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Daily Prompt: Sound Right - if you know what you are talking about

This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? 914 more words


10 things the guidebook don't* tell you about... German Switzerland!

*For the record, as my brother seemed to think I was under the impression “don’t” is the correct word to use hear rather than the actual correct “doesn’t” – I am using “don’t” on purpose as I think it has a ring to it… All right?!  664 more words

Travel Writing

Fun with Swiss German

When we were in Munich, a young woman noticed we were speaking English and asked where we were from. I said that we were living in Switzerland. 105 more words

Fulbright Fun

Which language to choose (part II)

 (“Constant dripping wears the stone”)

Raising bilingual children is not only a commitment and demands lots of energy to provide the regular inputs, maintain the passion for the language throughout all the years, but also requires to be flexible. 690 more words

Being Multilingual

6 July 2014: Learning German

We have taken the plunge and started German lessons. Because they’re not exactly riveting visually, I’m throwing in some photos of two mansions in Basel’s old town built by the Sarasin brothers, who were fabulously wealthy ‘ribbon lords’ in the 18th century. 584 more words

I love Schwyzertüütsch! Lessons on learning a minority dialect

In my love of languages, something always calls to me from the realm of the rare or unexpected, so for my visit to distant relatives in… 1,018 more words

General Learning

Schwytzertüütsch, ech ha di gärn! Will the Swiss allow me to love their language?

Grüetzi! Lately I’m experimenting with Swiss German because I’m going to Switzerland to stay in the German-speaking area. About two-thirds of Switzerland speaks German as their first language. 1,009 more words