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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

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If you buy cheap but good wine, be sure that the price-labels or prints are OFF once you arrive .
Correct, but do the same also if you bought a Château Mouton Rothschild. You don't want to brag.
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Old 23.12.2011, 05:11
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

Great salespeople before starting query.

When meeting two: "Gruezi MITENAND"

When leaving, offer: "A schoeni Dag noo.."
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Old 23.12.2011, 07:59
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

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Don't smile too much when meeting someone for the first time.
They will invariably think you are the village idiot.
This is really hard to do, coming from a place where you're considered the village b!tch/b@st@rd if you don't smile warmly at everyone (incl. strangers) It's a reflex that's hard to beat

I'm getting there though .

My best ever tip in Switzerland is bringing home baked cookies, cakes, bread etc for work colleagues when it's your first week on the job, birthday, new neighbours etc. They'll really appreciate and respect you for it.
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Old 23.12.2011, 08:53
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My best ever tip in Switzerland is bringing home baked cookies, cakes, bread etc for work colleagues when it's your first week on the job, birthday, new neighbours etc. They'll really appreciate and respect you for it.
And expect more of the same for the rest of the term for your employment. It's the cookie person...
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

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And if you don't look in their eyes you'll have bad sex for the next 7 years, that's what I was told.
And when they told me this, I had retorted that bad sex is better than no sex
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Old 23.12.2011, 10:02
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

And if you don't look in their eyes you'll have bad sex for the next 7 years, that's what I was told.


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And when they told me this, I had retorted that bad sex is better than no sex
Correct reply is, "OK I will take up golf"
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Old 23.12.2011, 10:47
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Honestly, all the time. Then there are some friends who have known us for a long time and know some of our likes and dislikes better and bring other stuff accordingly. But we do keep getting wines from our Swiss friends, may be be because we are not Swiss (and hence are expats).
Yeah, I don't agree with the other poster...All of my family here is Suisse (La Côte) and wine is a common item to bring to meals...of course, several within the family make their own wines as well
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Old 23.12.2011, 11:38
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

If you are drinking schwachke (however its spelt) and when you clink the glasses together and say cheers.........

If your spoon is still in the glass when you do this, then you have to pay for the round.


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Old 23.12.2011, 12:05
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

Those climbing UP the mountain have right of way over those coming DOWN the mountain.
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Old 23.12.2011, 13:11
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Those climbing UP the mountain have right of way over those coming DOWN the mountain.
That's not etiquette, that's the law here! It's actually stipulated in the road code. Isn't it the case everywhere else?
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Old 23.12.2011, 13:39
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That's not etiquette, that's the law here! It's actually stipulated in the road code. Isn't it the case everywhere else?
I was referring to those people who traverse mountains with their own two feet rather than in gas guzzling vehicles
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

Yes and also not the tits.
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May have been covered before but I couldn't find it.

Mine was 'always look a Swiss person in the eyes when you make cheers'.

Come to think of it, it's perfectly logical - you're either drinking to their health or wishing them 'Happy Birthday' or congratulating them maybe for some other milestone or happy event.

i.e. 'Don't look at the glass'.
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Old 24.12.2011, 19:20
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May have been covered before but I couldn't find it.

Mine was 'always look a Swiss person in the eyes when you make cheers'.

Come to think of it, it's perfectly logical - you're either drinking to their health or wishing them 'Happy Birthday' or congratulating them maybe for some other milestone or happy event.

i.e. 'Don't look at the glass'.

The glass should be in about the position that you look at the glass and the eyes at the same time
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Old 24.12.2011, 19:54
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The glass should be in about the position that you look at the glass and the eyes at the same time
I have the glass on my lips most of the time ,not in the bathroom of course
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Old 24.12.2011, 20:34
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I have the glass on my lips most of the time ,not in the bathroom of course
When you exchange cheers, the glass is NOT on your lips but at arm-length away, it however should not be on the level of the table but at the level of the eyes of you and the others
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

Best Tip:

"Look 'em in the eye"


I can never remember names, but I do make a special effort to look people in the eye here in CH. Work or Social event. Same effort.
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Old 24.12.2011, 21:10
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Yes and also not the tits.
Luckily I am not interested in male tits so I consider 50% staring is OK.
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When you exchange cheers, the glass is NOT on your lips but at arm-length away, it however should not be on the level of the table but at the level of the eyes of you and the others
Cheers and Prosts are waste of beer drinking time
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Cheers and Prosts are waste of beer drinking time
Sure, but cheers and prosts reduce the actual consumption of beer and wine and so may be good for your liver
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Re: Best tip you ever received about social etiquette with the Swiss?

something I can't get used to / have trouble understanding, is people saying "good morning" or "hello" to total strangers.

Examples: Person A is walking down a hallway, saying "good morning" to people sitting at their desks, even though he doesn't know any of them.

Entering a waiting room in the doctor's office, a lady says "hello everyone" to those already seated.

and if one does not exhibit such behaviors, it's considered rude I take it. I still can't get used to it, as it seems intrusive to my American sensibilities.
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