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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 numbers in Swiss German, I'd like to teach you how to count to 100 in Swiss German.
Counting 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)
Counting 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.) a…

How to Say 'Ski' in Swiss German

Ski Slopes in Switzerland Skiing is highly popular in Switzerland. During the winter months almost everybody heads up to the snow covered mountains at least once - and many go much more. It is a costly sport and requires a minimum level of skill and fitness but the feeling of gliding down a slope surrounded by snow covered mountains is just worth it.

There are many different ski resorts - some a bit more pricey than others and some a bit more remote than others. The ski areas closer to the big cities - such as Arosa or Lenzerheide - are better for day trips or weekends because they can be reached in just a few hours. The more remote ones are better for longer skiing holidays. Usually also the small ski areas are good for just a day but if you're staying for a week you might want a bigger area so you don't have to ski down the same slope all week!

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

blue = easy, for beginners and pleasure skiers
red…

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)
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When Your Passport is Worth It

Last week I wrote about what can happen when your passport isn't worth muchand how as owners of privileged passports - 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 shut…