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Best language to learn-Zug

My husband and I with kids in tow are looking at moving to Zug. What is the best language to learn if based in Zug. I was thinking German? We are complete novices and would be starting from scratch with regards to languages.
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Old 24.04.2015, 10:15
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

German would be useful.
What other languages did you have in mind?
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

Definitely German. You could have a go at the local Swiss German dialect, but personally I would concentrate on high German.
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

Welcome to the forum. Why are you thinking of moving here? Does your husband have a job offer that he's considering?

I see from your profile that you're a psychiatric nurse. Are you planning on working here too? Because to do so you'll need a) to get your qualifications recognised. Check on the PDF link here for the organisation which would do that; I think it's the Swiss Red Cross.

http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/diploma/017...x.html?lang=en

and b) you'll need to speak German to a reasonable fluency.
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

I was thinking of learning German- but if I was living in Zug I wanted to learn a language that I could use in a daily basis.

Re Work - my husband is going through an interview process and he
is the preferred candidate. Will be a few weeks before we know for sure.
I am due a baby next month and will follow him over when baby is 6 weeks.

If I learned a language to proficiency and we plan to stay in Switzerland I would
consider going back to work as a psych nurse provided I can register. I am a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and I haven't really researched working as a nurse in Switzerland !
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I was thinking of learning German- but if I was living in Zug I wanted to learn a language that I could use in a daily basis.
Did you notice the language map above? .... Zug is somewhere, middleish, in the big orange section.
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

Yes Thanks!! That is reassuring. I would prefer to learn German.
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

Good luck wishes for the job then.

You might like to get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info both before and after you move here. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet.
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

German. As German part of Switzerland is more vibrant and have more lively life and job opportunities.
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German. As German part of Switzerland is more vibrant and have more lively life and job opportunities.
My mom knew a hairdresser named Lilly Jung (dead now 40 years I would guess) who had miraculously emigrated to Switzerland from Czechoslovakia (as it then was) the night of the Nazi invasion. She was, Mom said, not the brightest spark, but among the nicest: and the Swiss border guard let her in, to go to Zurich and get her passport stamped by her new sovereign, Germany.

But what was remarkable about Lilly was that (and never mind she married and divorced a Swiss and became a Swiss citizen during the war) she taught herself both High German and Swiss German and averred that without having done so she'd never have any clients. I met her, in the 1970s, at her shop in Baar ZG.

So there's your answer: but it takes a special aptitude to do what Lilly did, and even she would admit it's not book learning that does it.
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I was thinking of learning German- but if I was living in Zug I wanted to learn a language that I could use in a daily basis.
Am I missing something
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b) you'll need to speak German to a reasonable fluency.
Mmmhhh, that's not exactly true. I live and work in Zug and while its nice to have some skills in German, I know people that have lived here for many years without learning any German. Having said that, it is an additional skill and will help with daily interactions with Swiss people. Congrats on the baby, we are due about the same time!
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Mmmhhh, that's not exactly true. I live and work in Zug and while its nice to have some skills in German, I know people that have lived here for many years without learning any German. Having said that, it is an additional skill and will help with daily interactions with Swiss people. Congrats on the baby, we are due about the same time!
Yes, that's true generally, but I'm talking about her working as a nurse. You would not be able to do that with only a very basic understanding of German.
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Mmmhhh, that's not exactly true. I live and work in Zug and while its nice to have some skills in German, I know people that have lived here for many years without learning any German. Having said that, it is an additional skill and will help with daily interactions with Swiss people. Congrats on the baby, we are due about the same time!
Thanks re baby- best of luck in the next few months.
Ideally I want to learn a language ie German that will allow me to integrate and hopefully settle into Swiss life. If we decide to stay I want the fluency to return to work as a nurse. I will have two children on moving and I want them to learn a different language and culture ( easier for them)!! So keeping my options open!!! I will be a stay at home mam for the next few years anyway. Part of the reason for moving!!
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

Zug is a good place to live because of the taxes. You are quickly in Zürich, Lucerne and Schwyz. You do not need necessarily live in Zug just because your husband works there. By car he will be fast in Zug and there are very good train services.

and yes that is in the German-speaking region.
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Re: Best language to learn-Zug

most in Switzerland speak and understand English very well. This is taught in school as a main compartment.

I still think it's good if you learn some German
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Thanks re baby- best of luck in the next few months.
Ideally I want to learn a language ie German that will allow me to integrate and hopefully settle into Swiss life.
Just what do you mean by "integrating"? The locals here are quite reserved.
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Just what do you mean by "integrating"? The locals here are quite reserved.
Yes and no, given that 'reserved' is a code word for some.

My ham radio friends, as soon as they got HB9 'calls' (licenses) were 'integrated' on the spot, first-name basis.

My friends who were parents of young children made friends through their children.

My friends who play bridge ... well, you know.

When my mother and grandmother would visit Switzerland, their links were through relatives, some of whom they barely knew. When they spoke they were immediately identifiable as expatriate Swiss who'd left ... in 1917. They didn't have the vocabulary in Swiss-German for anything after that. So they were 'curiosities'. And of course tourists, so no 'threat' to anybody. But I get your point: even with their ancestry they would be outsiders.

As I was once when I went to Monrovia. Except that a good friend of mine took me to a party and, when the locals looked at me askance, said 'He's OK, he's with me.' So, for that one evening, I was 'integrated'. In the party.
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"integration" in Zug = "be careful, she understands enough German / Swiss German to know what you are saying."



good luck with the move, if you are patient with German it will come eventually.
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My mom knew a hairdresser named Lilly Jung (dead now 40 years I would guess) who had miraculously emigrated to Switzerland from Czechoslovakia (as it then was) the night of the Nazi invasion. She was, Mom said, not the brightest spark, but among the nicest: and the Swiss border guard let her in, to go to Zurich and get her passport stamped by her new sovereign, Germany.

But what was remarkable about Lilly was that (and never mind she married and divorced a Swiss and became a Swiss citizen during the war) she taught herself both High German and Swiss German and averred that without having done so she'd never have any clients. I met her, in the 1970s, at her shop in Baar ZG.

So there's your answer: but it takes a special aptitude to do what Lilly did, and even she would admit it's not book learning that does it.
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Welcome to the forum. Why are you thinking of moving here? Does your husband have a job offer that he's considering?
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Not like you to miss this kind of thread

What lifestyle will we have

where the OP explains their situation.

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