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Old 18.01.2017, 11:25
Anahe Anahe is offline
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Re: Moving to German speaking Switzerland with a 9 yo kid not speaking German !

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Hi Anahe,

Our eldest girl was 9 when we moved here and could not speak a word of German. She went to the local school and very quickly was able to communicate with the other kids. The school was great and arranged German lessons for her in school time which was extremely helpful for her.

Of course we worried if it would all be too much for her, moving to a new country, new school, new friends, new language but it worked out really well. Kids have the ability to adapt.

She went on to do well in school and now works in banking. Oh and the best bit is that peolpe that dont know us ( English Mum and dad ) think that she is Swiss when she speaks!

I wish you all the best whatever you decide.
Great input Swissfi, how long did it take her to feel at ease at school ? How did she manage the selection stream the following year ?
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