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Anyone in Sion?

Hi All!

Any English speakers in Sion or near by? I'm American and have a one year old son. I'm looking to connect and expose my son to English speakers that have kids near his age. We moved here not too long ago. Even if you don't have kids, it's OK. I'd love to speak some English every once in a while
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Welcome to the forum Jules.
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Wellcome to Forum. Most of all wellcome to Valais We are living in Sieere, we have two boys 10 and 7. My wife and I we speak english. It would be nice to change the language from french and german. All the best!
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Hello!
I am living in Naters, which is next to Brig and have a 5 year old girl and another 8 month old daughter. Would be nice to meet up for some coffee
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Hi Karaina, thanks for a news and invitation for coffee. My family wright now are on vacation. Next thursday I will go to join them. We will be back just for school time. On 22 nd of August in Chippis there will be Cultural Event - Fete Interculturelle starting at 11 am and will be finished around midnight. There will be a lot of different activities for children as well. Around 8 PM there will be a Guggen Musik.
This event will be held for 5 th time. We will have an International environment with great meals good wine, good beer also without alcohol. My family will represent Poland. Shall we meet there?
Naters, I know that they play very good in soccer.
See zou soon,
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Re: Anyone in Sion?

Hi Jules,
Our family just moved to Sion and we have 2 boys, 3 and 1. Native English speakers. Msg me if you want to meet up at a park sometime.

Rebecca
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Hi Jules, Rebecca,

Bit of an old thread, but I have just moved back to Sion - would be good for my children to keep their English up as well, as they only hear French these days, except from me! I have a daughter aged 6 and a son aged 4. Do you know if there are English classes for anglophone children in VS? Let me know if you want to get in touch!

Cheers, Paul
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Hi Paul - would be happy to meet up. We don't know any other English speakers. Rebecca moved back to Canada, sadly. She and her kids were lovely.

As for classes, I haven't seen any.
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Hi Jules,

Not so many rosbifs/anglo-saxons/etc? Oh well.... I am spending quite a bit of time in the library/médiathèque these days, but am looking after the children from time to time as well, such as today, as my wife is in Bern for work. Is it possible to PM in this Forum? So I don't broadcast my phone number to all and sundry?

Not sure I can compete in the loveliness stakes, but we should try to meet up - which parks do you go normally? Planta?

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You click on the person's profile and then on "send message."

I sent you my details.
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Re: Anyone in Sion?

Hello folks,

I am moving to Sion soon (in Lausanne atm). Sent some of you guys a PM.
Hope to talk/meet soon.
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Re: Anyone in Sion?

Hi, thanks for your response. I'm sure you are great, but I am burnt out on trying to meet people in this town. The wonderful ones always leave (head's up..this place is a racist snooze fest if you are obviously foreign looking..worse if you have kids) and the others are well, I don't know...their Swiss spouses I guess don't like brown Americans?? Who knows, but we are moving outside of Sion to a place with a yard so I can happily isolate myself until the day I can finally escape Valais lol Although the Portuguese and Ethiopians that I have met give me life. They are genuine and kind people - no guessing with them...they are more community oriented, I guess, which is more where I am/my culture is. Language is always a bit of a barrier though since we speak in a second or third language.

Anyway, good luck (honestly, stay in Lausanne if you can. I wish we had).
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Re: Anyone in Sion?

Oh, dear, JulesHere, sounds like you're having a hard time. Sorry about that. I certainly understand the disappointment when one has tried to make friends, and then they up and leave the country. Years ago, I found it to be very tiring opening my heart, reaching out, and then waving goodbye again, in what seemed like a endless cycles. It made me feel lonely, sometimes, and at other times even reaching out to someone new seemed futile.

[QUOTE=JulesHere;2854849]Language is always a bit of a barrier though since we speak in a second or third language.
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I'd like to encourage you, on a day when you're feeling a bit better, to determine (anew?) to improve your skills in the local language. It'll never be mother-tongue, and that's okay, but the more easily the local language trips rolls off one's tongue, the quicker one is in understanding what's written and said, the stronger one becomes, and the more likely to make friendships with other locals or long-timers.
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I'm fluent in French now. Language isn't the problem. I've been in CH 6 years. Racists and xenophobe locals are. There's only so much one can do when one is ignored, followed around in stores, treated like one is mentally challenged by the locals because one is brown and has an accent. I mean seriously how many expats can say their creche has accused them of stealing children's shoes before realizing I am married to a doctor and can buy my sons' their own? or how many "right kind of expats" can say they have been refused service because "this is too expensive for you." There is no respect here and I'm actually a highly educated person with graduate degrees but everyone assumes the worst. The best is when people think I am my children's nanny! Those are just a few gems of my life here. Language doesn't fix everything and certainly doesn't account for the expats like Paul up there who I even had in my home with his children and made the effort to buy gluten free for his one kid during my son's birthday party only to be treated as if one has leprosy and never heard from again...might be because my son has ADHD or we are vegan (not that we even speak about it but he probably saw our cookbooks). Like how is one supposed to respond and even more ackward when our kids are the same age and now we see each other everywhere. It's tiring. I feel bad that I am continuously rejected even though I am a friendly and open person, and yes, lonely but as they say where I am from (currently going through a major crisis..you might have heard of Puerto Rico) "Mejor sola que mal acompañada." That means better alone than in bad company and I am learning to enjoy being by myself even though I am really social. Damn right I'm tired. I've tried everything. I think it makes things worse having lived in Lausanne beforehand. I call this "the real CH." TMI lol Sorry, but no, knowing the language doesn't do shit.
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I'm fluent in French now. Language isn't the problem. I've been in CH 6 years. Racists and xenophobe locals are. There's only so much one can do when one is ignored, followed around in stores, treated like one is mentally challenged by the locals because one is brown and has an accent. I mean seriously how many expats can say their creche has accused them of stealing children's shoes before realizing I am married to a doctor and can buy my sons' their own? or how many "right kind of expats" can say they have been refused service because "this is too expensive for you." There is no respect here and I'm actually a highly educated person with graduate degrees but everyone assumes the worst. .
There're plenty of ignoramuses around these days, unfortunately. This species is information resistant and has a high rate of reproduction.
But. Hang in there and find your own circle of friends.
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Language is always a bit of a barrier though since we speak in a second or third language.
I thought you were struggling with communicating in the local language, at some level. Now, based on what you've since written:
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I'm fluent in French now. Language isn't the problem. .... Sorry, but no, knowing the language doesn't do shit.
I can see that I'd misunderstood you. My apologies.

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and wish for you that something, in some aspect of your life, improves, and you can build a circle of friends with whom you feel comfortable and by whom you feel respected and accepted.
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I think it makes things worse having lived in Lausanne beforehand. I call this "the real CH." TMI lol Sorry, but no, knowing the language doesn't do shit.
Lausanne is sh*te!
While I can understand that Valais is a bit...special (from my numerous encounters with people from there), Lausanne isn't a great reference either.

I have to admit that the best country I lived in, for outgoing and all that was UK. Well, that does not help much, I guess!

They were plenty of latinos in Lausanne though, maybe that's the "community" you are missing?

I think is all about adjusting, since I am here I love the nature and found numerous related activities to do. Surely social life and going out in the city are not one of them. I do like that when I am travelling though.

Can you not setup something? What about you organise some reading book thing for children? It would give you opportunity to actually meet other and be at the centre of attention...
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