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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

Hello together .... Cracks me up everytime , especially when the IT guy sends it to the whole company ....
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

We had a good "steek" at the steak house.
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

Generally not being able to say r's. They seem to say them as w's
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

"Make a little meeting"

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Old 15.01.2008, 14:28
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

I had to point something out to a Swiss colleague as he was starting to use something fairly regularly in front of people from all over the world (Americans and British would surely notice).

Basically all of the points that he made in this case were about trying to make something quicker. However he would suggest the he was trying to 'fasten' the process.

It got to the point where he was fastening this and that and none of it made sense. There were a few raised eyebrows among the audience. So I sat him down after a few drinks and told him. Trying to explain why quick could be quicker, quicken etc. where as fast could be faster but not fasten became quite contrived. It's not until you hear English spoken pragmatically that it makes you think about it. All native English speakers knew exactly what he meant when he said he was 'fastening' things.

I gave him the old 'clunk, click, every trip' analogy and put it to bed. From then on for my colleague, things get faster by quickening the process. Not sure that's the best English either. Tried to go into the details of the film 'Highlander', but figured I should quit while I'm ahead.

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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

well, this is kind of new to me. "sorry" is not used for "entschuldigung" (excuse me)? when do you use sorry? sorry is only appropriate when i want to say "es tut mir leid"-> (i am sorry?)
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

I saw a job agency advertisement some months ago that was looking for a 100% Ass.
It only occurred to me later that they were not trying to be funny, but were looking for an Ace. I still make the mistake of reading things in English first!
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I saw a job agency advertisement some months ago that was looking for a 100% Ass.
It only occurred to me later that they were not trying to be funny, but were looking for an Ace. I still make the mistake of reading things in English first!
Sure they weren't looking for a full time assistant?
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Sure they weren't looking for a full time assistant?
youre right!
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

Actually no, they were looking for an Ace. A friend of mine worked at the agency (I called her because I found it a little strange) and she explained that their idea was to appeal to young people - they also looked for 100% Hirn and 100% Top Ass.
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Were they looking for "an Ass that must be of pleasing-appearance, or would a part-time (60%) piece-of-Ass" be considered ? We should be told.

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Were they looking for "an Ass that must be of pleasing-appearance, or would a part-time (60%) piece-of-Ass" be considered ? We should be told.

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Your next question is where does one get a job evaluating the appearance of ass. right?
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Your next question is where does one get a job evaluating the appearance of ass. right?
Can anyone tells me how much this pays per year?
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"The wiews of the walley were amazing."
the film vas wery wery wiolent
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the film vas wery wery wiolent
I have wiwid memories of her waricose weins...

Why can't I order vegeteibles here?
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Actually no, they were looking for an Ace. A friend of mine worked at the agency (I called her because I found it a little strange) and she explained that their idea was to appeal to young people - they also looked for 100% Hirn and 100% Top Ass.

what a crap idea. and it makes no sense in german, i mean the idea is not getting through, aint appealing. maybe the whole Ad would if i could have look at it. but i think...nah... i know it would not...

sometimes the swiss dont have to wonder why we high german speakers laugh about funny switzerland/language...
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I love telling my Swiss friends what this really means..

BLUEBALLS FESTIVAL

and the name of the first band listed is... Swinger Club
(what a way to dust off those Blueballs)
Yep - I have wondered about this myself - someone must be having a good laugh
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what a crap idea. and it makes no sense in german, i mean the idea is not getting through, aint appealing. maybe the whole Ad would if i could have look at it. but i think...nah... i know it would not...

sometimes the swiss dont have to wonder why we high german speakers laugh about funny switzerland/language...
Even in English the use of the word Ace is a bit Top Gun.
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Its a bit 1978. Think Top Trumps.

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Its a bit 1978. Think Top Trumps.

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In 1990 it became "Ace ace baby"
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