The best health insurers for newcomers in Switzerland

The best health insurers for newcomers in Switzerland

The Swiss are among the best insured nations in the world. One could also say that the Swiss are overinsured. In Switzerland, you can insure just about anything you care about: your health, your household belongings, your car, your travel,

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The auxiliary verbs “sein”, “haben” and “werden”

The auxiliary verbs “sein”, “haben” and “werden”

The verbs “sein” (to be) and “haben” (to have) are important verbs in the German language. Together with “werden” (will) they are used as an auxiliary verb to form composite tenses. In this function the auxiliary verbs have no lexical

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That’s how you learn the plural in Swiss German

Studying grammar is not everyone’s cup of tea, and there are certainly more exciting things to do. However, compared to other languages, Swiss German grammar is a piece of cake  because Swiss German is not a codified language. Nevertheless, there

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How to quickly integrate and make friends in Switzerland

How to quickly integrate and make friends in Switzerland

Switzerland is not exactly an easy place to settle in and make new friends. Foreigners and expats living in Switzerland often talk about their difficulties to socially integrate. If you haven’t grown up here and made friends in school and

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Each canton its own dialect

Each canton its own dialect

There are 26 cantons in Switzerland. 20 of them in German-speaking Switzerland, including the half cantons. Each canton has its own dialect, which results in quite a variety. To help you keep track, here are the dialects based on their

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The brutal key difference between Swiss German and German

The brutal key difference between Swiss German and German

One country, four languages 8.42 million people live in Switzerland in an area of 41,285 km². Despite its small size, Switzerland has four official languages. In addition to High German, French, Italian and Romansh are spoken. And what about Swiss German?

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What’s up with the «li» in Switzerland? An explanation for the Swiss German diminutive

What’s up with the «li» in Switzerland? An explanation for the Swiss German diminutive

Swiss German is characterized by the frequent use of the diminutive. This means that nouns are usually “reduced in size” by adding the suffix “li” to them. The counterpart in High German is the ending “chen/lein”. If you don’t speak

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Why I chose Switzerland: public transport ist magnifique!

Why I chose Switzerland: public transport ist magnifique!

Switzerland is known for many things. One of them is that everything works well. And that you practically don’t need a car to get around. Because Switzerland has an excellent public transport network consisting of train, tram, bus and boat.

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