Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas in Four Languages

In honor of the holidays, I've written how to say "Merry Christmas" in the 4 official languages of Switzerland.

German: Frohe Weihnachten

French: Joyeux Noel

Italian: Buon Natale

Romansch: Bellas Festas

It comes as no surprise to me that naturally, the German greeting is the longest at 16 letters. If you ever read a magazine like the inflight magazine from Swiss where they have various languages like German and English side by side, you'll notice just how inefficient German really is,as the text tends to be at least 1/3 longer to say the exact same thing. Oh well. Enjoy the season and Merry Christmas from One Big Yodel.


Ritsumei said...

Having studied a bit of German, way back, it doesn't surprise me either. What surprises me is that Switzerland has 4 official languages! That's got to get a bit cumbersome from time to time!

Chantal said...

It definitely does not make learning a language easy since people most likely speak yours anyhow and don't want to be bothered with your stumbling attempts at their language.

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