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french german

I wonder how the Swiss system can survive.  It’s fraught with French and German.  Perhaps it’s saving grace is that people can have the momentary choice between Colloquial German vs French.

Yet it’s a beautiful choice.  A beautiful diglossia.

For those of us who must choose between these major Western European languages, I’m afraid it’s all too difficult to choose German.  It sounds too formal and informal.  It’s sweetness is in its tribalness and objectivity.  It’s sweetness is in its familiarity and unfamiliarity.  But still, I am hearing its separated units.

And in French, I hear its overly entangled grammatical parts.  It flows awfully well together.  It is too idiomatic, too established, too cultural, too bound to tradition.

How to decide between these uncombinable giants?

I envy the Swiss.