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

...of bread!

We English speakers owe it to our Swiss natives to explain this. I, personally, for example; have been asked (in English) if I could "get a bread", or "buy me some breads" when going to the supermarket or shop by a native.

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

Thanks...
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Old 23.07.2011, 14:24
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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...of bread!

We English speakers owe it to our Swiss natives to explain this. I, personally, for example; have been asked (in English) if I could "get a bread", or "buy me some breads" when going to the supermarket or shop by a native.

The correct phrase would be "would you get me a LOAF of bread".. OK?
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

Loaf ?

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

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Loaf ?

Use yours
Yes, not to be confused with BRAIN, as in "use your loaf".. (or loafers).
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

They do know the expression 'ein Laib', they just don't use it much in their own language and so don't translate it either to ours.......
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Old 23.07.2011, 14:48
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The correct phrase would be "would you get me a LOAF of bread"
and I can hear the little lady replying with.. "ah go get it yourself you loafer.."
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...of bread!

We English speakers owe it to our Swiss natives to explain this. I, personally, for example; have been asked (in English) if I could "get a bread", or "buy me some breads" when going to the supermarket or shop by a native.

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

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Yes, we are all bored because of the rain...
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Old 23.07.2011, 15:36
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...of bread!

We English speakers owe it to our Swiss natives to explain this. I, personally, for example; have been asked (in English) if I could "get a bread", or "buy me some breads" when going to the supermarket or shop by a native.

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

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You got groanet at,serves you right, talk about love of bread
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

Thank you for these useful informations. Now, can I show you a furniture?
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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...of bread!

We English speakers owe it to our Swiss natives to explain this. I, personally, for example; have been asked (in English) if I could "get a bread", or "buy me some breads" when going to the supermarket or shop by a native.

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

Thanks...
Or" "get SOME bread" or "buy me SOME bread" or "Would you get me SOME bread."

I bought SOME bread this morning and this afternoon I have been LOAFing around home eating THE bread.
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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...of bread!

We English speakers owe it to our Swiss natives to explain this. I, personally, for example; have been asked (in English) if I could "get a bread", or "buy me some breads" when going to the supermarket or shop by a native.

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

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It's Swiss, not Swiss people. Your usage of the semi-colon is incorrect. There's a comma missing. What about learning your own language first?
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Old 23.07.2011, 15:57
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It's Swiss, not Swiss people. Your usage of the semi-colon is incorrect. There's a comma missing. What about learning your own language first?
You can't hear a semi-colon. "Would you like a chewing gum?" sounds all kinds of wrong.

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It's Swiss, not Swiss people. Your usage of the semi-colon is incorrect. There's a comma missing. What about learning your own language first?
Oh sorry, I was unaware you have assigned yourself an EF grammar police position.

Are you going to go through this whole forum now and correct everybody (including yourself)?
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Old 23.07.2011, 16:14
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

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...of bread!

We English speakers owe it to our Swiss natives to explain this. I, personally, for example; have been asked (in English) if I could "get a bread", or "buy me some breads" when going to the supermarket or shop by a native.

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

Thanks...
Dear english speaking expat,

it's called "ein Brot"!

We german speakers owe it to our english speaking community to explain this. I, personally, for example would use phrase "Würdest du mir bitte ein Brot mitbringen? Vielen Dank!"

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Old 23.07.2011, 16:18
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

Well, I'm peed off that no one thanked me for my educational input or is it incorrect, too??
If so, please feel free to admonish me.
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

My husband, who otherwise speaks pretty perfect English, can't get his head round this and still asks for 'a small bread', or a 'small toast', so it would appear that this is how it is said in German.
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You can't hear a semi-colon. "Would you like a chewing gum?" sounds all kinds of wrong.

Would you like SOME chewing gum
( would you like SOME bread).
Would you like A PIECE OF chewing gum.
(Would you like A LOAF OF bread. OR: Would you like a SLICE of bread)
Hhhmmm, I may have used a colon wrongly there.
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Yes, not to be confused with BRAIN, as in "use your loaf".. (or loafers).
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Re: Dear Swiss people, it's called a loaf...

I try to speak foreign languages correctly and appreciate it when native speakers correct me. If I said something in French that grated on my friend's and neighbor's ears I would be glad if they told me. Why all the downers here?

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I try to speak foreign languages correctly and appreciate it when native speakers correct me. If I said something in French that grated on my friend's and neighbor's ears I would be glad if they told me. Why all the downers here?
If people try to accomodate me and speak german or english because I don't speak french, I'm appreciative and don't fuss about minor mistakes. The attitude of the OP comes across as a bit arrogant imo.

I'm also glad when native speakers correct my english or french, but how would it help me if they post the correct phrase on some random internet forum?
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