and settle down accordingly, do not be surprised when one or both of your kids suddenly have friends from outside the LFZ and start to talk Züri-Tüütsch. And while colleagues of your husband and you will have a command of English and French to some extent, the plumber and the Hauswart and the electrician possibly do NOT. They may speak Albanian, Serbian, Russian, Italian and German (at least TWO and up to FIVE languages) but NOT English or French. Information from Dübendorf/Gockhausen/Zürich and from the supermarkets and from public transport will be in Standard German.


I love to encourage you to move to Zürich, but some realism is to be applied.


So that learning German (and maybe Italian) may be very helpful in daily life
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Does anyone here have experience moving to Switzerland from Belgium (ideally Brussels -> Zurich) and can please share their experience ?

Thank you so much.
We moved from Belgium ( near Brussels) toSwitzerland but not to Zurich. We moved from French part to French part so the language wasn't an issue for us.

I have been told that Dutch and Swiss German have some similarities so it should be easier for a Dutch speaker to communicate in Zurich German.


Regarding the school situation I would consider your options very carefully.
If you are coming here for a relatively short term then an international school may be a good solution for you ( either French or English depending on where you will be moving on to) but if you are thinking your stay here will be long term I would highly recommend putting your children into the local school system. They are both very young and will pick up the local language very quickly, they will have local friends and will probably ultimately aid your own integration into the community you're living in.
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We moved from Belgium ( near Brussels) toSwitzerland but not to Zurich. We moved from French part to French part so the language wasn't an issue for us.

I have been told that Dutch and Swiss German have some similarities so it should be easier for a Dutch speaker to communicate in Zurich German.


Regarding the school situation I would consider your options very carefully.
If you are coming here for a relatively short term then an international school may be a good solution for you ( either French or English depending on where you will be moving on to) but if you are thinking your stay here will be long term I would highly recommend putting your children into the local school system. They are both very young and will pick up the local language very quickly, they will have local friends and will probably ultimately aid your own integration into the community you're living in.

If you speak Züri-Tüütsch, you understand Flemish/Dutch to a comfortable extent, even if you do not speak it. And as I know, NL/BE people understand dialects of Zürich and Basel as well


Indeed, the kids will have local friends, and so very swiftly will start to talk in the local dialect, even carry German language things home


The School mentioned is a French language School but when looking through their WEBsite you get it that they are well integrated. They are not an Island of FRENCHNESS ---- nevertheless, if the stay is for more than a year or two I also would recommend the normal
school system and a school rooted in the area where you will be located
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Re: Moving from Brussels to Zurich

out of interest, is your 0.7yr old kid really 8.4 months old?
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out of interest, is your 0.7yr old kid really 8.4 months old?
8 months and 12 days, to be exact
just kidding, she is a bit over 7 months.

We need LFZ as a "cushion" - they offer bilingual education (12 hours French 12 hours German). We have already moved once with a kid, then 2 years old, and it was really hard for her - she started speaking local languages only after 2 years (4-5 months ago). Taking it from her now, when she just started to integrate, would be harsh. Also, this school is the only way to keep her French.
And, after reading a thread about LFZ(Zurich: International Schools), I am contemplating LFZ not only as a cushion, but for a long term as well.

Would you still recommend local school system? If yes, why? And yes, I am planning to learn German if we come.
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8 months and 12 days, to be exact
just kidding, she is a bit over 7 months.

We need LFZ as a "cushion" - they offer bilingual education (12 hours French 12 hours German). We have already moved once with a kid, then 2 years old, and it was really hard for her - she started speaking local languages only after 2 years (4-5 months ago). Taking it from her now, when she just started to integrate, would be harsh. Also, this school is the only way to keep her French.
And, after reading a thread about LFZ(Zurich: International Schools), I am contemplating LFZ not only as a cushion, but for a long term as well.

Would you still recommend local school system? If yes, why? And yes, I am planning to learn German if we come.

to say it again, the school looks good, judging from their WEBsite. So, if you can afford it possibly a good option
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