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I didn't read those posts but you must be the forum badass.
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Old 18.10.2019, 11:44
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Re: Polizei speaking English in Switzerland

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Good morning,

In the middle of the night last night, a woman screamed for help in the street. I immediately jumped out of bed and called the police. My German was admittedly poor from being woken from a deep sleep. The policeman screamed at me on the phone that he could not understand me. After multiple attempts to explain myself, I kindly asked him if he spoke English, only to be told a firm "NEIN". Once he could finally understand me, he switched to perfect English and thanked me for helping and that they were already on their way from other multiple calls.

This isn't the first time this has happened to me here. I also received the treatment when I turned in a found wallet. Treated initially with scorn only to be thanked in perfect English upon my departure. I understand that I should speak the local language and I do enough to get by...but in call for help, shouldn't the police or emergency services be prepared to adapt accordingly?
They most likely thought you stole the wallet but later changed your mind as there was no cash in it
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Old 18.10.2019, 12:01
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They most likely thought you stole the wallet but later changed your mind as there was no cash in it
Actually there was and they offered me some of it as a reward. I was very confused.
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Old 18.10.2019, 17:57
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You're writing all of these from Pittsburgh?

I have a question though - what if it happened to someone who's living here for only a short period of time. Or visiting this place, or on a student exchange programme.

Yes, we all got the idea - learn the language, it's normal if you decided to make CH your home or to live here for a longer time. But there are a lot more other situations and you guys know it damn well. I assume.
Can't deny you the pleasure of indulging in this holier-than-thou attitude though.....on a public forum, how brave. Have at it.
We lived a little more than 2 years in Switzerland, the OPís profile suggests they have been in Switzerland for much longer than that. I suppose some people, when confronted with living overseas, elect to complain about their host country on the internet, rather than take ownership of their situation.

Fyi, the OP claims to speak German, so Iím confused why this thread even exists.
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Old 18.10.2019, 23:03
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You're writing all of these from Pittsburgh?



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Deep breath. There's an ignore list you may want to use.
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We lived a little more than 2 years in Switzerland, the OP’s profile suggests they have been in Switzerland for much longer than that. I suppose some people, when confronted with living overseas, elect to complain about their host country on the internet, rather than take ownership of their situation.

Fyi, the OP claims to speak German, so I’m confused why this thread even exists.

She already explained her German was not very good because she was half asleep and scared. However, this is neither here nor there. The police couldn't know if she lived here for 3 days, 3 months or 3 years. It was about the principle, not OP's specific situation. Hence the existence of the thread.
Obviously you are still very interested in this forum and the way things are "debated" here, even though you don't even live here anymore. As I said, have at it.
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She already explained her German was not very good because she was half asleep and scared. However, this is neither here nor there. The police couldn't know if she lived here for 3 days, 3 months or 3 years. It was about the principle, not OP's specific situation. Hence the existence of the thread.
Obviously you are still very interested in this forum and the way things are "debated" here, even though you don't even live here anymore. As I said, have at it.
Lol, I happened to check the forum on a lark, although apparently having left the country results in my having forfeited my street cred. Bummer.

We return every summer, and will retire in Switzerland so long as income and asset requirements do not materially change in the meantime. Maybe sooner than retirement, depending upon the lunatic that is presently our President. I suppose not everyone views their stay in the country in the same manner as they view a vacation in Disneyland, or perhaps we are simply gluttons for punishment.

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Old 19.10.2019, 01:49
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Lol, I happened to check the forum on a lark, although apparently having left the country results in my having forfeited my street cred. Bummer.

We return every summer, and will retire in Switzerland so long as income and asset requirements do not materially change in the meantime. Maybe sooner than retirement, depending upon the lunatic that is presently our President. I suppose not everyone views their stay in the country in the same manner as they view a vacation in Disneyland, or perhaps we are simply gluttons for punishment.

Congratulations, for whatever you decide or don't decide?
Don't know what I'm supposed to say when someone tells me about their retirement plans or their assets/income. These are things I personally don't discuss with strangers and besides of that for us it's too early to think of retirement. You better keep up your German and Swiss German then!
I tried to help many people to adjust here, I know from experience that for some, learning German has proved to be more difficult than for others. I also witnessed a couple of times people giggling at my Ami friend's accent, and trust me it wasn't really appropriate. Anyway, enough with this subject, each to their own.
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Congratulations, for whatever you decide or don't decide?
Don't know what I'm supposed to say when someone tells me about their retirement plans or their assets/income. These are things I personally don't discuss with strangers and besides of that for us it's too early to think of retirement. You better keep up your German and Swiss German then!
I tried to help many people to adjust here, I know from experience that for some, learning German has proved to be more difficult than for others. I also witnessed a couple of times people giggling at my Ami friend's accent, and trust me it wasn't really appropriate. Anyway, enough with this subject, each to their own.
The personal information was in response to your snarky comment about the fact that he no longer lives in Switzerland.

Quite a lot of members of EF live elsewhere in the world. Are they not allowed to participate or comment now?

What an absurd notion.
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Old 19.10.2019, 10:06
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In general the Swiss people are speaking very good English but they are shy to admit it. If you ask them, they will say I speak a little bit and then they will be more fluent than any other non English speaking person!!
Not most of those that I know.

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Re: Polizei speaking English in Switzerland

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The personal information was in response to your snarky comment about the fact that he no longer lives in Switzerland.

Quite a lot of members of EF live elsewhere in the world. Are they not allowed to participate or comment now?

What an absurd notion.
Snarky? More like incredulous.
I found his post equally snarky and self-righteous given the context, especially as a reply to someone who was already put in her corner (OP) by the many here, so to speak...Yes people living elsewhere are allowed to participate, but putting others down when they're already there? Why? What's the gain or the point? Whatever, I'm not gonna argue that. Not with you, or in all fairness, not with anyone else anymore. Everything is allowed here these days. The only element missing for the moment is MC "sorting me out" too.
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She already explained her German was not very good because she was half asleep and scared. However, this is neither here nor there. The police couldn't know if she lived here for 3 days, 3 months or 3 years. It was about the principle, not OP's specific situation. Hence the existence of the thread.
Of course it is. Obviously the reaction will be different if the caller doesn't speak any German at all.

If we heard the other side of the story, I'm pretty sure the reply would be that it's way better to have the native speaker on the listening side than on the speaking side. Otherwise there's a significant risk that information gets lost and stuff misunderstood, and nobody knows which aspect of the description that may affect.
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Re: Polizei speaking English in Switzerland

A long, long time ago, in a country far off, a traveller (that was me) set off to countries of languages unknown. My junior primary-school teacher (I kid you not) gave me this most excellent advice: "If you need to call for help, concentrate on the word HELP. And then on nouns. And then on verbs."

Say, in one go:
HELP! HILFE! AU SECOURS! S.O.S.! MAYDAY.!

Next:
A WOMAN. EINE FRAU. UNE FEMME.

Next:
SCREAMING. SCHREIT. CRIEER.

Next:
STREET. STRASSE. RUE.

Next:
STREET, STATION, LANGNAU. STRASSE, BAHNHOF LANGNAU. RUE, GARE, LANGNAU.

Next:
SEE, BLOOD. SEHE, BLUT. VOIR SANG.

If the person on the help-line CAN offer to speak a language to ask more questions, he or she will very likely want to do so.

If you do not command the local language well, or not well enough, then restricting yourself will keep the message very, very clear.

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