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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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The correct phrase would be "would you get me a LOAF of bread".. OK?

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You forgot the please ...

"Would you get me a loaf of bread please."
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Old 24.07.2011, 11:55
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

Having had 20 pages on soup-spoons, are we now heading for the same with bread?
Can't we all eat cake?
That should be a piece of cake
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Old 24.07.2011, 12:04
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Fine thanks.

It's amazing here how so many are Swiss-sensitive. I probably get corrected about 5-6 times a day speaking Swiss German & do I give a f***? No I don't.
If you are learning, you get corrected, I tend to ask if someone wants to be corrected, otherwise I just let them carry on. But then my mum's a language teacher

I guess it's strange for you to criticise people who are speaking a foreign language for the benefit of foreigners in their own country.
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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I guess it's strange for you to criticise people who are speaking English for the benefit of Englishmen in their own country.
Fixed that for you.
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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Does the act of cutting the bread imply that you are making a slice?
Well, of course my AOH expects me to make a slice while cutting the bread, but she calls it a piece, which, according to some people here cannot be a slice.

And that's exactly my point: Languages are different, even within themselves. There are millions of tiny facets that must be taken into account to avoid sounding funny once in a while. So it's better to be a bit tolerant when non-native speakers of you own language make a mistake. As long as we Swiss have to put up with EFers who cannot even spell simple Swiss place names, partly not even the name of the country they live in, I think we all should be able to live with little slips like, "informations" and "buy me some breads."
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

How on earth did man ever made it to the moon
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How on earth did man ever made it to the moon
Ah well now, that's a whole different can of worms, or kettle of fish and worthy of it's own 20 pages and the rest
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

It is written ,by mat:"Give us this to day our daily bread", not a loaf,slice,bit,moke,leib,piece,pfunderli,halb pfuenderli.Ok next butter please
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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Would you like SOME chewing gum
People say, "would you like a chewing gum" all the time in Ireland (Dublin). So to me this doesn't sound odd at all yet, "would you like a bread" does. I can see why it's wrong but yet it doesn't sound wrong to my ears.
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Having had 20 pages on soup-spoons, are we now heading for the same with bread?
Can't we all eat cake?
That should be a piece of cake
Ya, but do you find the right cake fork in Switzerland or do you have to eat the cake with a spoon, in which case which spoon? Otherwise, we have to eat with our hands, so let's go to the right hand vs left hand thread.
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Ya, but do you find the right cake fork in Switzerland or do you have to eat the cake with a spoon, in which case which spoon? Otherwise, we have to eat with our hands, so let's go to the right hand vs left hand thread.
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How on earth did man ever made it to the moon
Haha, a bit late, but I got it...
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

I loaf this thread; it's made my day.
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I loaf this thread; it's made my day.
I oh so very nearly gave you a 'groan' for that.
You had a lucky escape
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Old 25.07.2011, 12:19
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

I find the Swiss will correct every little mispronunciation, or preferred term when ever I speak.

Luckily I'm a bit more easy going. If I was to correct every little mistake in in the English I hear here, no sentance would ever be complete.
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

Besides, what has the lack of the word "loaf" have to do with the Swiss?

Virtually all Italian, French, and German speakers from any country would naturally translate it as "a bread" when speaking English, as that's what it is in those languages!

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The correct phrase would be "would you get me a LOAF of bread".. OK?

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Are you having a LOAF?
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I prefer watching a movie like 'To loaf & let die' ..
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

Let me get this straight: is this thread complaining about the incorrect use of the English language by non-natives? As in, that non-native English speakers make mistakes, probably caused by their mother tongue (which has probably no problems in counting breads and furnitures)?

This is a joke, right?

Because the alternative, that some people actually believe that the 6,400,235,700 individuals that don't speak English as a mother tongue and have the guts of trying to count bread on a foreign language they are being nice enough to learn for your commodity, is just... scary.

Should I start slapping everytime an Englishman uses the wrong gender on French furniture?



Don't get me wrong. It is ok to nicely correct a mistake. But having a fit because of it is a little bit too much...
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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Let me get this straight: is this thread complaining about the incorrect use of the English language by non-natives? As in, that non-native English speakers make mistakes, probably caused by their mother tongue (which has probably no problems in counting breads and furnitures)?

This is a joke, right?

Because the alternative, that some people actually believe that the 6,400,235,700 individuals that don't speak English as a mother tongue and have the guts of trying to count bread on a foreign language they are being nice enough to learn for your commodity, is just... scary.

Should I start slapping everytime an Englishman uses the wrong gender on French furniture?



Don't get me wrong. It is ok to nicely correct a mistake. But having a fit because of it is a little bit too much...

I think he was having a 'tongue in cheek' fit.......
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