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How to Count to 100 in Swiss German

Counting to 100 in Swiss German After learning the most common greetings in a language (e.g. hello, goodbye, how are you?), knowing how to count to 10 is one of the most popular things for language learners. Instead of just giving you the bare minimum 10 in Swiss German, I'd like to teach you how to count to 100 in Swiss German.

From 1 to 12

Swiss German numbers are pretty similar to German and English numbers, especially the ones from one to ten.

eis (one)
zwei (two)
drü (three)
vi-er (for)
foif (five)
sächs (six)
sibe (seven)
acht (eight)
nün (nine)
zäh (ten)
elf (eleven)
zwölf (twelve)

From 13 to 100

Starting from 13, the numbers in Swiss German are simply a combination of a single number (1-9) and an ending (twenty, thirty, etc.) and some n's and e's to combine the two. 33 in Swiss German would be drü-e-drissg ("three-a-thirty") and 75 would be foif-e-sibezg ("five-a-seventy").

These decimal numbers (like 10, 20, 30, etc.) are also used as the ending…

A Swiss German Skiing Dictionary

A Swiss German Skiing Dictionary Before the skiing season comes to an end I thought it appropriate to give you the basics of Swiss German skiing vocabulary. You'll be able to hit the slopes and name pretty much everything you see. Sounds great? It is! Of course, I'll include some snowboarding terms as well even though snowboarding has been losing popularity quickly over the last few years.

Remember, in Switzerland there are three colors marking the difficulty of a slope:

blue = easy, for beginners and pleasure skiers
red = advanced, for experienced skiers
black = real hard and tricky, requires technical skills

Please choose a slope that is right for your skill level and make sure to use caution at all times. Skiing accidents aren't pretty and happen faster than you'd think! If you need to improve your skiing, you can find qualified skiing instructors at any ski resort in Switzerland!

Swiss German Skiing Vocabulary Abfahrt (downhill slope)
Après-ski (after skiing party/dri…

What My Readers Think About Switzerland

What word do you associate with Switzerland? What is the thing that first comes to your mind when you hear "Switzerland"? I wanted to know what you - my readers - think about Switzerland and created a poll. Slowly but surely the answers started coming in.
What You Think About Switzerland The results of the poll are interesting but not entirely surprising. I hoped people would add answers of their own in the comment section but that hasn't happened so far. You can still participate in the poll here: What you think about Switzerland What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Switzerland? - Results Mountains (12 votes)Money & Banks (11 votes)Chocolate (6 votes)Chuchichäschtli (5 votes)Cleanliness (4 votes)Neutrality (3 votes)Punctuality (2 votes)Cheese & Milk (1 vote)Watches (0 votes)

When Your Passport is Worth It

Last week I wrote about what can happen when your passport isn't worth muchand how as an owners of a privileged passport - one that lets you travel to lots of countries visa free - we are often blissfully unaware of the troubles people with less travel privileges go through. Today, I want to share a personal story about the other side, about what can happen when your passport is truly worth it. 
Traveling Without a Visa This happened when I was on my way back to Peru from a trip to Switzerland. In fact, it was the very same trip for which my boyfriend was denied a visa. I was 6 months pregnant and traveling was a bit more strenuous than usual. My AVIANCA flight route led me first from Zurich to London (Heathrow, not a good choice!), from London to Bogota and then onwards to Lima. This is a long journey and can be tough to deal with even when you're not pregnant.

Everything seemed to go well. I checked in in Zurich, boarded my plane, got to Heathrow Airport, found the correct …