Four little films about Swissness

June 15, 2011, 5 Comments


For the past few weeks I’ve been making little video podcasts about Swissness. The very first one featured a coconut which now accompanies me to all my events. That doesn’t mean I’m turning into Tom Hanks’ character in Castaway; I still do talk to humans and as yet my coconut doesn’t have a name. But next week I’m off to California, and I’m not sure my coconut will be allowed through customs, so I’ll have to work with an American one. That could be a challenge. And to keep you all happy while I am in America, here are the four podcasts I made earlier.


If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might recognise some of the content. It’s not the first time I’ve talked about the likes of Swissness or Swinglish, but it’s much more fun to do it with props.


This all started when a lady at Laufen in the USA read my blog, contacted me and suggested that some podcasts would be a fun way to give Americans a taste of life in Switzerland. Or at least life as I see it! Laufen is the biggest Swiss producer of bathrooms and toilets. Not that I know much about either of those, but they asked me to talk about Swissness instead – and that is something I know a bit about!


So that was a short visual introduction to Swissness. There will be more to come, and you can see the latest podcasts (and other Swissy things) on Laufen’s Facebook page. Or indeed Swiss Watching’s own Facebook page. Or come and see me and my coconut next week in Los Angeles, where I am speaking at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 23rd.  After that it’s weeks of relaxation and the next research trip – pleasure before business. See you in August!

5 Comments on "Four little films about Swissness"

  1. nikotev01 Wednesday June 15th, 2011 at 11:06 AM · Reply

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  2. Fergus Miller Wednesday June 15th, 2011 at 01:46 PM · Reply

    Great pod casts Diccon now I can put a voice to your written material! & I notice your accent is not linked to a specific area in England which has many dialects just like Switzerland, did you loose it at public school? Now that’s a funny way of using English calling a school public when in fact it is private!

    As you know I am from New Zealand/Britain ……I have always thought of an Old Timer as many things not just an old person eg; car & train etc.

    As for Tip Top we have Tip Top ice cream in New Zealand! It is owned by New Zealand’s largest company Fonterra which is responsible for 30% of the the worlds dairy exports!

    A Handy is indeed very handy!

    My half room hall is VERY useful for jackets and shoes!

    We have lived in 4 dwellings in Switzerland and only 1 of them had a cellar, in fact when we built our house we could opt out of having one and pay the council 6K for a public one, don’t ask me where it is its the last place I’d go if we had a nuclear attack!

    I have lived in Switzerland for 11 years now and what I have found is that it’s best just to be yourself and honest, my Swiss German/German is crap but I get by because they love to speak English, when they can’t they have to put up with my Swiss German/German then we have a few laughs………..the other option they speak to my better half!

  3. Janie Wednesday June 15th, 2011 at 05:23 PM · Reply

    I love this! Not only did I get to see and hear you which is nice because after reading your blog for over a year now it is nice to see who you are. I only watched the first podcast as I am saving the rest for tomorrow. No, really I need to get going here so I don’t have time to watch and still write. Getting to see all that the Swiss invented is truly interesting and the way you pronounce words is also interesting. I had no idea the English pronounce aluminum that way.
    I would love to see you on June 23 but I will be in Florida on my own vacation. Yay! Also I am moving to North Carolina so I am quit busy right now.

  4. Anonymous Coward Sunday June 19th, 2011 at 02:09 PM · Reply

    My favorite Swinglish term is ‘car’, used as a synonym for ‘motor-coach’ or ‘bus’.

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