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Old 11.06.2009, 12:16
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Re: Where can I find someone to do a German-English conversation swap?

I've been here 23 years. Came as an English-speaking native.

My take:

- if you are only going to live in Switzerland a few years, learn German. Don't learn Swiss German. You'll need German to read and write, which Swiss German won't provide.

- if you plan to live here longer, learn BOTH. Seriously. My Swiss German is very good now and I only converse in Swiss German with the locals. However, I still can't write a simple birthday or condolence card without minor mistakes. It is very frustrating. Nowadays, more Swiss are writing in Swiss German. I can't seem to manage simple Swiss German messages either because I still don't have a handle on DER, DIE or DAS and EIN, EINER, EINEM, etc. Dead-giveaways.

- These are frustrations I'll have to live with the rest of my life or I'll need to start taking German classes again.
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