Swiss German sayings explained

Swiss German sayings explained

Many Swiss German expressions are similar to others in both English and German speaking countries like Austria. Nevertheless, there are some proverbs and sayings that an expatriate will struggle to make sense of. Take for example: „A sitzande Saager isch

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Switzerland has cantons – and half cantons?

Switzerland has cantons – and half cantons?

Switzerland is politically divided into several cantons and half cantons. There are 20 cantons and 6 half cantons in this country. But what is a half-canton and what is the differences between a “full” and a “half” canton? What is

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What is the official language of Switzerland?

What is the official language of Switzerland?

Due to its high quality of life and above-average wages, Switzerland is considered to be an attractive location. This is why many people aspire to relocate to this small Alpine country. In June 2004, the legal framework of the Swiss

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Why is Swiss German a dialect and not a language of its own?

Why is Swiss German a dialect and not a language of its own?

If you ask why Swiss German is not a language of its own, but rather ‘mere’ a dialect, you are also asking about the difference between what is termed a language and what is a dialect. This requires some clarification.

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Education in Switzerland

Education in Switzerland

The Swiss educational system is known for its many and varied educational opportunities. There are several different ways to go about it getting a good education and the responsibility for education lies mainly with the 26 cantons. Pre-school education As

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Do all Germans understand Swiss German?

Do all Germans understand Swiss German?

This is a question that cannot be answered either with a clear yes or a definite no. Some Germans can understand it quite well. Others do not understand a word – literally. Test your knowledge Let us pose a question:

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What kind of driving licence will I need in Switzerland?

What kind of driving licence will I need in Switzerland?

EU driving licences, contrary to popular belief, are not valid everywhere. While tourists may drive a car in Switzerland with their EU driving licence for the duration of their stay, if you plan to move to the Alpine country, you

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Top 10 tips to learn Swiss German

Top 10 tips to learn Swiss German

Whether English, Spanish, French or Swiss German – it is hard to learn a language and harder still to speak it fairly fluently. No doubt, there are some people who are linguistic whizzes, but most people find it difficult to

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Living in Germany and working in Switzerland

Living in Germany and working in Switzerland

There are thousands of cross-border workers in the Lake Constance and Breisgau region who choose to combine the best of two worlds: they live in Germany and work in Switzerland.  Salaries are higher in Switzerland and taxes and social security

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Telephone, Internet and Television in Switzerland

Telephone, Internet and Television in Switzerland

Mobile phone in Switzerland: „Es Natel“ In Switzerland, a mobile phone is called a „Natel“ or sometimes, much to the amusement of many English speakers,  „Handy“, which is the same name that is used in Germany. Before we go more

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