From ‘natel’ to ‘ça joue’: The Swiss French words which help you sound like a local
FOR MEMBERS

From ‘natel’ to ‘ça joue’: The Swiss French words which help you sound like a local

From “schmolitz” to “panosse”, some words and phrases common in the French-speaking part of Switzerland are different from their equivalents used in France. Here is the vernacular you should master if you live in Suisse Romandie.

Have your say: What are the most important Swiss French words to know?
PAYWALL FREE

Have your say: What are the most important Swiss French words to know?

German word of the day: Gell

German word of the day: Gell

From bugs to bears: Top ten Swiss German nicknames to woo your sweetheart

From bugs to bears: Top ten Swiss German nicknames to woo your sweetheart

Work permits: Switzerland introduces new rules for language proficiency certificates

Work permits: Switzerland introduces new rules for language proficiency certificates

Why are the Swiss getting worse at speaking English?
FOR MEMBERS

Why are the Swiss getting worse at speaking English?

C’est bon: The phrases that show why everything is good when you’re speaking French
FOR MEMBERS

C’est bon: The phrases that show why everything is good when you’re speaking French

Nine German words that perfectly sum up being in your 30s
FOR MEMBERS

Nine German words that perfectly sum up being in your 30s

French Word of the Day: alors

French Word of the Day: alors

Eight German words that perfectly sum up being in your 20s

Eight German words that perfectly sum up being in your 20s

German word of the day: Wehtun

German word of the day: Wehtun

Here’s what you need to know about languages in Switzerland
FOR MEMBERS

Here’s what you need to know about languages in Switzerland

The most common and embarrassing French language problems laid bare by Twitter

The most common and embarrassing French language problems laid bare by Twitter

Italian word of the day: ‘Prego’

Italian word of the day: ‘Prego’

Nine German words that strike fear into foreigners in Switzerland
FOR MEMBERS

Nine German words that strike fear into foreigners in Switzerland

ANALYSIS: How the English language will change after Brexit

ANALYSIS: How the English language will change after Brexit

Five reasons English speakers struggle to learn foreign languages

Five reasons English speakers struggle to learn foreign languages

The nine very best French insults (for use when you’re very, very angry)

The nine very best French insults (for use when you’re very, very angry)

QUIZ: How well do you know your German sayings?

QUIZ: How well do you know your German sayings?

French Expression of the Day: En fait

French Expression of the Day: En fait

Italian word of the day: ‘Allora’

Italian word of the day: ‘Allora’

Nine French expressions to help you celebrate the Swiss sunshine

Nine French expressions to help you celebrate the Swiss sunshine

German Word of the Day: Der Ohrwurm

German Word of the Day: Der Ohrwurm

Language learning in Switzerland: ‘I didn’t care about mistakes, I just kept talking’

Language learning in Switzerland: ‘I didn’t care about mistakes, I just kept talking’

Italian word of the day: ‘Magari’

Italian word of the day: ‘Magari’

German word of the day: Der Schrebergarten

German word of the day: Der Schrebergarten

What to do when you feel like giving up on learning German in Switzerland
FOR MEMBERS

What to do when you feel like giving up on learning German in Switzerland

Italian expression of the day: ‘Con calma’

Italian expression of the day: ‘Con calma’

German word of the day: ‘Frühlingsmüdigkeit’

German word of the day: ‘Frühlingsmüdigkeit’

Language quiz: How well do you know your German false friends?
FOR MEMBERS

Language quiz: How well do you know your German false friends?

Swiss canton wants to make parents pay if children speak poor German

Swiss canton wants to make parents pay if children speak poor German

Here are the top Swiss words of the year for 2018

Here are the top Swiss words of the year for 2018

Swiss German tips and quirks: your introduction to ‘Dialekt’

Swiss German tips and quirks: your introduction to ‘Dialekt’

Seven English words Swiss Germans get delightfully wrong

Seven English words Swiss Germans get delightfully wrong

Eight Swiss German words you can’t translate into English
FOR MEMBERS

Eight Swiss German words you can’t translate into English

Swiss primary school adopts ‘simplified’ German to communicate with parents

Swiss primary school adopts ‘simplified’ German to communicate with parents

Thurgau steps up language requirements for foreigners seeking Swiss citizenship

Thurgau steps up language requirements for foreigners seeking Swiss citizenship

Tips for learning Swiss German from those who have
FOR MEMBERS

Tips for learning Swiss German from those who have

The 21 most annoying ‘false friends’ in French

The 21 most annoying ‘false friends’ in French

German word of the day: Der Erdapfel

German word of the day: Der Erdapfel

Everything you need to know about Swiss Italian, Switzerland’s third language

Everything you need to know about Swiss Italian, Switzerland’s third language

Zurich votes to keep teaching two languages in primary school

Zurich votes to keep teaching two languages in primary school

Swiss-German canton pushes to banish French teaching from primary schools

Swiss-German canton pushes to banish French teaching from primary schools

Survey: Switzerland’s English skills show improvement

Survey: Switzerland’s English skills show improvement

Italian ‘ignored’ by Swiss schools in language wars

Italian ‘ignored’ by Swiss schools in language wars

Nine surprising Swiss German words you need to know
FOR MEMBERS

Nine surprising Swiss German words you need to know

Survey: some Swiss ‘never’ cross linguistic divide

Survey: some Swiss ‘never’ cross linguistic divide

Zurich ‘to force kindergarten to take German classes’

Zurich ‘to force kindergarten to take German classes’

Eight reasons Swiss-French is better than French-French

Eight reasons Swiss-French is better than French-French

Zug: rich expats must learn local language

Zug: rich expats must learn local language

Zug wants language laws waived for rich expats

Zug wants language laws waived for rich expats

Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices

Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices

Seven fascinating ways written and spoken German differ

Seven fascinating ways written and spoken German differ

Basel mulls language quotas in schools

Basel mulls language quotas in schools

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL
PARTNER CONTENT

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL

placeholder image

Standard German banned from Zurich preschools

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL

Covid-19 is officially feminine, say French language guardians

Covid-19 is officially feminine, say French language guardians

Ten key French phrases that will make you sound like a local

Ten key French phrases that will make you sound like a local

The nine noises that will make you sound like a true French speaker

The nine noises that will make you sound like a true French speaker