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American with Swiss Exchange Student

So I just wrote an enitre huge post - and it disappeared - so going to rewrite a quick one to make sure it will post -

My family and I are hosting a 15 year old Swiss girl for a year - and we are having some issues - so hoping I can post to this site to get some advice from all of you who may understand better as you live in Switzerland.

We have a 14 year old daughter - and the two are getting along well -

Our students English is very broken - she only has studied English for two years, so it is difficult to talk with her. Many of the things she tells us, we have a very difficult time believing.

So hopefully you will welcome me - and I can meet some great people here that can offer me some great advice -
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Many of the things she tells us, we have a very difficult time believing.
Stories about Switzerland? They're probably true.
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

What stories? They might very well be true. Most of the 15 year old Swiss I know are good kids. Your exchange student has probably just graduated from the 9th grade and is now doing a year abroad before continuing her studies.
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Many of the things she tells us, we have a very difficult time believing.
Yes, people do eat babies in Switzerland.
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

And Black Peter really exists!!
Who is Black Peter?
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

There are some mothers who let their daughter's boyfriend spend the night. Even at 15.

There are Swiss kids smoking regularly at 15.

Driving tests can be taken at minimum age of 18.

And yes, nobody has ever heard of Oregon in Switzerland.
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Yes, people do eat babies in Switzerland.
And why not? They're tender. I fail to see a downside to it.
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

I was an exchange student in Sweden many moons ago, and have been living in Zurich for 4+ years now (orig from US), so happy to try to answer your questions if I can. My family also hosted many exchange students, so maybe I can give some insight. It is not always easy, but it IS a great experience for all.

Pls send me a PM and will try to help...

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So I just wrote an enitre huge post - and it disappeared - so going to rewrite a quick one to make sure it will post -

My family and I are hosting a 15 year old Swiss girl for a year - and we are having some issues - so hoping I can post to this site to get some advice from all of you who may understand better as you live in Switzerland.

We have a 14 year old daughter - and the two are getting along well -

Our students English is very broken - she only has studied English for two years, so it is difficult to talk with her. Many of the things she tells us, we have a very difficult time believing.

So hopefully you will welcome me - and I can meet some great people here that can offer me some great advice -
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And yes, nobody has ever heard of Oregon in Switzerland.
But we have heard of Art Lacey's Bomber Station.
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

How can we help ? Is it the culture you're having difficulty understanding ? what is suprising you ?
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And yes, nobody has ever heard of Oregon in Switzerland.
Of course they have!

It's in Migros, between the Muskatnusse and the Petersilie.
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So I just wrote an enitre huge post - and it disappeared - so going to rewrite a quick one to make sure it will post -

My family and I are hosting a 15 year old Swiss girl for a year - and we are having some issues - so hoping I can post to this site to get some advice from all of you who may understand better as you live in Switzerland.

We have a 14 year old daughter - and the two are getting along well -

Our students English is very broken - she only has studied English for two years, so it is difficult to talk with her. Many of the things she tells us, we have a very difficult time believing.

So hopefully you will welcome me - and I can meet some great people here that can offer me some great advice -
wow, i can't wait to hear these stories...
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

Just as an odd piece of information, did you know "Twilight" was filmed in Oregon?
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Just as an odd piece of information, did you know "Twilight" was filmed in Oregon?
And Pink Man comes from Eugene, Oregon.
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

first we need to know what Canton she hails from if Appenzell or Valais, all bets are off.
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I must admit that I was a little shocked the first time I walked into a fish restaurant and saw grilled koi carp on the menu: It is something of a delicacy in Switzerland, and is a consequence of an unusual incident towards the end of the last world war.

In 1944, as the rest of Europe was embroiled in the heroic struggle against fascism, Switzerland blithely continued about her peaceful business with merely a nod or two towards the perils outside her borders in the form of a bit of barbed wire here, and a cheese barricade there.

While people throughout Europe were reduced to eating earthworms and tulip bulbs for breakfast, the good people of Switzerland were happily chomping away at spatzli, fleischkase and muesli, three times a day, with plenty of green cheese and chocolate for snacks in between.

In fact, there was so much food available that supplies began to build up in the enormous secret stock piles hidden under the Alps, to the extent that most of it remained uneaten and, eventually, went rotten.

Fortunately, one young man had the enterprising idea of diverting the excess food supplies to the pet breeding industry, in order to nourish and fatten elite livestock, ready to be sold to butchers to satisfy the gluttonous palates of the ever more sybaritic burgers of the confederation. First, the food was used to fatten hamsters to be grilled and eaten on sticks. Then it was used to fatten guinea pigs, to be stuffed with onions and garlic and roasted whole. Finally, and most relevantly to this tale, it was used to fatten koi carp, to be served lightly sauteed on a bed of lambs lettuce and rocket.

The hamsters proved to be the most popular of these, being a convenient snack to purchase at funfairs and popular festivals (of which there were many, at least four a week, in every city in the country, and most villages). Guinea pigs also proved to be successful, and soon overcame the veal sausage in popularity (the sausage only recovering its status after the great Mongolian Guinea Pig Plague wiped out the remaining guinea pig population in three short weeks in 1964). The koi carp, however, remained a somewhat exotic treat, to be enjoyed only at the kind of functions in which a puking bowl was employed, kept discreetly under the bench for easy access in between courses.

This remained the case until early 1945, when a Japanese whaling boat ran aground in Arbon. After initial suspicion from the local population, these exotic foreigners soon became national celebrities, sparking a brief and evanescent fashion for all things Japanese. Ladies in Bern began to wear kimonos to church, while gentlemen in Basel took to eating macaroni with twigs, a la mode japonais. Naturally, it followed that interest in the culinary culture of the fascinating new arrivals became the 'in thing', and soon the koi carp was raised from an obscure delicacy to the dish of the moment, eaten by grizzled farmers in Schwyz and urbane bankers in Zurich alike.

Of course, as is inevitable in such affairs, the fashion for all things Japanese passed, and other novelties were sought, from the conversion of wine cellars to fallout shelters, to the acquisition of shiny yellow things from the north. And yet, somehow, the taste for koi carp remained. As the ladies of Bern returned to wearing drab brown dresses, and the gentlemen of Basel returned to eating pork with a fork, the grizzled farmers of Schwyz and the urbane bankers of Zurich continued to feast upon the strange yellow fish of Japan, making it a regular Friday evening routine, replacing the more traditional perch and trout, eventually driving the farmers of such fish to bankruptcy and ruin.

These days, koi carp is seen as something of an old-fashioned dish, the kind of thing your grandma made you eat when you had to stay at her musty old house in the mountains. But still it remains, as one of the signature dishes of the Helvetic Confederation, alongside fondue and raclette, and the ubiquitous chocolate bar.

I find it a little bland, myself. But each to his own, eh?
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

Koiotic -- what everyone is saying here, is please share! What are the stories, what are the problems? We're all dying to know (so we can help you).

And please do tell us where your exchange student comes from; the canton is very important. Also which language she speaks at home.

Popcorn coming up ...

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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

I'm an exchange student from New Zealand, in Switzerland.

I've had 4 families this year (no, im not really naughty, as part of the program i change every three months) so I understand the dynamics and how to adjust etc. I speak German and Swiss German so I can translate if need be.

Yea, the language barrier is tough, how long has she been with you? first couple of months are a bit difficult, but fairly suddenly it will improve. KEEP TALKING! and let her talk, don't try to put the words in her mouth. Let her speak.

Make sure she goes to school, always. keeps her outta trouble, learns the language, and makes friends. discourage her (this is hard for some) from hanging out with other exchangees. Encourage her to plan trips and events.

in terms of stories...it dont matter if theyre true or not, she's coming to your culture, she has to adjust to your rules/culture/manners. so is it. ignore the stories...she doesn't come to the US to be like she was in Switz. you might need to tell her that, gently. I'm sorry, I'm not sure if you're hostmum or hostdad....but get hostma and her together..swiss girls are really girly (in comparison to NZ..dunno about the states), so they like bonding with mums. Um, that's all the advice that pops to mind....if theres anything i can help with, please let me know.

All the best, enjoy the weirdness!
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Well, we are about 2 hours later now and the entire EF is waiting to hear them stories and to know which canton the gal is from... and still no news from the dried herbs section. The EF is not amused!!!
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Re: American with Swiss Exchange Student

If she tells you that:
- we wash our clothes by the river; it's true
- chocolate fondue is an approriate breakfast food; it's true
- we all pedal to generate electricity; it's true
- we all speak Swedish and slalom ski; it's true
- we believe in Darwin and evolution; it's true
- we eat melted cheese heated with a dash of Kirsch (cherry liquor that evaporates during cooking) and bread; it's true
- we still have horse driven buggies; it's true
- we have more cows than people, they have lovely names and are crowned beauty queens; it's true
- we all speak several langauges; it's true
- we live in a picture perfect postcard; it's true



anybody else have any suggestions ?
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