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How to Talk About the Weather With a Swiss Person

It's cold in Switzerland and it's not even November! As always, weather changes in Switzerland are a great topic for conversation at work, when doing shopping or when running into your upstairs neighbor. 'It's cold today!' or 'What a beautiful sunny day!' are common conversation starters. It's what we Swiss call a ' Lückenfüller ' (lit. a gap filler) that people use to avoid uncomfortable silence in conversations. The Weather - A Safe Topic I believe talking about the weather is something that people do all over the world and in all different languages. It is a "safe" topic and you can feel free to join the comments about the cold or heat or rain or whatever the day brought along. Little anecdotes about similar weather or totally different weather in other parts of the world can be shared as well. However, keep in mind that this is usually a short and rather shallow kind of conversation so you are expected to keep it short. After a

Falling Into Fall - Learning Swiss German with Speaksli

After I published my latest collection of Swiss German words and phrases, my Fall Dictionary , I got in touch with Elizabeth over at  - or more precisely she got in touch with me - who offered to do a language learning video of the words featured there. The finished video is now published so now you can not only read the words but you'll also hear a native speaker say them in Swiss German and can repeat after him. I think it turned out great. What do you think? © 2015 IRENE WYRSCH "A HUMOROUS GUIDE TO SWITZERLAND" ALL RIGHTS RESERVED