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A Finn moving to Zürich in September

Hi. Just thought I'd say hello to you all

I am 30-something Finn moving to Switzerland and about to start working as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Zürich. I've got a MA degree in English philology, and consequently am pretty fluent at it. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of my German. Did too years of it in school, and slept through the classes. Now, attempting to remedy that with some summer courses. However, my field is historical linguistics and I do know some Latin and the project I will start working is about Latin influence on Medieval English.

I got the book Living and Working in Switzerland by David Hampshire, and must say I find some of the stuff in it pretty intimidating (it's very hard to make friends with the Swiss, there is an acute shortage of accomodation in Zürich and the rents are very high, etc.). Is it really that bad?
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Hi. Just thought I'd say hello to you all

I am 30-something Finn moving to Switzerland and about to start working as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Zürich. I've got a MA degree in English philology, and consequently am pretty fluent at it. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of my German. Did too years of it in school, and slept through the classes. Now, attempting to remedy that with some summer courses. However, my field is historical linguistics and I do know some Latin and the project I will start working is about Latin influence on Medieval English.

I got the book Living and Working in Switzerland by David Hampshire, and must say I find some of the stuff in it pretty intimidating (it's very hard to make friends with the Swiss, there is an acute shortage of accomodation in Zürich and the rents are very high, etc.). Is it really that bad?
Hello valkea.

Welcome to EF and good luck for your eventual move to switzerland.
Latin, now thats interesting. I am sure you will find a lot of the linguistic types here to banter on endlessly with.
And the book, yes its really great but somehow makes it sound a tad bit harder than it actually is. Come over and try it out for yourself. I am sure you'll like it a lot. We lot are certainly doing fine.

Good Luck.
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Hi. Just thought I'd say hello to you all

I am 30-something Finn moving to Switzerland and about to start working as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Zürich. I've got a MA degree in English philology, and consequently am pretty fluent at it. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of my German. Did too years of it in school, and slept through the classes. Now, attempting to remedy that with some summer courses. However, my field is historical linguistics and I do know some Latin and the project I will start working is about Latin influence on Medieval English.

I got the book Living and Working in Switzerland by David Hampshire, and must say I find some of the stuff in it pretty intimidating (it's very hard to make friends with the Swiss, there is an acute shortage of accomodation in Zürich and the rents are very high, etc.). Is it really that bad?
It is not that bad, the Swiss are as friendly as the Finns. (I have lovely Finnish friends btw.)
Don't worry, you'll find accomodation in the end, everybody does.
Welcome, I hope you'll enjoy your life here.
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Re: A Finn moving to Zürich in September

"the Swiss are as friendly as the Finns."

Oh yeah, it shouldn't be that much of a culture-shock then
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Re: A Finn moving to Zürich in September

Welcome to Switzerland and the EF of course!!

I really liked Finland when I visited!! We had a great time!
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