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That guy speaks a very funny English.

By the way, my baby brother's name is Richi....
they speak English in Canada???

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Re: Again... and again... and again...

True story.

some years ago (actually many years ago), my mother wanted to send us a package and addressed it to us in Switzerland.

She called a week later and asked if we'd gotten it. We hadn't.

As an aside, the Post Office in the United States is like most other agencies there. A lot of inexperienced people who were not born there and can hardly speak English, or inexperienced people who were born there and can hardly speak English.

Anyway, we got the package about two weeks later - via Sweden.

So the next time she sent a package, she specifically told the same girl behind the counter that the package should not be send to Sweden but to Switzerland. It was a nice try but we still didn't get the package. Then, two months later, the package arrived - via Swaziland. My mother gave up sending packages.
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A friend of a friend of mine, Swiss, let's say his name is Peter Keller - just that, nothing more. He often has to fly to the USA, and time and again he is being asked for his middle name, especially when filling out forms. He hasn't got any. Period. Nobody wants to believe him.

To prevent further issues, a few years ago he began putting "L." in those "Middle Name" fields. When being asked what that "L." in "Peter L. Keller" stands for, he says, "Leerschlag," and nobody bats an eye.

Leerschlag is the German word for hitting the space bar on a computer or typewriter keyboard.
I have the opposite problem. I was given three names at birth: First Middle Last which together form my legal name, which is on all my identity papers to differentiate me from all the other US Citizens called Firstname Lastname. Culturally speaking, no American in their right mind would would call me by my full legal name, except my mother, and even then only when I'm REALLY in trouble. But since most Europeans don't have a middle name, they aren't aware of this system and that it should be dropped during normal usage. Unfortunately, when starting a new job, the "onboarding" HR team tends to take the name in my passport and use it for everything in the system, long before my arrival. I've had some relatively long professional email addresses in my short time on earth. I have actually received meeting requests from external partners via LinkedIn because they couldn't figure out how to spell it all.

Next time I change jobs, I should seriously consider changing my name first.
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Well similar as when you go to USA and tell someone you are from Belgium. They reply along the lines of like "ah Belgium, the capital of Brussels!"
This one is hilarious!
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Our local post office staff seem to get quite confused. It is one of those franchise ones though stuck in another store.

I used to put U.K. on the bottom of letters but I overheard the person dealing with my letters ask another, on several occasions, "Hey, how much is a stamp for Ukraine?".

Next I put on "Großbritannien " but got the response "Is this in Europe?"

There was a fair bit of eye-rolling from the rest of the queue for that one.

My wife suggested "England" but she said it would be better to ask what was the correct thing to write.....at the Post Office.
Forgive my English......but I am laughing my heart out! Sth like that
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Old 29.09.2015, 00:33
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Our local post office staff seem to get quite confused. It is one of those franchise ones though stuck in another store.

I used to put U.K. on the bottom of letters but I overheard the person dealing with my letters ask another, on several occasions, "Hey, how much is a stamp for Ukraine?".

Next I put on "Großbritannien " but got the response "Is this in Europe?"

There was a fair bit of eye-rolling from the rest of the queue for that one.

My wife suggested "England" but she said it would be better to ask what was the correct thing to write.....at the Post Office.
I went to post a letter to Glasgow last year, just before the Scottish Referendum, and forgot to put UK under Glasgow. In post office, post girl takes pen to my envelope, conversation goes as follows;

Post Office Girl "It's to England?" ... Starts writing England on Envelope.
Me "No, Scotland"
Girl "Well it's the same" ... Continues writing England.
Me "Not really. Glasgow definitely isn't in England. Write UK & hopefully letter will arrive before that is incorrect too"
Girl..... Looks completely confused
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Old 29.09.2015, 10:03
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Re: Again... and again... and again...

My Brazilian neighbor once asked me "so where's your wife from?".

"Lugano", I replied.

"Really? I thought she was from South America!", she replied.

Ironically, my wife's maternal grandfather WAS born in Brazil, but to Italian immigrants, and returned to Italy as an infant with his parents.

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A visitor in our company asked where I am from?
I said from Ethiopia and he said ohh, you mean Africa. No I am from Ethiopia. and he said it all the same
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Old 29.09.2015, 12:00
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A visitor in our company asked where I am from?
I said from Ethiopia and he said ohh, you mean Africa. No I am from Ethiopia. and he said it all the same
Isn't Ethiopia in Africa?
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Old 29.09.2015, 12:07
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A visitor in our company asked where I am from?
I said from Ethiopia and he said ohh, you mean Africa. No I am from Ethiopia. and he said it all the same
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Isn't Ethiopia in Africa?
It may be in Africa but It's not exactly the same as being Africa.

Switzerland is in Europe but I doubt you tell people you live in Europe.

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Old 29.09.2015, 12:27
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Switzerland is in Europe but I doubt you tell people you live in Europe.
When I'm in America, that's exactly what I say, especially if someone is asking for clarification as in the previous poster's case.
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Old 29.09.2015, 12:28
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It may be in Africa but It's not exactly the same as being Afruca.

Switzerland is in Europe but I doubt you tell people you live in Europe.
And people don't usually correct you when you say you live in Switzerland, saying "oh, you mean Europe"...
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Old 29.09.2015, 12:32
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When I'm in America, that's exactly what I say, especially if someone is asking for clarification as in the previous poster's case.
I think our Ethiopian friend may have had a small typo in his post -- I think that...

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I said, "from Ethiopia" and he said, "ohh, you mean Africa". "No, I am from Ethiopia", and he said "It's all the same."
...which makes all the difference.

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Old 29.09.2015, 12:39
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Re: Again... and again... and again...

When not in Switzerland:
"Where do you live?"
"Fribourg"
"Oh, Germany"
"No...."
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Old 29.09.2015, 12:51
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When not in Switzerland:
"Where do you live?"
"Fribourg"
"Oh, Germany"
"No...."
Usually confused with the German university town of Freiburg an hour's drive from Basel, of course (and even the spellings of the two cities are identical, when spelled in German)... but just the other day, I was tripped up when I was arranging collection of an item I wanted to buy from a store based in what I thought was said German university town of Freiburg, but turned out to be the somewhat more distant German university town of Freiberg! Turns out the 733 km road trip probably isn't really worth the trouble...
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I was tripped up when I was arranging collection of an item I wanted to buy from a store based in what I thought was said German university town of Freiburg, but turned out to be the somewhat more distant German university town of Freiberg! Turns out the 733 km road trip probably isn't really worth the trouble...
Shouldn't one of these read "Swiss university town of Freiburg"?
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Shouldn't one of these read "Swiss university town of Freiburg"?
Also!
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Also!
Aha, just spotted the subtle difference in spelling .
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Re: Again... and again... and again...

Out in a pub in Edinburgh, years ago, with my best friend from there, me and my English boyfriend.

Her boyfriend - when introduced to me just looked at me and said.

"So, you're the Swiss Rich Bitch".
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Out in a pub in Edinburgh, years ago, with my best friend from there, me and my English boyfriend.

Her boyfriend - when introduced to me just looked at me and said.

"So, you're the Swiss Rich Bitch".
Should have told him that he was close, but that two out of three isn't bad.
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