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Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

Hi,

I'm moving with my husband and 1 year old daughter to Zurich in May, as my husband has recently accepted a job there. We currently live in Cambridgeshire

I am hoping to meet lots of other English speakers, and particularly new mums when I arrive. I have no german at all yet although i have uk A-level French. My husband's employer has offered to pay for german lessons for us all and I'm going to do as much learning as I'm able before we arrive but am very nervous about living where we don't speak the language.

I look forward to posting more on the forum!

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Old 03.01.2011, 23:43
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

It is definitely good to speak the language for sure, but most people
in the German speaking section also speak English.

There are also many German speakers on the English Forum.

It might be overwhelming at first with all of the quirky rules, but
you can always ask the fellow EF'ers. Chances are, they went
through the same thing.
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

What he said

Don't worry too much about not speaking much German upon your arrival.. Zurich is a little more "English" than the other cantons here. In any case, it's going to be a new exciting chapter in your life so don't stress about something that is not worth stressing about
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

to the EF, RedSoxFan! Though I must say that I associate the Red Sox more with Cambridge, USA than with Cambridge, UK
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

I did live in Cambridge, MA for a while and became a fan of the Sox, even though I am English so it's unusual to like baseball instead of football (soccer).

Thanks to everyone who's reassured me about the language. I'm very keen to learn but it's been quite a while since I was in school so I'm not sure how easy it will be for my aging brain! I suppose at least I'll be motivated. I'm also hoping there is a swiss childrens' tv channel that might serve the dual function of keeping the baby entertained whilst helping me to learn!
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

Hi RedSoxFan

Welcome to the Forum! I live outside Zurich but have two kids 3 year old girl and 4 month old boy. We moved here nearly 2 years ago and my German is still shocking (although better than it was!)

Will you be in Zurich itself or somewhere outside?

We moved from Cambridgeshire too - Godmanchester to be precise!
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

Hi,

If you can I would recommend enrolling your 1 y.o. in a local Kinderkrippe (creche) for a couple of days a week depending on your work and financial situation.

It's actually a good way to meet some Swiss parents and to practice your German. It'll also mean your little one will be able to translate for you when she learns to talk :-)

Plus you get some time off to explore the place without baby in tow.

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Hi,

I'm moving with my husband and 1 year old daughter to Zurich in May, as my husband has recently accepted a job there. We currently live in Cambridgeshire

I am hoping to meet lots of other English speakers, and particularly new mums when I arrive. I have no german at all yet although i have uk A-level French. My husband's employer has offered to pay for german lessons for us all and I'm going to do as much learning as I'm able before we arrive but am very nervous about living where we don't speak the language.

I look forward to posting more on the forum!

Redsoxfan
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

Hi Englishrose,

Not sure yet whether we'll be in Zurich itself or outside. My husband doesn't want to commute too far but we understand that some of the areas around Zurich are nice. I'm not really a fan of city living and we currently live in a small village, but there is the language issue which might be more of a problem outside the city itself?

Hopefully this forum will help us to answer some of our questions!
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

Nick,

Thanks for the tip. I won't be working at first- we've calculated ( hopefully correctly) that my husband's new salary will support us all just about, so it will depend on how expensive it is. It's a big change as it means giving up work for me and although in general I'm happy and feel privileged that I'll be able to look after our daughter (instead of paying someone else to), i am concerned to make sure she has the chance to meet / play with other children as she loves doing this, so the idea about the local creche sounds great.

Also, I must thank the people on this forum as the information here helped us to make a decision about the job.

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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

Hi,

There are also playgroups which might be a little cheaper than a creche. The other thing is you might be able to wangle a subsidised place at a creche (German: "Subventioniert") place depending on your circumstances.

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Nick,

Thanks for the tip. I won't be working at first- we've calculated ( hopefully correctly) that my husband's new salary will support us all just about, so it will depend on how expensive it is. It's a big change as it means giving up work for me and although in general I'm happy and feel privileged that I'll be able to look after our daughter (instead of paying someone else to), i am concerned to make sure she has the chance to meet / play with other children as she loves doing this, so the idea about the local creche sounds great.

Also, I must thank the people on this forum as the information here helped us to make a decision about the job.

RSF
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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

Hi,

It is possible to find places on the edge of the city which are reasonably green but are well served by public transport so travel into the centre is not a big journey.

For example we live in Albisrieden which is not city centre but at the end of a tram line - central Zürich is about 20mins.

There was a thread a while discussing places to live in Zürich - hopefully the new search can find it.

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Hi Englishrose,

Not sure yet whether we'll be in Zurich itself or outside. My husband doesn't want to commute too far but we understand that some of the areas around Zurich are nice. I'm not really a fan of city living and we currently live in a small village, but there is the language issue which might be more of a problem outside the city itself?

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Re: Mother of 1 year old moving to Zurich

Hiya, We moved here just over a year ago and I (now the trailing spouse) had no time before the move to study German. So we arrived here with two small children and couldn't speak the language. But no problem. My expectation was the first 6 months was going to be really difficult, but it really wasn't that bad.

I found if I kept my mouth shut and nodded and smiled at the appropriate times that no-one noticed that I had no clue (or maybe that was just me). Well anyway, it was a lot easier for a reasonably tall blonde to blend in here than when I lived in Singapore.

The alphabet and the numbers look the same albeit pronouced slightly differently. So you can read signs and grocery items. And having no german, french or italian, I was generally able to figure my way around the grocery store. I have found there are so many expats around the place and there are very few people I have met that can't speak any English. Except maybe for used car sales people, which makes buying a car a little more complicated. But I digress.

We chose to live in a village on the lake and I am so glad that we did. I feel comfortable letting my 5yo son walk to kindergarten by himself. Not that he would let me if I tried. We rent a nice apartment, have an underground car park, live walking distance to the lake, shops and forest trails.

The only downside I can think of is the unbundant healthy food, fresh air and lifestyle made me too damn fertile. Bubs due in 6 weeks.
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