Switzerland: Exercise your language skills with forethought
Switzerland has four distinct language regions; breaking out the French in Swiss German–speaking Luzern, or German in Swiss French Geneva, isn't considered the politest move. The atmosphere is more or less forgiving, though, especially in the Italian-speaking south or the small Romansche-speaking pocket in the east, and you'll find most Swiss are polyglot and generally happy to speak with you in English.
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I was not aware that the Swiss are happy about anything. Bit of a serious lot.
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