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Re: English + swiss accent

It happens. I guess most Swiss who can speak English pronounce pretty well. However, sometimes Swiss 'w' is like English 'v', but with less voicing. Many Swiss have difficulties pronouncing 'v' well unless they make a conscious effort.
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Old 24.08.2015, 12:51
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Re: English + swiss accent

That surprises me that she was so rude. I've never encountered any clerk who reacted like that, but then I spoke the language. Maybe you weren't her first 'difficult' customer that day. Had plenty of negative experiences with clerks in France and a few other countries, but Swiss and German ones so far never lost their temper. I'd bring a Swiss person along next time. Writing emails could be good, but writing letters hasn't been effective for me (in some cases), as some of my letters have conveniently 'disappeared' (aka were tossed in the trash)
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A lot easier to give the post code surely, rather than spell name of town/village- they will get straight to it.

surprises happen. I remember ...... we arrived in a Paris Hotel and my colleague had to spell his Name and I then offered to do as well. But the Concierge rose to 3 meters and told me that I NOWHERE in France had to tell my name
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Re: English + swiss accent

Eminem was right after all.

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By 2050, there would be like 100 billion people on this planet.
Less people will care about such things.
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I called the Kreis buro office to get info about some things. The women on the phone was asking for a reference number and she was saying something about giving the first three letters of the family name. I start spelling, she starts yelling "no no, I need the number" and then I ask her kindly to repeat which number she is looking for because couldn't understand the humming.

Her response: You either learn German or English and call back, or just find someone to speak for you.

There goes my faith in swiss kindness.
Is this the first time it happens to you? Well, you should expect a reasonable amount of adversity even in Switzerland. It's a country just like every other country.

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Writing emails could be good, but writing letters hasn't been effective for me (in some cases), as some of my letters have conveniently 'disappeared' (aka were tossed in the trash)
Registered post/mail then?
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Quite.

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Since when was warmth and kindness a standard trait in all Swiss? or any nation, for that matter?
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Re: English + swiss accent

In Basel for example many speak good English, but not all...




Fortunately my mother was from London therefore I learnt it at home. :-)
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I called the Kreis buro office to get info about some things. The women on the phone was asking for a reference number and she was saying something about giving the first three letters of the family name. I start spelling, she starts yelling "no no, I need the number" and then I ask her kindly to repeat which number she is looking for because couldn't understand the humming.

Her response: You either learn German or English and call back, or just find someone to speak for you.

There goes my faith in swiss kindness.
Were you calling from a cell phone? I can't stand them; they have terrible sound quality.
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It happens. I guess most Swiss who can speak English pronounce pretty well. However, sometimes Swiss 'w' is like English 'v', but with less voicing. Many Swiss have difficulties pronouncing 'v' well unless they make a conscious effort.


look at the V here


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