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Don't let these guys get to you. Basel is a very international city, so you will find a lot of people who speak English, including doctors. However, it would greatly benefit you to start learning German. If you ever want to leave the city,
you will want to be able to communicate with people.

Also, when you make the slightest mistake, you will want to know what the crazy, old Swiss ladies are yelling at you.
Of course, if you know what's going on around you, Swiss ladies won't need to yell at you. Not too sure they are crazy - after all, it IS their country.
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Old 26.10.2015, 10:55
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However, one has to have a good tolerance for linguistical frustration.
Good point! It would have driven me mad not to know what folk around me were talking about. Full cycle of course. I speak the local dialect but it seems that none of the conversations I hear in the bus, the train and the shops are now in Swiss German anyway!
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Of course, if you know what's going on around you, Swiss ladies won't need to yell at you. Not too sure they are crazy - after all, it IS their country.
Actual lol. It might be their country but people can make mistakes and get yelled at and it have nothing to do with language. Case in point - my daughter doesn't like wearing a coat. I carry one with me regardless but she rarely wears it (she didn't even wear it outside on jungfrau but whatever). I get yelled at by locals pretty much daily. It ain't their business if my daughter chooses to not be warm, it's mine and her business. Nothing to do with language, culture maybe but not language.
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Oh I am so sorry '22 yards', I didn't know this forum represents place where people cannot make typos.
You didn't?

Have you never used the internet before then?
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Re: I can speak only English. Is that an issue in Basel, Switzerland?

Thank you everyone for all of the information provided, it is really helpful!

I know I am newbie on this forum and people might be suspicious who is behind this new name so here goes short intro: IT guy, >10y experience, first expat country - Slovenia 4.5y, last 2.5 years in Australia working for large investment bank.

I know language is very important in everyday life, so I always push myself to learn language of a country where I live as soon as possible. In fact, I signed for a German course 4 months ago in Goethe Institute.

If I get this job, company will take care of all paperwork and hire agency to take care of the apartment. I hope my German will be good enough when I decide to change apartment

Thank you all again!
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Old 26.10.2015, 12:52
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Actual lol. It might be their country but people can make mistakes and get yelled at and it have nothing to do with language. Case in point - my daughter doesn't like wearing a coat. I carry one with me regardless but she rarely wears it (she didn't even wear it outside on jungfrau but whatever). I get yelled at by locals pretty much daily. It ain't their business if my daughter chooses to not be warm, it's mine and her business. Nothing to do with language, culture maybe but not language.
I've never been yelled at by old Swiss ladies. Hit on, yes, but not yelled at. But be kind, they're probably concerned for your daughter's health and well-being.
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Old 26.10.2015, 13:22
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Re: I can speak only English. Is that an issue in Basel, Switzerland?

Hey knyazs, welcome to the forum and welcome to Basel, should you choose to accept the offer.

You can definitely "get by" with just English, though the more German you understand, the better your experience will be. It's worth seeing if your company will help with German lessons for you.

And, you'll get a bit of light hearted ribbing on the forum; it's just us being friendly. Don't worry about it, they're not being mean (mostly). Give them the same in response.

And a good sense of humor can definitely help day-to-day frustrations of living in Switzerland. I've been here long enough not to notice so much, but there are plenty of "WTF" moments when you first get here (and for a long time afterwards). If you can shrug your shoulders and laugh it off, it's less stresssful.
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Re: I can speak only English. Is that an issue in Basel, Switzerland?

So basically this thread says that it's more important to have a sense of humour than knowledge of German to survive in Basel.
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So basically this thread says that it's more important to have a sense of humour than knowledge of German to survive in Basel.
Let's just say the inhabitants probably respond better to a friendly, humourous individual who's fluent in neither German nor dialect than an arrogant, miserable polyglot.
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So basically this thread says that it's more important to have a sense of humour than knowledge of German to survive in Basel.
Anywhere, really, not only Basel.
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And a good sense of humor can definitely help day-to-day frustrations of living in Switzerland.
And when did you stop speaking English?
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And a good sense of humor can definitely help day-to-day frustrations of living in Switzerland.
And when did you stop speaking English?
Kill me now.
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And when did you stop speaking English?
He can speak it alright. But he cannot spell it! Which, if I remember correctly, is where we all came in.
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He can speak it alright. But he cannot spell it! Which, if I remember correctly, is where we all came in.
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Good point! It would have driven me mad not to know what folk around me were talking about. Full cycle of course. I speak the local dialect but it seems that none of the conversations I hear in the bus, the train and the shops are now in Swiss German anyway!
Ha. Just two weeks ago I was vacationing in the USA and as part of my cultural immersion programme I went by Greyhound bus on a long trek through the deep deep south. So there I was sitting quietly on the bus trying to decipher the language of those around me, when I relaized there was one subgroup whose dialect was even more impentetrable than the others until I worked out it was actually Cajun French. Once I'd picked it up I realzed I could follow it off and on, and once I'd got used to watching out for it I started hearing it everywhere. Not bad for a language that is supposeldy on the verge of disappearing.
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Re: I can speak only English. Is that an issue in Basel, Switzerland?

I have been living here for few years already, communicating only in English. You could pretty much sort everything out using English but with little to more effort depending on the particular thing. As some people already pointed out, you could find English speaking doctors, etc. For official documents it would be in the local language, so some OCR and google translate would come in handy I would advise you to learn the language though as soon as you come, it's the thing that now i regretted not doing it early coz i feel less motivated as time goes by
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I would advise you to learn the language though as soon as you come, it's the thing that now i regretted not doing it early coz i feel less motivated as time goes by
Agree. If you learn early, you get positive feedback when you try. If you don't start then, after six months or so it can turn into 'don't you understand that yet?'
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