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Old 29.06.2011, 23:33
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Introduction from a lurker....

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Some suggestions might be why you are here, where you are from, how long you have been here, etc. You may also wish to update your profile information under "my settings" so people can know a little more about you.

Good evening all,

I've been lurking for a while and it's about time I introduce myself.

I'm a Brit with 2 young daughters and a Polish partner. My girls are my life.

I've lived and worked nearly all my life in the UK. That's to change when we relocate to Geneva in October.

I've spent 12 months studying Spanish in preparation for a different move; I'm taking a lot of stick at work right now for "learning the wrong language"....

I'll be sure to post again with questions - once I've exhausted the search function.
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Old 29.06.2011, 23:36
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Re: Introduction from a lurker....

Welcome to the Forum HIAO. Try not to see having learnt Spanish as a mistake, but rather as another string to your bow! It may also help in your acquiring French!
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Old 29.06.2011, 23:36
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Re: Introduction from a lurker....

Welcome to the forum!


It has been a while since I saw that quoted message.

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1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Some suggestions might be why you are here, where you are from, how long you have been here, etc. You may also wish to update your profile information under "my settings" so people can know a little more about you.
Do you already have lodging arrangements in Geneva ?
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Old 29.06.2011, 23:37
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ROFL the wrong language! You made your bed, now when you get here just speak Spanish no matter what. Welcome to the forum!

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1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Some suggestions might be why you are here, where you are from, how long you have been here, etc. You may also wish to update your profile information under "my settings" so people can know a little more about you.

Good evening all,

I've been lurking for a while and it's about time I introduce myself.

I'm a Brit with 2 young daughters and a Polish partner. My girls are my life.

I've lived and worked nearly all my life in the UK. That's to change when we relocate to Geneva in October.

I've spent 12 months studying Spanish in preparation for a different move; I'm taking a lot of stick at work right now for "learning the wrong language"....

I'll be sure to post again with questions - once I've exhausted the search function.
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Old 29.06.2011, 23:44
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Re: Introduction from a lurker....

Hi HIAO

Nice intro.

Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

You've still got a bit of time to get in some of the "right" language training before you get here. Just when you'll have got that down pat after a few years and perhaps forgotten most, if not all your Spanish, guess what will happen next!?

Good for you on embracing the search function. Very handy be dat!

Cheers, have fun and good luck with the move!
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Old 29.06.2011, 23:47
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Re: Introduction from a lurker....

welcome. be sure to ask if your salary is good enough.
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Old 30.06.2011, 22:59
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Re: Introduction from a lurker....

OK. I don't have the post count yet to thank. But thank you for the welcome.

Nicholaschulz - Thanks. I've enjoyed learning Spanish, but I feel a sense of urgency with learning French. I'm worried I'll be left behind by my 3 and 8 year girls who'll be fluent in no time.

jrspet - oops. first post, and first mistake - I pasted it for inspiration, posted, then didnt know how to edit the post.... I've not started searching for housing. Employment will be in Geneva; we might live outside. I understand the market is "instant" and costly. P.S. great avatar (says my 8 year old)!

economisto - muy buena idea....

isha - thank you. :-)

Phil MCR - ah hah! Reading some posts have indicated that questions about salary, cost of housing etc. are the questions the forum enjoys being asked often...
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Old 30.06.2011, 23:19
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Re: Introduction from a lurker....

Don't worry too much about the French. Learning any language helps in learning others; it's not so much about memorizing vocabulary and grammar as the process. And at least you are moving to Geneva- French and Spanish share the same root; you could have been going to Zurich .

Your kids will learn it faster, if they are enrolled in local schools. But even old farts can progress quickly if they open their ears and put aside fears about speaking poorly. French speakers seem much more sensitive about pronunciation than poor grammar or choice of words... I think it actually literally pains them to hear typical Anglophonic perversion of their language. Practice those phlegmy guttural rrr's. If you get that right you're cooking with gas .
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Old 01.07.2011, 09:34
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Re: Introduction from a lurker....

It really is a good start to the day to see someone who wrote a nice introduction. Not making the mistake of giving too many private details (which the Mods then have to delete) but enough that we feel we know a little about you.
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I've spent 12 months studying Spanish in preparation for a different move;
Reading this, my interpretation of your location 'TBC' is 'in Theory BarCelona'.

Have fun and don't get too angry with the search function. It usually turns up a great list of irrelevant Threads and refrains from listing the one which really has the information you are looking for.
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Old 01.07.2011, 11:23
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It really is a good start to the day to see someone who wrote a nice introduction. Not making the mistake of giving too many private details (which the Mods then have to delete) but enough that we feel we know a little about you.

Reading this, my interpretation of your location 'TBC' is 'in Theory BarCelona'.

Have fun and don't get too angry with the search function. It usually turns up a great list of irrelevant Threads and refrains from listing the one which really has the information you are looking for.
@OP. Welcome to the forum, there is a good number of spanish speakers in the forum.

@ Longbyt. It will make more sence for me Tijuana Baja California. That is in Mexico which explains the spanish part too. Noy sure tho'
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Old 01.07.2011, 11:26
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@ Longbyt. It will make more sence for me Tijuana Baja California. That is in Mexico which explains the spanish part too. Noy sure tho'
that would be TIJ or TJ. Also known as the happiest place on earth.

welcome to the forum HIAO..
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Old 23.09.2011, 00:06
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Re: Introduction from a lurker....

A short update.

Next Saturday, my girls and I make the one way trip we've been planning for months.

For 3 months, we'll be in Versoix, while we look for somewhere long term. We haven't decided where, perhaps a little further out, like Nyon.

We'd be delighted to make friends through EF. It might be pushing it, but if there's Polish speakers in the EF community, it would be welcomed by the girls.

The excitement is building...

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Old 23.09.2011, 09:23
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there are worse places in the world than Versoix.

welcome to the neighbourhood.
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