Difference between Italian and swiss-italian (Fr-CH FR)
Thread poster: Abakus-tekst

Abakus-tekst  Identity Verified
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Sep 9, 2010

Can italian and french texts be used as native swiss-italian texts and native swiss-french texts? Is a localization of french and italian texts into swiss texts necessary? How will swiss native readers react on regular italian and french texts?
Are there differences and if so, what kind of differences (examples, if possible)? replies from swiss colleagues would be pretty welcome.

Thank you for your help.

Andreas, Abakus-Text


alessandra bocco  Identity Verified
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English to Italian
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Swiss Italian Sep 9, 2010

I'm Italian and I never imagined that Swiss Italian was different... but some time ago I was asked to do the proofreading of a medical text (EN>IT) and I thought the translator was crazy since he/she used some terms that were really strange (they exist in Italian but are not used in that context or are not used at all...such as "medicamento" instead of "medicinale" just to show an example). I warned the agency about it and they told me that the translator was Swiss and that the document was for the Swiss market, so I had to leave the terms as they were... What a shock!


stefania castelli
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Useful link :) Sep 9, 2010

I'd like to suggest this useful link


Yes, Swiss Italian is slightly different from Italian spoken in Italy.



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