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How to wish a merry christmas and a happy new year

In our language corner, every issue we bring to you phrases that you can use in your everyday life in Switzerland. There are four official languages in Switzerland. December is celebration time of the year. While you explore the Christmas Markets, shop for winter teas, warm woollens, schokolade and have some hot Glühwein, here are a few phrases that you can use to wish your friends and acquaintances – A merry Christmas and a happy new year! Pick the one depending on which part of Switzerland you live in or travelling to for your winter holiday! And we have...

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My Story – Ajantha Stella Gnan

‘My Story’ shares the experiences of an Indian living in Switzerland. Meet Ajantha Stella Gnan: Born to Indian-Italian parents, Ajantha calls her dad “Papa” like an Italian and her mom “Amma” like an Indian. She loves her main course as Pasta and enjoys finishing her meal with Thayir Saadam (Curd Rice) on a Banana leaf! Here she is, sharing her experiences growing up in India and Italy and now her life as an expat in Switzerland. Q: Tell us about yourself? I am a stay-at-home mommy to two handsome boys named Karish(6) and Aarav(10 months). They keep me super...

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My Story – Subha Raj

‘My Story’ shares the experiences of an Indian living in Switzerland. Meet Subha Raj, who has been living in Switzerland for the last 10 years and loving it. She, “dreams in Tamil, speaks in English and struggles in German.” Subha is a blogger who shares her experiences at http://boosbabytalk.blogspot.ch. Q: TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF I am a small town girl from Tamil Nadu, married to a city boy and we live in Switzerland with our two daughters who are from here, there and everywhere. Q: WHAT DO YOU DO? Ah! The most dreaded question for a stay...

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Learning German: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

In our last issue, we shared tips on life and settling in Switzerland. Continuing this journey, we’ll talk about language learning in ‘Der Schweiz’. While it is important to choose and enrol yourself in a good language school, you could use the below methods to learn, familiarise and continue your language learning process. The tips are specific to our readers living in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The Deutsche Welle: For a beginner with minimum or no knowledge of German The Deutsche welle is a good place to start with. Here one can start doing a self-paced course where you...

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My Story – Parul Chhaparia

My Story’ shares the experiences of an Indian living in Switzerland. Meet Parul Chhaparia who has lived in Switzerland for 2 years.   Q: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF? I am a freelance journalist based in Zurich. Prior to freelancing, I worked for over eight years as a business journalist for an Indian publication. Q: WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE TO SWITZERLAND? Newly married, much in love and mesmerized by the alpine beauty, I left my career in journalism to move to Zurich over two years back. The reason was one of the custom among the...

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    Bhanu Athaiya

    Bhanu Athaiya happens to be the first Indian to receive a competitive Oscar. She shared the Oscar with John Mollo for their on costume designing for the 1982 movie Gandhi.

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