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Hello from Calgary, Canada - Moving to Zurich in May

Hello all,
I just registered a few days ago. My name is Dani. I'm a 21 year old electrical engineering student who will be beginning a year long internship in Zurich in May. I came to get tips about life in Switzerland in the hopes of making my transition smoother.

(I'm already finding the housing situation to be a bit of a struggle... )
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Re: Hello from Calgary, Canada - Moving to Zurich in May

Hi Dani,

Welcome to the forum. I'm also a Calgarian myself and moved to Canton Zug in 2011. Time sure flies when you're having fun.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Hello all,
I just registered a few days ago. My name is Dani. I'm a 21 year old electrical engineering student who will be beginning a year long internship in Zurich in May. I came to get tips about life in Switzerland in the hopes of making my transition smoother.

(I'm already finding the housing situation to be a bit of a struggle... )
Did you see this ad?
Room in 4.5, 120 sqm new-build in Limmatfeld, Deitikon (ZH)

There are Canadians living there.
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Re: Hello from Calgary, Canada - Moving to Zurich in May

Welcome Dani - have you checked out the university's online bulletin board Marktplatz?

http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch/wohnungen/

You'll see that there are also some ads in English (just in case you don't speak German yet.)
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Hi Dani,

Welcome to the forum. I'm also a Calgarian myself and moved to Canton Zug in 2011. Time sure flies when you're having fun.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, I may have to take you up on that offer!

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Room in 4.5, 120 sqm new-build in Limmatfeld, Deitikon (ZH)

There are Canadians living there.
I did not but thank you, I will check it out

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Welcome Dani - have you checked out the university's online bulletin board Marktplatz?

http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch/wohnungen/

You'll see that there are also some ads in English (just in case you don't speak German yet.)
Ah yes, I'd seen a few postings from there. I wish they had a better sorting system as quite a few places are out of my price range but I shall just dig deeper. Is Swiss German really so different?
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Re: Hello from Calgary, Canada - Moving to Zurich in May

When you ask if Swiss German is really so different from (standard) German, well, it depends on whether you are a native speaker of one or the other. Germans, especially if they speak a dialect similar to ones spoken here, can pick Swiss German up pretty easily. Most Swiss from this part of the country speak standard German although you'll find that a few have trouble with it and there are some who simply refuse to speak it for political or other reasons. But those of us who have learned German as non-native speakers often have a hard time understanding dialect. And keep in mind that there is no one version of Swiss German - the dialects vary considerably.

Have a look on this forum at the discussions on the subject - there are lots of threads about the difficulties. The consensus seems to be that it is best to learn standard German first. People who begin with Swiss German and then try to learn standard German seem to have much more trouble. Or at least that is my impression. Keep in mind that dialect is not a written language. Everything written will be in standard German so if you only learn dialect you will be limiting yourself a bit.
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Re: Hello from Calgary, Canada - Moving to Zurich in May

Hello Dani and welcome to the forum.
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When you ask if Swiss German is really so different from (standard) German, well, it depends on whether you are a native speaker of one or the other. Germans, especially if they speak a dialect similar to ones spoken here, can pick Swiss German up pretty easily. Most Swiss from this part of the country speak standard German although you'll find that a few have trouble with it and there are some who simply refuse to speak it for political or other reasons. But those of us who have learned German as non-native speakers often have a hard time understanding dialect. And keep in mind that there is no one version of Swiss German - the dialects vary considerably.

Have a look on this forum at the discussions on the subject - there are lots of threads about the difficulties. The consensus seems to be that it is best to learn standard German first. People who begin with Swiss German and then try to learn standard German seem to have much more trouble. Or at least that is my impression. Keep in mind that dialect is not a written language. Everything written will be in standard German so if you only learn dialect you will be limiting yourself a bit.
Oh I see! That makes sense. I suppose it's very similar to how Egyptian Arabic is harder for me to understand as I'm familiar with the Iraqi dialect. Part of it is probably different slang and colloquialisms as well. Thank you for clearing that up for me as I've been trying to improve my German and was concerned about whether there would be differences in the writing.


@lost_inabroad : Thank you
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