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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

A bit anal at times but otherwise alright. Maybe thats just the Zürich thing though.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I'm not sure what is meant by "VERY HEAVY", but I don't think they are any more boring than the other places in the world I've been.

Although, I am in Zurich which has like a 40% ratio of foreigners to natives and there are lot more young people here (lots of clubs and the university of zurich). So maybe my experience in Zurich is not like the rest of Switzerland.

One thing to keep in mind, at least in Zurich, is that up until relatively recently(last 10 years or so) this place was very conservative, very strict and very religious. The fact that there are stores open past 5PM now and that you no longer receive a ticket for violating a noise ordinance when you flush the toilet at night, is a sign that things have changed a lot here. They continue to change as well.

But with all of that change you get conflicting opinions. On the one hand it is more inviting for foreign travelers, whether they are students, businessmen (things like swiss-star apartments didn't exist until recently), or whatever... on the other hand, the native swiss-germans here feel like their culture is being diluted and that they are losing some special quality that they had before. It's happened in many other places.

Just try to keep an open-mind, things are only boring when you are unwilling to learn the finer points of the culture and lifestyle.
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I'm not sure what is meant by "VERY HEAVY", but I don't think they are any more boring than the other places in the world I've been.
It is very very difficult for us to feel at home here or to make some good friends here. even though we learned German up to conversational level we still do not really like it here. The people everywhere look very tired, sad and generally not very happy if you look around shops or in the streets.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

Swiss Germans are very friendly. I am a Polish girl and when I go to Germany they treat us like idiots. I am happy that Swiss people are always smiling and helpful

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Old 14.08.2009, 21:46
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They are actually a great bunch of folks.
People are people, whatever the nationality.
Couldn't agree more. People are people are people.... Go anywhere and you'll find pretty much the same ratio of nice people and not so nice ones...
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Old 14.08.2009, 21:51
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It is very very difficult for us to feel at home here or to make some good friends here. even though we learned German up to conversational level we still do not really like it here. The people everywhere look very tired, sad and generally not very happy if you look around shops or in the streets.
It is very often the case that people don't want to befreind loonies. Where are you from Never Never Land??
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I've lived in Switzerland for 2 years. I talk to my neighbors here more than I ever talked to any of my neighbors in Chapel Hill, North Carolina - and that's with a language barrier. I think Swiss Germans are fine - most of the people I've met are friendly, kind and not too intrusive, which I really appreciate. When I shop -in small local stores, and even in the Coop, I find that people are more friendly than they were in North Carolina. Lots of grunting there. I also try to be very polite because my German sucks... maybe they feel sorry for me. I don't know.

There are jerks, but I think that jerks are jerks first and Swiss second. There are plenty of jerks in the United States too. Jerkiness is a human, not a Swiss condition. The society here is a little different, but that's not a bad thing.
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Old 14.08.2009, 23:23
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I am sure that if you give the people where ever you live a chance to smile back at you, they will.
Smiles are more informative as words.
I went to look after cats in a small village near Zürich. I went there with the scooter and drove through very slowly , saying hello and smiling at the people I saw. All smiled back.
I had all of you in mind who cant get in touch with nice swiss people. I then stopped and exchanged a few words. Most were pleased that I liked their village. I could have been a foreigner....smile
Please try it, give us a chance, just smile at us
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Old 14.08.2009, 23:29
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some of these post have made me think....

Isn't there a lot of foreigners who come here and complain about things?
From difficulties getting apartments to expensive shopping whilst not finding self-raising flour, sliced bread, brown sugar and so on?
Hehe I said that years ago.....but I'm excused cos I'm uber-Swiss.
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Old 14.08.2009, 23:45
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I'll say it again, in a different way: I find heaps of local, ordinary Swiss people to be great fun to be around, and very friendly and helpful!

Even the dreaded "soccer mums" over here are friendly - they'll offer you a nice home-made cake before they run out and kick some poor little kid in the shins for tackling their precious little darling ...
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I reckon that you could change the thread title to "What do you think of _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Insert Nationality)" and you would get a similar range of responses, whatever International Forum this was included on.
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I have to be honest here and say that after 16 years in the Deutschschweiz, I was of the opinion they were sometimes a bit "bünzlig".
A bit stiff and reserved.

Now, after visiting the French part a few times, I have to say that I'm happy to live in the German part, as things run well here, are clean and well organised.
Perhaps I have become used to the order and I like it.

The French part of CH reminds me of Britain somehow....... No further comment necessary.

Gee! Cookie,next thing you tell the world "I like Cervelat,schwaretmagge ,fleischkaesse" .And Me poor ******* have noting to arguinge about The ******* means Bustard but spelled with a 'O"
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I am guessing that you're the type of person that, wherever they live, have terrible and intolerable neighbours?

Several things spring to mind:
  • I feel justified avoiding Brits (whinging poms, as they're known)
  • Life is what you make it
  • A cup can be half-full at the same time it's half-empty
  • Integration helps; a holier-than-thou attitude doesn't
  • If it all fails, colonise!
Please stay away from the colonise ,I am swiss and happy in the colonise
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^^ says alzurich living in zurich.
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Gee! Cookie,next thing you tell the world "I like Cervelat,schwaretmagge ,fleischkaesse" .And Me poor ******* have noting to arguinge about The ******* means Bustard but spelled with a 'O"
but it is Fleischkäse with only one "s". The term for that rather German meal is "Schwartemage" as a magge or rather Macke is a mental condition. And finally, Cervelat is quite good if done in/over a grill, and treated with soy-sauce, Harissa, and some other spices. But you have to make cuts not only at the ends but also on both sides, and wait until it is really through and brown.
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I'll say it again, in a different way: I find heaps of local, ordinary Swiss people to be great fun to be around, and very friendly and helpful!

Even the dreaded "soccer mums" over here are friendly - they'll offer you a nice home-made cake before they run out and kick some poor little kid in the shins for tackling their precious little darling ...

No, they don't run out to kick some poor little kid. They just allow the little boys to fight one another as best they can. The playground as a microcosm of the world, etc.

But the cake part is true. And our neighbours, though mostly reserved, are friendly and helpful.
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They just allow the little boys to fight one another as best they can. The playground as a microcosm of the world, etc..
... or the playground as preparation for public transport...
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I have been living for about 7 months in Switzerland and I had different experiences with swiss people in the german part.
I met many of them because of my husband and other friends and I can say in general they are very nice,helpful and talkative people. They enjoy when someone try to speak in German eventhought with mistakes but If you get to speak Swiss German o Schwyyzertütsch, then they consider that is very nice of you and appreciate it very much when a person tries to integrate in the country and makes an effort of speaking their language.
About having fun, ok for me having fun means to go dancing until my feet hurts and have drinks and for most of swiss to have fun means go for dinner, have drinks and talk all the time. It's matter of what it is for you to have fun. I have enjoyed both ways always but i confess I miss dancing like in Peru
A problem that many swiss people have is they are very fast ashamed when they can not speak a foreign language well. If they know you speak English or in my case Spanish and they can speak a little bit of it, then it won't be very easy that they give the first step to talk with you unless they are 99% sure their English is as good as yours. That's the reason why we have to give the first step in many times.
I love swiss german, I find it more beautiful than German ( sorry for all the German speakers). Learning swiss- german is only possible being around swiss people which is not always easy but possible.
I post a link of some basic swiss german, in case is of your interest.

http://www.eldrid.ch/swgerman.htm

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... or the playground as preparation for public transport...

Public transport populated by Swiss-Germans?


But, seriously, Swiss-Germans make the best neighbours. They willingly, cheerfully help you when you ask for help. Otherwise, they stay out of your business, they don't fight loudly in the middle of the night, they mostly don't play loud music, they mostly keep the common areas clean, and they greet you whenever you run into them in the building or outside.

I mean I don't want to engage in philosophical or soul-searching discussions with them (not that I've the language ability to do so) or have them pop over at the drop of a hat. At the same time, they are not sourpuss faces (or should that be sourfaced pussies?) or unapproachable ogres.
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