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Swiss French Vs. French French

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Coucou tout le monde!

So I'm a Brit living in the french speaking region of Switzerland, and I thought I would post some of the differences between french spoken in France vs Switzerland.

As an English person I would compare it to the differences between British English vs American English... Odd differences in vocabulary and occasionally in grammar but perfectly easy to understand one another!

Oh and really sorry for lack of accents.. I have a uk keyboard...

I tried putting these into nice neat columns of English, France and Switzerland but when I post it gets all jumbled up, so With each word I will post first in French French and then in Swiss French...

Breakfast / Petit-dejeuner / Dejeuner

Lunch / Dejeuner / Diner

Dinner or Supper / Diner / Super

Chewing gum / Chewing gum / Chiquelette

Towel / Serviette / Linge

Special Offer / Promotion / Action

College(UK) or High-school / Lycee / College

Cashpoint or ATM /Guichet /Bancomat

Mess /Desordre / Chenis

And my personal favourites...

Seventy / Soixante-dix / Septante

Eighty / Quatre-vignts / Huitante

Ninety / Quatre-vignts-dix / Nonante

A lot of languages use different variations of the word "ciao" in Italian meaning hello/goodbye. Here in Switzerland when you want to say goodbye to someone you know well you can say "ciao" or if you want to be really Swiss "Tcho!" which is used by both the french speakers and the German speakers (I am not sure about Italian dialect or Romansch).

There are obviously many more differences but these are just a few to get you started. Hope you enjoyed it.. TCHO BONNE!!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fa_tma

seventy eighty and ninety makes more sense in Swiss than in France ... couldn't they invent a word for eighty so they said 2 forty . sounds creepy

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf
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I wish you could add the sound of these!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LSMWhite
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Yeah it's a shame! I managed to find a video on youtube which mentions some of the above plus others which I had forgotten! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coLyx5AI4Hg

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael_Tavares
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you can use accents on your ënglish"keyboard, google and youtube instructions, what you're looking for is "international with dead keys"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LSMWhite
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Oh okay thanks, I'll check it out!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
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Whoah! So interesting, thanks for sharing you experince in Switerland! In my opion ''Huitante, septante and notante'' are better to say instead of ''Quatre-vingts, etc. ''

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LSMWhite
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Thanks :D Yeah so much more logical! Only problem is I'm so used to it whenever I go to France and the cashiers like that will be un euro quatre-vingts-quinze my brain malfunctions for about 10 seconds!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
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Haha! XD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/e-Bureaucrat

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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LSMWhite
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Thanks for this - super helpful! It was my first ever post so I was pretty clueless about all of the formatting ect XD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/warriorsfan11

Cool! I didn't realize that there are different variations of french.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
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Yes, it's just like English! For example, in America one would say "I went to the store to buy some French fries and I put them in my trunk", in Britain, "I went to the shop to buy some chips and I put them in my boot", then here in Ireland, "*I went to the chipper to get a yoke o' chips and I put them in me boot".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/abdulkathar

looks so interesting.... eager to learn more like this :)

2 years ago
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