Tag Archives: Switzerland

Learning from other people’s mistakes — Spass is German for funny

Last week I wrote about the German “S-word“. I’ve received some feedback about this, which is great. One thing I want to really make clear is that swearing is not deemed as proper in many situations – easy way of making sure you don’t offend someone is to ask yourself, “Would I say shit or […]

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Prepositions Part 1: The Accusative 7

If there was a villain in languages it would be prepositions. These are tricky things that if you look them up in a dictionary you’ll get dozens of usages and then all the colloquial expressions which use them in different manners. On top of that depending on region the same language might use different prepositions: […]

Punctuality Word Cloud

German: The language of punctuality

If there is one stereotype that doesn’t seem to be negative about Germans and the Swiss is that they are punctual. As writer Paul Bilton notes, “The Swiss are so punctual that they have a concept incomprehensible to lesser nations, that of being Überpünklich —literally, over punctual — and this is not viewed as a […]