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

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?
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Old 03.11.2012, 00:03
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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?
The French part is way more friendly, like being in another country.
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Old 03.11.2012, 00:18
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

Considering that I've spent the past 4+ yrs in the German part and now my German, while far from fluent, allows me to make actual plans with my mother-in-law, I prefer the German part.

On the other hand, I've visited Neuchâtel area and Lausanne, and it is quite lovely down that way. Plus, the folks in the shop, if I can't speak to them in French (which I can't) and they can't speak to me in English, well, we can usually manage to get by in German.
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

The French part is definitely friendlier. People are smiling more and I think they are a little bit more open-minded regarding foreigners and cultures.
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Old 03.11.2012, 01:05
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I live in cultured Fribourg, but work in hillbilly Bern.
Kinda confused.
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Old 03.11.2012, 01:10
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Considering that I've spent the past 4+ yrs in the German part and now my German, while far from fluent, allows me to make actual plans with my mother-in-law, I prefer the French part.
fixed that for you.
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Old 03.11.2012, 09:14
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fixed that for you.
The highest court in the land, the Bundesgericht, has just decided this week that altering an e-mail is the same crime as altering a document, and is now a criminal offence, with a punishment of up to four years prison.

I just thought you might like to know that.
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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The highest court in the land, the Bundesgericht, has just decided this week that altering an e-mail is the same crime as altering a document, and is now a criminal offence, with a punishment of up to four years prison.

I just thought you might like to know that.
Chill...You have lived in Switzerland far too long!
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

I much prefer to live in the French part, but the cities seem to be full of French speaking African street criminals! Maybe the criminals in the German part are whiter, and then are not so obvious?

I have recently moved back to my favourite town, which is bi-lingual, and so I get the best (And only sometimes the worst) of both mentalities.
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I much prefer to live in the French part, but the cities seem to be full of French speaking African street criminals! Maybe the criminals in the German part are whiter, and then are not so obvious?
You decide someone is criminal based on their skin colour? That's quite the over-generalization and not cool.

In response to the OP, we chose the french speaking part because it is a language we wanted to learn and we figured would be more useful to us on a long-term basis, as well as easier to learn than high german, and then swiss german. I think it will give us more oppourtunities too if we want to look at travelling or living in other places.
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

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The highest court in the land, the Bundesgericht, has just decided this week that altering an e-mail is the same crime as altering a document, and is now a criminal offence, with a punishment of up to four years prison.

I just thought you might like to know that.
Well they are right since email is legally binding and evidence,for which people have lost careers in the past. This is not just a swiss view.
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Old 03.11.2012, 09:34
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

The german part is lots more friendly everyone seems to at least graet Ou with a hallo or greuzi in the french part no such luck. Also the french part only area where I have ever been told the money I wanted to use for a purchase was too big!

The german section are way more friendly and willing to talk
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You decide someone is criminal based on their skin colour? That's quite the over-generalization and not cool.
No I didn't say that: I said (Or implied) the African criminals stand out in a crowd, and the eastern European criminals are not so obvious.
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No I didn't say that: I said (Or implied) the African criminals stand out in a crowd, and the eastern European criminals are not so obvious.
Can you explain further? I don't understand what you are meaning to say exactly. You see criminals in action on a regular basis? You can correctly identify where they are from based on their appearance?
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Italian part
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No I didn't say that: I said (Or implied) the African criminals stand out in a crowd, and the eastern European criminals are not so obvious.
And if there are any white africans ( which there are some in the world) how do you identify these in a crowd of white people. The assumption from you statement is that dark people are criminals whether you said it or inferred it, Its a pretty bold statement and generalisation you have made!

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

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The highest court in the land, the Bundesgericht, has just decided this week that altering an e-mail is the same crime as altering a document, and is now a criminal offence, with a punishment of up to four years prison.

I just thought you might like to know that.

Maybe I'm thinking about this / looking at it wrong, but since it's a forum post rather than email, and what I originally wrote is plain to see compared to Phil's altered version, I'm thinking this isn't the same?
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

I have lived an equal amount of time in both Lausanne (4yrs) and Hergiswil (4yrs). The difference between the two are like night and day, but there are many things about each place that I would not want to be without today.

I am outdoorsy and the Lake Luzern region is quite remarkable to me. I have also found all my administrative needs met kindly and efficiently by the staff in Stans. When I got married, it was a piece of cake. I've heard that in Lausanne there is more "red-tape". I work with the same woman every year when I renew my permit and she greets me kindly and helps me struggle through my pathetic German skills. That said, I received an equally warm reception in Lutry when I lived there.

As far as the people on the streets, they are incredibly warm and helpful in Lucerne, but a little more reserved in ie. Stans, Hergiswil etc. I want to suggest that I encounter more people who speak English here than in Lausanne, but must add this caveat: I rarely tried to speak English in Lausanne. At the time, I was obsessed with trying to fit-in and have since cut myself some slak. Learning a foreign language is tough let alone 2!

I have encountered more "resistance" to my "foreign" status here than in Lausanne, for example. Overall, my biggest issue with German part of the country is that I don't yet speak the language well enough to integrate. Unless you are in the bigger cities, Luzern, Zug, Zürich etc., you may not get a super warm welcome. Whereas this can be upsetting, I get it. I feel it is my responsibility to learn German and not theirs to learn English.

Both regions are culturally, historically, and gastronomically interesting so I can't complain about that either as all of those things are important to me too. Frankly, I find Lausanne to have a colder feel than Lucern, for example. Feels too city-ish to me in comparison. I am not a BIG CITY person. Grew up in LA and lived in the SF Bay Area. Really wanted to get away from that so Lucerne Region fits that bill better for me than Lausanne region.

So German-part vs. French-part ... it's a real toss up. Because I can speak French 100% better than German, I am just more comfortable in Lausanne ...
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Re: where do u prefer to live? French or German part?

I prefer the Swiss part...
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