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New arrival from Australia

Hi all
I've just moved to Zürich from Australia, with my German boyfriend, so thought I would say hi. Im finding the forum very useful so far! Thanks all.

We have moved here so that I can experience living in Europe and of course learn German. Plus living in Zürich we are alot closer to my boyfriends parents.

My plan is to learn German until the end of the year and then get back into work. Would be keen to do some part time work while im learning German but finding it a bit hard to find. Maybe the forum can help.

Look forward to chatting with you all.
Alexandra
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Welcome to the forum. From where in Australia did you come from ?

Browse through the Language Corner and you might find resources to understand it even better, even if you are not sitting for a German Certification program. Under Social Events, you might wish to attend one that fixes on speaking in German ( or Australia related such as ANZAC Day events ), or try out one of the many Social Groups that you can join in for mutual interest.

You will find plenty of Aussies on the forum.
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Re: New arrival from Australia

Welcome from another Aussie! I'm here with my wife. Arrived (for the second time) in July. All the best with everything!
The forum is very helpful...even if just to get others opinions on things that we find strange/different.
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Welcome to the forum. From where in Australia did you come from ?

Browse through the Language Corner and you might find resources to understand it even better, even if you are not sitting for a German Certification program. Under Social Events, you might wish to attend one that fixes on speaking in German ( or Australia related such as ANZAC Day events ), or try out one of the many Social Groups that you can join in for mutual interest.

You will find plenty of Aussies on the forum.
Im from Brisbane, Australia but also lived in Melbourne for 2 years before coming here. Will check out the language corner...thanks for the tip
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Welcome to the forum, Switzerland, and a seemingly endless sequence of both emotional and financial challenges.


I'm from a little further north than you (a Sunny coast kid, then Bundy later on......moved here from Sydney (2 years in Sydney as well))


The German boyfriend is a big pluss for learning German, but don't be so shocked when you find that the Swiss don't make things so accomodating for you...... except for Prof. Taratonga's German speaking group.


Good luck with everything.


EDIT: jrspet is spot on about using the social pages to find an activity to help you get settled....... talking to other expats does help to reassure you that what you are experiencing is normal.

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I spent a year and a half each in Brisbane ( Wynnum ) and Bundy.
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Welcome to Switzerland, nice to see there's another Aussie here. Good luck with the German, still trying to get my head around it. Laz
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Re: New arrival from Australia

G'day Alex welcome to Zurich. The city of bankers, wankers and all things cheesy.... Nah just jokes it's a pretty cool city to live I must say. I've been here 4 years after meeting my wife in Brisvegas, of all places. Lived in Spring Hill before going to Griffith uni, but that's a whole new story...

Mate I've been learning German pretty steadily since I've been here. Now doing level C1 but I speak pretty good Swiss German as well as its written counterpart (high German). Anyways if ya need any tips on schools of choice, ways to go about it, learning material or methods, drop me a line. Too happy to help a fellow Aussie......

Good luck with it all

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Hi Alexandra,

Welcome to Switzerland. I have been here on and off for the last year. My husband is Swiss and we live in Zürich. I'm from Newcastle but spent a couple of years in Mt Isa before taking some time out to travel and eventually ending up here.

I'm also learning German and searching for work. If you ever want to meet up to chat with someone in a very similar position, let me know.

Cheers,

Libby
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Re: New arrival from Australia

G'day Alexandra, I'll add my welcome to the EF & Switzerland!

Definitely get into Social Events, and also get into some sort of regular activity (eg, sport team) with local people ... then you'll get the language faster!
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Re: New arrival from Australia

Ohhhh.... feels like home! Apart from the cold!!!?!?!!!!

Welcome Alexandra! Just ANOTHER Aussie from Melbourne! Enjoy your stay, see the sights... dont get too down when you have to learn all the 'rules' and well..... about the German.... dont stress!!! If you learn it you learn it.. if not... you can do just about everything here speaking English!

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