Every culture / country has its own Idiosyncrasies which can be difficult to understand or accept at first. But as per my last post on this subject, with time, we get used to them and hopefully laugh at them.
The following points are some that either friends or myself have experienced first hand. Some were easy to get used to but others took some positive thinking! (on both sides)
Sarcasm vs literal
In the case of ‘looking’ when in a relationship, your friend would say;
US: Just because you are on a diet, it doesn’t mean you cannot look at the menu 🙂
Swiss: What? I’m not on a diet! I eat everything I want! Don’t you see my bootie?
When you just start seeing someone romantically;
US: We’re just dating. Until we have had the “Conversation”, I’m a free agent!
Swiss: What does dating mean? We kissed, so we’re together, exclusively!
Starting a new job as a foreigner
US: Hey, welcome! Let’s have lunch or go for drinks after work. Would love to know more about you.
US: We just met but I really like you and have a good feeling about you!
(You are guilty until proven innocent! So maybe in 6 months, once you have proven yourself enough we can meet for a drink after work! )
US: I have two million dollars with me. I urgently need to open a secret Swiss bank account!
Swiss: There’s no need to whisper. Poverty is nothing to be ashamed of in Switzerland!
Small talk with strangers – How are you?
US: I’m ok and you?
Swiss: I have a horrible migraine which started yesterday already 🙁 I’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work 🙁
US: I don’t care how good their fondues are, I need McDonald’s now!
Swiss: They must be Americans!
US: I will call my kid North West.
Swiss: Unacceptable! This name is not on any approved list!
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