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eng_ch 21.03.2020 16:42

Call for help - residents of Biel/Bienne & Fribourg
 
Do you live in Biel/Bienne or Fribourg? (also Murten)

If so, I need your help briefly! I'm giving a presentation next week and just need to clarify the language situation in these towns.

As I understand it, Biel/Bienne has very clear "French-speaking areas" and "German-speaking areas" in different parts of the town, while Fribourg is mixed F/G more or less throughout the town.
Am I correct? If not, what is the situation there? Also in Murten?
Many thanks in advance!

Belgianmum 21.03.2020 16:52

Re: Call for help - residents of Biel/Bienne & Fribourg
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by eng_ch (Post 3161590)
Do you live in Biel/Bienne or Fribourg? (also Murten)

If so, I need your help briefly! I'm giving a presentation next week and just need to clarify the language situation in these towns.

As I understand it, Biel/Bienne has very clear "French-speaking areas" and "German-speaking areas" in different parts of the town, while Fribourg is mixed F/G more or less throughout the town.
Am I correct? If not, what is the situation there? Also in Murten?
Many thanks in advance!

That’s pretty much it for Bienne and Fribourg.

As far as Murten goes it is mostly German speaking, there are hardly any French speakers at all.

Guest 21.03.2020 17:03

Re: Call for help - residents of Biel/Bienne & Fribourg
 
For Biel it depends also a bit WHERE in town you will hold that lecture, resp. who will come to listen.
Some areas are predominantly German, others French. Same goes for some enterprises. Best would be to prep the lecture in both languages and on the day ask, which one they prefer.

Verbier 21.03.2020 17:14

Re: Call for help - residents of Biel/Bienne & Fribourg
 
To avoid any issues you might want to keep in mind the Murten DE / Morat FR names like Biel / Bienne.

And yes, 75% of the people speak German (Wikipedia).

eng_ch 21.03.2020 19:48

Re: Call for help - residents of Biel/Bienne & Fribourg
 
Thanks Belgiummum, that's exactly the confirmation I was after.
To the others, sorry if I wasn't clear - the presentation is about the language split, not presenting in those towns

suisseschweizmo 22.03.2020 12:09

Re: Call for help - residents of Biel/Bienne & Fribourg
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by eng_ch (Post 3161590)
Do you live in Biel/Bienne or Fribourg? (also Murten)

If so, I need your help briefly! I'm giving a presentation next week and just need to clarify the language situation in these towns.

As I understand it, Biel/Bienne has very clear "French-speaking areas" and "German-speaking areas" in different parts of the town, while Fribourg is mixed F/G more or less throughout the town.
Am I correct? If not, what is the situation there? Also in Murten?
Many thanks in advance!

The town of Fribourg/Freiburg (as opposed to the canton) is fairly mixed in terms of where people speaking one or another language live. But, although Fribourg is officially bilingual, my understanding is that Biel/Bienne is much more bilingual. Most people in the town of Fribourg speak primarily French, and many or most of those French-speakers will not speak German. (By contrast, most of the German-speakers will also speak French fairly willingly.) That is my experience from living here.

As you probably know, schoolchildren generally must attend whichever is the closest school to where they live--you normally can't choose to send your children to a school farther away from your home because you think it is better. The exception is that the kids from German-speaking households can go to a more distant school if the one closest to their house doesn't offer a program in German, so I imagine that German-speaking families with young children try to live closer to a school offering the German-speaking curriculum. There are quite a few primary schools in the town of Fribourg, and as far as I know, all of them offer a program in French but only three of them offer a German-speaking curriculum. https://www.ville-fribourg.ch/ecoles...ents-scolaires

Wikipedia gives these statistics for Fribourg: Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (22,603 or 63.6%) as their first language, German is the second most common (7,520 or 21.2%) and Italian is the third (1,359 or 3.8%). There are 55 people who speak Romansh.[17] Few inhabitants in village of Basse-Ville speak Bolze, a mixed language created from the blend of French and Swiss German.[20] Fribourg, the city and the canton, has two official languages, and French outweighs German as both the language of the local government and the most commonly spoken language in public discourse and business in the canton.


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