Lessons Learnt From A First Year In Zurich

by Zurich Expats on September 15, 2009

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Lessons Learnt From A First Year In Zurich

We have just come to the end of our first year of living and working in Zurich and I thought it would be useful to note down some of the lessons learnt.So, in no particular order, here you go...

It's a fairly arbitrary list but is based on experience.Feel free to add your own experiences in the comments.


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  • Hi guys,\r\n\r\nThank you very much for the answers, very helpful! I’ve started learning (high)german this week and now I’m sure I made the right decision.\r\n\r\nBest regards,\r\nJelmer

  • Hi Jelmer,\r\n\r\nAndrew is 100% correct here. High German in definitely your best bet. It will allow you to speak with the most German speakers – all of them, the Swiss included. It is also the written language, so without it, reading and writing are very difficult.\r\n\r\nSwiss-German and/or Züridütsch you will pick up along the way, but can make learning German a little confusing. \r\n\r\nKind regards,\r\nChristian

    • Hi Jelmer!\n\nI would suggest exactly the order you mention. Learning High German is your best grounding and of course enables you to communicate more easily in Germany and Austria. Once you have that you can move on to the Swiss dialects but you will hear Swiss German a lot and pick up the differences easily enough.\n\nI am sure Christian will add some opinion as well. It might be worth contacting him any way via the info at the bottom of one of his posts, but remember to mention zurichexpats.com!

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