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Greetings from the Ambassadors

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Germany
Austria
Switzerland
Liechtenstein
Urs Ziswiler

Urs Ziswiler
Ambassador, Switzerland

Switzerland is a country with four national languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Furthermore, people in the German speaking parts of Switzerland do not speak German as such as their first language: they speak Swiss German, an Alemannic dialect.

Coming from that particular linguistic background I can all the more appreciate the positive and enriching effects of studying a second or even a third language. Learning a language is an enormously rewarding experience and offers insights into another world and another culture. Communication with each other becomes more direct and faster.

The German language is an integral part of European culture, with more than 90 million German speakers distributed among the countries of Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

In this spirit, I welcome the efforts of the German Language School Conference here in the United States, and I applaud all students of German. Best of luck!

Urs Ziswiler, Ambassador
Switzerland

German Language School Conference • E-Mail: info@germanschools.org