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Old 17.06.2011, 19:47
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It's probably the same reaction you'd get, if you attempted to report a problem to the Brazilian police speaking Mandarin. Except the Brazilian cop would be unlikely to have enough Mandarin to say "I don't speak Mandarin", and would just hang up!

You've got a few possibilities.
1 Learn sufficient German to make a complaint.
2 Have someone make a complaint on your behalf - are their other neighbours affected
3 Make an official complaint to the landlor.
so, you should not be able to file a complain for the first 1-2 years in Switzerland?
Sorry that does NOT hold...plain silly

I was in Brazil, and I had no problem speaking english to the police there, here on the other hand the Police is a joke without any real issues...
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Old 17.06.2011, 19:53
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I am a light sleeper and what works for me is white noise.
It's funny, but I bought a white noise machine when we were living under the flight path in Richmond and both my husband and I found that it kept us awake!
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Old 17.06.2011, 22:43
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Many good advices here! Talk to the landlord is a must and usually works wonderfully!

In the meantime, I can give you a trick I learnt in my good old days in Dresden when my neighbour decided that 4 am everyday was a good time to play Heino: I put Feuer Frei on the stereo, which has a nice Bass system. It worked wonderfully.

I did, however, have to apologize to the old ladies in the neighbourhood afterwards...

HEINO? Ye gods you poor thing that makes even me cringe.
Got me a problem with the other Untermieter. Bugger steals my food out of the communial fridge and what is worst, my beer. Done the talk, told the landlord. Last i told him I would rip his head off if he did it again.
Tonight therw was no cold beer in the fridge, if you read about a body in Basel post bail, please.
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Old 17.06.2011, 23:41
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Sorry but that's just BS.
The cops no doubt understand perfectly well, they just don't give an inch - the op shouldn't have to speak the language to get a reaction from them. Does it apply to tourists who are here short term and don't speak german, french, italian?
"Perfectly well" is the exaggeration of the day. In many police stations, there is just ONE person who speaks English in a senseful way, and quite many policemen do not have practical abilities in any other languages. The police-forces have problems to get good personnel.

Another point is that policemen are tired of the reality that they when intervening will be told by the accused that it was not half as bad, and that the accused of course were just to reduce the noise level right now. So that the policemen are the fools again and again.
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Old 17.06.2011, 23:52
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so, you should not be able to file a complain for the first 1-2 years in Switzerland?
Sorry that does NOT hold...plain silly

I was in Brazil, and I had no problem speaking english to the police there, here on the other hand the Police is a joke without any real issues...
Salaries for policemen in countries like Brazil are ABOVE average. Salaries for policemen in countries like Switzerland are BELOW average. My office-colleague some months ago witnessed a policeman at Zurich Airport giving commands to approaching car-drivers. And when foreigners did not understand his Swiss-German commands, he repeated them just twice as loud. When my colleague told the man "what about a bit of French and English" the reaction was "das gaat Si gar nüüt aa", so that he had to tell that "Tschugger" that it might be required to inform the chief of the Cantonal Police at the airport accordingly. The man suddenly simply walked away. A few days later at the same place, another policeman could be seen, speaking English and French and Italian as required. I spoke with some policemen we know personally and what I could hear usually is that lots of their colleagues are absolute crap. Add to this that Zurich Police for example is in delays of months in regard to educational courses, and then you have the picture.
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So I call the police again, but he said he do not speak English and drop the phone. Is that a discrimination?
Discrimination?!?

Contrary to what some people seem to believe, English is not an official language here and while quite a few people speak at least some basic English, it's not a requirement for most jobs.
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Old 18.06.2011, 09:16
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Salaries for policemen in countries like Brazil are ABOVE average. Salaries for policemen in countries like Switzerland are BELOW average. My office-colleague some months ago witnessed a policeman at Zurich Airport giving commands to approaching car-drivers. And when foreigners did not understand his Swiss-German commands, he repeated them just twice as loud. When my colleague told the man "what about a bit of French and English" the reaction was "das gaat Si gar nüüt aa", so that he had to tell that "Tschugger" that it might be required to inform the chief of the Cantonal Police at the airport accordingly. The man suddenly simply walked away. A few days later at the same place, another policeman could be seen, speaking English and French and Italian as required. I spoke with some policemen we know personally and what I could hear usually is that lots of their colleagues are absolute crap. Add to this that Zurich Police for example is in delays of months in regard to educational courses, and then you have the picture.
No salaries for police men in Brazil are NOT above average if you consider what they have to do and the risks which are included....and there they are dealing with real crimes, not checking parking meters or trying to catch cars driving 3km/h too fast....
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Re: Help. noise from 1 to 5am (police decline the call)

We are having much the same trouble with our Land Lord who lives above us. I complained to him about the noise he makes. He suggested that we either move or get ear plugs ( he is a very selfish man don't get me started!!) we can't afford to move right now, So I bought some ear plugs they work quite well. Now I don't hear my husband snore Win Win!!!! Does anyone know is it an offense to make loud noises during the day or does it only apply after 10pm at night?. The members have given you some very sensible advice here.
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make a much louder noise yourself. someone in the neighbourhood will call the police, and when they arrive you can direct them to your neighbour...
Yes, that works. And I`d recommend playing some North American Indian chants .... like this ...http://youtu.be/OZYuCZ0Y_-U

... or something by Leonard Crow Dog...... really loud.

Just be ready to turn off the sound when the cops arrive .. then follow quoted post advice.
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We are having much the same trouble with our Land Lord who lives above us. I complained to him about the noise he makes. He suggested that we either move or get ear plugs ( he is a very selfish man don't get me started!!) we can't afford to move right now, So I bought some ear plugs they work quite well. Now I don't hear my husband snore Win Win!!!! Does anyone know is it an offense to make loud noises during the day or does it only apply after 10pm at night?. The members have given you some very sensible advice here.
Good Luck
Ja, the 10pm rule rules. But you could also take up playing some Leonard Crow Dog "music" ... and Navajo chants, and get yourself a Tom-Tom drum to play along with it....? But ONLY between 7am and 10pm.
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