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Old 24.11.2016, 15:40
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Why bother learning a Swiss language??

So I came to renew my Swiss passport and get a bionic one. Guess what this can now be ordered all in English! (The ordering not the pass)...

https://www.ch-edoc-passantrag.admin...uest_locale=en
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Old 24.11.2016, 15:57
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Re: Why bother learning a Swiss language??

Was hesch gseit?
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Re: Why bother learning a Swiss language??

To make English-speakers lives easier in German-Switzerland, the Swiss government should decree that Denglish words are to be used whenever possible:

Wir reden nicht – wir talken
Wir gehen nicht – wir walken
Wir tanzen nicht – wir moven,
Wir zappeln nicht – wir groven.

Wir handeln nicht – wir dealen
Wir fühlen nicht – wir feelen
Wir plaudern nicht – wir chatten
Wir fliegen nicht – wir jetten

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To make English-speakers lives easier in German-Switzerland, the Swiss government should decree that Denglish words are to be used whenever possible:

Wir reden nicht – wir talken
Wir gehen nicht – wir walken
Wir tanzen nicht – wir moven,
Wir zappeln nicht – wir groven.

Wir handeln nicht – wir dealen
Wir fühlen nicht – wir feelen
Wir plaudern nicht – wir chatten
Wir fliegen nicht – wir jetten

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Re: Why bother learning a Swiss language??

To follow up on the passport story:

My UK passport has expired and I can't be faffed getting a vicar to sign the back of my photo and send it off to Paris with a money order etc.

I ordered a new bionic Swiss passport online last Thursday and was told to select an appointment, which I did for the following afternoon. Drove into Zurich got parked at the door at a meter with 55minutes still on it.

Arrived 15 minutes early (I'm Swiss now OK?) but could go straight in the booth. 5 minutes later I had been fingerprinted, photographed and had paid CHF158.00 and was on my way. This morning - the following Wednesday the postie brought my new passport and ID card...
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Re: Why bother learning a Swiss language??

You can order a bionic passport?

You mean biometric?

Anyway relating to the British Passport, I renewed mine recently and you no longer need to send the stuff to Paris, it's all sent to Durham, it cost me £105 or so and I had it delivered by DHL within 9 days of sending the application through die Post!

You also don't need to get your photos counter-signed as long as you reasonably resemble your former self within the last 10 years. Even though you might think your looks might have changed, they are still able to tell if it's you or not. Granted you do run the risk of the pictures being rejected in that case because they look nothing like you.
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To follow up on the passport story:

My UK passport has expired and I can't be faffed getting a vicar to sign the back of my photo and send it off to Paris with a money order etc.

I ordered a new bionic Swiss passport online last Thursday and was told to select an appointment, which I did for the following afternoon. Drove into Zurich got parked at the door at a meter with 55minutes still on it.

Arrived 15 minutes early (I'm Swiss now OK?) but could go straight in the booth. 5 minutes later I had been fingerprinted, photographed and had paid CHF158.00 and was on my way. This morning - the following Wednesday the postie brought my new passport and ID card...
Lovely to read such nice feedback about the process. Always nice to recognise great service when we receive it.
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