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If you were going to emigrate, where to and why?
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Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 12:21 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Scotland, to hell with the language barrier.

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wouldn't leave here given the choice, all the things I love are here. Besides, I've already emigrated from London to Devon. If I was going to be forced to then France or Northern Spain I think.

jema
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have often thought about it, on the grounds of money and the weather.

But the likely isolation of moving to where I would struggle with the language is very off putting, and the immigration rules of Oz and NZ probably make them hard to do.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
If I was going to be forced to then France or Northern Spain I think.


Northern Portugal, or maybe Morocco for me

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
I'm the reverse, I'd love the challenge of learning another language properly. Not sure the missus would though.


Same here - I'd revel in being totally immersed and the challenge of going from zero to fluency.

In that regard I could emigrate to Wales although Spain would be nice. Think I'd miss the sort of countryside we have here in upland Britain though - the hills of Derbyshire, Snowdonia and so forth.

From an adventure point of view, Africa would be on the list. I toyed with the idea of applying for a job in Milawi a while back, but family ties here had the stronger hold.

Tropical Oz or rural NZ sounds nice - much shoelessness there by all accounts - but Europe/Africa would probably head up my list.
A.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Barefoot Andrew wrote:
Think I'd miss the sort of countryside we have here in upland Britain though - the hills of Derbyshire, Snowdonia and so forth.

A.


You couyld always get the Julia Bradbury boxset...

alice



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Australia. Should have gone 20 years ago when we had the chance. I was keen but OH wasn't. In hindsight he wishes we'd gone, but he's too old now and it was his qualifications that would have carried us - I don't have any and you don't get many 'points' for having a light hand with pastry

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:

Northern Portugal, or maybe Morocco for me


Morocco sounds interesting. They speak french too. I've only been there once but it was interesting and lovely. Language 'barriers' don't bother me in the least bit. If it were up to me we would all be typing Volapük.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Simon wrote:
If it were up to me we would all be typing Volapük.


I think some here already do...

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Until we can break the speed of light I suppose it has to be somewhere on earth?

As OH is good with languages we're looking at Devon and Cornwall.

ksia



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Bebo wrote:
I like it here, but if forced it would probably have to be NZ or Canada (I'm rubbish at languages).


I'm the reverse, I'd love the challenge of learning another language properly. Not sure the missus would though.


Even if you get the language there will be a zillion cultural references you'll never get. Talk to any Brit and mention Frankie Howerd, Marmite, Page 3 and Corrie (goodness knows what the subject is!) and you've a good chance they'll know what you're saying. Now imagine a non-native joining in with such a conversation. Now imagine the equivalent 'abroad' conversation - with added slang too.

For that reason NZ or Canada!

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ksia wrote:
tahir wrote:
Bebo wrote:
I like it here, but if forced it would probably have to be NZ or Canada (I'm rubbish at languages).


I'm the reverse, I'd love the challenge of learning another language properly. Not sure the missus would though.


Even if you get the language there will be a zillion cultural references you'll never get. Talk to any Brit and mention Frankie Howerd, Marmite, Page 3 and Corrie (goodness knows what the subject is!) and you've a good chance they'll know what you're saying. Now imagine a non-native joining in with such a conversation. Now imagine the equivalent 'abroad' conversation - with added slang too.

For that reason NZ or Canada!


Well said!

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
You couyld always get the Julia Bradbury boxset...



A.

SandraR



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

New Zealand for me too. I have an Aunt out there with a small farm she is talking of giving up, now if I was out there we could manage it together.

Unlikely though, Devon is in both mine and my OH's blood going back generations.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

France, or the USA.

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