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  • hey guys welcome back to how to switzerland  sarah here today and today's video is going  

  • to be especially dedicated to all of  the swiss viewers watching because  

  • i'm going to be sharing with you some things  that you should avoid saying to americans

  • so i recently did a video talking about some  things that you should not ask swiss people  

  • and we got an overwhelming amount of comments  and people saying that i should really do the  

  • video the other way around for all of the swiss  people watching so swiss people know um what to  

  • avoid mentioning or discussing when they talk to  americans and this is actually a very uh great  

  • suggestion from you guys so thank you so much by  the way there are so many swiss people watching  

  • um we have between like 50 to 70 of all of the  views coming from switzerland so special thank  

  • you to all the swiss people supporting this  channel i really really appreciate it so yeah  

  • back to the video in my experience a lot of  swiss people really um like visiting america  

  • they like to meet americans they really like the  culture at least that's what i've experienced as  

  • an american i've had an over mount overwhelming  amount of swiss people say how much they want to  

  • go visit california or florida or new york city  and how they've road tripped around the country  

  • or whatever a lot of people here seem to want to  do that so i thought that this video might help  

  • for those swiss people watching that want to go to  the united states and want some advice on how to  

  • deal with americans but of course this can go the  other way around a lot of american tourists visit  

  • switzerland every single year or move here and  become expats here so if you're swiss you probably  

  • if you're not visiting america you probably bump  into americans in your everyday life especially  

  • if you live in a very touristy kind of city and  sorry guys i always have to say this but quick  

  • disclaimer before i get into the points and that  is whatever i tell you not to say not to ask the  

  • complete opposite is also going to be true that  is just how cultural differences work whatever  

  • my subjective personal experience has been or my  thoughts or my opinions are you will find people  

  • with the exact opposite point of view that's  just how it works but in my experience americans  

  • in general are very friendly open-minded people  that love to talk that love to be asked questions  

  • and they're pretty much open to everything but  yeah anyways let's just get into the points  

  • first thing to be aware of when you are talking  to americans as a swiss is the type of english  

  • you are using so i would say don't use british  english if it is possible i know in school here  

  • matthias has told me that they teach british style  english and i have noticed that as well that when  

  • i'm talking to swiss people that they might use  words like trousers lift jumper um or things like  

  • that that americans do not say now i mean who am  i to tell you what kind of english to speak when  

  • you're visiting america as a person that barely  can speak enough german to get around and i live  

  • here so anyways but if you are swiss and you  are interested in improving your english for  

  • a trip to the united states or whatever i would  recommend that you would just look up the common  

  • um differences between british and american  english although americans will not be insulted  

  • if you use british english they definitely will  not take offense to that or anything like that it  

  • just might lead to some uncomfortable situations  because if you walk in a department store and you  

  • ask where are the jumpers they might not have  any idea what you are referring to and it might  

  • just lead uh to some awkward situations or you'll  definitely kind of stand out as a tourist um if  

  • you use british english words that americans don't  really understand what they mean and of course  

  • there are good amount of words that are said in  british english that are actually offensive or  

  • rude in the united states so you might just want  to be aware of that but again you guys if you  

  • can speak english and go over there you're you're  better off than i am so major props but it's just  

  • something to consider second thing to be aware  of when talking to americans is how americans  

  • talk about their ancestry okay so let's get this  situation that happened to my husband all the  

  • time he is swiss and he would be in america and he  would meet somebody and it would come up that he  

  • is swiss and the american would respond and say  oh my gosh you're swiss me too like my family's  

  • from switzerland i'm swiss or they would say oh  i'm german or i'm french and um this would lead  

  • matthias my husband to be like oh that's really  cool like do you speak german or what part of  

  • germany or what part of switzerland are you  from and then the american would be like  

  • oh no i'm not like from there i'm like from there  like my my ancestors are from there and americans  

  • tend to talk like that i know this is a little  bit different but if you're in the united states  

  • and americans talk about their where they're from  or their uh ancestry they're talking about you  

  • know like great great uh great grandparents  and at this point they pretty much have  

  • no uh ties to those countries or very weak ties  usually they don't speak the language or a lot  

  • of times they may have never even been to that  country but they sometimes refer to themselves as  

  • as from that country so if this comes up if  you meet an american and they say oh i'm swiss  

  • 2 don't expect that they actually are like  from switzerland like born there or raised  

  • there or even that their parents are from  switzerland they could be referring to their  

  • great great great grandparents being from  switzerland moving on to point number three  

  • and this has to do with american chocolate okay  so you swiss watching you have some incredible  

  • chocolate in this country the best chocolate in  the world the best chocolate that i've ever had  

  • amazing quality amazingly delicious and if you  go to the united states and you eat chocolate  

  • in my experience most swiss people's  reaction is not positive to eating american  

  • chocolate i've heard from matthias that it tastes  fake it tastes overly sweet it tastes grainy it  

  • tastes sugary and it's just not real chocolate  you'll hear that a lot it's not real chocolate  

  • and if that is your opinion that is perfectly fine  that is perfectly valid but if you would outright  

  • say to an american that you think their chocolate  is gross or that it is not good or that is not  

  • real chocolate they might find this slightly  offensive because whenever you are talking about  

  • somebody's food especially you know chocolate for  a lot of us americans like we grew up on hershey's  

  • chocolate hershey's is probably the main producer  of chocolate in the us i don't know if that's a  

  • fact or not but it's the chocolate that i grew  up eating and um if you would say that you think  

  • it's gross or you don't like it or you you just  think it's bad quality they'll probably be like  

  • what are you talking about and they really might  not like to hear that okay moving on to point  

  • number four that you should really keep in mind if  you are dealing with the u.s americans is to avoid  

  • saying anything anti-american and i know  that this is like a pretty big topic it's  

  • almost like i feel like that's a pretty big  statement of me to say don't say anything  

  • anti-american but you need to remember that  the united states is is very different it's  

  • i've never lived somewhere i've lived in you  know a good amount of countries and i've never  

  • lived somewhere that has as much patriotism as  the united states americans are instilled with a  

  • lot of pride for their country from the time they  are very very young and most americans are very  

  • very proud to be american and have an extremely  low tolerance for people saying negative things  

  • about their country and i know this seems kind of  obvious and obviously this is just good manners um  

  • wherever you go if you travel anywhere it's never  good to say negative things about the country  

  • that you are visiting but just keep in mind that  in the us it is in my opinion it is another level  

  • of patriotism so if you would say anything aboutdon't agree with this as far as your laws i don't  

  • agree with this as far as your politics i don't  i don't think you have good public transportation  

  • or whatever even if it's true i think it's best  to just kind of keep those thoughts to yourself  

  • because you might find that you could really piss  some people off and really upset them if you say  

  • really anything negative i've experienced  this myself as well on youtube you guys i make  

  • videos talking about cultural comparisons and  whenever i mention something that i didn't you  

  • know have the best experience with in the united  states for something that i think is perhaps done  

  • better in different countries this always comes  with an onslaught of comments of people saying  

  • um that i'm wrong and that if i disagree  i should just leave america and never come  

  • back or i should give up my passport and there's  just a lot of really proud americans out there  

  • that don't want to hear anything negative even if  it is true so i would just advise you to just keep  

  • those opinions to yourself but again this goes  for any country because i have seen this the  

  • other way around as well i can tell a short story  i'm sorry guys these videos are always so long  

  • but we were in grindelwald about two years ago and  we were on a train and i was talking with matthias  

  • and we were just talking i don't know about what  but some lady kind of like injected herself into  

  • the conversation because she heard that i was  american by my accent obviously and she's like  

  • oh you're american too are you visiting blah blah  blah and i was like no i live here or whatever  

  • and she was like oh what did you think about  um grindelwald like what did you think about  

  • jungfrau yak and she had done a bunch of stuff  and i was like oh like yeah it's really pretty  

  • like it's a great experience i got a good time  and she's like oh i just hated it i thought it was  

  • really horrible and i didn't like it at all and  i don't even know what i'm going to do tomorrow  

  • we were going to go to burn but we drove by in the  train today and it looked really ugly and i don't  

  • want to go there and i was just like wow lady  this is really just bad manners this is really bad  

  • etiquette to be in switzerland as a foreigner and  verbally in a train making these negative comments  

  • about the country even i mean i was just really  thrown back by this and um yeah just it's not it's  

  • never good it's never right to say something  negative especially if you are visiting just  

  • keep those thoughts to yourself because it really  doesn't help anything all right moving on number  

  • five the fifth thing that really you should  not ask americans is who did you vote for or  

  • what do you think about obama or what do you think  about trump or what do you think about hillary  

  • or what do you think about bush now i know that  this sounds super obvious that it's inappropriate  

  • to ask people these questions to their face but  i get asked these questions all the time as an  

  • american living in switzerland and sometimes it is  actually one of the first things that people bring  

  • up with me they'll be like oh you're american like  what do you think about trump and what's going on  

  • and i just think it's kind of inappropriate to  discuss politics with people i just think i just  

  • think it's bad taste it's bad manners to discuss  politics especially with people that you barely  

  • know um because it just it's a dividing issue  and it's not something that most people want to  

  • talk about openly especially at like a cocktail  party or something like i'm just there trying to  

  • have a good time like everybody else because  i'm an american you don't need to come up to  

  • me and try to talk politics i think it's a bit  inappropriate okay so point number six this is  

  • kind of a cultural difference but you definitely  need to keep it in mind as a swiss if you are  

  • dealing with americans so americans are actually  quite indirect in how they talk compared to swiss  

  • so the swiss if they say something they generally  mean it and they mean that they will do it and  

  • they will follow through with it and this is not  the case with americans so let me just give you  

  • an example if if you're swiss and you're chatting  with an american you're just chit-chatting maybe  

  • you just met or you'd spend some time together  and then at the end of the conversation  

  • the american says hey like it was so great meeting  uh you we should definitely grab lunch sometime  

  • okay this is not an invitation to lunch as weird  as that sounds this is really not an invitation  

  • to lunch this is a polite way of saying goodbye  i had a nice time meeting you and that's kind of  

  • weird i know it sounds kind of weird and i think  as americans when you grow up there you understand  

  • when people say things like let's keep in touch or  let me know next time you're in town or let's grab  

  • lunch or let's catch up soon we kind of  understand that unless a specific date  

  • and time was given that this is just kind ofpleasant treat and it doesn't necessarily mean  

  • that this will happen and in fact a lot of  the times i think americans understand if  

  • somebody says yeah let's stay in touch it kind  of means that you're probably not going to hear  

  • from this person anymore and i know this is very  confusing um but this happened with matthias a lot  

  • in the u.s he found that people would say let's  get together sometime and then if he would try to  

  • pursue that he would find that that person would  maybe not reply or he would find out sooner or  

  • later that this person did not actually mean it  when they said that so if you meet an american  

  • and you're leaving each other and they say hey  we should definitely grab coffee sometime don't  

  • jump in and say oh really awesome how about next  week at three because the american will probably  

  • be like oh uh and they'll probably backpedal and  talk their way out of it it's just a pleasantry  

  • that is it unless they give you a specific  suggestion of a place and a time just take it  

  • as a weird way to say goodbye all right  moving on to my last point point number seven  

  • something to keep in mind when you are dealing  uh with americans or in this case if you are a  

  • swiss person talking in english is of all of  these i think it's called swinglish words so  

  • swiss mixed with english so there are a lot  of words that swiss german-speaking people  

  • think i don't want to sound rude but they think  that they're english like they think that it's  

  • used in the united states or in america or they  think that it's an english word but it is actually  

  • not and my husband uses these words all the time  and it's actually kind of cute so i'll just name  

  • a few of the main ones that come up all the  time and the first one is to say hello together  

  • okay because in swiss german you guys know you  say halotsama or salitsama or chusama or in  

  • german that would be you know hallo suzaman and  it basically means like hello to a big group so  

  • in english this does not really translate to hello  together and i have noticed that a lot of swiss  

  • people if they're speaking in english they will  say this they'll say hello together or they'll  

  • email if they're emailing multiple people and say  hello together and we don't really have a plural  

  • word for this for like a plural greeting so you  can just say hello hey guys um if you're trying  

  • to talk to multiple people but you don't say  hello together and i've noticed swiss people say  

  • this all the time when they're speaking in english  another common swinglish word is partner look so  

  • in swiss german they say partner look and they  think that because i guess it's an english word  

  • that we use it in english but we don't use this  in english so the swiss say partner look when  

  • two people are dressed similarly so say matthias  has blue jeans and a white t-shirt on and i have  

  • blue jeans and a white t-shirt on they would  say we have a partner look and i've noticed  

  • again that swiss people when they're talking in  english they say partner look to describe that  

  • kind of a situation but we don't actually say  that in english as smart of a word as it is and  

  • it makes a whole lot of sense we would say like  oh they're matching or they're they're twinning  

  • or something like that but we don't say partner  look another one that comes up all the time that  

  • i've heard a lot of swiss people use when speaking  to me or other americans or english-speaking  

  • people is the word old timer so in switzerland the  word old timer is used to describe like a vintage  

  • car um but in america an old-timer i mean it's  not really like a positive term but it would  

  • mean like an old person like you know with like  a cane like maybe somebody who's like quite old  

  • and to describe like their age like they're an old  timer um but i guess kind of in like a negative  

  • way i don't know i've never really used the word  old timer but if you want to make it translate it  

  • would translate definitely to an old person  so i noticed a lot that people including my  

  • husband would say like oh did you see the old  timer and they're talking about a vintage car  

  • and i'm like what like the car like we don't  call it that we call it like a classic car or  

  • uh yeah i guess a classic car but here they  would call them old timer and that just does  

  • not translate okay and the last one i do have  to point out this last swinglish word because  

  • it is used so often and that is the word beamer so  swiss people often call an overhead projector or  

  • they usually call an overhead projector a beamer  that's what they use in swiss german and they tend  

  • to take that over to english even though we don't  call it a beamer in english so if you're talking  

  • to an american and you call something a beamer  they probably think that you're referring to a bmw  

  • car because that is uh sometimes called a beamer  in america you say oh he drives a beamer he drives  

  • a bmw so if you want to talk about the thing that  is in the ceiling that projects you know pictures  

  • to a wall or a screen that's called a projector  or an overhead projector not a beamer even though  

  • swiss people use that word all the time in  english i'm not sure why it's it's probably  

  • easier to describe it honestly it beams something  not a bad choice of words but probably most people  

  • won't understand what you're talking about all  right you guys that is it for today's video these  

  • are some things you should keep in mind or not ask  or not discuss when you are talking to americans  

  • i hope that you found this helpful in some way if  you liked it let me know by leaving this video a  

  • thumbs up and i appreciate your support and  i'll talk to you very soon in the next one bye

  • you

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