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Swiss Resorts - Language?

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1. Posted by huntdaisy1 (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

Just wondering if anyone knows what language they speak in the following Swiss resorts:
Arosa, Grindelwald, Kloisters, St. Moritz, Zermatt and Flims. I would like to work in a french speaking resort so if anyone knows if any of the above are french speaking please reply Thank you.

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Hey Daisy,

unfortunately these are all German speaking, but if you look at bit further to the west you'll find a couple of French speaking resorts. I can't name any resorts at the moment, but the cantons you'd be looking at would be Valais (Wallis in German), Vaud (Waadt in German), Lausanne and Geneva. These are all French speaking and they do have mountain resorts.

Hope this helps.



3. Posted by hednorth (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hey there!
Lived in Switzerland many years ago, in Lausanne. I remember going skiing in Verbier, Villars and CRANS Montana... all in the french-speaking part, but don`t know what they`re like now.
Just might help. :)

4. Posted by stepsdevil (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

Hi there

Best thing to do is go on google and type in some keywords like 'diglossia switzerland sprachatlas' or 'linguistic situation switzerland' and what you will get if you search long enough is a linguistic map of where the borders for french, schwyztertuetsch (swiss german), rhaeto-romansch and italian are. You'll then be able to find out what is spoken where chiefly.

As a general rule, many German-Swiss can speak/understand French as it is perceived as prestigous to do so. The French-swiss are less likely to reciprocate but that's not a big deal, and is a generalisation. Almost everyone speaks English. In fact, linguists have shown that in more touristy places in Switzerland, if people stop to ask someone the time it is done in English in case it is a tourist. So all in all I wouldn't worry too much.

Good luck, and hope I've helped!

5. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Quoting Pardus

unfortunately these are all German speaking, but if you look at bit further to the west you'll find a couple of French speaking resorts.

Philly is absolutly correct. All the big name resorts you mentioned are in the German speaking part of La Suisse. In all the major swiss resorts if you can speak German, French and get a job, not so much questions asked. A good buddy of mine here in Zermatt, who is also from Canada speaks nothing other than English and is a full time-year long bar tender at one of the busiest bars in town. Also many expat Englanders and Aussies have opened up restaurants and speak terrible German. Here are all the resorts in French speaking Switzerland.

4 Vallées
Champex - Lac
La Tzoumaz - Mayens de Riddes
Liddes - Vichères
Portes du Soleil
Super Saint Bernard
Crans Montana - Aminona

Obviously, some are bigger then others, depends what you are looking for. If work is most important, better chance to goto a big resort where guests from all over europe and beyond.

I am totally iching for the winter snow to come to get going past the glacier. Good luck.