Do you know how to respond in Switzerland to avoid an intercultural mishap? Once you've started picking up the language as an expat, you'll start to notice the mother-tongue speakers around you reply in certain ways to specific situations or questions. This can be from anything as simple as a sneeze, to trickier discussions about salaries, or dare-we-go-there, politics. It can take a while to work out what you need to say when, so to avoid seriously offending your new-found friends, colleagues or anyone else you meet, we have a few shortcuts for you.

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Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland

  • When one word isn't enough: saying goodbye
  • Heard a sneeze? Make sure you're ready with this word...
  • Food at a restaurant tastes like rubbish? Be prepared to dish this phrase out
  • What to say (or not to say) when you bump into Bob from the office at the weekend
  • You're in deep water if you find yourself in a discussion about salaries or politics. Be prepared!

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