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Your British guide to Switzerland: an audio podcast for Brits living in Switzerland and Swiss interested in Britain. Everything you need to know about finding a job in Switzerland, how to find an apartment in Bern, Geneva or how to find friends.

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Hit the road: driving in Switzerland
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Do you need a car in Switzerland? And what other options are there apart from buying one? We asked what you wanted to hear about in this episode of our podcast, and driving in Switzerland was one topic you suggested in our Facebook group, Switzerland for English speakers. We talk about why you might decide to get a car, and how leasing, hiring and car sharing works.<br /></span></p> <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1">Notes on this episode of Your British Guide to Switzerland<br /> <br /> Owning a car</span></strong><span class="s2"><br /> - Great public transport, do you really need a car?</span><br /> - Regular trips to the countryside, lots to take with you, or a particular commute might be some reasons why you decide you need a car<br /> - Leasing a vehicle: very common in Switzerland: this is how it works<br /> <br /> <strong><span class="s3">A car just for when you need it</span></strong><br /> - Renting: all the big name companies are in here in Switzerland too: Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Avis. They’re in towns and at airports, it’s just like a renting a car in any other country<br /> - Car-sharing schemes: the biggest is Mobility. There are different types of memberships, it doesn’t cost too much and is very easy to use. There are different payment options including membership, annual fees and pay as you go. The cars belong to the company.<br /> - Sharoo: you can borrow cars that other people own. They set out their prices: how much you pay depends on time and distance travelled.<br /> <br /> <span class="s3"><strong>Driving licence</strong><br /></span> - Don’t forget if you live here you’ll need to swap your licence for a Swiss one within the first year.<br /> - If you can’t drive yet, in 9 cantons in Switzerland you can even take the basic theory test in English. There are driving instructors who speak English, just have a look for them in your area.</p>
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Your questions about Switzerland: answered!
<p>There’s been lots of questions in our facebook group, Switzerland for English speakers, over the past couple of weeks, so we wanted to talk about a few of them. Moving to Switzerland can be quite a confusing time, from the paperwork to the forms, to saying and doing the right thing..it can be tough! But there‘s always a funny side in the end.</p> <p>Notes on this episode of Your British Guide to Switzerland</p> <ul> <li>How to figure out how many bedrooms a Swiss apartment has</li> <li>What the differences in saying hello across German-speaking Switzerland are</li> <li>What the different public holidays are and why</li> <li>And a few other questions, including taxes and weddings!<br /></li> </ul>
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Taking to the classroom to learn Swiss German
<p>Many say it can't be done, but some of us will still try! Jo has been attending a Swiss German course and in this episode, she shares her experience of signing up and going to classes. From precisely what the course entails, to what happens in the classroom and the kind of things she has learnt, there were some unexpected elements to the course. Could taking a Swiss German class be something for you? Have a listen as we talk about the pros and cons of taking on learning the local dialect, and let us know what you think! You can get in touch in our Facebook Group "<a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>" or in <a href= "https://swissandchips.com/contact-swiss-and-chips/">one of many other ways</a>.</p> <p> </p>
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Do you need to know Swiss German to move to Switzerland?
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Moving to a country where you don"> <div> <p>Moving to a country where you don't speak the language can be a 'chicken and egg' situation: which one comes first, the language or the move? It's a challenging situation for anyone relocating abroad, and for newcomers to German-speaking Switzerland, this is a big issue. It's hard to get hold of resources to learn this dialect outside of the country. Once here, there are many different regional variations to get to grips with, and the differences between Swiss German and high German can feel overwhelming. In this episode we talk about how to get ready to live in a Swiss German- speaking area and what to expect when you first arrive.</p> <div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/"]]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Did you know we have a Facebook group? "],[0,[0],1,"Switzerland for English Speakers"],[0,[],0," is a great place to ask questions and share experiences. Take a look!"]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland"]]],[3,"ul",[[[0,[],0,"My personal experience of getting to grips with the dialect "]],[[0,[],0,"The first words or phrases I picked up"]],[[0,[],0,"How I started to understand Swiss German"]],[[0,[],0,"Recommendation for newcomers"]]]]]}"> <div> <p>Did you know we have a Facebook group? <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/">Switzerland for English Speakers</a> is a great place to ask questions and share experiences. Take a look!</p> <h3>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</h3> <ul> <li>My personal experience of getting to grips with the dialect</li> <li>The first words or phrases I picked up</li> <li>How I started to understand Swiss German</li> <li>Recommendation for newcomers</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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Where to find Swiss second-hand delights
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/"]],["a",["href","https://www.brocki.ch/de/"]],["a",["href","http://hiob.ch/en/thrift-shop-locations/"]],["a",["href","http://tutti.ch/"]],["a",["href","https://www.anibis.ch/de/default.aspx"]],["a",["href","https://www.ricardo.ch/"]]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Looking for furniture, clothes or something for your home in Switzerland that won"> <div> <p>Looking for furniture, clothes or something for your home in Switzerland that won't cost the Earth? Then you definitely need to find your nearest flea market or second-hand shop. In the German-speaking part of the country thrift stores are called "Brockis" (short for "Brockenhäuser"). In this episode we'll take you through how you can find them and what to expect, and tell you where to look online if rummaging for a bargain in person isn't really your thing.</p> <p>Did you know we have a Facebook group? <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>is a great place to ask questions and share experiences. Have a look!</p> <h3>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British guide to Switzerland</h3> <ul> <li>Different types of Brockis</li> <li>Chain or independent: <a href= "https://www.brocki.ch/de/">Salvation Army</a>, <a href= "http://hiob.ch/en/thrift-shop-locations/">HIOB-international</a></li> <li>What to expect</li> <li>Giving items to a Brocki</li> <li>Flea markets</li> <li>Buying second-hand online: <a href= "http://tutti.ch/">tutti.ch</a>, <a href= "https://www.anibis.ch/de/default.aspx">anibis.ch</a>, <a href= "https://www.ricardo.ch/">ricardo.ch</a></li> </ul> </div> </div>
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'Fête des Vignerons': make merry at the Swiss winemakers' festival
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Shopping in Switzerland: what do you buy where?
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"What are the main shops in Switzerland and where do you go for specific items? In this episode we go through the big name shops, what they sell and where you can find them, plus we talk about some smaller, specialised shops or boutiques, and what you can buy online. Find out about the classic out-of-town shops traditionally frequented by farmers which could be useful for you and the surprisingly affordable electronics."]]]]}"> <div> <p>What are the main shops in Switzerland and where do you go for specific items? In this episode we go through the big name shops, what they sell and where you can find them, plus we talk about some smaller, specialised shops or boutiques, and what you can buy online. Find out about the classic out-of-town shops traditionally frequented by farmers which could be useful for you and the surprisingly affordable electronics.</p> <div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","https://www.zalando.ch"]],["a",["href","http://landi.ch"]],["a",["href","http://digitec.ch"]],["a",["href","http://brack.ch"]],["a",["href","http://toppreise.ch"]]],"sections":[[1,"h2",[[0,[],0,"Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Shopping in Switzerland"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Food"]]],[3,"ul",[[[0,[],0,"Migros, Coop, Denner"]],[[0,[],0,"Aldi, Lidl"]],[[0,[],0,"Globus, Manor, Loeb"]]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Clothes"]]],[3,"ul",[[[0,[],0,"Alprausch"]],[[0,[0],1,"Zalando"]]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Furniture"]]],[3,"ul",[[[0,[],0,"Ikea"]],[[0,[],0,"Micasa, Interio, Pfister"]]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Others"]]],[3,"ul",[[[0,[1],1,"Landi"]],[[0,[],0,"Obi, Migros do-it / Coop bau+hobby"]],[[0,[2],1,"Digitec"],[0,[],0,", "],[0,[3],1,"Brack"]],[[0,[4],1,"Toppreise.ch"]]]]]}"> <div> <h2>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Shopping in Switzerland</h2> <p>Food</p> <ul> <li>Migros, Coop, Denner</li> <li>Aldi, Lidl</li> <li>Globus, Manor, Loeb</li> </ul> <p>Clothes</p> <ul> <li>Alprausch</li> <li><a href="https://www.zalando.ch/">Zalando</a></li> </ul> <p>Furniture</p> <ul> <li>Ikea</li> <li>Micasa, Interio, Pfister</li> </ul> <p>Others</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://landi.ch/">Landi</a></li> <li>Obi, Migros do-it / Coop bau+hobby</li> <li><a href="http://digitec.ch/">Digitec</a>, <a href= "http://brack.ch/">Brack</a></li> <li><a href="http://toppreise.ch/">Toppreise.ch</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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Dealing with cultural diversity, the Swiss way
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[["html",{"html":"xxxxx"}]],"markups":[["a",["href","https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/statistics/population.html"]],["em"],["a",["href","https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/"]],["a",["href","https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/permalink/1994979427217613/"]]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Switzerland is a very diverse country with four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The Swiss also share their border with five countries: Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. And out of all the people living in Switzerland, 25% don"> <div> <p>Switzerland is a very diverse country with four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The Swiss also share their border with five countries: Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. And out of all the people living in Switzerland, 25% don't have <a href= "https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/statistics/population.html">a Swiss passport</a>.</p> <p>So how does this work? How do the Swiss communicate and how do they all get along with each other?</p> <p><em>Did you know we have a Facebook group? <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/">Switzerland for English Speakers</a> is a great place to ask questions and share experiences. Have a look!</em></p> <h2>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</h2> <ul> <li>Marco's <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/permalink/1994979427217613/"> post in our Facebook Group</a> that started off this discussion</li> <li>What makes Switzerland so diverse?</li> <li>What do the Swiss think about each other, their neighbours, other villages, cantons or countries?</li> <li>How do the Swiss communicate with each other if they don't speak the same language?</li> <li>How is the high percentage of foreign nationals living here handled?</li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Becoming Swiss, part two: 'Getting the Right Information'
<p>Applying to become Swiss is a long process and requires lots of forms, documents and appointments. If you've lived in Switzerland long enough to think about applying, this probably won't come as a surprise! In the city of Bern, an <a href= "https://www.bern.ch/themen/auslanderinnen-und-auslander/einburgerung"> information evening</a> is offered to people <a href= "https://www.bern.ch/themen/auslanderinnen-und-auslander/einburgerung/ordentliche-einbuergerung"> who want to apply</a>. We went along to clear up some questions I had about the process, and to find out as much information as possible.</p> <h3>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</h3> <ul> <li>What the evening was like: who was there, what language did they speak, how long did it last</li> <li>New information we found out: applications to start the process can only be submitted from the day you have been in Switzerland for ten years, citizenship in Switzerland is threefold (local community, canton and federal level)</li> <li>What you can do in advance of the ten year mark: learn or improve your German and take a recognised language test (A2 written, B1 spoken is required), fulfil residency requirements (check with your local community and canton, and check years in advance. In Bern you need to have lived three of the last five years in the place where you are applying, and the last two years before you apply in the same local community, "Gemeinde" of Bern), get a C permit, and if you previously lived in a different canton you need to apply for the document to confirm when you lived there</li> <li>Costs vary, but it looks like it will cost approximately CHF3000 and take roughly 2.5 years</li> </ul> <p> </p>
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Is it time to take a Swiss German course?
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Communication is key when it comes to fitting in and feeling at home in your adopted country, and being able to understand and speak to people does make your daily life much easier. But that"> <div> <p>Communication is key when it comes to fitting in and feeling at home in your adopted country, and being able to understand and speak to people does make your daily life much easier. But that's easier said than done in the German-speaking part of Switzerland where Swiss German is the spoken language. It's a dialect that most Germans struggle to understand and it sounds different in every village you go to.</p> <p>Learning Swiss German is tricky, but not impossible. After passing my German C1 exam, I decided to give it a go and to help me off to a good start, I signed up for a Swiss German course at the 'Migros Klubschule'.<br /> <br /></p> <div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","https://swissandchips.com/how-to-learn-swiss-german-or-high-german/"]],["a",["href","https://www.emil.ch"]],["a",["href","https://www.buchhaus.ch/detail/ISBN-9783035509243/Pinheiro-Weber-Ursula/Bärndütsch"]]],"sections":[[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Is it time to take a Swiss German course?"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"After the first few hours in the classroom on my course in Bern, we talk about some important points you"> <div> <h3>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Is it time to take a Swiss German course?</h3> <p>After the first few hours in the classroom on my course in Bern, we talk about some important points you'll need to know before you decide to start learning Swiss German and I'll give you some insight into my experience so far.</p> <ul> <li>What's it like in the classroom</li> <li>Taking a Swiss German course - pros and cons</li> <li>Where can you learn Swiss German, and a helpful episode from our archive: <a href= "https://swissandchips.com/how-to-learn-swiss-german-or-high-german/"> How to learn Swiss German, or would High German be better?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.emil.ch">Emil</a></li> <li><a href= "https://www.buchhaus.ch/detail/ISBN-9783035509243/Pinheiro-Weber-Ursula/B%C3%A4rnd%C3%BCtsch"> Bärndütsch, the book</a></li> <li>Other points to consider</li> </ul> </div> </div> <p><br /> <br /> <br /></p> </div> </div>
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Becoming Swiss, part one: 'Before it begins'
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["strong"]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Becoming a Swiss citizen is a long and somewhat complicated path with a few hurdles to overcome along the way. A few weeks from now Jo will start the process of applying to become Swiss and with that, we are beginning a new series in our podcast: "],[0,[0],1,""> <div> <p>Becoming a Swiss citizen is a long and somewhat complicated path with a few hurdles to overcome along the way. A few weeks from now Jo will start the process of applying to become Swiss and with that, we are beginning a new series in our podcast: <strong>'Becoming Swiss'</strong>. It'll track her progress and give you insight into one person's journey through the Swiss naturalisation system.<br /></p> <div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["em"],["a",["href","https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips"]]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[0],0,"Did you know we have a Facebook group, "],[0,[1],1,"Switzerland for English Speakers"],[0,[],1,"? It"> <div> <p><em>Did you know we have a Facebook group, <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>? It's a great place to ask questions or share experiences. Take a look!</em></p> <h3>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Becoming Swiss, part one</h3> <p>In this first episode of the new series 'Becoming Swiss', we'll guide you through what it takes in theory to (hopefully!) become a Swiss citizen, what it means to apply for the Swiss passport, hopes and fears, and some personal thoughts on the system.</p> <ul> <li>What does it mean to get the Swiss passport?</li> <li>What does the procedure involve and what are the general rules?</li> <li>When can it start and how long will it take?</li> <li>Does it matter where you start your procedure and when?</li> <li>How fair is the system?</li> <li>Why is Jo doing it?</li> <li>What are her worries?</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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What do you say in Switzerland when...
<p>Do you know how to respond in Switzerland to avoid an intercultural mishap? Once you've started picking up the language as an expat, you'll start to notice the mother-tongue speakers around you reply in certain ways to specific situations or questions. This can be from anything as simple as a sneeze to trickier discussions about salaries, or dare-we-go-there, politics. It can take a while to work out what you need to say when, to avoid seriously offending your new-found friends, colleagues or anyone else you meet, so we have a few short cuts for you.</p> <p>Did you know we have a Facebook group, <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>? It's a great place to ask questions or share experiences. Take a look!</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</strong></p> <ul> <li>When one word isn't enough: saying goodbye</li> <li>Heard a sneeze? Make sure you're ready with this word...</li> <li>Food at a restaurant tastes like rubbish? Be prepared to dish this phrase out</li> <li>What to say (or not to say) when you bump into Bob from the office at the weekend</li> <li>You're in deep water if you find yourself in a discussion about salaries or politics. Be prepared!</li> </ul>
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How to learn to ski as a complete beginner
<p>If you're moving to Switzerland you might think that skiing will become a big part of your life: as a beginner that can either be really exciting or completely terrifying! However you feel about taking to the slopes, it's definitely something to try, or how will you ever know if you like it? Once you've decided to go for it, there are lots of things to consider before you even set foot in the snow.<br /> <br /> In this episode we guide you through all the important questions and share our experiences from the side of a complete beginner, and as a former ski instructor!<br /> <br /> <strong>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland<br /></strong></p> <ul> <li class="p1">Does every Swiss ski?</li> <li class="p1">How important is skiing for Swiss people?</li> <li class="p1">Is skiing really a must-do activity if you move to Switzerland?</li> <li class="p1">If you do want to learn, where do you start? Location, slopes, equipment, lessons, first day on skis.</li> </ul> <p><strong><br /> <br /> <br /></strong></p>
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Ice skating on a frozen Alpine lake
<p>Imagine walking along a snowy path between the trees in the Swiss Alps until suddenly, a vast lake, completely covered in ice and surrounded by a sheer cliff face, opens up before you: this is what you'll experience if you head to the Osechinensee or Lake Oeschinen in the Bernese Oberland, which has frozen over. It's a veritable winter wonderland!</p> <p>We wrapped up warm and headed out for a skate on the ice. And we've compiled everything you need to know to experience this magical day in the Swiss mountains.</p> <p>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</p> <p>- What is the lake like?</p> <p>- What makes it so special?</p> <p>- How do I get there?</p> <p>- What should I take with me?</p> <p><br />  </p>
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How to get over homesickness
<p>You've taken a huge step: packed your bags, filled out all the forms and moved to a completely new place. But once the initial period of excitement wears off, living abroad can start to feel a little bit lonely, especially if your new life isn't fully set up yet, or something great is going on back home. Don’t worry, everyone feels homesick at some point! We've got some ideas to help you get through it.</p>
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The best Christmas present ideas to take home from Switzerland
<p>With only a few weeks to go until Christmas, it's definitely time to pick up the Christmas presents you want to take or send back from Switzerland for friends and family abroad. We have sack-loads of ideas, from traditional Swiss souvenirs, to the more unusual. Hopefully there will be some ideas for you as well!</p> <p>A special thanks to everyone in our Facebook group: <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>, who had plenty of great suggestions to share.</p> <h3>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</h3> <p>Here are some specific gift ideas that we talk about in this episode:</p> <ul> <li><a href= "http://shop.alprausch.com/de/womens/women-streetwear/womens-tshirts.html"> Alprausch</a></li> <li><a href= "https://www.sbb.ch/de/bahnhof-services/dienstleistungen/geschenkideen/mondaine.html"> Swiss Federal Railways</a> watch: they even sued Apple over using the design, and <a href= "https://www.engadget.com/2012/10/12/apple-licenses-swiss-railway-clock-knows-what-time-it-is/"> won</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.carandache.com/en/news">Caran d’Ache</a> pens and pencils</li> <li><a href= "https://www.laederach.com/shop/en/full-catalog.html">Läderach</a> chocolate</li> <li><a href="https://www.tetedemoine.ch/fr/">Tête de moine</a> cheese</li> <li><a href= "https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berner_Hobelk%C3%A4se">Hobelkäse</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belper_Knolle">Belpler Knolle</a></li> <li><a href= "http://www.chirat.ch/produkte/details/7615200010815/chirat-kressi-kraeuter"> Kressi vinegar</a></li> <li>Products made from <a href="https://www.armeeshop.ch">Swiss army</a> materials</li> </ul>
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How often do Swiss people use other Swiss languages?
<p>Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. But how often do the Swiss use, or try to use, a language that's not their mother tongue? A trip to see the famous annual light projection at the Swiss Federal Palace, the Rendez-vous Bundesplatz, brings up the question as to how much the Swiss are expected to use Swiss languages other than their own in their daily life. <br /> <br /> We answer listener questions:<br /> - when are high German and Swiss German used?<br /> - is it possible to get a working holiday visa as a Canadian?<br /> <br /> And we talk about our meet-up with our Facebook group, Switzerland for English Speakers!</p>
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How to make friends in Switzerland
<p>Making the move to Switzerland is the first big step for expats: starting a social life is one of the next, and it can be just as difficult. The Swiss are not known to be very open at first - luckily there are some simple steps you can take that will make your life in Switzerland easier, and hopefully better.</p> <p>In this episode we talk about my first steps trying to make friends and get to know people in Switzerland as an expat, and I'll give you some tips and ideas from my own experience. We also talk about some prejudices expats have about Switzerland and give you the Swiss perspective: What do the Swiss think about expats, what do the Swiss think if you don't speak their language and how can you respond if the Swiss are rude?</p> <p>We really hope this episode will make your life in Switzerland as an English speaker a bit easier and give you the courage to get out there and start making this country your home!<br /> <br /> <strong>Notes on this episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Celebrating the 20th episode of 'Swiss and Chips': thank you for listening! <strong>If you like the show, please support us and leave a <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/swiss-and-chips/id1381241950?l=en"> review on iTunes</a>.</strong></li> <li>German C1 exam: I took the test: here's how it was, and I explain how a language tandem works.</li> <li>How I made friends in Switzerland, and what it was like when I first moved here.</li> <li>Make friends with a Swiss: some tips from a Swiss perspective.</li> </ul>
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Swiss German words that don't translate into English: part two
<p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In German and Swiss German there are some words that we don't have an equivalent for in English. We think you'll find some of them quite useful! As there are so many words that are hard to translate, we split the show into two episodes: this is part two of the Swiss German/ high German challenge. How many of the words do you know?</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Did you know: we discuss all our episodes and many other topics in our Facebook group '<a href= "http://facebook.com/groups/swissandchips">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>'.<em><br /> <br /></em> <strong>Notes on this episode of the podcast:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Zugzwang</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Innerer Schweinehund</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Hundsverlocheti</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Bürogummi</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Verschlimmbessern</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Kummerspeck</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Bünzli</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Tüpflischiiser</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Sturmfrei</span></p>
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Swiss German words that don't translate into English
<div translate="" data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Today"> <p>Today's episode is a direct challenge for you! We talk about Swiss German words, Swiss slang and German words that are hard to translate into English.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode:</strong></p> <div translate="" data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"h2",[[0,[],0,"Show notes: Swiss German words that don"> <p>Input from our listeners in our Facebook Group:</p> <p>Susy: Schadenfreude</p> <p>Seamus: Bitsly</p> <p>Katharina: Fremdschämen</p> <p>Susy's second word: Längizit</p> <p><strong>Some others:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fernweh</li> <li>Feierabend</li> <li>Muskelkater</li> <li>Zugzwang</li> <li>Innerer Schweinehund</li> <li>Hundsverlocheti</li> <li>Ohrwurm</li> <li>Bürogummi</li> <li>Verschlimmbessern</li> <li>Kummerspeck</li> <li>Bünzli</li> <li>Tüpflischiiser</li> <li>Sturmfrei</li> </ul> </div> </div>
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What to do on a Sunday in Switzerland?
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\"All\" shops are closed on a Sunday in Switzerland! Well, maybe not all, but many at least. Luckily Switzerland offers many other exciting things for expats and tourists to do on a Sunday. We recorded this episode on the top of the Gurten, a"> <div> <p>"All" shops are closed on a Sunday in Switzerland! Well, maybe not all, but many at least. Luckily Switzerland offers many other exciting things for expats and tourists to do on a Sunday. We recorded this episode on the top of the Gurten, a 'must see' in Bern - on a Sunday. Tune in and get some inspiration and ideas about what you can do, and what the Swiss do, on a Sunday.</p> </div> </div>
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How to find an apartment in Switzerland as an expat
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","http://facebook.com/groups/swissandchips"]]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"It"> <div> <p>It's not easy to find the perfect place to live and it's even more difficult if you move to a different country. In this episode we answer the all-important questions for English speakers moving to Switzerland, who are looking for the perfect apartment. Should you rent or buy? How much will it cost? Where to find an apartment in Switzerland as an expat, and which documents will you need before you can secure a lease on a new place. After this episode you'll know where and how to start looking and be prepared for when you find the place you could start to call home, whether it's in Geneva, Zurich or Bern - or somewhere in between.</p> <p>If you still have specific questions or need help finding an apartment in Switzerland, we would love to discuss it with you in our Facebook group '<a href= "http://facebook.com/groups/swissandchips">Switzerland for English Speakers</a>'.</p> <div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/permalink/1748073228574902/"]],["a",["href","https://www.wgzimmer.ch/wgzimmer.html?wc_country=ch"]],["a",["href","https://hoodmaps.com/zurich"]]],"sections":[[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Notes on this episode of Your British Guide to Switzerland: How to find an apartment as an expat"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"This is where it all began for this episode: in our Facebook group, "],[0,[0],1,"Kate from Moscow"],[0,[],0," asked: \"How to find an apartment to rent in Switzerland?\""]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"General things to know about finding a place to live in Switzerland, should you rent or buy, is it difficult to find a place, what possibilities you have as an expat when you move to Switzerland and what are the prices you can expect?"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"How do you find the perfect area to move to? 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Our purchase was a very quick and painless experience!"</li> </ul> <p>And, we made a little surprise for you - a visit to the <a href= "https://www.tierpark-bern.ch/index-en.php?frameset=1">Dählhölzli</a> zoo and animal park in Bern!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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Going to school in Switzerland: for kids and adults
<div data-mobiledoc= "{"version":"0.3.1","atoms":[["soft-return","",{}],["soft-return","",{}]],"cards":[["hr",{}]],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Children in Switzerland walk to school alone. They go home at lunch time and there is no security at the school. A typical Swiss school day also contains some surprises compared to other countries and can be quite a revelation for expats new to Switzerland. In this episode, you"> <div> <p>Children in Switzerland walk to school alone. They go home at lunch time and there is no security at the school. A typical Swiss school day also contains some surprises compared to other countries and can be quite a revelation for expats new to Switzerland. In this episode, you'll get two different perspectives: what surprises expats in Switzerland about the schools and what a typical Swiss school day looks like (from someone who's actually been to one)! Plus, we discuss German language exams, and take a trip to a traditional Swiss sports festival.</p> <p>Don't forget to join our Facebook group 'Switzerland for English speakers' to talk to other people who have moved to Switzerland, are planning to move here, or simply just love the country!</p> <h3>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</h3> <ul> <li>The school run - Swiss style - and other surprising aspects of Swiss school routines</li> <li>The expat and Swiss perspective</li> <li>Reasons behind these differences</li> <li>Extra: A visit to the Eidgenössisches Hornussenfest (Federal Hornussen Festival) 2018</li> </ul> </div> </div>
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How to find a job in Switzerland
<p>It's one of the big questions you'll be asking yourself before you move to Switzerland: how can I find a job there? Once you arrive in Switzerland it might not prove as easy as you'd hoped to find a job as an expat either. However, if you know where to look for a job and what you must include in an application, it will be much easier.</p> <p>Where should you look to find a job in Switzerland as a foreigner, how can you make the most of your skills as an expat and what do you need to know before writing your cover letter to a potential employer? If you're looking for advice from someone who's already been through this, head over to our Facebook group '<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissandchips/">Switzerland for English speakers</a>'.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</strong></p> <ul> <li>Where to look for a job</li> <li>What to do if you're applying from abroad</li> <li>What to include in your application</li> <li>Overcoming your weak spots: the language (s), knowledge of the country, uncertainty over long-term plans, unfamiliar qualifications</li> <li>Make the most of your strengths: a fresh perspective, knowledge of a specific culture or market that isn't Swiss, different language skills</li> <li>Q & A from our Facebook group '[Switzerland for English speakers.]</li> </ul>
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What's the weather like in Switzerland?
<p>A heatwave has been hitting Europe and while Switzerland’s not part of the EU, it’s still part of Europe! To cool down on these baking hot days, Swiss, tourists and expats alike flock to the country’s lakes, rivers and pools whenever they can.</p> <p>So is it better to experience summer or winter in Switzerland? In this episode we try to explain Swiss weather and when the best time to visit Switzerland is.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li>When is the best time to visit Switzerland, as far as the weather is concerned? </li> <li>An audio message from a listener</li> <li>Special parts of the Swiss weather forecast</li> <li>General climate in Switzerland</li> <li>Weather Apps</li> </ul>
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Ten Swiss German phrases you need to know
<p>There are many word or phrases in Swiss German that expats in Switzerland or tourists in the country will start to hear. The dialect varies from place to place in German-speaking Switzerland - so prepare to be surprised!<br /> <br /> There also aren't as many grammatical rules as there are in high German, which sounds great in theory, but makes learning Swiss German quite difficult for expats in Switzerland.<br /> But don't let this discourage you if you're thinking of moving here or coming to work here as an expat. You can move to Switzerland without knowing any Swiss German or even German at all and will still be able to communicate, get around without any huge problems, enjoy the Swiss lifestyle or simply start your new life abroad.</p> <p>To give you a glimpse into Swiss culture, here are a few words and phrases that you will soon hear as an expat in Switzerland or while here on holiday. We talk about where you will hear them and what they mean.</p> <p>We hope you enjoy the show! If you want to hear more or have any comments, let us know on our website or join the discussion in our Facebook Group ‘Switzerland for English speakers‘.</p> <p>The Swiss German phrases we talk about in this episode of Your British Guide to Switzerland:</p> <p>- Grüessäch, tschou<br /> - Adjeu, tschüss, uf Widerluegä<br /> - Merci vielmal<br /> - Exgüsee<br /> - Heiter z Zedeli wöuä / Seckli wöuä?<br /> - Gäbig<br /> - Velo<br /> - Z‘nüüni and z‘vieri<br /> - Koleeg or Koleegin<br /> - Stangä</p>
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Wild swimming in Switzerland
<p>Summer has started in Switzerland and with temperatures rising above 30°C, all over the country people are jumping into rivers and lakes to cool down. One more reason why Switzerland is a great place to live as an expat, right? With crystal clear water coming from the Swiss mountains there are many beautiful places to go for a dip, even in the big cities. In this episode we talk about what it's like to go wild swimming in Switzerland as an expat, how to find the best spots and how to stay safe. If you've just moved to Switzerland as an expat, or you're coming here on holiday, it's best to know a little bit about what's involved before jumping into the next river.</p> <p>Don’t forget to join our Facebook Group, Switzerland for English Speakers, where you can find answers to your questions, and swap ideas and advice with other Swiss and expats and even influence our show!</p> <p>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</p> <p>- What is wild swimming and what's special about wild swimming in Switzerland<br /> A. "Badis": supervised swimming areas in naturally occuring water, with facilities<br /> B. Wild-ish swimming: no lifeguards, but some facilities such as steps into the water<br /> C. Completely wild swimming: for example in a mountain lake or stream</p> <p>- Where to go and what to take</p> <p>- The best pools, rivers and lakes for swimming in Switzerland</p> <p>- Think about safety<br /> <br /> - Safe swimming courses for expats</p> <p>- Useful apps</p> <p> </p>
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How to learn Swiss German (or maybe not)
<p>For the first time on our show, we're answering questions from our listeners in the Facebook group "Switzerland for English speakers". If you'd like to join in the discussion, network with other English speakers interested in Switzerland and share your experiences, please feel free to join the group and say 'hello'!</p> <p>This episode is all English speaking expats in Switzerland need to know about Swiss German and high German. What is Swiss German? Do you need to learn it? And if so, where can you learn it and how. We look at the pros and cons compared to learning high German, and hear how it sounds.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode of Swiss and Chips: Your British Guide to Switzerland</strong></p> <p>- What is Swiss German and what is the difference to high German?<br /> - Can you move to Switzerland without knowing any Swiss German?<br /> - Once in Switzerland, what should you learn and what are the pros and cons of Swiss German vs. high German?<br /> - What is the best way to learn (Swiss) German?<br /> - We answer questions from our Facebook group</p>
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Getting to know the Swiss over dinner: do's and don'ts
<p>You've found your way to Switzerland and started setting up a life here. Now it's time to try and get to know the locals, and what better way to do it than over some food? But where to begin? And how to go about it without committing any major faux-pas? There are some simple (unspoken) rules that will enable you to hit the spot. In this episode, we answer the most important questions and give you a glimpse into the Swiss way of thinking, so there will be no big surprises coming your way after the first course.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode of 'Your British Guide to Switzerland'</strong></p> <p>- First things first: How do you get invited to a Swiss person's home?<br /> - When should you arrive? What is considered too early, or too late?<br /> - What should you bring with you?<br /> - How do you say hello: hugs, kisses, a firm handshake?<br /> - What is the normal procedure after you get there?<br /> - What can you expect in terms of food?<br /> - How long should you stay?<br /> - Which topics of conversation should you avoid?<br /> - How can you follow up afterwards?</p>
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An utterly delightful royal wedding special
<p>What drives someone who's not particularly interested in the monarchy to watch a full royal wedding? We found out this weekend as we switched our TV over to the BBC and soaked up the atmosphere in Windsor for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, all from the safety of a Swiss chalet in the Bernese Alps.</p> <div class="gh-markdown-editor-preview-content"> <h2 id="notesonthisepisodeofyourbritishguidetoswitzerlandpodcast"> Notes on this episode of your 'British guide to Switzerland' podcast</h2> <p>Who pays for a royal wedding? BBC's 'Reality Check' does a nice job of trying to <a href= "http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44154438">break down the figures</a>, albeit it without too much information at their disposal.</p> <p>And while we're on the topic... how does <a href= "http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-40425569/reality-check-what-does-the-queen-cost-us">the Queen</a> afford all those new dresses?</p> <p>Not everybody loves the Royal Family, and not everybody wanted to watch the wedding. Campaign group Republic <a href= "https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/20/royal-wedding-prince-harry-meghan-markle">launched a petition</a> in advance of the big day to try and stop taxpayers' money being spent on the event. It had 32,000 signatures.</p> <p>And something we didn't hear mentioned during the festivities, but which was covered in the UK press beforehand, was how the homeless were having their property, including sleeping bags, <a href= "http://time.com/5279252/windsor-homeless-royal-wedding/">put into storage</a> before the wedding, while royalists camped out on the streets overnight to secure a spot to watch the day's events.</p> </div>
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Full steam ahead! Buying Swiss train tickets
<p>There a number of different types of tickets and railcards you can buy to travel around Switzerland whether you have just moved here, or you're only visiting. We run through the discounts available, where and how to buy tickets and how much you can expect it all to set you back.</p> <ul> <li>The 'GA' - an annual pass for whole country: worth it if you‘re commuting or travelling a lot. CHF3860 per year / CHF340 in monthly installments.</li> <li>The 'Halb Tax' - the half-fare card: enables you to buy tickets for half price. A one-off payment of CHF185 / CHF165 if you automatically renew.</li> <li>You can buy weekly and monthly passes for specific routes, prices vary.</li> <li>The Swiss Federal Railways, SBB, has an app where you can buy all train tickets. Also available in English.</li> <li>Local transport companies have their own apps where you can find more options than in the SBB app for cheaper tickets for a specific route.</li> <li>There are ticket machines at railway stations and most bus or tram stops.</li> <li>Travel at a specific date and time and book in advance: you can get a cheaper 'saver' ticket for the train. Otherwise, the train ticket costs the same all the time, whether you buy your ticket weeks in advance or five minutes before you leave.</li> <li>For visitors to Switzerland, it can be good value for money to buy an Interrail pass: CHF326 for 3 days travel in Switzerland within one month.</li> <li>There are also a few varieties of the Swiss Travel Pass which although slightly cheaper, has to be used on consecutive days. Costs CHF225 for 3 days, for example. Includes free entry to many museums.</li> <li>All of the above prices are second class. </li> </ul>
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A typical Swiss picnic
<p>The food people pack for a picnic would be similar all over Europe, right? Well, as it turns out, a Swiss picnic contains some very typical items, and they're quite different to what would be found in a British picnic basket.</p> <p><strong>Notes on this episode</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brits in a Swiss newspaper (for all the wrong reasons)</li> <li>Renewing a British passport when you live in Switzerland</li> <li>A typical Swiss picnic: what you need to pack</li> <li>A visit to 'Schwarzwasserbrücke'</li> </ul>
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Swiss and Chips: Over the border
<p>We are in Italy for the week: first at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and then Rome. In this episode we talk about why it's different to travel from Switzerland to neighbouring countries, than it is from England.</p> <p>Notes on this episode</p> <p>* What is it like to have Paris and Rome on your doorstep?<br /> * How often do Swiss travel and how easy is it to cross the border?<br /> * Is there a difference in the way Swiss and Brits travel?<br /> * What is 'shopping tourism' and why is it a big issue in Switzerland?</p>
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The flight factor: flying in and out of Switzerland
<p>Although Switzerland isn't a big country, it still has a number of airports and each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages. Looking for the perfect flight home can be like searching for the holy grail at first, but if you know some basics, it becomes pretty straightforward.</p> <div class="gh-markdown-editor-preview-content"> <h2 id="notesonthisepisode">Notes on this episode</h2> <p>How can you find your perfect flight home? It's all about a combination of the below factors:</p> <ul> <li>Price</li> <li>Flight time</li> <li>Airlines</li> <li>Airport location and connections</li> </ul> <p>What marks the different Swiss airports apart? We discuss the pros and cons of flying from Basel, Bern, Geneva or Zurich.</p> <p>And don't forget, these are the basics of finding a cheap flight:</p> <ul> <li>Book early</li> <li>Compare flights using sites such as <a href= "http://skyscanner.com/">Skyscanner</a> and have a look on the airlines' own websites too</li> <li>Only take hand luggage</li> <li>If you can, don't fly out Friday evening and return Sunday evening</li> </ul> </div>
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What do the Swiss think about British people
<p>Most Swiss have an opinion about everything and everyone. And that includes the English. Although the first image that springs to mind when thinking of the English might be one of Brits abroad: the red faced, football shirt-wearing, beer can-waving lad that's a familiar sight in warmer countries during the summer months; on second thought, the English also have a reputation for being polite, respectful or even admirable.</p> <div class="gh-markdown-editor-preview-content"> <p>In this episode we talk about some of the most commonly-held prejudices some Swiss have about the Brits and Jo has the chance to defend British culture.</p> <h2 id="notesonthisepisode">Notes on this episode</h2> <p>Let's do this the Swiss way, by starting a critical conversation with some compliments and positive points:</p> <ul> <li>Gentlemen and traditionalists</li> <li>The Queen and James Bond</li> <li>the British accent</li> </ul> <p>Although the Swiss are generally respectful about the Brits, not all thoughts are positive:</p> <ul> <li>British food</li> <li>British weather</li> <li>Red skin</li> <li>The Brits and alcohol</li> </ul> </div>
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Food: eat your way happy!
<p>Chunky chips or skinny fries? And is there a place in any ham sandwich for a slice of gherkin and a bit of hard-boiled egg? There are some big differences between Swiss and British food, and the expectations on both sides. Jo and Simon talk about what they love and hate in both country's cuisines.</p> <h2 id="notesonthisepisode">Notes on this episode</h2> <ul> <li><a href="https://swissandchips.com/contact-swiss-and-chips/">We want to hear from you, so get in touch!</a> Become part of the show or simply ask us a question.</li> </ul> <p>Send a message on WhatsApp:<br /> The best way to receive our podcast and get in touch is via WhatsApp. Save our phone number in your contacts, then send a message with your name, to:<br /> <a href="tel:+41%2078%20915%2039%2059">+41 78 915 39 59</a></p> <ul> <li>Simon's first experience with Fish and Chips. Chips vs. skinny fries: the big cultural difference.</li> <li><a href= "https://www.nordsee.com/de/ueber-uns/unternehmensgeschichte/">Nordsee</a> from Nordsee.</li> <li>The perfect sandwich from M&S vs. Swiss sandwiches with gherkin, tomato and egg.</li> <li>The full English breakfast and Swiss breakfast with <a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muesli">Birchermüsli</a>.</li> <li>Jo's three favourite Swiss meals.</li> <li>Chocolate in all varieties, eg. <a href= "http://www.leoshop.ch/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=462"> 5er + s'Weggli</a></li> </ul>
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Swiss surprises - expectations versus reality
<p>The first show is about Swiss surprises: expectations versus reality.</p> <h2 id="notesonthisepisode">Notes on this episode</h2> <ul> <li>All about the Swiss and Chips podcast, why we're making a podcast in the first place and what can you expect.</li> <li><a href="https://swissandchips.com/contact-swiss-and-chips/">We want to hear from you, so get in touch!</a> Become part of the show or simply ask us a question.</li> </ul> <p>Send a message on WhatsApp:<br /> The best way to receive our podcast and get in touch is via WhatsApp. Save our phone number in your contacts, then send a message, with your name, to:<br /> +41 78 915 39 59</p> <ul> <li>Jo talks about how she moved from England to Switzerland.</li> <li>Jo's expectations of Switzerland and the (surprising) reality.</li> <li>We discuss snow, toothpaste and obviously chocolate.</li> <li>How to get a bank account in Switzerland.</li> <li>Switzerland's four national languages.</li> <li>Cash vs. card payment.</li> <li>Children and how they get to school.</li> <li>The 'bad' experiences when Jo first arrived in Switzerland.</li> <li>Swiss timing: How late is 'late' in Switzerland.</li> </ul>
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