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Moving to Lausanne from Denmark

Hello forum!
My girlfriend and I are planning to move to Lausanne in August/September 2009 for a period of 1 or 2 years. We know there is a lot of time until the actual move, but we would like to get ahead of any unforseen problems or difficulties...
I've discovered this great forum a couple of months ago and have been a regular visitor since. You guys have some awesome treads and guides in here!
A little bit about ourself: We are from Denmark. I'm 23 years old and my girlfriend (Tine) is 24. We study physiotherapy and will be done in June 2009. And then we would like to get some adventure by moving to another country, and trying out a new language(or in this case a couple of new languages).
I'll probably write several questions later on, but because this is only the introduction I'll stop myself here
We really look forward to get it all started and hope this forum can help us.
Á bientôt Henrik and Tine.
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Hi Henrik & Tine, welcome to the Forum. I hope you find what info' you need here before your move to lovely Lausanne
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Welcome to the Forum.
Great Introduction - pity we have to wait so long to see you in person.
If you can find the time, it's an enormous help to learn a bit of the language before you come. Even just the sort of things in a Tourist Phrase book help to make you feel more at home here quickly. In the great wild world of Lausanne you'll get the right answers more quickly if you ask the right questions!
Looking forward to hearing more from you later. Hope all arrangements go smoothly.

Swisstree - I LOVE that bottom line! That day was SO funny. There are still traces left by Swiss Dude all over the Forum.
It would be quite fun to meet him actually - great initiative!
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Welcome to the Forum.
Great Introduction - pity we have to wait so long to see you in person.
If you can find the time, it's an enormous help to learn a bit of the language before you come. Even just the sort of things in a Tourist Phrase book help to make you feel more at home here quickly. In the great wild world of Lausanne you'll get the right answers more quickly if you ask the right questions!
Looking forward to hearing more from you later. Hope all arrangements go smoothly.

Swisstree - I LOVE that bottom line! That day was SO funny. There are still traces left by Swiss Dude all over the Forum.
It would be quite fun to meet him actually - great initiative!
Longbyt you're so right, it was a great day so glad I didn't miss it.. Henrik and Tine you've picked a good Forum: lots of great information and there's lots of fun to be had too
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Welcome to the forum, Henrik and Tine!
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Henrik and Tine you've picked a good Forum: lots of great information and there's lots of fun to be had too
Good information here, occasional fun, but some people end up addicted to the forum
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Re: Moving to Lausanne from Denmark

Hej og velkommen til EF!

Det vil helt sikkert være en fantastisk oplevelse!
All the best with your plans..
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Re: Moving to Lausanne from Denmark

Juhuuu... flere unge Danskere i Lausanne...
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Re: Moving to Lausanne from Denmark

Hi

Welcome to the Forum. It does get addictive, and it's very helpful. Longbyt, thanks for the advice on the pre-learning. I hear Swiss German is different to normal German - any advice on which phrase books would best suit? Or does each area have their own dialect?
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Before I forget - please remember that this is the English Forum. We can guess what those phrases probably mean, but 'the rules' say that foreign bits should be translated. (That way we can all learn a bit of Danish, Hindi, Scouse - o sorry, that just slipped out, Malay etc)
Re - phrase books etc. for OP. Lausanne is in the French speaking part of Switzerland and the French they write and speak is French - unlike German and Swiss German. Lucky you!

There are several Threads which you can look through about whether to learn German or Swiss German first. Swiss German varies enormously from district to district. I'd learn High German first anyway, as it is the language of all written information. If you have time for a language course, all the better. If you don't; my motto is that anything is better than nothing. To choose a phrase book: look through them and see if the English is the sort of thing you might want to say when you come to live here. See if the print is clear - if you can work out the phonetics. A decent dictionary helps too. Think of a few idioms and see if they are in it!
Can't really help much more than that. Good luck anyway.
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Re: Moving to Lausanne from Denmark

Longbyt, I appreciate your point of view here, but the little snippets of danish in this thread are not meant as general information for the benefit of the entire english-speaking community. They are simply friendly greetings.

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Would it be understood by the majority of native English-speakers? If so, then no problem. If not, either provide an explanation or rephrase what you have to say. The exception could be asmall joke or greeting to someone from the same area as you.
By the way, for the person asking about Swiss German, www.dialekt.ch is a good site to check out.. I found it useful anyway.
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Longbyt, I appreciate your point of view here, but the little snippets of danish in this thread are not meant as general information for the benefit of the entire english-speaking community. They are simply friendly greetings.
I realise that. It was just a gentle reminder. Anyway, I was hoping to get a translation of "Det vil helt sikkert være en fantastisk oplevelse!"

Thanks a lot for the link to Swiss German. Quite fun listening! Have added it to my 'Favoriten' List.
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Re: Moving to Lausanne from Denmark

Hopefully it means 'it will certainly be a fantastic experience.'

Yes, dialekt.ch is great... it also used to have a link to a site with short texts, recorded interviews and audio in 'Bern dialect' with German translations..
I found these extremely helpful when I was first trying to figure out Swiss german (it's a great introduction to Swiss german for speakers of high-german anyway, regardless of what area you're in!)

Unfortunately the link doesn't work anymore.. however, it can all be found here: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~siebenh/subfolder/Stadtberndeutsch/Stadtberndeutsch.html
..You can go to 'Transkripte und Hoerprobe' and download the text/translation and the audio files
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