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Old 09.04.2011, 00:41
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Old 09.04.2011, 00:46
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Old 09.04.2011, 08:05
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Re: Basel Land compulsory German classes

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I've no idea whether this proposal is true or not, but (as a non-speaker of German resident in BL), I'm supportive of the idea.

I find it pretty difficult to navigate my way through the bureaucratic quagmire of Basel Landschaft government, taxation, permits, utilities, etc, without at least basic German, and harder still to integrate myself into the local social scene if I expect everybody else to switch to English whenever I'm around.

For those of us from English-speaking countries with large immigrant populations, how many residents of your homeland did you meet who couldn't speak enough English to make themselves understood? In decades of living in Australia, I can recall maybe two such people, and both were very elderly (and seemed a little peeved at being there -- clearly it was purely because their children had decided it would be better for them to be there than in Vietnam). Sure, English is the lingua franca and there's no real need for English-speaking residents of English-speaking countries to speak any other language, since most of the rest of the world learns at least some English at school -- but why should we expect non-English-speakers to speak English in their own countries?

The British Raj is dead and buried.
You are absolutely right!

The only reason I have been lazy to learn german was because hubby speaks it. Otherwise, I would have learned it like I learned Turkish before and like I will learn the language of our next country. Here, my only excuse was that I was busy with a baby and didn't really have to because of the french.

But if they have compulsory german classes and are free, I wouldn't complain to have to take them.
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I honestly don't feel handicaped to not speak german. I know enough of the basic to make people understand that I don't speak german but I also can figure out what they are telling me in german
Thats easy for you to say Nil, your hubby is German
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Thats easy for you to say Nil, your hubby is German
True... But during daytime, I am on my own in this jungle! It is a scary world outside you know?
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Old 09.04.2011, 09:01
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Majority yes. Overwhelming majority? Not so much.
Well, German is the language of 63,7%, French the one of 20,4%, Italian the one of 6,5%, and Romansh the one of 0,5% .

And so, even if not 80% or 90% it is what I call overwhelming. It is more than 3 times as many people as the French-speakers, almost 10 times as many as the Italian speakers.

English as native language is between 1 and 2 %, beaten by Albanian, Turkish, Portuguese and Spanish. What used to be the dominant language of old Yugoslavia, Serbo-Croatian, is now at least legally divided into three "national" languages, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.
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Well, German is the language of 63,7%, French the one of 20,4%, Italian the one of 6,5%, and Romansh the one of 0,5% .

And so, even if not 80% or 90% it is what I call overwhelming. It is more than 3 times as many people as the French-speakers, almost 10 times as many as the Italian speakers.

English as native language is between 1 and 2 %, beaten by Albanian, Turkish, Portuguese and Spanish. What used to be the dominant language of old Yugoslavia, Serbo-Croatian, is now at least legally divided into three "national" languages, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.
You said the overwhelming majority of people in Switzerland speak German.
60% is not an overwhelming majority.
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You said the overwhelming majority of people in Switzerland speak German.
60% is not an overwhelming majority.
63,7 is not 60 ...............................

If you either only take the CH-citizens or else include those foreigners who declare another native language but in daily reality mostly speak German it is almost 70%. You may regard the term "overwhelming" as exaggeration in this context, if you like.
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