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Old 29.07.2009, 02:06
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Hello, hola, priviet

Hello to all of you, we are an international family (russian dad, bolivian mum and british little darling)
We are new in Switzerland, relocated here a few weeks ago from England (because of husband's job) and we are in the process of learning about living in this beautiful country.
Our son will start school in Agust and like me (mum), he doesn't speack German yet (we live near Stans) and he is eager to find some play buddies around this area.
Do you know somebody interested in arranging some play time with us? (both of us speak English and Spanish and he speaks russian as well) I know that the best way for him to learn the language is by playing with the local children, but he is feeling a bit lonely now because he can't understand or be understood yet, hence he doesn't enjoy trying to play with them just now. I'm sure this will change once he starts school.
Meanwhile, if you are interested or know about someboday who we could meet for a couple of hours, please let us now. (I can drive around this area...not very long distances just yet, give me a couple of months and will do!)
Thanks a lot for your help.
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Old 30.07.2009, 15:55
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Re: Hello, hola, priviet

Hi Mariposa, and welcome to the EF!

A good place to go for contacts with other people is either Social Events or (in some cases) Commercial Events. Social Events are usually of more value to meet people, since you don't have to pay to attend

Good luck in getting settled, and one thing we've got our eldest son into (after a year) is a local football team - he has enough German now to understand and be understood even by those with no English, and is quite keen to play! Also, since the team is in the area in which we live, he'll be making friends who also live close and can hopefully stick with him as he grows up here ... we plan to be here for a while.
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Old 30.07.2009, 18:16
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Re: Hello, hola, priviet

Truly international family
Welcome to the Forum MARIPOSA.
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Re: Hello, hola, priviet

Welcome to Switzerland, and EF
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Re: Hello, hola, priviet

Hi butterfly and welcome to this forum, a place where nice and funny people meet.

About your youngster: Relax, he'll learn the new language in just a few weeks. Try to pick it up from him - that's the way many other families in the same situation do.

There are other EFers in your area, hang on, I'm sure they'll give you a shout in just a moment.
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Old 31.07.2009, 13:58
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Re: Hello, hola, priviet

Hello and thank you very much for the warm welcoming. This is a very nice forum indeed.
I took my son to the park this morning and he started playing with some of the local children, as they were playing so nicely I went to check how they were communicating with each other and surprise, surprise , the little boy who was playing with my little one, knew how to speak English. His mum explained to me that he goes to an international school and I think they learn English earlier there.
I really appreciate the effort some people do when trying to understand us and value a lot their patience towards us when we try to talk to them with our almost non-existent German.
We are felling very well here, hopefully we'll be able to interact better when our schools start in August, my son at the Kindergarten and I my German lessons! Can't wait!
Thanks again for your responses and advises.
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Re: Hello, hola, priviet

Hi and welcome to Switzerland!

The tip about going to the local football/other sports club is really good actually. He'll get the basic vocabulary very quickly and communication among kids is easy anyway, they don't need that much words to get along! Like that he'll have friends locally and when going to school.
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Re: Hello, hola, priviet

Bienvenida Mariposa... mucha suerte!
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