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Let's talk about clichés!

Hi there,

I suppose that in a three/four languages country it must be a lot of ideas from the ones about the othoers, you know what I mean? Would you like to share some of those preconceived ideas? I'm curious, as a foreigner. Like, let's say, "german speaking people are all very strict" or "italian speaking people tanls very loud" o "french speaking people smells like cheese" or thing like that...

I'm sure there are a lot of those, come on....

No offense intended for sure, just for curiosity.
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Re: Let's talk about clichés!

"german speaking people are all very strict" - true


"italian speaking people talk? very loud" - true


"french speaking people smells like cheese" - not true
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Old 14.11.2017, 14:31
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"german speaking people are all very strict" - true
Really?
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Re: Let's talk about clichés!

Just the ones I've picked up from conversation:

Bern = slow
Aargau = bad drivers, white socks
Zurich = arrogant, rich
St Gallen/Thurgau = hilarious accent
Appenzell = reactionary peasants
Wallis = incomprehensible
Glarus = a bit odd
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Old 14.11.2017, 14:36
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Re: Let's talk about clichés!

Ticinesi=unable to follow rules (coming from Swiss-Germans)
Swiss Romands - something about making terrible soldiers
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Old 14.11.2017, 14:49
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Re: Let's talk about clichés!

From personal observations, conversations and hearsay:
Fribourg: smelly farmers
Bern: slow, really slow
Zurich: arrogant
Geneva: arrogant and boring
Aargau: terrible drivers
Valais: terrible drivers and alcoholics
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Old 14.11.2017, 14:55
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Just the ones I've picked up from conversation:

Bern = slow
Aargau = bad drivers, white socks
Zurich = arrogant, rich
St Gallen/Thurgau = hilarious accent
Appenzell = reactionary peasants
Wallis = incomprehensible
Glarus = a bit odd
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Everyone on the EF makes a minimum of 120k. Anything below that is at the poverty level.
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Re: Let's talk about clichés!

These are, at the end of the day, in my humble opinion, not clichés, but stereotypes...

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Old 14.11.2017, 15:02
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Just the ones I've picked up from conversation:

Bern = slow
Aargau = bad drivers, white socks
Zurich = arrogant, rich
St Gallen/Thurgau = hilarious accent
Appenzell = reactionary peasants
Wallis = incomprehensible
Glarus = a bit odd
Actually, the cliché that I hear is that they are all very small (and some say they don't wear shoes). A Zurich chef I was working with a few years ago told me a joke. "Where do you find an Appenzeller at breakfast time? Hiding behind the strawberry in his muesli!".

He laughed hi head off thinking it was the funniest joke in the world. Even 2 hours later he was chuckling to himself as we all looked on slightly bemused.
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He laughed hi head off thinking it was the funniest joke in the world. Even 2 hours later he was chuckling to himself
Sounds a bit like this cheesemonger guy I know. Raconteur of many terrible jokes.
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Old 14.11.2017, 15:14
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Sounds a bit like this cheesemonger guy I know. Raconteur of many terrible jokes.
I read earlier there was an explosion at a cheese warehouse near Paris this morning. All that was left was de Brie.
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Old 14.11.2017, 15:18
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Just the ones I've picked up from conversation:

Bern = slow
Aargau = bad drivers, white socks
Zurich = arrogant, rich
St Gallen/Thurgau = hilarious accent
Appenzell = reactionary peasants
Wallis = incomprehensible
Glarus = a bit odd
One of my favourite observations is that if you offer a Swiss person sufficient quantities of alcohol and then ask them what the cliché is for a person from [inser canton here], they may at first mention superficial stuff like this but once they're through with that, the real hilarity will always come from imitating the accent of the other.
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Old 14.11.2017, 15:22
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Just the ones I've picked up from conversation:

Bern = slow
Aargau = bad drivers, white socks
Zurich = arrogant, rich
St Gallen/Thurgau = hilarious accent
Appenzell = reactionary peasants
Wallis = incomprehensible
Glarus = a bit odd
Plus Thurgau = long fingers (make of that what you will)

And yes, Appenzellers are small, with small man attitude (in my experience).
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Sounds a bit like this cheesemonger guy I know. Raconteur of many terrible jokes.
Did he show you his bottle opener as well?

It tickles me that some business people in Zurich will speak to their colleagues in Geneva in English, even when they speak French themselves.

Our Appenzeller friend knows he's the butt of many jokes, and I've heard many of them from his mate, who also happens to be a chef in Zurich. Wonder if it's the same guy...

I've posted this too many times, but it might give the OP a little insight into the vast number of languages and dialects here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2S9iggdzM
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Old 14.11.2017, 15:43
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Plus Thurgau = long fingers (make of that what you will)
Isn't that something similar to them having short arms and deep pockets, or something like that? Meaning they are tightwads. So I've heard, anyway..
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Isn't that something similar to them having short arms and deep pockets, or something like that? Meaning they are tightwads. So I've heard, anyway..
I think it's related more to their supposed history of pickpocketing.
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I think it's related more to their supposed history of pickpocketing.
Oops, so I've just bestowed upon them with a whole new invented character trait.

I'll get my coat...
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Plus Thurgau = long fingers (make of that what you will)
You know what it is they say about men with long fingers, or something like that anyway ....
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You know what it is they say about men with long fingers, or something like that anyway ....
Large gloves?
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