Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Housing in general  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12.06.2008, 02:58
Downtowner's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Vaud
Posts: 21
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Downtowner has no particular reputation at present
Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

We may relocate to Lausanne. We would prefer to live in the German speaking part of CH. Which town is closest to Lausanne?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12.06.2008, 06:45
grantley's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Belmont-sur-Lausanne
Posts: 175
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 58 Times in 42 Posts
grantley has made some interesting contributions
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

The nearest bilingual towns are probably Fribourg/Frieiburg and Bienne/Biel. Both are about an hour by train from Lausanne. Berne is well on the other side of the linguistic divide and is a little further.
Others living along the Lac Léman will probably agree with me that the quality of life here is such that you might want to consider learning French, if this is the main factor for not wanting to live here although working here!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12.06.2008, 07:20
MarkJ's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 333
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 129 Times in 74 Posts
MarkJ is considered knowledgeableMarkJ is considered knowledgeableMarkJ is considered knowledgeable
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

There certainly are plenty of allophone students here in Lausanne who seem to do just fine. Many of them work in the local cafés, so it shouldn't be hard to get by on English and German. On the other hand french really isn't that hard to learn once you get over the differences in orthography, and figure out how to pronounce the "r".
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank MarkJ for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 12.06.2008, 18:54
Downtowner's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Vaud
Posts: 21
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Downtowner has no particular reputation at present
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

Thanks. My concern is mainly for my children. I have a two year old and one on the way. My wife and I speak German, but not French. I think the German speaking part of Switzerland would be easier for all concerned. Has anyone else had this issue?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12.06.2008, 19:31
MarkJ's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 333
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 129 Times in 74 Posts
MarkJ is considered knowledgeableMarkJ is considered knowledgeableMarkJ is considered knowledgeable
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

I doubt that you would have any problems really communicating. There are lots of English and German speaking doctors in Lausanne, especially German speaking. Or are you worried about things like the grocery store? I really don't think you would have any real problems.

My wife and I have a 4-year-old, and a 15-month-old.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank MarkJ for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 12.06.2008, 21:58
lolly's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 83
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts
lolly has no particular reputation at present
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

there is one small and very picturesque town 1 hour by car from Lausanne, where both French and German spoken - this is Murten=Morat(hope orthography is correct) it is a lovely cosy place Fribourg and Bienne are a bit more farther
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank lolly for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 12.06.2008, 22:05
lolly's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 83
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts
lolly has no particular reputation at present
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

Quote:
View Post
I doubt that you would have any problems really communicating. There are lots of English and German speaking doctors in Lausanne, especially German speaking. Or are you worried about things like the grocery store? I really don't think you would have any real problems.

My wife and I have a 4-year-old, and a 15-month-old.
absolutely right almost all doctors speak as minimum 2 languages French and German and about other places like shops and groceries there is always one person who speaks German or French or English etc.... don't worry languages- it is not a problem at all
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank lolly for this useful post:
  #8  
Old 12.06.2008, 22:32
louann-dun's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lyss, Bern
Posts: 234
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 90 Times in 57 Posts
louann-dun has earned some respectlouann-dun has earned some respect
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

the kids won't have a problem as they are small enough to learn......

Don't worry...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank louann-dun for this useful post:
  #9  
Old 13.06.2008, 05:32
Downtowner's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Vaud
Posts: 21
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Downtowner has no particular reputation at present
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

Thank you. I just seems counterintuitive to send my children to school in a language I can't speak. At 43, the prospects of learning aren't great. Does it present problems? I understand the American School in Lausanne can be cost prohibitive?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 13.06.2008, 20:03
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 26
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
lavanda has no particular reputation at present
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

i think that Fribourg is the nearest one . but i think its a little boring place. Lausanne is better , more life !!!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank lavanda for this useful post:
  #11  
Old 13.06.2008, 22:04
lolly's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 83
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts
lolly has no particular reputation at present
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

Quote:
View Post
Thank you. I just seems counterintuitive to send my children to school in a language I can't speak. At 43, the prospects of learning aren't great. Does it present problems? I understand the American School in Lausanne can be cost prohibitive?
You will learn the language with your kids but sure before they go to school you have enough time to learn it a bit meet other moms and talk to them. there are lots of opportunities and 43 is not the age when we are already tired to discover new things
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank lolly for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 18.12.2009, 17:35
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Secret
Posts: 573
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 392 Times in 201 Posts
lilith has a reputation beyond reputelilith has a reputation beyond reputelilith has a reputation beyond reputelilith has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Nearest German Speaking town to Lausanne

I'd say that if you don't move in the french area, you will deprive your children of gaining a second mother tongue in the process.
By going to the local schools, they will learn French as natives. You will keep speaking German at home - presto! bilingual kids! really, it is that easy.
why, oh why! would you inflict on your children at that young age the seclusivness of private schools?

As for the worry of sending kids to a school if you don't speak the language - well, that is what expats do often, sooner or later. not to mention that by the time your 2 yrs old will be in school, you WILL be speaking enough french to understand the basics, and the rest will follow.

Don't shortchange yourself. Remember it is your choice to decide you can or cannot learn a language. Many learn later in life.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tandem German, Swiss German, Basic French/English in Lausanne Helvetia Language corner 1 29.04.2014 17:46
Anyone knows where's the nearest Kreisbüro/Gemeindehaus/Town Hall in Vevey? Ebony Chic Permits/visas/government 6 28.05.2008 12:00
Artists of the Lausanne town open their doors! zulu Social events 1 30.04.2008 13:04
Cape Town to Lausanne? KateA Introductions 4 29.04.2008 10:59
night on the town: Lausanne Safauna Entertainment & dining 6 07.10.2007 19:50


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 19:52.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0