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As doropfiz story, people make their best guest at your language abilities or nationality.

Around Aarau, I try my best grüezi when arriving to a shop or bar, people notice my foreign accent and.......switch to Italian, totally unknown to me.
Many years ago, both OH and me were asked in the same day, same place (by different people), if we come from Russia or Portugal. These are as far apart as you can say...

Anyway, we still laugh about it. In Germany, at one point or another they ask if I'm French or Italian. Make up your mind people!
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Many years ago, both OH and me were asked in the same day, same place (by different people), if we come from Russia or Portugal. These are as far apart as you can say...

Anyway, we still laugh about it. In Germany, at one point or another they ask if I'm French or Italian. Make up your mind people!
Could be a flirt taktik?
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Re: Sniffing out a " non-swiss"?

Many years ago, when we lived in London, we would try to pick out the Swiss tourists from the crowds on Oxford Street. Oddly, we were often right, when we got closer, we could hear them speaking Swiss German.
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Many years ago, when we lived in London, we would try to pick out the Swiss tourists from the crowds on Oxford Street. Oddly, we were often right, when we got closer, we could hear them speaking Swiss German.



Where, Leicester Square around the Swiss centre, it wasn't exactly difficult really !
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Not mentioning that "jogging pants" are the new slacks these days. Everyone seems to wear them.
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As doropfiz story, people make their best guest at your language abilities or nationality.

Around Aarau, I try my best grüezi when arriving to a shop or bar, people notice my foreign accent and.......switch to Italian, totally unknown to me.
Yep, know the feeling, I'm often approached in Italian. Even a doctor once asked me whether I am Italian, judging from my eyes apparently. Which are blue

The most memorable thing was someone approaching me in Hebrew one day in the Niederdorf, thinking I was the sister of an Israeli friend of mine.
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What would be the first language you chose here if you suspected someone to be foreign? Russian? Chinese?
I speak German to people initially, even if they look foreign, and only switch to another language if they obviously don't understand. Maybe its because I myself was annoyed at being spoked to in English when I actually wanted to speak German.
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Not mentioning that "jogging pants" are the new slacks these days. Everyone seems to wear them.
Or meggings
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Or meggings
I bet they go with man-buns? Cmon. Put them on. We know you want to.

It is funny, though, we were trained to never wear jeans to teach in. Now we expect from people to at least not wear sweat pants. What is it going to be in 10 years? Dress code - do not wear PJs for work?
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I bet they go with man-buns? Cmon. Put them on. We know you want to.

It is funny, though, we were trained to never wear jeans to teach in. Now we expect from people to at least not wear sweat pants. What is it going to be in 10 years? Dress code - do not wear PJs for work?
There was a time when people would have had a fainting-fit if someone showed an ankle or didn't have a starched collar when they showed up for work. Times change.
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There was a time when people would have had a fainting-fit if someone showed an ankle or didn't have a starched collar when they showed up for work. Times change.
Tbh I kind of expect certain professions to adhere to a semi-formal dress code. That doesn't really exclude jeans in my book, rather a certain type of jeans or maybe jeans combined with too tight tops etc.
In certain situations I also choose very carefully what I wear in order to not send the wrong signals, so I expect that from teachers and other categories too.
I might be a bit old-fashioned, who knows. And a bit judgemental at times.... (I am, that I know for sure.)
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I bet they go with man-buns? Cmon. Put them on. We know you want to.

It is funny, though, we were trained to never wear jeans to teach in. Now we expect from people to at least not wear sweat pants. What is it going to be in 10 years? Dress code - do not wear PJs for work?
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Tbh I kind of expect certain professions to adhere to a semi-formal dress code. That doesn't really exclude jeans in my book, rather a certain type of jeans or maybe jeans combined with too tight tops etc.
In certain situations I also choose very carefully what I wear in order to not send the wrong signals, so I expect that from teachers and other categories too.
I might be a bit old-fashioned, who knows. And a bit judgemental at times.... (I am, that I know for sure.)

I always find "dress down" days for school quite weird. I don't concentrate the same. But even if I am in jeans in the classroom, they're not my weekend mooching around jeans.

I agree, Greenmount. You need to dress for the job. Whatever and wherever it is.
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Tbh I kind of expect certain professions to adhere to a semi-formal dress code. That doesn't really exclude jeans in my book, rather a certain type of jeans or maybe jeans combined with too tight tops etc.
In certain situations I also choose very carefully what I wear in order to not send the wrong signals, so I expect that from teachers and other categories too.
I might be a bit old-fashioned, who knows. And a bit judgemental at times.... (I am, that I know for sure.)
True. I raised an eyebrow at my son's French teacher's choice of attire when we had an open day. Obvs, it was widely known that there would be parents on site that day but he looked like he'd just come from a decorating job - paint-spattered jeans and a torn jumper. Fair enough he's a good teacher and the kids like him but, bloody hell, if you know you'll also have a classroom full of parents, you put a bit of effort in, don't you?

He looked like he'd been mugged on the way into school.
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Many years ago, both OH and me were asked in the same day, same place (by different people), if we come from Russia or Portugal. These are as far apart as you can say...
I regularly get asked for directions in German, usually when I'm laden down with food shopping, which is a fair indication that you're not a tourist. 25yrs ago, whilst in Austria, I was regularly asked if I'm Dutch because apparently, I speak German with a Dutch accent. I still get that question occasionally in Switzerland.
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What is it going to be in 10 years? Dress code - do not wear PJs for work?
Have you even lived in the UK? Outside of London?

'Tesco refuses to ban pyjama-wearing customers from their supermarkets'

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/b...-a7513356.html

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I always find "dress down" days for school quite weird. I don't concentrate the same.
My objection to jeans is that it's like a uniform. In my last UK job, we had pretty strict dress code but not a uniform. On dress down Fridays, the vast majority wore jeans. Every morning, I used to catch the bus to the train station with a spritely woman in her 70s who rocked the double denim look in jeans and a denim jacket, and she carried jeans off far better than many of my colleagues in their 20s and 30s.
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I regularly get asked for directions in German, usually when I'm laden down with food shopping, which is a fair indication that you're not a tourist. 25yrs ago, whilst in Austria, I was regularly asked if I'm Dutch because apparently, I speak German with a Dutch accent. I still get that question occasionally in Switzerland.
I get asked if I'm dutch quite a lot as well. I don't know what it is with my poor German but it's what most people go to. It might be due to the Irish English pronounciation behind my German which has a few different sounds.
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Navyboot, Dilly Socks and very limited edition Freitag bag. That's Zurich style in a nutshell to me.
Which decade are you basing this on!
Not been around in Zürich much lately I guess
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Many years ago, when we lived in London, we would try to pick out the Swiss tourists from the crowds on Oxford Street. Oddly, we were often right, when we got closer, we could hear them speaking Swiss German.
Yes, I agree!

Come on folks, it’s so easy to spot a Swiss abroad - admit it (I am being completely serious). We can see us / them coming from about 500m away. Just a fact of life.
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Yes, I agree!

Come on folks, it’s so easy to spot a Swiss abroad - admit it (I am being completely serious). We can see us / them coming from about 500m away. Just a fact of life.
I disagree, then again living around Zürich I don't see all that many swiss people.
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