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Guidelines for the Language Corner - read before posting here

Welcome to the Language Corner. Please take a moment to review these guidelines before you post.

Prefixing your subject line with the relevant language

Switzerland has three main official languages (German, French, Italian). To make it easier for people to select the threads that interest them please prefix your subject line with the name of the language. For example:

[German] What is the correct pronunciation of "Zug"?
[French] Looking for language classes in Geneva

In some cases no prefix is necessary, for example:

Which languages are widely spoken in Switzerland?

As always - try to make your subject line as relevant and as informative as possible.

What is on-topic or off-topic in this area?

Discussions here should be limited to the use of language as it applies to life in Switzerland. This could include the use of English (see next section), but should not incude other languages (e.g. Spanish, Japanese) unless they are relevant to a topic in discussion (such as highlighting the difference between German and Japense, or the similarities between Italian and Spanish).

Discussions about the English language in this area

This forum may be called "English Forum", but the focus is for English-speaking people living in Switzerland. This area should not be used for teaching English as a foreign language. Posts from non-natives (especially outside Switzerland) looking for help with their English will be deleted. There are other forums on the internet that deal with the English language, please use these instead (hint: google).

From time to time there may be coverage about the English language but this will only be in the following cases:
  • Teaching grammatical elements of English to native speakers, in order to assist them with understanding the grammatical elements of another language
  • Posts covering common mistakes made in English by native speakers, in order to assist them to write posts on this forum with a higher level of readability
A few spelling tips

Please take note of the following linguistic terms that are frequently spelled incorrectly by native English speakers (since they will be used often in this area):

Grammar, not grammer.
Pronunciation, not pronounciation. Pronounce contains an o after the first n, pronunciation does not.
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