Switzerland has four official languages--German, French, Italian, and Romansch
(based on Latin and spoken by a small minority in the Canton Graubunden).
The largest city in the canton is Chur where only about 10% of the population uses Romansch
as their first language and the next largest concentration is in Zurich in the heart of German speaking Switzerland.
(65) In the western Swiss Alps, Romansch
speakers used America as a nickname for fields that were worn out or unfertile, influenced by the reports in emigrants' letters of finding such conditions on their own newly purchased lands.
, spoken only in Graubunden, has fewer speakers than ever.
In more remote parts of the Engadine valley, and particularly in spas, it's a good idea to brush up on a few key German phrases (high German is understood everywhere, regardless of the region) and perhaps even a little French, Italian or, if you're feeling adventurous, Romansch
. I wound up with one massage therapist who spoke only Russian and Greek, but with a lot of elaborate hand gestures, we did fine.
Born in Washington in 1968, James, whose real surname is Romansch
, grew up in a tight-knit Catholic family with his three sisters and one brother.
Table 1-1 Major Indo-European Languages Subfamily Modern Language Baltic Latvian Lithuanian Armenian Armenian Greek Greek Indic Hindi Urdu Bengali Marathi Punjabi Persian Iranian Romance Italian Romanian Romansch
Spanish Portuguese French Walloon Celtic Gaelic Welsh Breton Germanic Dutch English Flemish German Swedish Norwegian Danish Icelandic Slavic Russian Ukrainian Polish Czech Slovak Serb Croat Slovenian Finno-Urgic Finnish Estonian Hungarian Basque Basque
Furthermore, the country has three official languages (German, French, and Italian) and four national languages (German, French, Italian, and Romansch
Remember, this is a country with four official languages, Swiss-German, French, Italian, and Romansch
, and most Swiss speak at least two, as well as English which puts to shame most of us Americans.
And Ben's female fatigue was not helped by parties and drunken binges paid for by some of his pounds 125,000 - which he won by guessing correctly that Romansch
is the official language of Switzerland.
The German, French, Italian, and Romansch
valleys of mountainous Switzerland provide an ideal setting for such a federation.
Switzerland prints elementary school textbooks for its one per cent Romansch
minority in five different dialects.