Capturing the mundane to create interesting stories

Public Transport #08: Zurich



Although there are four official languages in Swiss: German, French, Italian and Romansh, the first three are the most commonly used in Swiss. As such, naming of a company/institution often comes in three abbreviation.

Swiss Federal Railways is SBB CFF FFS

SBB = Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (German)

CFF = Chemins de fer fédéraux suisses (French)

FFS = Ferrovie federali svizzere (Italian)

I assume most people will just call it SBB — but I am wondering if the French and Italian speaker would actually calls it CFF or FFS respectively.

G: Are you going to take the SBB to Geneva?

F: Non! I’m taking CFF

G: How about you?

I: I’m taking FFS…

@Zurich, Switzerland



2 responses

  1. Beautiful!

    November 12, 2015 at 20:30

Thougths, anyone?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s