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Old 26.01.2008, 06:22
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The Swiss The Swiss

What is it with some of the EF'rs and the Swiss? how many of us on this forum can actually have a chat with a Swiss/German speaking person? I'm talking to the majority here, I know that we EF'rs reach far and wide but I'm concentrating on the German speaking part of the country. Just because I live here.

Search Google, lo and behold it comes up with us lot wingeng and whining what a load of self- centered inquisitive, buggers we are. Don't believe me? check out Google. Magnificent impression for the rest of the world eh?

I was peed off in Aus for all the crap I got because of my forefathers having the £20 emigration fee. Half my street left, lucky buggers. Let us not get into the same scenario, Give the Swiss a chance or at least include them into the equation.
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Old 26.01.2008, 09:10
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What is it with some of the EF'rs and the Swiss? how many of us on this forum can actually have a chat with a Swiss/German speaking person? I'm talking to the majority here, I know that we EF'rs reach far and wide but I'm concentrating on the German speaking part of the country. Just because I live here.

Search Google, lo and behold it comes up with us lot wingeng and whining what a load of self- centered inquisitive, buggers we are. Don't believe me? check out Google. Magnificent impression for the rest of the world eh?

I was peed off in Aus for all the crap I got because of my forefathers having the £20 emigration fee. Half my street left, lucky buggers. Let us not get into the same scenario, Give the Swiss a chance or at least include them into the equation.
I´m somewhat surprised myself sometimes! I work, live and socialize with Swiss and other non-speaking foreigners, as a matter of fact I have only 2 English friends and no Aussie ones.
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Old 26.01.2008, 10:35
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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

To be honest all my friends are Swiss, except for the odd one or two who came here at some age between 3 and 12.

I think the key to this goes along the lines of being able to stop on the street or in the shops and have a natter with someone you recognize. On other occasions just be ready to translate some English into German - that alone takes you a long way.
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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

Another thing to consider - a "pure" Swiss is a rare find, especially if you start going back to great-grandparents or away from the mountain regions. Maybe that's the thing that makes for some of the behaviour that warrants a fair deal of criticism; we've just made it into the club and don't want anybody else to join.
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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

I think there is a point to be made that people tend to come to forums because they have a problem they need help with, or are angry/frustrated about some situation and want to vent.

The result is a negative bias within forums.

While I'm haven't really made 'friends' with any Swiss I am not particularly surprised by this situation because I do not speak their language (although I am learning). I do work in a Swiss workplace where there is a mix of nationalities and while there is some variation in attitudes between the different nationalities I find there is more variation based on individual attributes rather than by national stereotypes.

Anyway my experience with the Swiss has been that they are polite and friendly and I feel very safe here.

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Old 26.01.2008, 12:43
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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

Also, what I think a lot of people forget, is that in our own countries, people are just as idiosyncratic.

Having read Boris' tales of coffin dodgers trying to get Mrs B to cover the babies head & making comments, it struck me that in my village back in Scotland, the exact same thing would be going on, except the old crones would be twitching their curtains & serving each other hemlock with the ginger snaps.

Live & let live.
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Old 26.01.2008, 13:01
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Also, what I think a lot of people forget, is that in our own countries, people are just as idiosyncratic.

Having read Boris' tales of coffin dodgers trying to get Mrs B to cover the babies head & making comments, it struck me that in my village back in Scotland, the exact same thing would be going on, except the old crones would be twitching their curtains & serving each other hemlock with the ginger snaps.

Live & let live.
Ah, my post there wasn't a swipe at the Swiss, per se, although we didn't get people manhandling the kids at home.
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Old 26.01.2008, 13:08
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Ah, my post there wasn't a swipe at the Swiss, per se, although we didn't get people manhandling the kids at home.
Touching of children is a no-no in this house too, that I do not condone, as I am sure you are aware.

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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

Another of my late night fueled with alcohol posts I'm actually amazed to have had any feedback. Seems in the twilight zones of my mind I can still pose relevant questions

I'm probably very biased anyway, been in a very good relationship with a Swiss man for over 20 years.
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Old 26.01.2008, 16:49
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I´m somewhat surprised myself sometimes! I work, live and socialize with Swiss and other non-speaking foreigners, as a matter of fact I have only 2 English friends and no Aussie ones.
Hehe, forgive my weired sense of humor Debs, but do you speak sign language?
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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

i donate fleisch chaase to my swiss pals...
ordered krapffen for the team...
catch myself saying.. ischt...oba etc...
i am involuntarily integrating
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Hehe, forgive my weired sense of humor Debs, but do you speak sign language?
Thanks to a perforated eardrum last weekend and the consequent partial deafness I´m experiencing, I probably should!
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Thanks to a perforated eardrum last weekend and the consequent partial deafness I´m experiencing, I probably should!
Sounds like a good night

I don't know; maybe some stuff is considered more negative than it is originally intended. Perhaps it's all due to sense of perspective. Or maybe EF is full of whinging Poms.

I'm pretty sure that if you had an FF for french speakers in London, you'd get the same $h!t. Or maybe not.

Perhaps people come to Switzerland for reasons other than the lifestyle.

There must be some validity to such a pervasive set of opinions.
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Or maybe EF is full of whinging Poms.
Nice self description, welcome back
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Sounds like a good night

I don't know; maybe some stuff is considered more negative than it is originally intended. Perhaps it's all due to sense of perspective. Or maybe EF is full of whinging Poms.

I'm pretty sure that if you had an FF for french speakers in London, you'd get the same $h!t. Or maybe not.

Perhaps people come to Switzerland for reasons other than the lifestyle.

There must be some validity to such a pervasive set of opinions.
You win the prize for resuscitating the oldest thread today. Congrats!
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Nice self description, welcome back
This sounds heartfelt, I hardly know how to reply

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You win the prize for resuscitating the oldest thread today. Congrats!
Gee, thanks. I never look at times and dates, only the content. I guess I'm shallow like that. But shucks, I never won a prize before, really, so thanks x
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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

Can't see the problem. All of the Swiss people I know are my friends - provided of course that they actually need something from me at the time...

That would have been my post 2 years ago as well.
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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

Old thread resurrected.

I was chatting today to an old friend who had moved to a village in the Emmental six years ago.
She'd recently been talking to one of her neighbours on the subject of being accepted in a rural environment. When will a 'newcomer' become a 'local'.

After much thought, Bernese pause between words, 'I guess you really belong here if your grandmother was buried here twenty years ago'.

It goes without saying that there was no alien involved, just Swiss.
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Re: The Swiss The Swiss

After spending a couple of years in the same place, I was told l was so brand new and would have lots of time to make new friends. Two years in some places is a long time, but here I am still a newcomer.
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Old thread resurrected.

I was chatting today to an old friend who had moved to a village in the Emmental six years ago.
She'd recently been talking to one of her neighbours on the subject of being accepted in a rural environment. When will a 'newcomer' become a 'local'.

After much thought, Bernese pause between words, 'I guess you really belong here if your grandmother was buried here twenty years ago'.

It goes without saying that there was no alien involved, just Swiss.
LOL yes- but same would apply in deepest Devon, Yorkshire or Norfolk, etc, even for Brits. As says my Surrey bil in deepest Norfolk, and my sil and bil in deepest Devon (also from Surrey). Same in rural France, or Germany, or Italy- deepest South in USA, and so on.
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