What noise does an animal make in Swiss German?
Discovering animal sounds in Swiss German: A fun exploration at the Dählhölzli Petting Zoo
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Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland
Why ducks say "quack-quack" in English but "ga-ga" in Japanese. By Quick and dirty tipps
Learning Swiss German
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John’s explanation of what a Bünzli is
John wrote to us about the Swiss Word Bünzli, which was a topic in our episode ‘Swiss German words that don't translate to English: part two’. With his permission, please enjoy his perfect explanation.
The term "Bünzli" is a colloquial Swiss-German word that describes a particular type of person known for their meticulousness and strict adherence to rules. A Bünzli is highly organized, values routine, and is intolerant of rule-breakers. They often display a strong sense of patriotism, coupled with a cautious or sometimes suspicious attitude towards foreign cultures and people. This individual is keenly observant, especially concerning their neighbors and local community, and won't hesitate to voice complaints if something disrupts their orderly world.
While some might admire aspects of Bünzli behavior, such as their cleanliness, organization, and respect for traditions, many, especially Brits, might find them overbearing and nosy. This can be particularly problematic if you have a Bünzli neighbor in an apartment building, as they might come across as meddlesome or overly critical.
Interestingly, there isn't an exact equivalent in the UK for this term. While certain behavioral traits might be recognized, the concept encapsulated by "Bünzli" seems to be a uniquely Swiss-German phenomenon.
So it seems impossible to find one word that translates to bunzli but it’s an essential concept for all newcomers to know about 😂😂
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Here’s the much discussed and somewhat embarrassing attempt at a video of a squirrel. Yes, that is the whole video…