What’s the best way for newcomers to integrate into local life?
The best thing is to join a club, or Verein (association). What are you good at? Swimming? Singing? Join somewhere where the Swiss are outside the working environment. It’s easier in a village but also possible in towns. Then, the German you are learning at school – you can actually use it! In the beginning, it’s a pain, because you’ll be sitting there and they’ll all be jabbering away in Swiss German – they’ll forget, they won’t talk High German for you. But that’s the way you learn.