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You know you've been assimilated when...

You know you've really integrated when you can understand MySwitzerland's new poster boy, Martin Horat, the weather prophet:



Bi üs in der Schwiiz gits a verreckte schöne Winter....

PS: For all those women whose hearts beat wildly for this man, he's been happily married for years. You'll have to make do with another weather prophet.

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Old 30.10.2011, 18:21
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

Please note that assimilation doesn't necessarily include sitting on live anthills, though.
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Old 30.10.2011, 18:35
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

And for those of us who can't understand a bloody word he's saying (but what a great accent!) here's a version with subtitles...

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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

so the message to potential visitors....come and see Switzerland, we like to talk to ants, and we're really pretty insane. But we have good winters. Which is good, cos even the ants ski.
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

He's explaining why all the French, Italian and German ants have come to Switzerland: he's predicted a darn good winter for Switzerland. He ends the clip by inviting you to come to Switzerland. We don't bite.
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Old 30.10.2011, 18:57
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

Such an ad does invite you to speculate who the target audience is supposed to be!
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

Fair play to them for taking a risk and trying something new... but I can't help feeling the message will be missed by most people. They will probably be so shocked by the ants that they won't bother reading the subtitles.

Certainly wouldn't make my more inclined to ski in Switzerland.
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

when you start putting Gruyere on everything
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He's explaining why all the French, Italian and German ants have come to Switzerland: he's predicted a darn good winter for Switzerland. He ends the clip by inviting you to come to Switzerland. We don't bite.
Now will there be an SVP campaign to get rid of all these foreign ants?
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Old 30.10.2011, 22:22
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Now will there be an SVP campaign to get rid of all these foreign ants?
No, no. Just the uncles.
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

Hahahahaaa, you are crazy!
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Old 31.10.2011, 00:10
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Now will there be an SVP campaign to get rid of all these foreign ants?
How many do you reckon have survived filming the ad?
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Such an ad does invite you to speculate who the target audience is supposed to be!
I'm guessing the target audience is the nationalities of the ants he identifies particularly since one of the types of ants is (supposedly)English! Seriously, I don't think any British ants are going to sneak onto a barge in Dover just to hike over to Switzerland.
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

I believe its better to learn swiss-dialect directly rather than learning high-german and wasting the time :-)

However, this is a great trick to ask/push the foreigners to learn german language but at the end of the day you hear people here only speak in dialect...so its absolutely waste of time...in this way they will tell you that you are never integrated hahaha

There are courses offered to learn swiss-german then one can surely understand Mr. Martin Horat :-)
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

I saw this on British TV and couldn't work out what language he was speaking. I thought I could recognise Swiss German but this sounds so different, thought they'd gone really traditionalist and used Romansch!
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I believe its better to learn swiss-dialect directly rather than learning high-german and wasting the time :-)

However, this is a great trick to ask/push the foreigners to learn german language but at the end of the day you hear people here only speak in dialect...so its absolutely waste of time...in this way they will tell you that you are never integrated hahaha
I don't think so. Even if you plan to settle down forever and ever in the German-speaking part of CH, I still think learning High German is a must, especially being in a professional setting. Of course if you have no intention of settling here, the advantage of knowing High German can still open a few doors in other countries as well. If you do settle here, you can always pick up SG after or while you learn HG, I think.

If you're talking about learning High German and then being frustrated to no end because everyone speaks SG, I am with you. But I found that most people (at least professionally) generally are cool and switch to HG if asked nicely.
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when you start putting Gruyere on everything
So true

When you start sweating and having a really bad time when you get with your bike in the subway/tram and you realize you forgot to buy the half price ticket for it

By the way, I can't understand anything that guy says, but its accent sounds really funny, I don't understand those who say that swiss german sounds bad
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

..you realise that all resistance is futile.
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Re: You know you've been assimilated when...

..... when you vote SVP.
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