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Earning a Master's degree in Comp Sci/Software Engr from the University of Washington.


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comment Polite alternatives to “Grüß Gott”?
Go south. When hiking in Bavaria, I greeted groups of passer-by with the Swiss "Grüezi Mitenand". It was amusing.
Jan
29
comment Polite alternatives to “Grüß Gott”?
Why is Grüß' Sie not very polite?
Jan
29
comment Difference between Austrian and German
I lived in Switzerland for a few years. In spoken dialects, I rarely heard (never?) the simple past. But when a Swiss would shift from dialect to High German, they would sometimes use the simple past (but not often). Here is my hypothesis on that: High German is primarily a written language in Switzerland. When the Swiss shift from a dialect into High German, they might be imagining how they would express themselves in writing. [Alt hypothesis: if northern Germans use the simple past more frequently than the Swiss when speaking, the Swiss could be imagining a northern speaker.]