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Old 01.01.2012, 22:17
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I don't think is a lot different!

even if in the small villages especiallly in France they use a lot dialet!

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Re: Is Swiss French really different from French French?

Each francophone region has its own ways to speak French. Belgians, Canadians, Swiss, Africans and French all speak the same language, with little or big differences, to me none of them is a good or a bad French though (some French people tend to say that the French spoken in France is the best one...). In my opinion, coming from France, i would say that Swiss French do actually speak like French people (the difference is not at all as big as the one between Swiss German and German), they only use different words sometimes and idioms that wouldnt be used in France - like "fourre de duvet" in CH is "housse de couette" in France, "linge de cuisine" in CH is "torchon de vaisselle" in France, etc. As for idioms, the Swiss say for instance "ça joue" instead of "ça marche" in France, or they use "Tout de bon", something a French would never say (we dont even have a way to express this in France! ) but I find it so handy I use it often now!

Also, in some regions (like in the canton Vaud), they "sing" a bit and speak a little slowlyer. If I hear a person from Geneva though, most of the time I cant tell if this person is French or Swiss until they use a Swiss word or idiom or "septante" or "nonante" (instead of "soixante-dix" and "quatre-vingt-dix" in French French).

But except for some different words and idioms, I wouldnt say that Swiss French is really different from French French (Canadian French is a lot more different )!
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Re: Is Swiss French really different from French French?

Don't know if it is mentioned earlier in the threat, but my favorite helvétisme is "votation." In "French French" IME it would be just a "vote" or "journée de vote", but evidently a votation refers to the specific type of referenda etc that are particularly Swiss, although it seems to be used for all voting activities.
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Re: Is Swiss French really different from French French?

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The expression is actually 'je ME tiens les pouces (implied 'pour toi' /for you).
Not sure I understand this: Are you saying that the expression is 'je ME tiens les pouces' or are you saying that in your opinion it should be 'je ME tiens les pouces'?
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Re: Is Swiss French really different from French French?

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Don't know if it is mentioned earlier in the threat, but my favorite helvétisme is "votation." In "French French" IME it would be just a "vote" or "journée de vote", but evidently a votation refers to the specific type of referenda etc that are particularly Swiss, although it seems to be used for all voting activities.
Votation is a referendum. Even the Romand media uses both words for one another without semantic distinction. Votation is the traditional Swiss word, referendum sounds more legal official Frenchyfrench but like it's been said often enough on this threads, the Romands spreak real French too, they put their own color into it as they wish to or are used to but French from France still is the norm the Romands themselves refer to as a norm. The influence of French media from France is huge, and will not become weaker in the future either. There was this big confusion about Renseignements/Auskunft telefon numbers, because the Romands were learning the French ones from the intense French commercial campaign when it got privatized and the numbers all changed. It's the same phenomenon with the language in general. The Swiss romand dialects are almost instinct, remaining in the Vallais and in the older generations in some Jura valley regions (Exactly like in France, btw.).
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