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Re: Why don't Swiss make a popular initiative to make English an official language?

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Speaking of multi-lingual nations, South Africa is unique. Most countries like Switzerland that have multiple official languages will have different versions of their national anthem which can be sung in each version. The South African national anthem (which used to be two songs) has only one version, but it's sung in four different languages.



(Of course, since Switzerland is looking for a new national anthem, they might want to take a page from South Africa's book and write the next one with German, French, Italian and Romansch lyrics.)
Thanks for that.OH is South AFrican born (CT) and I love this anthem and always wanted to learn the words.
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Old 02.04.2016, 19:34
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Re: Why don't Swiss make a popular initiative to make English an official language?

I was going to propose that the EU should make English their official language but with England thinking of leaving, it rather puts a damper on that idea.
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I was going to propose that the EU should make English their official language but with Britain thinking of leaving, it rather puts a damper on that idea.
FTFY. Wouldn't want to offend the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish members of EF.
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I was going to propose that the EU should make English their official language but with England thinking of leaving, it rather puts a damper on that idea.
With the Republic of Ireland remaining in the EU, I think there's a good reason to keep English as an official language, although I strongly suspect they would keep it if Ireland left as well.
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With the Republic of Ireland remaining in the EU, I think there's a good reason to keep English as an official language, although I strongly suspect they would keep it if Ireland left as well.
They'd have to, given English is an official language also in Malta.

And there's bugger all chance of Ireland leaving the EU. No one there fancies returning to the days of British economic hegemony, which was effectively the status quo prior to Ireland joining the EEC.
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Speaking of multi-lingual nations, South Africa is unique. Most countries like Switzerland that have multiple official languages will have different versions of their national anthem which can be sung in each version. The South African national anthem (which used to be two songs) has only one version, but it's sung in four different languages.
Isn't the Belgian national anthem trilingual, with one verse being in every national language? At least that's the way it is often sung.
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Re: Why don't Swiss make a popular initiative to make English an official language?

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Wikipedia says that's an unofficial version sung on special occasions, but you're right---that version is sung in French, Dutch, and German. "O Canada" also has a bilingual version with English and French lyrics.
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@Amogles

Wikipedia says that's an unofficial version sung on special occasions, but you're right---that version is sung in French, Dutch, and German. "O Canada" also has a bilingual version with English and French lyrics.
Meanwhile I doubt there exists any version in Welsh or Scottish Gaelic of God Save the Queen, official or otherwise.

That is if we discard the rude versions.

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Meanwhile I doubt there exists any version in Welsh or Scottish Gaelic of God Save the Queen, official or otherwise.

That is if we discard the rude versions.

Maybe not, but "Jerusalem" (a.k.a. "And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time") which is widely considered to be England's (as opposed to Great Britain's) unofficial national anthem is so popular that in Scotland there are versions of it where the word "England" is replaced by "Albion." (In all due fairness, all I've seen on-line is that the Church of Scotland has DEBATED changing those lyrics.) There are alternate versions of that hymn also sung in the United States, including at Ronald Reagan's funeral.

I have heard that there are singable English lyrics to Wales' unofficial national anthem "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau", but since the refrain of the anthem specifically mentions the preservation of the Welsh language, it is no surprise why it is not publicly sung in English.
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Re: Why don't Swiss make a popular initiative to make English an official language?

English is actually the 1st language of Switzerland that drive all of its main industries. Can you imagine Switzerland without English?


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English as the 5th national language of Switzerland. I think that would be awesome. But I know it's nearly impossible! What do you think?
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