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Old 05.12.2006, 20:46
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Warning: The Romands are ''different''?

Ok I've signed up to go live in Geneva for a year as an Au Pair.
I got a load of papers and notes and warnings and directions et cetera from the school I'll be going to and I even went to a ''Vorbereitungstag'' and everything.
It just surprised me how paranoid the ''german speaking Swiss'' are about people being different.
Every second piece af paper I got off the people warned me that the ''french speaking Swiss'' think differently and it could take a while to get used to it. And on that special meet & greet day they told us over and over again how it might be difficult to get used to the ''Romands'' because they have a bit of a different mentality.
'Don't worry, most familys have had a few Au Pairs and they know to give you time to get used to their way of thinking so try not to get too frustrated.'
I don't know why this bothers me so much. It just does.
Annyone else heard this kind of stuff before?
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Old 05.12.2006, 21:08
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Re: Warning: The Romands are ''different''?

They may be different, but from what I've seen, they are a bit more accepting of other cultures and have a much more relaxed attitude towards...well pretty much everything! At my last job, my team leader had started as an Au pairin Geneva (we are IT professionals now). He was a Swedish man. You don't see much of that in the German speaking parts!

I lived in Canton Vaud for a couple years and in La Broye.

It might tbe different, but different ain't necessarily bad!

God luck!

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Old 05.12.2006, 21:16
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Re: Warning: The Romands are ''different''?

Don't worry. Of course, there are differences in mentality - but "different" is not "bad". There seem to be certain animosities between the different parts of Switzerland - just like in most countries I have been to. And most people in the German part of Switzerland seem to be too afraid to speak French for fear that they could make a mistake. But I find that the Romands are extremely open when I try to speak French with them, however crappy my French may be.

Wasn't there a movie on an au pair from the German speaking part of Switzerland who chose to go to the French speaking part in the cinemas, last year?

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Re: Warning: The Romands are ''different''?

I'm not worried about the Romands having a different mentality. It just bothers me that the german speaking swiss keep warning me and my fellow Au Pairs about it as if it's a bad thing. Like really bad, panik attack bad.

I'll enjoy the expieriance. I love the City. Geneva, it's beautiful and reminds me of Paris. (Only smaller and with a jet d'eau instead of an eifel tower.) And the mentality of the Romands has agreed with me, every time I've been there so far. Anyway, I'm going there again tomorrow to meet my the family I'll be living with and maybe then I'll see what the huge panic is all about.
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Re: Warning: The Romands are ''different''?

Hi,

I have been living in Lausanne on and off since 2002 and I have found them to very open and relaxed. So I should not worry about fitting in. Funny enough I move the other way in January to Zurich and the Romands have said the exact same thing to me i.e the Swiss Germans have a different mentality, personality, etc to them. It seems you have had the same bit of 'advice' but from the other perspective. I am not bothered - people treat you how you treat them - end of story. So no need to worry
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I am not bothered - people treat you how you treat them - end of story. So no need to worry
If only that were true when it comes to teenagers.
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hmmm - perhaps you're right - I must be getting old!!
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Ah don't worry about me. I'm just a bitter 16 year old.

... maybe I should start wearing black.
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Ok I've signed up to go live in Geneva for a year as an Au Pair.
I got a load of papers and notes and warnings and directions et cetera from the school I'll be going to and I even went to a ''Vorbereitungstag'' and everything.
It just surprised me how paranoid the ''german speaking Swiss'' are about people being different.
Every second piece af paper I got off the people warned me that the ''french speaking Swiss'' think differently and it could take a while to get used to it. And on that special meet & greet day they told us over and over again how it might be difficult to get used to the ''Romands'' because they have a bit of a different mentality.
'Don't worry, most familys have had a few Au Pairs and they know to give you time to get used to their way of thinking so try not to get too frustrated.'
I don't know why this bothers me so much. It just does.
Annyone else heard this kind of stuff before?
The Swiss, French speakers down Lake Geneva direction are indeed quite different - and generally in a better way. I've got quite a few friends down there (I came to Switzerland initially by knowing some expats who lived there) and it was like a breath of fresh air to visit.

The place is almost as clean and safe but people are considerably more easy going and open minded. Some really beautiful places by Lake Geneva too. Would have loved to move there when I left ZH but it was not to be..


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Re: Warning: The Romands are ''different''?

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I have been living in Lausanne on and off since 2002 and I have found them to very open and relaxed. So I should not worry about fitting in. Funny enough I move the other way in January to Zurich and the Romands have said the exact same thing to me i.e the Swiss Germans have a different mentality, personality, etc to them. It seems you have had the same bit of 'advice' but from the other perspective. I am not bothered - people treat you how you treat them - end of story. So no need to worry
Heh heh, you are in for a shock


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