Ciao - Hello in Romansh
Ciao is a common greeting in Romansh. We present to you some interesting information about the language and Switzerland.
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Romansh is a Romance language spoken predominantly in the Swiss canton of the Grisons.
Here we will share some amazing facts about the Romansh language and Switzerland,
Romansh has been recognized as a national language of Switzerland since 1938, and as an official language in correspondence with Romansh-speaking citizens since 1996, along with German, French and Italian.
Romansh is the umbrella name for five written regional variants of Romansh: Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Puter, and Vallader. These, and many other spoken dialects, developed over time because of the remoteness of many villages in Graubünden, making it hard for people from different areas to mingle.
In 1982 a standardized written version of the language, known as Romansh Grishun, was created by a Zurich linguist. It’s used for representing Romansh in official texts and on Swiss banknotes. But Romansh people don’t use it, they speak the variant for their area instead.
The most similar Romance language to Romansh is Italian, particularly the dialects of Lombardy in northern Italy.
The Romansh variants of the Engadine region are heavily influenced by Italian. As for centuries, people from that area of Switzerland emigrated over the border to Italy to work, regularly coming back to Engadine in the summer months.
All Romansh speakers are bilingual, speaking and writing fluent German/Swiss German.
Lia Rumantscha was founded in 1919 to help save the language after a wave of immigration from German speakers into Romansh-speaking areas threatened its future.
Switzerland is the Birthplace of the Red Cross. The Red Cross has 97 million volunteers and was founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland, where its headquarters still remain today.
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Just like the official languages Switzerland has diversity in its cuisine. Some of the traditional delicacies are Fondue, Tarts and Quiches, Landjager, Älplermagronen (Alpine Macaroni), Raclette, Rosti, Saffron risotto, Malakoff, Polenta (Cornmeal), Zürcher Geschnetzeltes.
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Swiss Chocolate is world-famous. But Swiss dessert is more than that, it includes Apple Strudel, Gelato, Apricot Cake, Berliner, Raspberry Cake, Spitzbuben Biscuits.
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Switzerland has a ravishing storybook charm. To experience the enchanting beauty you must visit the following places Matterhorn Museum, Gornergrat observation platform, Theodul Glacier, Château de Chillon, Sphinx Observatory, Jungfraujoch, Schweizerischer Nationalpark, Lake Geneva, Lugano, Zytglogge, Chapel Bridge, Rhine Falls, Zurich.
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Switzerland is truly a travelers’ paradise and the country is also famous for its music and cultural festivals like International Balloon Festival, Geneva Motor Show, Paléo Festival De Nyon, Basler Fasnacht, Montreux Jazz Festival, Fête De L’Escalade, Festichoc, Fête Nationale Suisse, Gauklerfest – International Street Performer’s Festival.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Romansh and/or Switzerland, let us all know!