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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

You hear both in my area. I agree with the poster who mentioned that the word "Natel" is beginning to fade and "handy" is becoming more fashionable.
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

I try to say "Mobil" but keep getting caught with "Handy" because so many people around me call it that. I really, really, REALLY, hate the word "Handy", it's the prime example of why Swiss people should stop anglicising everything, it sounds silly and just... Stick to one language, for crying out loud!

And if I ever get my hands on those advertising and marketing idiots who like to re-brand stuff into things like "PostMail" or produce slogans like "Fishermen's Friend - Effects you!", it will go very badly with them. Very badly indeed.
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And if I ever get my hands on those advertising and marketing idiots who like to re-brand stuff into things like "PostMail" or produce slogans like "Fishermen's Friend - Effects you!", it will go very badly with them. Very badly indeed.
Kind of reminds me of this study here

"Jaguar - Life in Georgia"
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"PostMail"
geeeeeeeeeeeee! hilarious! ist the worst anglicism-thing ever i came across in my 12 years of marketing and advertising!!!

come in and find out again... i read that i was laughing my ass off!
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You hear both in my area. I agree with the poster who mentioned that the word "Natel" is beginning to fade and "handy" is becoming more fashionable.

maybe its because of us germans?! hahaha! swiss folks tend more to say tschüss instead of ade/wiedelurge.
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I try to say "Mobil" but keep getting caught with "Handy" because so many people around me call it that. I really, really, REALLY, hate the word "Handy", it's the prime example of why Swiss people should stop anglicising everything, it sounds silly and just... Stick to one language, for crying out loud!

And if I ever get my hands on those advertising and marketing idiots who like to re-brand stuff into things like "PostMail" or produce slogans like "Fishermen's Friend - Effects you!", it will go very badly with them. Very badly indeed.
Also, kinda brings us back to this thread .
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

I don't know what number it is up to now, but remarkably the churches are open. In England you'd be lucky to find the doors unlocked on a Sunday, let alone all week long. I love wandering in to a church and looking at the art. I don't pray or reflect in a spiritual manner, but just look at the paintings and sculptures. Imagine what England would have looked like if Henry hadn't done what he did.
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

On that note, London is the only city I've ever been to where I distinctly remember having to pay to go into a lot of the churches, well except for maybe the Cistine Chapel which I can't remember if you have to pay to get into or not.

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I don't know what number it is up to now, but remarkably the churches are open. In England you'd be lucky to find the doors unlocked on a Sunday, let alone all week long. I love wandering in to a church and looking at the art. I don't pray or reflect in a spiritual manner, but just look at the paintings and sculptures. Imagine what England would have looked like if Henry hadn't done what he did.
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Apparently it's a bum-bag.
When I was at Uni (in the 1800s) a friend from the US announced in a loud voice in the bar "My, she's got a nice fanny". A professor type nearly choked himself on hs drink, and hurried off. When we asked the Yank what he meant, he compounded his error by saying that the lady concerned had a "nice ass".

Mind boggling visions went through our minds at this point.
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Sandwiches consist of Salami, Cheese, Tuna or Chicken Curry. No idea how these flavours came about. All seem to contain some form of gherkin pickle. What's that all about ?

Someone please open Italian deli style sandwich shop and make a killing:

Chicken, Avacodo topped with crispy bacon with Mayo on brown to go.

dave

(and no, Subway doesn't cut it.)

Meatball Parmesian, Pastrami on Rye.....I'm with you Dave, Subway's is a joke too!

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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

The Swiss surely have terrible taste in music... Zurich radios play all the oldies, 60, 70, 80, 90, 00... but all pop main stream... and I can't tell you how many times i've heard 'If god was one of us' by Joan Osbourne... Wow! I miss UK Radio - don't get me wrong, there's a time for the oldies, but it's not all the time!
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Old 21.04.2009, 18:44
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Have you got cable com. If not it may be an idea as you can listen to the radio too.
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

I concur for the radio thing. I listen to anything except Swiss radio. They are (apart from Couleur 3) completely crap, without direction and hosted by clueless numb-nuts who seem to get off on hearing their own voices. If (and only if) they ever have something minorly tuneful, they'll fade out before the chorus or guitar solo - drives me nuts. Thank someone for the internet and my daily soundtrack can be Absolut Radio in the UK, morow.com in France or someone paying eclectic stuff in Southern California. Can't live without cool tunes - there's so much to choose from.
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Old 04.08.2009, 00:25
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39 (?) Fanny Packs!
BUMP (or should that be FANNYP)

40 : Unlike many other countries, you don't 'need' to own a car in the bigger cities....... eg after leaving a Pete Tong gig at a nightclub in the UK in May, I was getting a burger. When I got my wallet out two guys behind us in the queue laughed when a bus ticket fell out of my pocket. When I explained I don't need a car living in Zurich, they were genuinely impressed.

41: The country is fairly litter free. After Street Parade and other major events, visitors are astounded that the streets are immaculate the following morning

42 : Children are mostly well mannered

43 : Most Swiss who put their feet on the seat opposite them on public transport either take their footwear off or put newspaper underneath.

44 : Women only finally got the vote in Switzerland in 1973

45 : Liechtenstein is the world's largest exporter of false teeth (and incidentally only gave women the vote in 1984)

46 : Visitors are amazed to see Swiss military carrying their rifles sauntering around train stations consuming beer (and sometimes joints) being consumed.

47 : Celine Dion won the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland even though she's Canadian and had no connection to Switzerland

48 : There is in fact a Swiss Navy (patrolling Lake Geneva & Constance/Bodensee)

49 : Tipping is not required in Switzerland as the law requires service charges are included in the bill (when in Greece last month I learnt that it is the same there too)

50 : You can still smoke in restaurants and bars unlike the rest of Europe

Anymore juicy Swiss facts out there ?
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23. that no one complains about the black sheep poster, yet they will protest at a 5 cent increase in butter at migros
quite to the contrary, everybody protested ......... I mean everybody outside that 23% party who did those posters. There for instance were people disguised as black sheep getting up and down the Niederdorf in ridiculing the poster. The positive reaction showed that the 23% party in Zurich-City is clearly below 20%


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24. "Handy" is a noun and means cell phone (mobile phone). Most Swiss have no idea that "handy" is an adjective and means practical.
A) the word "Handy" is not English but Swiss German and means mobile phone ! Just as "City" in Swiss German has the meaning of downtown, and is not English either. In regard to the mobile phone I prefer the oldfashioned term "Natel" all the time.
B) "Handy" does not mean practical here but otherwise is the name of a cleaning device of Migros, so why should anybody think about "practical"


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6) That after 6 months in CH you are annoyed if your neighbours flush the toilet after ten pm. Luckily we don't hear any of this noise..or is it just us?


9) That Swiss hosts expect guests to help with washing up. Well...we haven't had the pleasure yet to be invited to any Swiss home for any party - of course we have "only" been in CH for 2 years.

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6) everybody flushes the toilet after 10pm and nobody is annoyed. And I have been living in this country for more than 5 decades.
9) I was at quite many private parties and never ever have seen this. An act of politeness however is that guests help to put plates etc together and bring it to the kitchen, or that "chosen" guests assist by opening the wine bottles !



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to actually get back on topic, i would add that

1. many people are surprised to find that bern is the capital.

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You ought to realize that in 1948, Berne was larger than Zurich and Geneva, nr 2 behind Basel which then was largest. AND that being a federal Capital was negative to its development while Zurich had the driving force of Mr Alfred Escher who fulfilled his promise to "make Zurich the defacto Capital of Switzerland". Mr Alfred von Escher is the one who established university, ETH, the defacto main thing of the Swiss National Bank in Zurich, the CreditSuisse, the National Museum, the Zurich Main Station and much else .... and who now stands in the centre of the Bahnhofplatz !

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Sandwiches consist of Salami, Cheese, Tuna or Chicken Curry. No idea how these flavours came about. All seem to contain some form of gherkin pickle. What's that all about ?
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Someone please open Italian deli style sandwich shop and make a killing:
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Chicken, Avacodo topped with crispy bacon with Mayo on brown to go.
dave
(and no, Subway doesn't cut it.)
A) "deli" is NOT Italian
B) sandwich is an English thing based on the butler of Lord Sandwich
C) chicken, avocado, bacon, mayo are NOT Italian

Italian is Salami, Bolognese, Cheese


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It's not Italian necessarily, but its a concept that is prevalent in London and I miss desperately:
In London, with few exceptions like that nice Italian restaurants in Goodge Street (no idea whether it still exists), "Italian" restaurants tend to be a definite disaster .... and only in the late 1980ies and in the 1990ies some Italian cafeterias brought some real "Italianita" to London. But the "Italian....whatever" of before to my mind had to subject to public beating.


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Why is it that the intermissions always come in the middle of a scene rather than at a scene change?
This in fact is a US-American idea, invented in order to keep the audience awaiting the continuation. An ugly but good marketing concept !


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Interestingly, a Swiss friend of mine just returned from a shopping trip to NY and said she was amazed at how nice it was to walk down the road, even in the middle of town. No-one bumped or barged her like they do in Zürich and if they did happen to brush your arm, they'd immediately turn around and apologise.
This is a very important point. Many or most Swiss people do not have any sense for space. If you carry a bag or a suitcase, this simply is ignored. People only see your head. When returning from travels, I always took the suitcase into my right hand and used it as a kind of weapon, and then reacted to the outcries of pain with "tschuldigung...." in a way which made it clear that I was not apologizing at all . Strangely enough, people in Arab countries, in Italy and Greece HAVE that feeling for space which in Switzerland and Germany is completely lacking ... and while the French are peculiar in some ways, in this they are clearly better
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Don't forget that the sandwiches are served on a bread which you are still chewing on long after the filling has gone down and is being digested.

sure, if you are to buy a "sandwich" here do not forget to buy a package of whatever meat beforehand, as "sandwiches " tend to be big pieces of medicocre bread with a minimal content of "meat". There indeed IS more meat in sandwiches in Britain but usually completely tasteless so that you there have to buy some spices somewhere beforehand



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Forget any pre-conceived notions about New Yorkers being unfriendly, and particularly after living the Zurich, New York is a marvelously friendly place.

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a word about the car-drivers of NY. They are far more tolerant, far more flexible than Zurich drivers. They drive correctly, "professionally", fairly swift, all in all excellently. I when driving with some rental car always loved the way of driving of the New Yorkers ! The together with the Londoners and in a different way the Cairenes are among the best car-drivers in the world


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AND you save on water! I think a few of my fellow commuters in the mornings have already stumbled upon this eco-awareness judging by the ripe smell on the 7.30 to Zug. Full marks to them.
This supposedly is not the jeans but the socks !



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30. Fruit pies, Wähe, is eaten as a main course for dinner.

31. Rösti, a zenith of Swiss cuisine, is actually glorified hash brown potatoes, except costing over 15 bucks. These cost 2 buck in the 'states as a side dish for breakfast.

32. Steaks cut as thick as cardboard, and all the fat is taken away.

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30) Wähen, for instance apple-wähen simply is sooo delicious and reminding me of my school times when this was the one

31) buy your "Berner Rösti" at Co-op for less than CHF 7 and then prepare it enriched by some Soy Sauce, Curry Vindaloo, and some additional things .... soooo delicious !

32) the fat taken away not only is a good thing, it also is important in view of the price of meat per gram you have to pay here. Every decent butcher very carefully will cut the fat away, and to have it "thick" means quality .

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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Things my Canadian friends find strange about switzerland when they visit.

1. No flushing the toilet after 10.
2. You CAN go hungry in Switzerland between 14.00pm and 18.00PM and on Sundays.
3.Trendy discos that have all of 4 people in them.
4. Crappy discos with accordeon music that have lot's of people... all lecherous Balkan people and no women.
5.It's cheaper to eat in a restaurant then in McDees.
6. Parking spaces too small for Minis (Austin version) in a country overrun by huge SUVs and large sedans.
7. EVERYONE seems to have something very long and stiff up their bums.
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# 1 item on the amazing list

How people that have lived here for decades can miss the point of something entirely and take absolutely everything literally. i.e. total absence of humour understanding.
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So not true. The variety of really good Sandwiches in the UK is amazing.
Taste the Difference Sandwiches with Thick Wiltshire Honey Mustard Ham...yum. The Sandwiches you find in Migros or Coop are always with stale, soggy bread and waaay too cold. Plus what's up with all the Curry stuff?
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

That everything is so rule orientated and safe yet at the Swiss celebrations on Sat night there were little kids letting off fireworks and wandering around with deadly injury causing sparklers in their hands everywhere - HEALTH & SAFETY where were you???????
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So not true. The variety of really good Sandwiches in the UK is amazing.
Taste the Difference Sandwiches with Thick Wiltshire Honey Mustard Ham...yum. The Sandwiches you find in Migros or Coop are always with stale, soggy bread and waaay too cold. Plus what's up with all the Curry stuff?
I've had some amazing sandwiches in Ireland, let alone UK.
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