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Not new to Switzerland but new to the forum

well everytime i have a question , type it in on google, this site pops up. figured it was time to register.


My name is Anthony, 25 year old grad student from Glion Institute of Higher education in Glion sur Montreux.

I work for Laureate education since a few months.

been in switserland for 1.5 years now and take it for what it is with the good and the bad....

I am from Belgium, studied in MN in the USA and now live in Montreux.


LOVE THE WINTER, dont care to much for the summer....

looks like it is a great forum and maybe we will meet someday

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Re: Not new to la suisse but new to the forum

Hi Anthony1406 !!
Good to hear you like Winter. Are you doing any winter sports?
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Old 26.11.2009, 17:13
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Re: Not new to la suisse but new to the forum

Hi and welcome.

I also like the winter, but havn't seen the faintest clue of it yet.

luckily there's ice at Dolder
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Re: Not new to la suisse but new to the forum

Welcome to the forum, Anthony! As a 41-year old American who has not set foot outside his country, I have a question for you since you are a native Belgian who has lived in Switzerland first-hand.

Both Belgium and Switzerland are bilingual countries. Yet the discord between the Dutch and French-speaking areas of Belgium have made international news the past few years, while you hear nary a peep of discontent from the French and Italian speaking regions of Switzerland. What is your take on the differences between how the Swiss Confederation handles bilinguism, and is it a possible model for Belgium to follow?

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Re: Not new to la suisse but new to the forum

welcome ,
the winter will come , dont worry . you wont get any rain , its all in england.
happy forum time .
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Welcome to the forum, Anthony! As a 41-year old American who has not set foot outside his country, I have a question for you since you are a native Belgian who has lived in Switzerland first-hand.

Both Belgium and Switzerland are bilingual countries. Yet the discord between the Dutch and French-speaking areas of Belgium have made international news the past few years, while you hear nary a peep of discontent from the French and Italian speaking regions of Switzerland. What is your take on the differences between how the Swiss Confederation handles bilinguism, and is it a possible model for Belgium to follow?

Edward J. Cunningham
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Edward,
I know you have never stepped out of the good ol' USA but..Switzerland is not handling only bilinguism but 4 languages, no?

Welcome OP!
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Re: Not new to la suisse but new to the forum

If you mean Romansch, I did not mean any disrespect to the fourth official language of Switzerland, but the total number of Romansch speakers in Switzerland could be seated within Nationals Park. It's an important language (indeed the only truly native Swiss language still spoken), but it isn't as important as German, French, or Italian which is why people like me generally leave it out when talking about the official languages of Switzerland.

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Re: Not new to la suisse but new to the forum

I must say it is not like Belgium. In belgium to my personal feel it is much more extreem political wise. i.o.w all leaders are dumber than a rock and are fighting over the dumbest things. I for one would not mind joining Holland with the flemish....would be a great economic step for us.

In Switzerland I must say on behalf of the people it is the same, little friction and so but politically I dont feel they are fighting. Every political party seems to mind to their own business.


Dont follow it that much....

And thanks everyone for the warm welcome
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and yes I love to snowboard and go snowdriving. Gonna buy a land rover defender soon so I can go up in the Mountains.

I used to be a Plower in the USA and loved it with a passion. Think it is the calm the snow brings with it
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and yes I love to snowboard and go snowdriving. Gonna buy a land rover defender soon so I can go up in the Mountains.

I used to be a Plower in the USA and loved it with a passion. Think it is the calm the snow brings with it
Yes, that's absolutely true.
There is something very peaceful about being in the mountains in Winter
or just being out there for a couple hours in a Winter landscape in general.
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Old 27.11.2009, 13:07
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P.S. What's an OP?
OP means "the original poster". The person who started the thread.

It is an EF (English Forum) short form. Same as some of us use CH (Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin)for Switzerland.
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...Romansch... isn't as important as German, French, or Italian which is why people like me generally leave it out when talking about the official languages of Switzerland...
Buna saira, Eddie That's obviousely because you never stepped out of good old US. Had you done so, you would have seen the importance of Raeto-Romansh onto the culture of Switzerland. By the way, do you know that the Swiss bank notes carry the text of all four national languages? Now, do you still pretend that Raeto-Romansh has no importance? Üna fich bella saira a tuots!
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Buna saira, Eddie That's obviousely because you never stepped out of good old US. Had you done so, you would have seen the importance of Raeto-Romansh onto the culture of Switzerland. By the way, do you know that the Swiss bank notes carry the text of all four national languages? Now, do you still pretend that Raeto-Romansh has no importance? Üna fich bella saira a tuots!
I'm sure that Romansch is as important culturally to Switzerland as Gaelic is to Ireland. Maybe you and MusicChick would like to have a talk with evilshell who asserts that Romansch is not an official language of Switzerland. The three of you can argue amongst yourselves, and I'll step out of the way.

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OP means "the original poster". The person who started the thread.

It is an EF (English Forum) short form. Same as some of us use CH (Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin)for Switzerland.
I remember several years ago the final answer on Jeopardy! was "THE OFFICIAL ABBREVIATION OF THIS COUNTRY ON THEIR LICENSE PLATES IS 'CH'." and I was suprised to learn the question was "What is Switzerland?" Since then, I've noticed those magic two letters used again and again on Swiss web sites, including the domain suffix.

That's also the reason why I spelled "Christmas" as "CHristmas" in the thread I started about Christmas carols in Switzerland:

CHristmas carols in Switzerland?
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.. Maybe you and MusicChick would like to have a talk with evilshell who asserts that Romansch is not an official language of Switzerland...
Wonder what's to be discussed - here is an excerpt of the Switzerland Constitution:

Article 4 National Languages
The National Languages are German, French, Italian, and Romansh.

(from http://www.servat.unibe.ch/icl/sz00000_.html)
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I remember several years ago the final answer on Jeopardy! was "THE OFFICIAL ABBREVIATION OF THIS COUNTRY ON THEIR LICENSE PLATES IS 'CH'." and I was suprised to learn the question was "What is Switzerland?" Since then, I've noticed those magic two letters used again and again on Swiss web sites, including the domain suffix.

That's also the reason why I spelled "Christmas" as "CHristmas" in the thread I started about Christmas carols in Switzerland:

CHristmas carols in Switzerland?

welcome back to the EF MORGANNON First; there is no CH on swiss license plate 2nd Romansh is not a official language of Switzerland but recognized one
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Old 27.11.2009, 21:55
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welcome back to the EF MORGANNON First; there is no CH on swiss license plate 2nd Romansh is not a official language of Switzerland but recognized one
My guess is he means the official sticker on the car.



And according to the Swiss Government, RR is an "official language". From the link page "It shows the geographical distribution of all four of Switzerland's official languages as well as that of several non-official languages."

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/e...men/01/05.html
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http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/langu...es/003165.html

This is correct
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I'm sure that Romansch is as important culturally to Switzerland as Gaelic is to Ireland. Maybe you and MusicChick would like to have a talk with evilshell who asserts that Romansch is not an official language of Switzerland. The three of you can argue amongst yourselves, and I'll step out of the way.

Edward J. Cunningham
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Heh, I know more fun things to argue about than the 4 obvious official languages here, that would just turn into a mere rhetorical exercise..

Plowing snow is fun. I drove a street sweeper in Chicago, so much fun, yay..They turn 360degrees so quickly, fun big steering wheel. Once I managed to ram it into a supermarket roof, I forgot how tall the truck is.
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Re: Not new to Switzerland but new to the forum

Between some guy on an American blog and the Swiss Government website, I will go with the Swiss website that says that RR is an OFFICIAL language.
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