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Old 31.10.2007, 11:23
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Hi all,

I am leaving in Zurich (New Affoltern area) with my family for 5 months now and I am a mother of twin girls of 15 months old. I would be very grateful if I could find someone to advice me how can I find social activities/events of any kind for the age of my children in English since I speak no German. I am also interested in getting together with other mothers of similar age children for changing impressions/experience. I am concerned with the isolation of the twins because of the language barrier and any help would be highly appreciated.

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Well MLV, welcome to EF and welcome to Switzerland. I'm sure you'll find plenty of people you can personally meet through this forum in the Zurich area that can point you in the right direction.

From my personal experience (we came to Switzerland with a 2 year old), we are quite happy that we sent him to a Spielgruppe in German, and he managed to pick up some words on his own in just a few weeks. Although he's not fluent still (at home my wife and I speak Spanish, my daughter speaks Spanish but prefers English, and we're messing him up a bit), he already talks to his kindergarden buddies in Germspanglish and they get along just fine.

If I could give you any piece of advice I'd say: don't go the extra mile to further isolate them, but rather help them integrate with the local kids and facilitate them picking up German. Just my CHF 0.02.
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thank you for the advice. My daughters don't really talk now and our plan is to put them into daycare (or whatever is called in here) when they will turn two. In the meantime I am looking for activities such as dancing, swimming, etc - in English - or simply meeting with other mothers with children. Something that will simply help socializing. I am still hoping I will get some hints on this forum.
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