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Hello,

Thatīs first time Iīm in an english forum. Iīm from Brazil.


I hope to find kind members in here.

Iīve lived in Switzerland for 6 years and half. Iīd good and bad experiences in this country. But always we try to keep the good memories. Thatīs all.

I speak french very well, Iīve learnt it in french canton where Iīve lived.
So, Iīm French teacher in my country and I teach everything about this language such as francophone countries about the culture, politic, development system (social, political, economic, and others).

And Iīd like to know more about the swiss society (politic, culture, food, etc) even if Iīve ben lived there in 6 years and I was married with a swiss man. īCause I havenīt found serious people to talk about it yet, thatīs why I have bad experiences.

PS: Iīve done a cours in Geneva named political system for swiss citzens in Switzerland, but it was in 2001. I went back in Brazil on spring 2006. Thanks. So, if someone wants to give me some informations about this country. Iīll appreciate.

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Hi spitch!
Welcome to the forum.
You should find plenty of information here about all aspects of life in Switzerland.
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HI Spitch,

There are so many informations online but of course there are also people who like to talk about their own experiences. I am very new in Switzerland and so far, I am liking it. Sorry to hear that you had some bad experiences.

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Joe,
Bad experiences, it depends on the level of degree for these happenings. For me, unfortunately, Iīd it where Iīve lived.
I donīt know entire Switzerland and Iīve never lived in German cities of Switzerland and, more, I donīt speak German, Italian and Romansh.
So, I think a language is so important to know the culture, politics and social way from a country -, by an unique form. The reality, there, is a plurilanguagical country and it becomes a distance between the most important swiss cantons over political and economic concerns or decisions. Itīs like the linguistics barriers. Itīs damage for a country thatīs so little.
Iīve tried to read something unique for Switzerland but I think Iīve not found what I want yet. The real people in Switzerland. Sorry, itīs a bit complicated.
Well, I hope you enjoy the new life in Switzerland and thanks so lot for you attention.
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Hello Spitch and welcome to the forum!


One big advantage you have in moving to the German-speaking part of Switzerland is that, judging by your post, your English is pretty good. As you already speak other languages, it shouldn`t be too hard for you to learn German. Meanwhile, many people will be quite happy to speak English with you - that's certainly what I've found. In fact, although my German is now fairly good, a lot of people I work with like to speak English with me so they can improve their grammar - perfect for a lazy Englishman like me!


One thing I found helpful was the book "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes. It cleared up many puzzling things about this country for me, and is also very funny.


I find most of the Swiss are rather nice people once you get past the reserved exterior. Just don't try overtaking them on the autobahn though...
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Hello Northensoul,

Thank you for answer me in this forum and also the compliments over yours commentaires.

Itīs like me, a teacher who helps difficulties people that want to change over the knowledges about something, meanly in foreigner languages courses. In fact, Iīve already tried to learn German twice, here in Brazil. My German language is still: "Ich sprech nicht Deustch", something like this. Even if Iīve lived in a country which has this language as official one, I regret, sometimes, for not having profited in learning German. Well, the life goes on...

I prefer study more and more English, īcause that was my first language that I adopted. In French city, fortunately, I could solve many problems in raison of the English language at that time. But after I learned French, Iīve had difficulties to talk in English, I couldnīt speak this language anymore. So Iīve a French accent from Geneva.
My curiosity about a swiss unique identity is for explaining better this country, but Iīve some difficulties to continue my mission to learn something about Switzerland. Itīs not an explanation about this country as the chocolate country or better banking system around the world. Iīm not interested in it!!!
We consume many swiss products in my country, thanks globalization.

Then, for this your final commentary:
"Just don't try overtaking them on the autobahn though..."

I supposed these nice people are always in late for arriving to any place, and they hate these situations... For me, in this case, I prefer a break for a precious coffee. Does it mean that or am I wrong?

Have a nice day and thank for tip of the book. Iīll appreciate it.
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You're very welcome, and I'm sure you'll learn German without too much difficulty.
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Thank you about the book. I saw it in the Internet. Itīs a very interesting book.

to learn German... one day. Why not?
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Hello Spitch and welcome to the forum!


One big advantage you have in moving to the German-speaking part of Switzerland is that, judging by your post, your English is pretty good. As you already speak other languages, it shouldn`t be too hard for you to learn German. Meanwhile, many people will be quite happy to speak English with you - that's certainly what I've found. In fact, although my German is now fairly good, a lot of people I work with like to speak English with me so they can improve their grammar - perfect for a lazy Englishman like me!


One thing I found helpful was the book "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes. It cleared up many puzzling things about this country for me, and is also very funny.


I find most of the Swiss are rather nice people once you get past the reserved exterior. Just don't try overtaking them on the autobahn though...
Thanks for the book tip... I'll look it up
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