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Guaranteed: generous portions

Spotted this sign in Langenthal, canton Bern, while looking for a place to eat. Decided this sounded more filling than a pizza! The waitress said that loosely translated,”Winn Fat” meant prosperity. We left with pleasantly full bellies plus leftovers.

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Learning English can be a lot of fun.

An English-speaking stranger pops into a Swiss classroom, and she seems a little confused. But soon, Aunt Annie has the children contributing eagerly to the conversation.

Follow the link below to listen in on my classroom visit with Aunt Annie:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/multimedia/audios_podcast/Aunt_Annie_goes_to_school.html?cid=29192398&view=podcastDetail&autoPlay=y

To learn more about the Aunt Annie programme, click here: http://www.auntannie.ch/



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Not sure I want to go in there ...

This isn’t a real example of funny English, but I think you’ll agree it’s worth including. I passed this little place in Basel — near Barfüsserplatz – which is where it gets its nickname.

It was closed so I can’t say whether the name was fitting, but judging from the outside, I’d say it was pretty cute.

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Ideal for aggressive gum-chewers

While standing in the check-out line, I couldn’t resist this chewing gum with the insistent name.  It was actually pretty good, too.

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a clipping from a Swiss pet shop catalog

I don’t know about you, but this ad kind of took my appetite away.

What’s next, a “Litter Lunch Box”?

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