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I'm not a typical British traveller who thinks that speaking English slowly and shouting is universally understood. I'd much rather make an effort and even if I'm not understood, to at least be polite.

I'm very competent and comfortable with speaking French but is French spoken readily in Basel? If not, does anyone have any useful words or phrases? Such as "Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank You, excuse me, sorry, Can I have the bill please, more beer please, where are the toilets" and of course "I'm sorry I am English and don't understand" and any others you may wish to add.

Many thanks

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I think I've got it now - thank you too Kileysmom for teaching us some Native American!

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Well,I guess it's "thank you" in american alaska native's language.

I know some words in Lakota, which I think, is a wonderful language, too.

You know where the "Paha sapa" are?

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Paha Sapa Kin Wiyopeya Unkiyapi kte sni yelo!!!

we will not sell the black hills mätzli!

Tak

I love the way that here at work it happens all the day that one is speaking in french and the other is responding in german and the whole thing works.

Only in Switzerland these things happen.

Oller, next time in Basel give us a call. We promise we will be very nice.

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Wow taksi. Did you google it or die you know?

Isn't this a wonderful language?

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Of cource I knew it!!!! ;-) whatdidyathink?

Tak (middle name google)

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Wow, 25 replies!!!

Thankfully we got by with ein grosse bier bitte or swie kupli bitte. A thoroughly enjoyable visit to a fantastic town with marvelous residents.

Thank you all for your input. It all helped enormously.

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27. Re: Language...

hey ches, you DID pick up the basecs. glad you like it and had a good time and also for the feedback.

prost!

tak

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