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Category: Life in Switzerland

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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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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How to say Hello in Switzerland

There are four official languages in Switzerland, so you can say hello in German, French, Italian and Romansh (also called or Raetoromanisch). It is considered polite when you look into someone’s eyes and wish them with a smile. In German: Say “Grüezi” to greet one person, or “Grüezi Mitenand” to greet two or more people. In French: “Bonjour” In Italian: “Buongiorno” during the day and “Buonasera” in the evening In Romansh: “Bun di” for good morning. Pronounced as “boon dee” “Buna saira” for good afternoon or good evening. Pronounced as “boon-a serra”....

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  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #50:

    United Provinces

    During the British Rule, United Provinces was created on 01 April 1937 (and, no it wasn’t an April fool’s joke). Thirteen years later it was renamed as Uttar Pradesh (northern province). In 2000, the northern districts of the state were separated to form a new state of Uttarakhand.

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