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That's not surprising. Much to the ire of the Scots, Welsh and (N) Irish, most (continental) Europeans think it is all just England, and don't realise the difference between England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom.
Since you asked mentioned it...


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Since you asked.
I didn't.
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What tickles me to death is that, I of course notice little mishaps in marketing and even more serious ones in health service in the US where the red cross is actually depicted as a Swiss flag. In many kids toys stores I have seen doctor play sets with the white cross and red background. My friend was even telling me of an ambulance with a red strip across it with a white cross inside. I can understand that someone wouldn't know the difference between Switzerland and Sweden given that geography is taught in sixth or seventh grade and the subject isn't touched afterwards, but confusing the cross....doesn't that speak for itself!
I don't understand that either. Why would an organisation named Red Cross use a white cross as flag or logo?

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Re: Sweden ain't Switzerland

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I went home for a visit a couple months back and my own father asked me how Sweden was.

My mom told me I looked Swedish when I walked through the door.

Worst part is my grandmother is a born and raised Dane. They should know the difference!!
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Re: Sweden ain't Switzerland

Also my mother sent me a package once and on the envelope she put:

My name
My Strasse
32* 6300
Zug - "Switezland"

*My apartment number



Needless to say I showed it to all my Swiss friends. They were horrified.
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Re: Sweden ain't Switzerland

This campaign might come in handy for some Swiss people as well. Now they can finally learn that Switzerland really isn't called "Swiss" in English. I've had to bite my tongue countless of times when someone uttered words like "in Swiss we..."
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Re: Sweden ain't Switzerland

A few years ago I was travelling in the US and someone asked me where I was from. When I told him I was Australian, he complimented me on my English.

But then again, maybe he knew fully well what he was doing ...
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This campaign might come in handy for some Swiss people as well. Now they can finally learn that Switzerland really isn't called "Swiss" in English. I've had to bite my tongue countless of times when someone uttered words like "in Swiss we..."
They might be members of the Englishforum though
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LOL

I went home for a visit a couple months back and my own father asked me how Sweden was.

My mom told me I looked Swedish when I walked through the door.

Worst part is my grandmother is a born and raised Dane. They should know the difference!!

A) Are you sure that your father, out of delight to see his son back again, did not make a practical joke ( my uncle Bill in Texas, who had met me first when I was 8 , back in 1958 , greeted me on my visits in 76, 82, 88 each time just as a returned son . We in 58 spoke German with each other but then later English )

B) Did you possibly not really understand your own mum ? You had a Danish Grandmother, so that I can imagine that her son now looks to her like a true Scandinavian (Scandinavians to many in the world are Swedes)



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Also my mother sent me a package once and on the envelope she put:

My name
My Strasse
32* 6300
Zug - "Switezland"

*My apartment number



Needless to say I showed it to all my Swiss friends. They were horrified.
Horrified ? Well, yes, in so far as your Mum when writing the address apparently was confused by emotion
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A few years ago I was travelling in the US and someone asked me where I was from. When I told him I was Australian, he complimented me on my English.

But then again, maybe he knew fully well what he was doing ...
Your English most likely sounded better than



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This campaign might come in handy for some Swiss people as well. Now they can finally learn that Switzerland really isn't called "Swiss" in English. I've had to bite my tongue countless of times when someone uttered words like "in Swiss we..."
Whomever in German speaking Switzerland speaks more than 12 words of
English knows that the English name of Schweiz/Svizzera is Switzerland. I do not believe you that many people here will say "in Swiss we". Even people WITHOUT any knowledge of English know the term "Made in Switzerland"
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Whomever in German speaking Switzerland speaks more than 12 words of
English knows that the English name of Schweiz/Svizzera is Switzerland. I do not believe you that many people here will say "in Swiss we". Even people WITHOUT any knowledge of English know the term "Made in Switzerland"
I hear it a lot.

You've got to admit it's a lot less of a mouthful than Soo-vitz-er-lant.
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I hear it a lot.

You've got to admit it's a lot less of a mouthful than Soo-vitz-er-lant.
Easier and shorter of couse is "Schweiz / Schwiiiz "

and an old expression for the country is "Schweizer Lande" (plural) = Swiss Lands . Reason ? Among those who founded Switzerland was a lawyer from Schwyz, Mr Stauffacher


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Easier and shorter of couse is "Schweiz / Schwiiiz "
Nope. Swiss = 4 phones; Schwiiz has 5; Schweiz has 6.

Swiss wins on brevity.
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Nope. Swiss = 4 phones; Schwiiz has 5; Schweiz has 6.

Swiss wins on brevity.
THIS is why Switzerland has adopted the CH which is only 2 and the
HB for civil aviation

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"Swiss" in writing has FIVE letters
while Schweiz in speaking
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z
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THIS is why Switzerland has adopted the CH which is only 2
Only two letters. Still 5 phones in both German and English.
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Only two letters. Still 5 phones in both German and English.
in German it simply is
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in German it simply is
Ze
Ha
= CH
= 4
In German, Ze consists of 3 phones. A phone is the minimal (practical) unit of spoken sound. Ze consists of phones which could be represented by the letters t, s and e.

Add the two phones of ha (h and a) and CH has five phones in total.

Swiss still wins for phonic brevity.
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In German, Ze consists of 3 phones. A phone is the minimal (practical) unit of spoken sound. Ze consists of phones which could be represented by the letters t, s and e.

Add the two phones of ha (h and a) and CH has five phones in total.

Swiss still wins for phonic brevity.
TS already in the times of Emperor Wilhelm II was shortened to "Z" and the old name is ZEBEDäus and NOT Tseb..... and I do not say "Tseughaus-Keller" but Zeughaus-Keller
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A) Are you sure that your father, out of delight to see his son back again, did not make a practical joke ( my uncle Bill in Texas, who had met me first when I was 8 , back in 1958 , greeted me on my visits in 76, 82, 88 each time just as a returned son . We in 58 spoke German with each other but then later English )

B) Did you possibly not really understand your own mum ? You had a Danish Grandmother, so that I can imagine that her son now looks to her like a true Scandinavian (Scandinavians to many in the world are Swedes)



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Horrified ? Well, yes, in so far as your Mum when writing the address apparently was confused by emotion
Heh. I don't hold the address format against her. It's more the butchering of the spelling of the country in which I currently reside.

And to answer A + B - No, and no. These were serious statements.
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