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CultureShock! Switzerland by Max Oettli

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“He could not speak but only chatter.”

—Bob Dylan

 

 

 

 

 

IN COMMON WITH BELGIUM, another small country, Switzerland has several official languages—primarily for historical reasons. The three languages are Swiss-German, French and Italian. (There are also a few odd eastern mountain valleys where the old generation still converses in various languages grouped as Romansch.) All official documents are, by law, required to be available in the three major national languages. Of the majority language groups, some 74 per cent are Germanic, some 20 ...

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