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Old 18.01.2017, 10:29
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Moving to German speaking Switzerland with a 9 yo kid not speaking German !

Hi ! I would like to get some advice from families having made the experience.

We are native French speakers, used to live in French part of CH. Our kid has been for 2 years at local school but we didn't like how rigid and unfriendly it was. Then she has been in a bilingual school FR-ENG for 2 years. And this year she is attending British school in Asia, where we stay for the year. So she speaks fluent French and good English. And she is a fast learner, so adding a language difficulty makes her days less boring.
In addition, she now takes 1 hour/week of private German lesson to reach the level she should have in French part of Switzerland.
That's the situation

We have the opportunity to move to Biel or Fribourg areas, German parts. My first thought was to enroll her in a German speaking school (she will attend 6H). Another language, another challenge, hopefully a more relaxed atmosphere, looks exciting ;-)

Then I read a number of posts here and there, and see that most people would definitively go for a French (or English) school, since kids need to learn 2 "difficult" languages ie Swiss German to interact with friends + high German at school. I didn't see it as such an issue, knowing that kids learn quickly. I guess she will need a year to catch up with English - no big deal compared to the opportunity to master German !

Am I a bad mother ?!
Do some of you have had a similar experience ? How did your kid react ? How much time did it take for them to be at ease at school ? Was the teacher friendly and helpful ?

Thank you very much for sharing your experiences (or thoughts !) :-)
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