Adjusting to a new culture

Switzerland is a western country so the sociocultural gap is not very wide. Nonetheless, I must admit that there are minor distinctions that you will certainly find mystifying and fascinating.

Admittedly, it is rather disturbing that they do not have any monuments or allusions of wars. However, there is a somewhat protective system in place that involves protective shelters that are strewn all over which is rather strange. The Swizz train transport offers another bizarre experience particularly with the way the train is occupied with unimaginable exactitude. Inside the trains, you will find that there is a conspicuous display of baggage and coats on train seats. You will feel like the place is excessively rowdy almost immediately.

Life in Switzerland


Life in Switzerland is a spectacularly pleasant. Although there is the challenge that comes with how quick stores close and the fact that everywhere seems desolate on Sundays, Switzerland is a delightful place.

Regardless of the fact that want familiar with anybody when I relocated (using this removals company), the rate at which I have made new friends is just amazing. I am heavily engaged with a lot of activities and still make out time to explore the terrain as much as I can during breaks. Adjusting to any new culture or country can be a very intimidating. However, I have been outside England before and I have had to change environment countless number of times which makes adjusting to a new environment not excessively stressful for me.

Individuals I converse with in Switzerland are almost always Swiss or German and this has facilitated acclimatizing with the environment and various aspects of the culture too.

Movement is superb and the train system in Switzerland is indeed commendable. The train system is adequately programmed and facilitates efficient movement.  The availability of GA pass is another fascinating thing about Switzerland. With this pass you will experience heightened convenience of movement as you will be able to board any means of transport you desire.

When it comes to the environment and cost of living, It is quite costly but luxurious at the same time. Switzerland has delicacies and drinks that would leave you ecstatic. Wallis wine is an experience you certainly do not want to miss out on.
Switzerland is not a big country but it offers countless exciting locations and a robust assortment of cultures. Switzerland is an exciting place and comes has something for everyone. Switzerland is one of the most peaceful nations of the world and this has led of the preservation of some of countless glamorous sites from ancient antiquity. 
For a small country there are so many amazing places. Switzerland is often congested with sightseers and fun-seekers.

When it comes to the weather, it is quite common to have murkiness and hazes. You cannot always expect to see the sun in Switzerland. For many the seemingly dull and hazy atmosphere may be gloomy but you will barely notice with all of the fun and excitement going on. In addition, there are countless other breathtaking sites that you will very much enjoy.

Switzerland is a remarkable place and would certainly be an enjoyable experience for you. Nonetheless, you may begin to miss you indigenous dishes and delicacies.

Conversing in Swiss is not an easy task

Conversing in Swiss is not an easy task either and can be very puzzling. When I listened to a group conversing in Swiss, my first impression was that they were visitors from Russia or Turkey. I know you must be thinking that I am no good with languages anyway. Well you are wrong to think that because Swizz language is also a mystery to many Germans too.

One thing that is consistent with all the Swizz I’ve met is that they are willing to converse with you irrespective of what you speak. Many of them speak English and German as well and would get a third-party to converse with you when they can’t.

 

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You can bank on Swizz people to be very kind and accommodating with your inability to express yourself in German and Swizz language. You can expect to get encouragement and all of the assistance you might require. I immediately noticed that the Swizz people are very accommodating and beautiful.

Widely used and accepted English gestures and idioms can be very baffling to the Swizz. Over time, I have encountered a lot of baffled glares and much awkward silence that I remedied with the “sorry” expression which quickly became an overused diction for me. Do not attempt to interpret sentences in plain form either or you would be doing yourself a hysterical disservice. So far, the singular hurdle between me and enjoyable conversations is my incoherent German. 

Interestingly, where I stay is in close proximity to French speaking settlements. Now I am sure you are thinking that this is great for me. However, my French isn’t impressive either and that is just a mild way to put it. The entirety of my French was learnt from movies and TV programs. Don’t even get me started on my Italian either. Interestingly, the majority of Swizz will converse well in English which was a pleasant bombshell for me.

 

Studying and speaking German

While certain individuals have the God-given ability to understand and speak multiple languages fast, let me make it abundantly clear that I do not fall in that category. With an environment that demands you speak German, I am very enthusiastic about being able to speak. Just like you guessed, I mostly make awkward sentences so far it is understood by the other party. However, I am optimistic that there would improvements with time.

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Being In a German speaking environment makes me encounter thousands of interesting expressions that I plan to make part of my dictions. In the bid to keep up, Duolingo, tabloids, Netflix have been a great support in my quest to bolster my German diction. While opting for a German language program seems like the most preferred option, issues with cost and quality were some of the numerous deterrents.

Given that I did not have a very in-depth knowledge of German language during my formative years, the task of learning German language this stage of my life is indeed a daunting challenge as I am constantly busy with other pursuits. In addition to my full time job, it is only natural that I spend my off days exploring the environment. As it stands, I would rate my German to be well above average. Just like you guessed, the review of my eloquence in German language isn’t exactly correct. Quite frankly, it’s not as good as I make it seem.   

The challenge of communicating in German language hasn’t been easy.  You cannot help but feel restricted. Sometimes, it is almost pitiful when I try so hard to communicate and the right words refuse to come to mind. While having English speaking house mates is bliss, it doesn’t really serve the purpose of learning German. So far, I am particularly intrigued by having conversations with Germans and Swiss speaking folks that don’t speak English. The entire process of deciphering every word and making meaning is both enlightening and fun.

Decoding directives and discussions in the office is no small task especially since it is offered in German. Luckily, my mobile device does a great job in translating German content to understandable English but this process is indeed exhausting.

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You could easily acclimatize to the environment and lifestyle in Switzerland and this often obviate the urgency to learn the language. This explains why there are many individuals that have been in Switzerland for extended periods and can’t speak the language eloquently.

I am very resilient and have not given up on speaking German language. However, it feels very much like a rollercoaster. Over time, My German has improved but it sometimes feels like I keep going back and forth. I have been in situations where I attempt communicating and the recipient looks at me in utter disbelief or laughs hysterically. In other cases, someone says something to me and leaves me completely dumbfounded.