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Hello/Hallo/Salut/Ciao and Geias sas to everyone!!!!
My name is John(Giannis in Greek) and I am glad I'm here.Besides Greek and English,I speak quite good German.I would like to know French and Italian too.Both are very interesting languages!!
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Old 26.03.2011, 16:43
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Kalosorises! Which city are you at?
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Old 26.03.2011, 16:49
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Euxaristw,kalws sas vrhka!!
I live in Athens now,but I'm looking for postgraduate studies in business and management in Zurich/Geneva/Lausanne!!
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Hi Gianni and welcome to the EF.
You will find very useful information here.

Kalosorises sto site (welcome to the forum).

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Kalws sas vrhka Persa!!
I'm sure I'll find invaluable information here.I'm really looking forward to find a good business school(for a Master in Management or International Business),especially in Zurich or Geneva.Is it true that Geneva has a warmer climate than Zurich?
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Old 27.03.2011, 08:53
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Hi Bertrand!!!!I'm glad I'm here.Nice to meet you.
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Old 27.03.2011, 21:05
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Old 27.03.2011, 21:07
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Re: New member from Greece

hello greek person!

welcome to the forum! hopefully we will welcome you to switzerland soon!
both geneva and zuerich can get quite cold but you'll get used to it!
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Hi kevlegs!Hi crimson!Good to see you here!!!Hopefully you'll welcome me in switzerland soon.As for weather,I don't know if I'll easily get used to Swiss weather.I'm sure you know about weather in Greece......
Can I ask you something?Which city are people more open and friendlier in?As far as I know,all Swiss people are very gentle and friendly but not so open,that is they don't get too close to new people.Is it true?
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gianni, i am greek too so i know about the greek weather! believe me, you will get used to it quicker than you think. as long as you don't focus too much on the weather and spend your time complaining about how much better it is in greece, you will be fine!

regarding your other question...i don't think there is an answer! what would you say if i asked you which greek city has the friendliest people? your answer would depend on a) which cities you have been to (preferrably lived in) and b) your personal experiences there (which could also depend on *your* friendliness)

all i am trying to say is that it is not a good idea to come to a country carrying prefixed ideas about a whole nation in your luggage. "swiss are not open", "english are cold", "greeks are lazy"...it is in human nature to make generalizations, i guess, but it cannot be accurate nor fair to all the people of one country!

just come here, be open and let the people surprise you!

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Old 28.03.2011, 08:08
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From what I've heard from the expats living in Geneva (I'm a native) we are cold and a bit distant when we don't know you.

but if you make the effort to integrate with the local life (...learn French and get interested by the town) we become really friendly.

But now, that what said some expats to me....





Now Iha ve to say that you will find two kind of native, the ones (like me) who appreciate expatriate persons (with all the things you bring with you (like the greek cuisine ) and the others, who think you are the origine of all the problems of Switzerland and Geneva....
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Could you inform me about what they speak in Geneva?I'm asking because I've read that Geneva is an international city and many people speak English.Of course,if I'm going to stay there,it will be my pleasure to learn a lew language,French.
Thank you both,crimson and bertrand for the information!!

@crimson:You're absolutely right about weather.Of course every country has its advantages and disadvantages and of course I don't have any prefixed ideas about any country.Especially,I think that Switzerland is a model-country for the whole world.
I'm just asking about Switzerland's people,because of the three different languages,German,French and Italian in one country.If they have any characteristic differences,just for my knowledge and not to be prejudiced.I totally admire these three countries for different reasons each one and unfortunately I can't say the same for our home country,Greece.Unfortunately.....
@bertrand:I'm asking about differences between cities because of different languages and maybe different cultures.
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Re: New member from Greece

geneva is officially a french speaking place.
however most of the people in switzerland (at least from my experience) speak very good english. and since geneva has a lot of foreigners i would expect it to be the case even more!
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Old 28.03.2011, 22:37
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Kalws sas vrhka Persa!!
I'm sure I'll find invaluable information here.I'm really looking forward to find a good business school(for a Master in Management or International Business),especially in Zurich or Geneva.Is it true that Geneva has a warmer climate than Zurich?
This was my first winter in Zurich and it was ok.
The weather was not soo bad/cold.
I'm from Thessaloniki and believe me It feels colder there sometimes.

Mind that we moved to Zurich from Singapore and there we had summer all year round.
Maybe you should go there for your studies.
Great weather and universities and English speaking country.
What do you think?...
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Old 29.03.2011, 07:19
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I've read that Geneva is an international city and many people speak English.Of course,if I'm going to stay there,it will be my pleasure to learn a lew language,French
As said, we speak French in Geneva, culture is French (Swiss-German part is more German) as Geneva has a long history with France.

Loads of people speak English, and you will have no difficulty to find them, they are everywhere. And some of the locals speak also English (lol). I think there's also a good community of Greek speaking people.

That's definitely a good place to learn French.
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@crimson:Thank you very much for the information!!!So if I stay there and try to learn French,they will appreciate it right?

@persapap:Thank you very much for your post!!I may like good weather,but for me that doesn't constitute the most important factor when choosing postgraduate studies.So Singapore is out of my plans.
However I'm really wondering about this country.How was life there????It was easy to adapt??

@bertrand:I got it bertrand.So Geneva is truly an international city,right??
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Old 29.03.2011, 20:45
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So Geneva is truly an international city,right??
Yep. And most of the expats I've met love my Town


(but I have not met so many of them...)

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