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Old 09.03.2011, 12:54
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It might also just mean that she sees herself above you and you need to "Sie" her back...
Nah, she explicitly invited us to use her first name. The penny didn't actually drop until after she'd left.

Of course, now we have to remember her name...
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Old 09.03.2011, 12:56
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Nah, she explicitly invited us to use her first name. The penny didn't actually drop until after she'd left.

Of course, now we have to remember her name...
Oh man. I feel for you. I can't remember names for toffee...

Try "Regula" - probably* the only name in the world derived from "rules" - where else but CH, eh?

*doubtless someone will inform me of just how wrong I am on this one, both in terms of usage and etymology...


Edit: We need a poll!
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Here in the French-speaking side, the Romands are quite fast to "tutoyer" at least relative to the French. I had heard that the suisse allemands are also quite fast to use "Du" relative to the Germans. So perhaps this is a common Swiss trait.
It may to some extent reflect the Swiss refusal to accept hierarchy, while the Germans are strong hierarchy believers. In case of the French it is rather their trend to believe in style. And let's not forget that the Romands were on the "vous" side even inside family until not too long ago. An uncle of me who had grown up in Neuchàtel tended to use "vous" also for members of the family. I learnt to know him on my two visits to his place when he was 98 and 99, and when he was 98, we two walked to the nearest bistro to chat everything through, and everything in HIS case meant 10 decades of life experience
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Awesome, I like this one.
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An old post of mine. The first took place in Aargau and the second, ten years later in Darkest Schwyz
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In one village it helped that Mr Longbyt (he is Swiss but counted as foreign as he wasn't born in that Canton - however I don't know if they allow real aliens to join) became a member of the local volunteer fire-brigade. Not that he was ever actually around when they had a fire to put out, but he did water fields with them once and rescue swallows and put them into boxes to be transported to Tessin. (I kid you not). I joined the local gym club which linked me to the locals in much the same way. (We actually did gym!) .

Later, in another village in another canton, the ice was broken when our kids did something special which merited a mention of the village in the local-region newspaper. Having been presumably invisible inhabitants of the area until then, we were then spoken to by practically everyone we saw.
Where we now live, we became visible (and more or less accepted) by putting in an unbelievable amount of time and effort into local sports' organisations. In all fairness I must say that we got an unbelievable amount of fun and satisfaction out of it! Being fluent, even if not grammatically accurate, in the local dialects made a lot of difference in all three places.
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