I’ve arrived to Switzerland as an expat spouse-to-be many years ago. Little did I know about Switzerland, let alone what it meant to receive a Permis L on arrival. I spoke no French, had no idea about Swiss laws, and was absolutely ignorant about the journey I was going to embark on. And here I am, 20 years later, a fully naturalized Swiss citizen, who had taken the scenic route into Swiss integration. The route didn’t only involve stunning views of fabulous mountains and green fields with loads of cows. It also entailed getting married, giving birth to 2 children, being employed in Switzerland and even taking the naturalization exam the traditional way. This journey can be compared to running ultra-marathons and so it’s not for the faint hearted.

If you have recently or not so recently arrived to Switzerland and you are still figuring out how things work around here, then let me give you a coup de pouce. If you are struggling with French (as all of us are!), let me help you. I developed a method for foreigners with absolutely no previous knowledge of French to learn really fast and pass their compulsory fide exam. I’ll show you how.