Jul 8, 2018 - 9:02 AM
in reply to NASEER
Hi Naseer -
<<"I searched for such matters but I need more of Swiss etiquette if somebody can add more">>
<<"Oh I hope a lot of members chime in here on their thoughts. Great topic.
I think the biggest thing is not to assume someone speaks English. :)">>
Actually, not particularly Swiss...just common courtesy.
On occasion, i have heard a frustrated tourist practically shout the command "Speak English!"
It is very rude, and guarantees that the shouter will not get very much help. Although, the Swiss are generally helpful to tourists.
Naseer- I have to compliment you for your thoughtful question. As far as I can recall, It is the first time a visitor has asked that question on the forum. It is a wonderful attitude for a traveler to have anywhere, and will be much appreciated wherever you travel.
Lucas- "grüetzi" works well in the German speaking regions. Indeed, you will be constantly be greeted with "grüetzi" when you meet someone hiking on a trail. In the French speaking regions, "bon jour" is generally better received, but less common to hear from a stranger passing on a hiking trail.
And, often, someone greeting a group of people, such as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant, will great them with "Grüetzi mittenand" ( from the German "miteinander" meaning "with one another."
Last modified on Jul 8, 2018 - 9:12 AM by Slowpoke