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Good evening. Apparently a brief introduction is the done thing.

I‘m Swiss but have spent several formative years in English-speaking countries, from kindergarten to postgraduate training. Home is difficult to define, but to me the English language is definitely a part of it - which I miss in everyday life in Switzerland. A lockdown lull in our otherwise pretty busy lives brought me here.

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Home is difficult to define, but to me the English language is definitely a part of it - which I miss in everyday life in Switzerland.
Amen. A great many of us can relate. The Babel approach to language in Switzerland often ignores the personal intimacy of language, and how it shapes mentality, identity, outlook — and a sense of home. I'm American, and while I don't miss the country right now AT ALL (what a disaster), I do miss the language and its cultural nuances. Plenty can speak the language, but they'll never get the jokes I tell.
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Amen. A great many of us can relate. The Babel approach to language in Switzerland often ignores the personal intimacy of language, and how it shapes mentality, identity, outlook — and a sense of home. I'm American, and while I don't miss the country right now AT ALL (what a disaster), I do miss the language and its cultural nuances. Plenty can speak the language, but they'll never get the jokes I tell.

I wholeheartedly agree. My weekly phone calls to my mother are so therapeutic for me(I get to let my ebonics run wild ). I do enjoy learning German, and even Swiss-German here and there, though. My jokes, however, aren't very good in either language.
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