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Old 11.04.2011, 23:21
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And it never occured to you that this forum, like any other, may not be that important in life either?
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I just write on this forum so I can improve my English thats all ! Logic exactly.
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Old 11.04.2011, 23:22
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EUROPEAN what ? Oh Europe Wolli of course ! But you are not part of the European Union , or is it that you have you not been excepted yet?

Acutally, one of the main reasons I became Swiss was so that I could do my part to keep Switzerland out of that mess!

And the UN, unfortunately we lost that vote.

At least we still have guns!

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Old 11.04.2011, 23:24
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Ironically, James Joyce is buried in Zürich and was fluent in at least three of Switzerland's national languages and it wouldn't surprise me if he could hold a conversation in Romantsch. Maybe he should be the patron saint of expatriates...
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The discussion in this thread is about whether Switzerland should or should not adopt English as an official language, and one of the reasons why the passions are heated is resentment over English-speaking expatriates in Switzerland who don't learn one of the Swiss native languages. I thought it was ironic that James Joyce's name came up since he was famous for being fluent in several languages including all of Switzerland's major national languages, and he actually is buried in Switzerland.
So there was one single native speaker who got my point? I'm thoroughly impressed
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Old 11.04.2011, 23:25
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I just write on this forum so I can improve my English thats all ! Logic exactly.
You really think that this forum will improve your English?

In that case, it CANNOT be your mother tongue!

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At least we still have guns!
For that one, you could have just staid American There must be something else...
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Old 11.04.2011, 23:26
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If it is to you, why don't YOU move?

Tom
OOOO Tom thats a bit strong isn't it ... its in working progress ... When I move I still might keep my eye on the EF though so I can keep you all on your toes !
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Old 11.04.2011, 23:31
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For that one, you could have just staid American There must be something else...
Well, there is the Lega dei Ticinese!

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You really think that this forum will improve your English?

In that case, it CANNOT be your mother tongue!

Tom

This is the difference between Americans and English....Humour ... the latter have it ..................
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Old 11.04.2011, 23:33
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Well, there is the Lega dei Ticinese!
And they let you in ?
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Old 11.04.2011, 23:35
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It's like telling a non-French person that Serge Gainsbourg was a genious
I like SG, and have some of his work. Je t'aime (mois non plus) with Birkin is a classic!

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Old 11.04.2011, 23:38
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And they let you in ?
Don't know, but my girlfriend has been to his house (many years ago, he's a friend of her sister).

Had to vote for the LEGA, the UDC are too weird (want to outlaw cannabis).

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Ya I know, it's always the ones who need it the most...
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EUROPEAN what ? Oh Europe Wolli of course ! But you are not part of the European Union , or is it that you have you not been excepted yet?

No point missed the world is far bigger than Europe, what the hell are these organisations anyway?? tin + pot , although EBA that gets my vote null point !
A) Switzerland is linked with the European Union by heaps of Bilaterals, and in reality is more integrated with EU Europe than the U.K.
B) Switzerland is a full member of heaps of European organisations, among them even some sub-organisations of the E.U.
C) The Council of Europe (Europarat) is very important, exactly BECAUSE it includes many non-EU members
D) EFTA may be a lame duck (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) but
-- more important than you think
-- the official language of EFTA still is English
E) the organisations I mentioned are important for the everyday-life of all of us, covering public transport, phones, internet, postal services, etc
F) EBA is important for the exchange of news, programs and technologies between its member corporations, and for all the many shared programs of which the Song Contest is only one
G) Swiss International Airlines is fully integrated into the Lufthansa Group, and of course into the Star Alliance
H) the Swiss electrical power-network is fully integrated with its neighbours.
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A) Switzerland is linked with the European Union by heaps of Bilaterals, and in reality is more integrated with EU Europe than the U.K.
B) Switzerland is a full member of heaps of European organisations, among them even some sub-organisations of the E.U.
C) The Council of Europe (Europarat) is very important, exactly BECAUSE it includes many non-EU members
D) EFTA may be a lame duck (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) but
-- more important than you think
-- the official language of EFTA still is English
E) the organisations I mentioned are important for the everyday-life of all of us, covering public transport, phones, internet, postal services, etc
F) EBA is important for the exchange of news, programs and technologies between its member corporations, and for all the many shared programs of which the Song Contest is only one
G) Swiss International Airlines is fully integrated into the Lufthansa Group, and of course into the Star Alliance
H) the Swiss electrical power-network is fully integrated with its neighbours.
Thanks Wolli ... Europe ... commom denominator.... you are a man with many facts.
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This is the difference between Americans and English....Humour ... the latter have it ..................
And I thought you were going to explain the difference between a master and his poodle...
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Well, there is the Lega dei Ticinese!

Tom
as it is difficult to copy down their logo (of the Lega) here the Ticino flag


Tessin (geflammt)


or rather

Tessin


In regard to Mr Bignasca, my father knew the father of Mr Bignasca (a gentleman of the old Ticino way and in politics with the Liberals (FDP). My father had to do some accounting checks in regard to the AHV there (the B construction company), and was repeatedly invited by Bignasca-senior for lunch, and Sir Bignasca was rather unlucky about the unruly rascal of a son . When my father compared my older brother (similar in character but not in looks) with B jr, Sir B. felt a bit comforted !
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And I thought you were going to explain the difference between a master and his poodle...
As we all know the English language comes from England 'The master language'. .... that only leaves space for one poodle in jest... I think the yanks are great really I do we could do with more of them over here......
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As we all know the English language comes from England 'The master language'. .... that only leaves space for one poodle in jest... I think the yanks are great really I do we could do with more of them over here......
I always thought English was a distant dialect of German...
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As we all know the English language comes from England 'The master language'. .... that only leaves space for one poodle in jest... I think the yanks are great really I do we could do with more of them over here......
Why, do need them to tell you what to do "sur place"?
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I always thought English was a distant dialect of German...
Not even that... of Frisian
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