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Tips from the Zürich Canton Integration website

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Small Zurich German glossary

Grüezi: Hello (formal)
Hoi: Hi (friendly)
Bitte: Please
Wie gaahts?: How are you?
Tschuldigung: Excuse me
Tschüss/Tschau: Bye (friendly)
Uf wiederseh/Uf wiederluege: Goodbye (formal)


The Swiss are generally very friendly. "Please", "thank you", "could I perhaps" are extremely important terms. However, we are also somewhat reserved. If you ask someone the way, he or she will usually give you a friendly answer. However, if you simply stand there queryingly, the Swiss very rarely make the first step. It therefore takes a long time to get to know Swiss people thoroughly, whether it be neighbours or work colleagues


There are basic rules such as the legal peace at night from 22.00. If people live together in a confined space, conflicts may arise. Most concern noise through music or screaming children, barking dogs, mess in the staircase, use of others’ parking spaces or billows of smoke on the balcony from the barbecue. A trouble spot is the laundry room. In many locations, people have a certain wash day on which the building's own washing machine may be used. You should stick to the day and leave everything clean when you leave, otherwise you have to face the wrath of irritable neighbours. If a neighbour is annoying you so much that you are almost exploding, you should try to calm down before you complain. Most people react to aggression with counter-aggression. However, factual, friendly discussions can defuse the situation.

A multitude of jobs can be learned and practiced in Switzerland. A professional apprenticeship is a good qualification for this. Teenagers should, in particular, not just simply search for any kind of job but learn a profession. Almost half of all people who move here from abroad, come to Switzerland for professional reasons. Unemployment is very low in comparison to other European countries and in the metropolitan area of Zurich alone there are a multitude of positions for any type of qualification. You can find a job in the newspaper, on the internet or via job centres. For most jobs, it is important that your German is good enough. You should therefore learn German as quickly as possible.

Sports enthusiasts will have no problem. There is a club for every type of sport in the Canton of Zurich. Football is, of course, the most popular. Ask for more information from your local authority or your neighbouring authorities if you are looking for a certain type of sport, even if it is only to find an opponent for chess.

Us Swiss are proud of living in a clean country. Do not throw your rubbish on the ground and not out of the car window. There are special rubbish bags or fee stamps for household waste in all communities. This finances waste disposal and people are required to recycle glass, metal and paper. If you have a compost heap you can dispose of kitchen waste there.

There have been glass collection points in Switzerland for decades. Bring your bottles to one of the many collection points in your area. Here they are thrown into a container according to their colour. Do not do this in the evening or on a Sunday, however.

The police service in the canton of Zurich has a diverse, federalist structure. More than 40 different police forces are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the people living here. The Zurich cantonal police force is responsible for criminal, safety, security and traffic matters throughout the canton of Zurich. The city police forces in Zurich and Winterthur and the municipal police forces operate in their respective cities and municipalities in line with their assigned competencies.

In case of emergency, you always should use the emergency number 117. You will be connected with the police control room responsible for the location of your call. Do not hesitate to call in the event of an emergency.
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Re: Tips from the Zürich Canton Integration website

I wonder if the laundry room conflict is now part of folklore, so that it is mandatory to refer to it and actually experience it to be integrated. Especially now with so many apartments equipped with their own equipment.But because it has become part of the great Swiss experience, then it is a topic for integration, forum lore and sea stories.

Saying that, i actually experienced it right off the bat in the relocation temp flat. Still, as the old bats will make room for new generations, we need to maintain it as part of folklore, as I said.

Here in Luxembourg where I recently relocated, they still offer Rivella Gelb. Believe it or not, after 3 years of giving the beverage a wide berth, i became fond of it upon relocating.

A large bottle of Rivella will set you back 1.48EUR here. I think the small ones retail for 70c btw.
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Re: Tips from the Zürich Canton Integration website

Is the site available in Romansh?
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Small Zurich German glossary

Grüezi: Hello (formal)
Hoi: Hi (friendly)
Bitte: Please
Wie gaahts?: How are you?
Tschuldigung: Excuse me
Tschüss/Tschau: Bye (friendly)
Uf wiederseh/Uf wiederluege: Goodbye (formal)

Possibly not fully correct

Hello = Grüezi / Sali mitenand / Hallo zsäme
Hi = Sali / Hallo
How are you = We gaats ? or: Wä gaats ?
Excuse me = Exgüsi / Tschuldigung / Pardoon (NOT 'U')
Bye = Tschau / Adieu / Adiä
Goodbye = Widerluägä / Widersääh / Adieu
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