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Old 10.11.2015, 12:07
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Long goodbyes

I find my conversations in Swiss-German ending with about 4 to 5 exchanges of closing salutations:
"Danke", "Bitte", "Merci", "Adieu", "Auf wieder hören", "Schoneben Tag noch", "Gleichfalls", "Tschüss", "Tschüss", "Tschüss", etc...

You would think we will miss each other, or something. Is this normal?

How do you say goodbye in meetings and conversations? Is there a correct sequence sequence? Anyway way to shorten and encapsulate this?
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Old 10.11.2015, 12:39
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I find my conversations in Swiss-German ending with about 4 to 5 exchanges of closing salutations:
"Danke", "Bitte", "Merci", "Adieu", "Auf wieder hören", "Schoneben Tag noch", "Gleichfalls", "Tschüss", "Tschüss", "Tschüss", etc...

You would think we will miss each other, or something. Is this normal?
No, it's normal to kiss too. Are you repressed?
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Old 10.11.2015, 12:43
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Re: Long goodbyes

Why don't you just stop it after the first Adieu? Or do you always have to have the last word?
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Old 10.11.2015, 13:01
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Re: Long goodbyes

It's a running joke that my other half will stand in the hallway or door and start several new conversations during the "leaving" process.

I suggest one "Tschüss", then sit in the car for a couple of minutes checking email before beeping the horn.
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Old 10.11.2015, 13:41
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It's a running joke that my other half will stand in the hallway or door and start several new conversations during the "leaving" process.
Yea, I get the same thing. It takes a freakin half an hour to say goodbye.

I think its a contest to see who says goodbye last. I'll try letting them have the last couple while I stay silent to see if it works.

I just say "Later!" with a nod and that's it.
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Old 10.11.2015, 13:55
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I find my conversations in Swiss-German ending with about 4 to 5 exchanges of closing salutations:
"Danke", "Bitte", "Merci", "Adieu", "Auf wieder hören", "Schoneben Tag noch", "Gleichfalls", "Tschüss", "Tschüss", "Tschüss", etc...

You would think we will miss each other, or something. Is this normal?

How do you say goodbye in meetings and conversations? Is there a correct sequence sequence? Anyway way to shorten and encapsulate this?
I find my self doing this also, especially at the end of a telephone conversation. The last few of the closing greetings are probably inaudible to the person on the other end, because they are said, in automatic mode, as the phone is being moved away from my mouth, on its way back to its holder.
It's not an issue right or wrong, it's just a case of when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
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Old 10.11.2015, 13:57
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Re: Long goodbyes

I do not think that he does not want to stop. It happens to me too...I was thinking about it the other day. The thing is that even though, depending on the person, I always use just one option like Adieu or Tschuss...they do not stop. I work at the airport...we waste in one day hours just to wait until a Swiss person is done saying goodbye The thing is it seems that some are bothered if you do not react the same way...or is like they do not like Tchuss because the Germans use it. I just like the Germans and the Austrians...it does not matter how old you are or the person saying good bye...Tschuss...and that is it

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Old 10.11.2015, 14:29
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Re: Long goodbyes

Misleading thread title...thought that Phos was going to retire from EF. What a deception
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Re: Long goodbyes

Ha ! :-)
This original post made me chuckle, reminding me that when I first arrived in CH (from a big city), during my first startled supermarket visits, with feeble German skills, I was subjected multiple and seemingly infinite parting salutations at the supermarket check out (just when I thought I'd made it out alive, she'd say yet another thing for me to decypher). At first it literally had me turning back to face the Verkauferin, asking "wie bitte", as she inevitably said just one more thing:

bye, have a good afternoon, see you again, bye and thanks all in Swiss German of course
...I have since become used to the embracing politeness of Dorf life. And that a slightly slow motion goodbye is expected and polite. This isn't the impersonal big city after all. I like it, it's home.
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