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Old 23.04.2019, 07:42
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Huh, never knew that

Just read this article on the BBC's website.

"The Sarine River skirts the edge of Basse-Ville (lower town), dividing both the canton of Fribourg and the city of Fribourg into two sectors: German-speaking and French-speaking. The city of around 40,000 people is clearly one of duality: street signs are all in two languages; residents can choose whether their children will use French or German in primary school; and the university even offers a bilingual curriculum.

However, head to medieval Basse-Ville, caught between the German- and French-speaking divisions of Fribourg, and you’ll find yourself in a no-man's land where the two languages have become one: le Bolze."

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/2019...-that-few-know

Maybe someone should look at turning it into a language you can be fluent in without knowing German/French and then all the Swiss will be able to communicate with each other. No more language divides.
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Re: Huh, never knew that

Wikipedians have been quick: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolze
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Old 23.04.2019, 08:49
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Re: Huh, never knew that

It's a nice story and hats off to those in that area for attempting to keep their local dialect alive. However, while showing admiration about how the Swiss have adapted to linguistic compatability in the past and their attempts in keeping it alive today, it could have been noted that English is becoming the Lingua Franca of Switzerland and that acquiring a second Swiss language is something that nowadays is "nice to have" but not necessarily needed.
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The Swiss language that few know

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/2019...-that-few-know


Head to medieval Basse-Ville, caught between the German- and French-speaking divisions of Fribourg, and you’ll find yourself in a no-man's land where the two languages have become one: le Bolze.
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Ahem.

https://www.englishforum.ch/language...ever-knew.html
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Old 23.04.2019, 14:31
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It seems we posted this separately and it got merged
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Just read this article on the BBC's website.

"The Sarine River skirts the edge of Basse-Ville (lower town), dividing both the canton of Fribourg and the city of Fribourg into two sectors: German-speaking and French-speaking. The city of around 40,000 people is clearly one of duality: street signs are all in two languages; residents can choose whether their children will use French or German in primary school; and the university even offers a bilingual curriculum.

However, head to medieval Basse-Ville, caught between the German- and French-speaking divisions of Fribourg, and you’ll find yourself in a no-man's land where the two languages have become one: le Bolze."

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/2019...-that-few-know

Maybe someone should look at turning it into a language you can be fluent in without knowing German/French and then all the Swiss will be able to communicate with each other. No more language divides.
Sounds like Pontiac quebec Canada
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Sounds like Pontiac quebec Canada
Or Chiac
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English is becoming the Lingua Franca of Switzerland and that acquiring a second Swiss language is something that nowadays is "nice to have" but not necessarily needed.
The Kanton of Zurich publishes some information in English but not in Italian, which is a full recognized federal language. Someone might not like it but from a pragmatic point of view I think it's the easier way to go for everybody: 1 Cantonal language, 2 English, 3 another federal language (optional).
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Someone might not like it but from a pragmatic point of view I think it's the easier way to go for everybody: 1 Cantonal language, 2 English, 3 another federal language (optional).
There is already Mattenenglisch

Interesting article @Medea and @roegner. Thanks for sharing!
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The Kanton of Zurich publishes some information in English but not in Italian, which is a full recognized federal language. Someone might not like it but from a pragmatic point of view I think it's the easier way to go for everybody: 1 Cantonal language, 2 English, 3 another federal language (optional).
In the 1960s, the blue "Do not cross the tracks" signs between the railroad tracks at the St. Moritz RhB station were in German, French, Italian, and English but not in Rumantsch Ladin, the language of the entire Engadine. I haven't been there in decades, but I assume that these days they are in Russian, Arabic, Japanese, and Rumantsch.
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