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Re: How does Switzerland manage four national languages?

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Parisian French speakers do indeed have a lot of trouble understanding spoken Arpitan dialects, hence my contention that Arpitan should be regarded as a separate language.
TBF most Parisians struggle with almost anything from South of the Loire.

But yes, there are very many alternative 'French' languages, some of which may be recognised, even if only locally, as such, like the Savoyard that's spoken in areas of both France and Italy not a million miles from here.

FWIW I had no trouble understanding your written Arpitan quote, just as I don't with Savoyard, but then I do know more than a sprinkling of Italian and some Spanish, so that probably helps somewhat. Spoken forms are another thing altogether, often with pronunciations so far from standard French (or Italian, Spanish, whatever) that most non-locals have no chance of understanding it.
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