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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“Schweizerpsalm” – how Switzerland got its own anthem after all

“Schweizerpsalm” – how Switzerland got its own anthem after all

Imagine you are sitting in a full football stadium and the national anthems of both teams are being played. And both anthems sound exactly the same. Unimaginable? Copied from the English – or shall we say stolen? Not in Switzerland.

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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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The best of Switzerlands’ Badis for a hot summer

The best of Switzerlands’ Badis for a hot summer

Summer is finally here! Now it’s time for swimming. Thanks to the excellent water quality in Switzerland, you can swim in any river and lake, which is a not nicer experience than just going to a public swimming pool. Switzerland

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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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How to grill in Switzerland: Everything for the perfect bbq

How to grill in Switzerland: Everything for the perfect bbq

Switzerland is a barbecue nation. Even if the weather is often unstable in summer, the Swiss don’t let their beloved barbecue party go to waste. Whether on your own balcony or outdoors, barbecuing is the Swiss people’s biggest pleasure in

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