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Sympathy for the dialect

Every nation has its faux pas – things that you shouldn´t talk about or joke about…EVER.

For example, don´t call a New Zealander “an envious Aussie”, or a Canadian “a wannabe American”, unless you… 758 more words


Noun Roulette: The High Stakes Game of Speaking a Foreign Language when it Counts

“Hallo! Hair Live! Kann ich Ihnen helfen?”

That sentence strikes fear into my heart. It’s rattled off at breakneck speed and the words fly like bullets. 761 more words

The Swiss Family Carlson

More from Zurich

I tried to write this post a few days ago but WordPress lost it and I couldn’t be bothered to type it all out again… 617 more words


The Swiss Media Monopoly & The Tamedia Takeover

I confess that I don’t read Swiss news from national Swiss news outlets as often as I should. I have the Tribune de Genève and… 732 more words


From German to Swiss-German: Getting around in Basel

It’s been a few months since I first came to Basel, and I clearly remember how curious I was before I did so. Even though I had been living in Germany for two years, I had never crossed the southern borders and visited Switzerland. 920 more words


In memory of a friend.

My friend Martin Müller-Römheld passed away last Sunday. We had recently been discussing a list of books that had made an impression on our lives. On Martin’s list was the book “Steppenwolf” by the Swiss German author Hermann Hesse. 85 more words