The mysterious 4th language of Switzerland

@LeaPea2417 (20386)
Toccoa, Georgia
June 28, 2018 2:37pm CST
Switzerland has 4 national languages, German, Italian, French and the mysterious Romansh. Even though Romansh is a national language, it is only spoken by 0.5 percent of the Swiss people. The Canton called Graubunden is where it originates. It is the largest Canton and it is very rare to hear it spoken in other areas of the country. It has a culture to it and if it would die out as a language, it would be the death of traditions of Graubunden. Luckily more people want to learn it and with the internet and lessons being offered, more have the opportunity to learn it these days. I know our myLot friend @LadyDuck lives in Switzerland. What does she know about Romansh?
Despite Romansh being one of Switzerland’s four national languages, less than 0.5% percent of Swiss can speak it.
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@MALUSE (40116)
• Germany
28 Jun
Lady Duck is Italian. She may be able to understand this language as it is a Romance language.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
28 Jun
Yes, it is a Romance language.
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
29 Jun
@MALUSE Romansh sounds really bad (worse than switzerdeutsch), but I can understand what they say. One of our neighbors was born in Grison Canton, he speaks Romansh.
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@MALUSE (40116)
• Germany
29 Jun
@LadyDuck Worse than Schwyzerdütsch? Then it must be really horrible.
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@caopaopao (8623)
• China
29 Jun
Does everyone in Switzerland speak several languages? Dear friend.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Jun
Yes, I think a lot do speak more than one language there.
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
29 Jun
@caopaopao @LeaPea2417 YES, we are obliged to correctly speak at least 2 of the 3 official languages.
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@caopaopao (8623)
• China
29 Jun
@LeaPea2417 That's great, dear friend. Thank you for telling me.
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
29 Jun
Romansh is still one of the "official languages", but it is not mandatory to add this language to official documents, that are all the time written in 3 languages (German, French and Italian). Romansh is spoken in Canton Grison, one of my neighbors was born there and he speaks Romansh and he taught the language to his two children. Romansh will not disappear. By the way Graubunden is the only tri-lingual speaking Canton, but Romansh is spoken in Graubunden and Grison Cantons.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Jun
That is very interesting.
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
30 Jun
@LeaPea2417 They are fighting here to protect the languages spoken by minorities. Italian is only spoken by less than 9% of the population, we are also fighting to keep Italian as "official language".
@mandala100 (43371)
• Hong Kong
28 Jun
Thank you for this important information on the various languages in Switzerland my friend.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
28 Jun
Your welcome.
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@mandala100 (43371)
• Hong Kong
28 Jun
@LeaPea2417 Thanks my friend.
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@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jun
That's interesting. The various and numerous aboriginal dialects have no written version but steps are now being taken to develop a written version to keep the old languages alive.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Jun
That is good.
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@rakski (15915)
• Philippines
28 Jun
Oh, I did not know that. Nice piece of information you got there
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Jun
Thank you.
@Courtlynn (66123)
• United States
28 Jun
I would've never guessed that.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
28 Jun
It is amazing how many languages there are in the world.
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@Courtlynn (66123)
• United States
29 Jun
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@Teep11 (7060)
• United States
29 Jun
Sounds as though the language is appreciated but there are some languages difficult to learn and that's why some may choose to stay away from certain languages.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Jun
Yes, I read where that language is difficult.
@saritflor (3775)
• Israel
28 Jun
I didn't know that, how interesting! is Romansh is some kind of Romanian?
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Jun
I am not sure if it is related to Romanian.
@amadeo (65806)
• United States
28 Jun
I have no interest in learning t his.Have a hard time with English
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Jun
@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Jun
That is good to hear. I wish the American Indian languages would be saved.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
28 Jun
Yes, I do agree with you on that.
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@Corbin5 (106276)
• United States
28 Jun
I did not know about this 4th language. Thank you for sharing this information with us.
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@LeaPea2417 (20386)
• Toccoa, Georgia
28 Jun
Your welcome.
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