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Hi there,
I am English and may be moving to Morges this year....

I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old and was keen to hear it is a good place to raise children. I am keen to hear anything you can tell me about Morges. It sounds lovely. Are there lots of playgrounds and outdoor areas for children? Are there lots of baby/toddler groups to meet other mums and that sort of thing? My main concern is missing my friends at home - so if I know there is a good network out there I will feel more comfortable about the idea. I assume there are quite a few English people around too? However, I quite like the thought of it being quite cosmopolitain. Do you think there is a need to speak German there? Thanks for any advice.
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi Jen, I made a separate thread for you since the one you replied to was 2yr old.

Morges is great, I often bring my 4yr old there. If you want some social life, you can start your own group through this forum, or join our existing book club.

Good luck with the move, and no, you won't need German. This place is in Swiss French area.

Cheers.
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi Jen!

We live near Morges and I have a 6 month old boy. Morges is a lovely town - good shops, a nice market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and it's gorgeous walking along the front by the lake. There are lots of families and children everywhere! So lots of little play areas, swimming pool and a nice park. There are lots of english speaking people in the area, I've joined a small group of Mum's who posted on this forum and we meet up once a week for coffee, so you can either join us or like MusicChick suggests - start your own group. There are also lots of things to do with kids within easy driving distance so overall I'd say it's a lovely place to live with a young family. It's in the French area so no need for German, and a lot of people speak English too.

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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi Jen,
We live in Morges and have a 4,5 and a 1 year old. Morges isn't very big (only 14,000 people live here) but I find it great for families, it has a lovely pedestrian zone with shops and cafes, has play areas and parks and you can do great walks along the lake (and it even has some restaurants and bars for the parents ). And yes there is a little group of mums who meet once a week and you'd be very welcome to join.
Good luck with the move,
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi, thanks for this reassurance! It is very kind of you to invite me to join you for coffee. I will call you up when I arrive! I have a question which hopefully you might be able to help me with? I have read that on the Vaud website that non-French speaking children generally get help with additional french lessons in the state schools. However, the relocation agent spoke to several education departments in Vaud and they said this was not necessarily the case? I am hearing it is completely pot luck as to whether the schools provide this support, and depends entirely on the school itself. We are not sure exactly where we will live yet - we are over 18/19th May and hope to get a feel of area then and where we would like to move to. The relocation agent is trying to find us a house, which I gather might be a challenge! Thanks for any advice. Also - any top tips on things I should bring over from the UK?
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi Jen

We moved from London to a village just outside Morges in March this year. I have three boys (5, 3 and 1) and we are all really enjoying it here. My eldest goes to the local village school, which is part of the Preverenges school authority. It seems to be very good and he has small group french lessons every week - I didn't have to ask, he just came home one day during the first week and told me that he'd had a special french lesson (he didn't speak a word before we arrived). However, our relocation agent did ring the local school authority to check on places and the policy on french lessons as soon as we found a specific area that we were interested in (although finding a house is another question altogether, it must be said!). Please let me know if you have any more school/relocation questions, although I am only just working it all out myself!
There are a lot of lovely villages around Morges and Morges itself seems to be a great place to live.
I'd also be interested in joining you all for coffee, if that would be ok?
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi Rachel

We're meeting this week - probably on Thursday in Morges, if the weather is nice we're just going to find a shady spot by the lake. You are very welcome to join us. If you PM me your email address I'll add you to the email thread and we can agree time/place to meet you.

Looking forward to meeting you.
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi Jen,

Moving to the area myself with my fiance in two weeks from London, so will be newbie myself.
If you wanted to have a coffee when you make it over justy let me know!

Looking forward to the move but pretty nervous as well!
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi Jen & everybody,

We are new to Lausanne, at the moment my daughter and I are Miss & Mrs Billie-no-mates as we haven't met anybody yet so we are always free for coffee or play dates.
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

hi,
I have just moved to just outside morges this weekend and would love to meet some other mummies as i have a 5yr old, 20mth and 8 week old. If anyone wants to meet for coffee would be happy to do coffee morning have lots of space and toys used to do one once a week in uk and will miss it or meet in playground we live in bremblens... x
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Hi there, we are here now. I am not on internet yet (am borrowing computer now from friend). However, do call me on +41 788 559 492 as it would be great to meet. My husband goes away next week and am left home alone with boys. Hope to hear from you soon. Jen

Hi Rachel, I am here now in St Sulpice. If you are around to meet up soon do PM me. I don't have regular access to internet yet so best to call for a rendezvous, cablecom are taking their time. Take care, Jen.

Hi Hayley, we are here now at last. However, no internet access yet as as have to come to internet cafe. Would be lovely to meet, so if you fancy do PM me. Hope to see you soon. jen

Hi Sabine, I am here now but no internet access for now (have had to go to internet cafe). Pls can you possibly text me details of next rendezvous if you have time as would love to meet up with you all. My number is 41 788 559 492. Many thanks in advance. Jen

or text me and I can call you, no problem. Cheers.

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Hi Sabine, I am here now but no internet access for now (have had to go to internet cafe). Pls can you possibly text me details of next rendezvous if you have time as would love to meet up with you all. My number is **********. Many thanks in advance. Jen
Hi Jen,

Welcome to the Morges area. We are just above the town (direction the countryside). I am sure you will enjoy it.

Just for "general information", the format for CH phone numbers (since other EFers will be phoning from CH) is the following:

***********

People in CH are used to having the phone numbers given (either in writing or orally) in the above format.

And, if you want to practice your Swiss French, it would be:

zéro septante-huit / huit cent cinquante-cinq / nonante-quatre / nonante-deux

For your UK friends, it would be: ***********.

Good luck.

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Hi Jen,

Welcome to the Morges area. We are just above the town (direction the countryside). I am sure you will enjoy it.

Just for "general information", the format for CH phone numbers (since other EFers will be phoning from CH) is the following:

***********

People in CH are used to having the phone numbers given (either in writing or orally) in the above format.

And, if you want to practice your Swiss French, it would be:

zéro septante-huit / huit cent cinquante-cinq / nonante-quatre / nonante-deux

For your UK friends, it would be: +**********.

Good luck.
I love the Swiss contribution of "nonante" and "huitante" etc. Much better

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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

Most places don't say "huitante" (I wish they did, it would be easier). They still like you to do a bit of maths. I have to do the old "four twenties plus ten plus seven" at home because my partner is French.
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Hi Jen, I made a separate thread for you since the one you replied to was 2yr old.

Morges is great, I often bring my 4yr old there. If you want some social life, you can start your own group through this forum, or join our existing book club.

Good luck with the move, and no, you won't need German. This place is in Swiss French area.

Cheers.
Existing book club???? I like books...
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Re: Soon new in Morges : )

In the UK we also did have scores- nowadays only mentioned as
reaching 3 scores and 10. I blame the Normans myself (who were NOT French btw).

Huitante is only used in Vaud.

Welcome to Morges Jen.
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Most places don't say "huitante" (I wish they did, it would be easier). They still like you to do a bit of maths. I have to do the old "four twenties plus ten plus seven" at home because my partner is French.
Yes, I'm aware that it's a charming aspect of some of the local dialects I like it though. That and the expression chicy-mickey.
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