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Adieu can this word be used as goodbye here?

In France, we only use this word on mostly final farewells but I am told for here it can be used as goodbye is this correct?
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Re: Adieu can this word be used as goodbye here?

Yes, you can. Though I'd say Adieu isn't used as much as the short form "Ade".
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Re: Adieu can this word be used as goodbye here?

I see, now I know why everyone says Ade

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Re: Adieu can this word be used as goodbye here?

I use it all the time interchangeably with tschuss, ciao, schoene, etc.,... Not sure if it's correct but it's what I hear everybody else use. Also, in my village, I say "Ahhday" (that's what it sounds like to me at least). 10 km down the valley it's more "Ahhdii". A bit further there is a hint of a "u" on the end.
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Re: Adieu can this word be used as goodbye here?

These are mainly used,

Hello.. Hoi (informal), Hallo (standard), Gruezi (formal)
Goodbye.. Ciao (informal), Tschuss (informal), Adieu/ Ade (formal)
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These are mainly used,

Hello.. Hoi (informal), Hallo (standard), Gruezi (formal)
Goodbye.. Ciao (informal), Tschuss (informal), Adieu/ Ade (formal)
I wouldn't say Grüezi and Ade are formal
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These are mainly used,

Hello.. Hoi (informal), Hallo (standard), Gruezi (formal)
Goodbye.. Ciao (informal), Tschuss (informal), Adieu/ Ade (formal)
How Seriously do people take this formal terms?
I come from a laid back culture
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Re: Adieu can this word be used as goodbye here?

also in Suisse roamande, Adieu means Hello. So you'd say Adieu when you meet someone.
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Re: Adieu can this word be used as goodbye here?

"Salut" is also very common for Hello in Bern and Fribourg.
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also in Suisse roamande, Adieu means Hello. So you'd say Adieu when you meet someone.
Not where I live it doesn't.
Addendum: In fact, having lived 17 years in Suisse romande, I have never heard it used as a greeting.

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"Salut" is also very common for Hello in Bern and Fribourg.

In Vaud, "Salut" is used as Hi and is restricted to the informal (family, friends you are on Tu terms with). Bonjour is used for the more formal/polite Hello and the very formal/polite form is Bonjour Monsieur etc. is a bit like the English (UK) Good Day.
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In Vaud, "Salut" is used as Hi and is restricted to the informal (family, friends you are on Tu terms with). Bonjour is used for the more formal/polite Hello and the very formal/polite form is Bonjour Monsieur etc. is a bit like the English (UK) Good Day.
Sorry, yes. I should have made that a bit clearer, it's use is also quite informal. My French colleague never uses it, she says in France its use is restricted for family and very close friends.
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I use it all the time interchangeably with tschuss, ciao, schoene, etc.,... Not sure if it's correct but it's what I hear everybody else use. Also, in my village, I say "Ahhday" (that's what it sounds like to me at least). 10 km down the valley it's more "Ahhdii". A bit further there is a hint of a "u" on the end.
tschuss, ciao, and schoene, are regarded as the familair 'du' for in Switzerland. Oddly though in Germany tschuss is used with the formal form (Sie). It's a minefield out there...
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tschuss, ciao, and schoene, are regarded as the familair 'du' for in Switzerland. Oddly though in Germany tschuss is used with the formal form (Sie). It's a minefield out there...

I am in Zurich so what is used here most?
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These are mainly used,

Hello.. Hoi (informal), Hallo (standard), Gruezi (formal)
Goodbye.. Ciao (informal), Tschuss (informal), Adieu/ Ade (formal)
Schwöörsch?

Hello: Sali (informal)
Excuse me: Äxgüsi
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I am in Zurich so what is used here most?
Whatever you feel most comfortable with. "Auf wiedersehen", if in doubt.
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I am in Zurich so what is used here most?
Welcome
For "du": Hoi, Sali, Ciao (mostly in Berne)
For "sie": Grüezi, Gute Tag, Morge


Bye
For "du": Tschüss, Ciao, Schöne,
For "sie": Ade, Adieu, Uf Widerluege
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How Seriously do people take this formal terms?
I come from a laid back culture
You think that french is not full of formalities? Plus, didn't you say you were from Australia?
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I am in Zurich so what is used here most?
Any of the above.
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Not where I live it doesn't.
Addendum: In fact, having lived 17 years in Suisse romande, I have never heard it used as a greeting.
I hear "adieu" said as a greeting quite often, very informal and only between friends though. It's almost a sarcastic way of saying hello, a bit "look how subversive we are, saying goodbye to mean hello".
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