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Old 08.08.2011, 19:02
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Hi to everyone who reads this.

I hope I'm allowed to be here as I'm not really resident in Switzerland.

This is my situation...
My wife is from Zurich and we come here every year, usually twice, for two months each time.
So most years I'm here in Zurich for 4 months.

As my wife's parents are elderly (89 and 92) and are the main reason we come, she wants to be with them as much as possible.
Problem is, they don't speak English and I only speak English.

Sometimes I feel the need to converse with other English speakers about different things. For example I recently needed a doctor (specialist) and had trouble finding one on the internet (most sites here seem to be in German, which is quite understandable). OK, my wife could help (a bit) when she came back from being with her parents all day but it would have been handy to be able to put a posting on somewhere like here.

It would also be good to have the occasional chat with people about sport, the news and other stuff. My wife agrees that I would benefit from some English talks sometimes as she's aware of the frustrations I've had when in a room full of Swiss-German speakers.

I'm 63 years of age, love my dear wife to bits but just need an 'English' escape valve sometimes.

All the best,

Ron
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Old 08.08.2011, 19:20
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Welcome Ron! Where in Perth you from? North of the City, South of the City? We live near Hillarys during the December to March period. I have to say I miss it right about now!

Welcome to the forum. Lots of English people here for you to chat with.



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Hi to everyone who reads this.

I hope I'm allowed to be here as I'm not really resident in Switzerland.

This is my situation...
My wife is from Zurich and we come here every year, usually twice, for two months each time.
So most years I'm here in Zurich for 4 months.

As my wife's parents are elderly (89 and 92) and are the main reason we come, she wants to be with them as much as possible.
Problem is, they don't speak English and I only speak English.

Sometimes I feel the need to converse with other English speakers about different things. For example I recently needed a doctor (specialist) and had trouble finding one on the internet (most sites here seem to be in German, which is quite understandable). OK, my wife could help (a bit) when she came back from being with her parents all day but it would have been handy to be able to put a posting on somewhere like here.

It would also be good to have the occasional chat with people about sport, the news and other stuff. My wife agrees that I would benefit from some English talks sometimes as she's aware of the frustrations I've had when in a room full of Swiss-German speakers.

I'm 63 years of age, love my dear wife to bits but just need an 'English' escape valve sometimes.

All the best,

Ron
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Old 08.08.2011, 19:30
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Welcome to the forum
Post away!

Maybe join one of our social events if you're in the mood sometime?.. Check out the social events calendar and see if anything tickles your fancy
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Old 08.08.2011, 20:05
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Hi Zuger,

Thanks for your welcome.

You won't believe this but I live near Hillarys.
Next suburb....Kallaroo.

Amazing co-incidence.

I'm already feeling more at home.

Best,

Ron

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Welcome Ron! Where in Perth you from? North of the City, South of the City? We live near Hillarys during the December to March period. I have to say I miss it right about now!

Welcome to the forum. Lots of English people here for you to chat with.
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Old 08.08.2011, 20:10
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Thanks Meisie.

It's nice to know I'm welcome here.

I'll definitely be checking out the forum regularly from now on.

I do appreciate you taking the time to write me that little welcoming message.

Ron

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Old 08.08.2011, 20:14
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NO WAY! I live in Mullaloo! My church was in Kallaroo. on the way to Whitefords. Its a long way from Zurich to the beach my friend. Not as many lobster-red pome tourists here though

I was looking for Swiss German lessons when ever Im out there. Ill have to coax your wife into teaching me over the Dec-March period.

What kind of work did you do in WA?


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Hi Zuger,

Thanks for your welcome.

You won't believe this but I live near Hillarys.
Next suburb....Kallaroo.

Amazing co-incidence.

I'm already feeling more at home.

Best,

Ron
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Old 08.08.2011, 20:18
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Welcome to the forum!

If you wander down to the British cheese stall at the Viadukt market on a Saturday afternoon, there are usually some friendly English speakers around (and a sample of port or two ).

If that doesn't appeal, something in the Events section certainly will.
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Old 08.08.2011, 20:21
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I live just on the other side of Mullaloo Drive, 5mins walk to Mullaloo Beach.

Taught at Mullallo Beach Primary in 1993.
(am now retired)

What's your work here?

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NO WAY! I live in Mullaloo! My church was in Kallaroo. on the way to Whitefords. Its a long way from Zurich to the beach my friend. Not as many lobster-red pome tourists here though

I was looking for Swiss German lessons when ever Im out there. Ill have to coax your wife into teaching me over the Dec-March period.

What kind of work did you do in WA?
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Welcome to the forum :-)

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Hi to everyone who reads this.

I hope I'm allowed to be here as I'm not really resident in Switzerland.

This is my situation...
My wife is from Zurich and we come here every year, usually twice, for two months each time.
So most years I'm here in Zurich for 4 months.

As my wife's parents are elderly (89 and 92) and are the main reason we come, she wants to be with them as much as possible.
Problem is, they don't speak English and I only speak English.

Sometimes I feel the need to converse with other English speakers about different things. For example I recently needed a doctor (specialist) and had trouble finding one on the internet (most sites here seem to be in German, which is quite understandable). OK, my wife could help (a bit) when she came back from being with her parents all day but it would have been handy to be able to put a posting on somewhere like here.

It would also be good to have the occasional chat with people about sport, the news and other stuff. My wife agrees that I would benefit from some English talks sometimes as she's aware of the frustrations I've had when in a room full of Swiss-German speakers.

I'm 63 years of age, love my dear wife to bits but just need an 'English' escape valve sometimes.

All the best,

Ron
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Old 08.08.2011, 20:26
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Thanks for the tips DB.
Just might do that.

And nice of you to respond.

All the best,

Ron

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If you wander down to the British cheese stall at the Viadukt market on a Saturday afternoon, there are usually some friendly English speakers around (and a sample of port or two ).

If that doesn't appeal, something in the Events section certainly will.
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Old 08.08.2011, 20:31
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Many thanks.

Best,

Ron

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Old 08.08.2011, 20:37
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If you wander down to the British cheese stall at the Viadukt market on a Saturday afternoon, there are usually some friendly English speakers around (and a sample of port or two ).

If that doesn't appeal, something in the Events section certainly will.
I can vouch for this Ron

Welcome!
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Old 08.08.2011, 20:44
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I live just on the other side of Mullaloo Drive, 5mins walk to Mullaloo Beach.

Taught at Mullallo Beach Primary in 1993.
(am now retired)

What's your work here?
Thats Awesome. Told my wife about you. She said we should get together one of these days. We both miss the heat and sun.

I work for a wealthy guy in Spain who parks his cash here

He has a family office.

You still fully invested in real estate like all good Aussies? Or have you taken profits?
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I also offer you a welcome to the Swiss English Forum.

Nice friendly bunch of people here, willing to offer controversial advice on whatever subject you wish to discuss ........
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Old 08.08.2011, 20:45
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Thanks Planetali.

Best,

Ron

PS
My wife is a Basel girl.
I love that city. (lucky you)

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Old 08.08.2011, 20:50
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Hi Smoky,

Thanks for your warm welcome.

People here do seem friendly, I must say.

Take care,

Ron

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