What do you say in Switzerland when...

What do you say in Switzerland when...

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.

Did you know we have a Facebook group, Switzerland for English Speakers? It's a great place to ask questions or share experiences. Take a look!

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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