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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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Old 03.11.2012, 12:36
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

Italian part.

Followed by the Rumantsch part.

Followed by the French part.

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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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Old 03.11.2012, 12:49
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

Doesn't bother me too much, as the röstigraben goes right through the middle of my house.

Just glad, I'm not in the English speaking parts, though ..... and not too many foreign crims.
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

I live so close to France, I suppose you could call it the French part of Switzerland and this is were I prefer to be.
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Old 03.11.2012, 14:13
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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This week I start with asking this question:
Where do u prefer to live in Switzerland? German part or French part?
Which one u expect more friendliness and cool people? for instance Lausanne or Zurich?
Wherever you speak the local language...
Geneva would be the exception as you don't run into too many Swiss folk anyway.
As far as tolerance, I think that there is xenophobia throughout Switzerland and while people in Baselstadt might be more receptive than Basellandschaft, it would still be the German part. I also noticed that the villagers of Vaud are very anti-foreigners be they French speakers or not...
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Old 03.11.2012, 14:18
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

Villages in Vaud where official Asylum seekers hostels are located, have certainly become very 'resistant', like in Vallorbe. Mind you, I can understand that some older traditional people could feel uncomfortable, when there are large groups of 'very different' looking young men hanging around town. It does not bother me at all, i am used to it having lived in one of the most multi-racial towns of the UK - but I can imagine some feel un-easy. The same down the road from me, where there is another asylum seekers hostel.
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Old 03.11.2012, 14:27
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

If I were to move to CH tomorrow, I'd pick the French part as I'm near fluent in French; my German is sehr schlecht.
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Old 03.11.2012, 14:36
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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Villages in Vaud where official Asylum seekers hostels are located, have certainly become very 'resistant', like in Vallorbe. Mind you, I can understand that some older traditional people could feel uncomfortable, when there are large groups of 'very different' looking young men hanging around town. It does not bother me at all, i am used to it having lived in one of the most multi-racial towns of the UK - but I can imagine some feel un-easy. The same down the road from me, where there is another asylum seekers hostel.
It would still not be as bad as Geneva yet it is more 'resistant' as you refer to it.
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Old 03.11.2012, 14:57
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

I moved from the French to the German side a year ago, and it definitely felt like moving to a different country, by which I do not mean "a worse country" - just different.

For now, I would have to say that I prefer the French part, but I think it's a purely linguistic issue: I am fluent in French but only "get by" in High German, and certainly do not understand enough Swiss German to be able to get any feel at all for how friendly/unfriendly/open the locals here might be, or to strike up a conversation in a social setting.

My work environment is English/Hochdeutsch, so I actually get very little exposure to the local dialect except in shops and through eavesdropping on conversations on the train. I think I will only get a real feel for the place once I have overcome this handicap.
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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I live in cultured Fribourg, but work in hillbilly Bern.
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Could have been far worse, it could have been Schwyz.

Which makes me wonder if some people might prefer certain parts of Switzerland to others not in spite of not knowing the local language but because of it.
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I live so close to France, I suppose you could call it the French part of Switzerland and this is where I prefer to be.
Neuchâtel is part of the Suisse Romande, but I don't think people in Basel---who live on the French border---would say their city is in the "French part of Switzerland."
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Old 03.11.2012, 15:33
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Could have been far worse, it could have been Schwyz.
Hesch du en Ahnig.

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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

Never lived in German part, love the sound if Swiss German, but French is a part of me and feel strong connections to my area, so have to say Swiss Romande!
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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This week I start with asking this question:
Where do u prefer to live in Switzerland? German part or French part?
Which one u expect more friendliness and cool people? for instance Lausanne or Zurich?
Italian part. The best.

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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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Doesn't bother me too much, as the röstigraben goes right through the middle of my house.
That's actually pretty cool...You should open a restaurant in your house, one side has a rösti menu en francais, the other side of the room has a rösti menu auf Deutsch.
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but I don't think people in Basel---who live on the French border---would say their city is in the "French part of Switzerland."
Nah, they's say that their city is in the "Serbian part of Switzerland"
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Old 03.11.2012, 19:29
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

Only lived in the German speaking part of Switzerland and after all these years of blood, sweat and tears trying to understand the ins and outs of things, I'd rather be here.

If I was going to start all over again, I'd have to learn Portuguese.
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

I vote for the Italian part I really love the Swiss/Italian flavour.

That said, I moved here recently after many years in Germany, and don't speak any Italian yet. My German comes in useful though, as the locals who don't speak English, usually speak some German!

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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

I have this dilemma at the moment: German or French part.
To move in the outskirts of Zurich or Lausanne.
Wife chooses Zurich, business wise Zurich might work better for me.
But... and that is a big but, I don't speak German.
I learned french for many years at school, so I think will pick up french easier and feel like french will be best for me.
Time will tell
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