No matter where you go, as soon as you drive to another country or just to another city in your own country, the good old clichés stick to you. Clichés are omnipresent. Every country has them, and every tourist fights with them abroad. What’s true about the clichés of the “Swiss“? We’ve done some research.
Swiss eat only chocolate and cheese
It is indeed true that chocolate (in Swiss German the “Schoggi”) enjoys a very high status. Cheese production” is also flourishing in Switzerland. Half of the “Miuch” produced is processed into cheese. This is also reflected in the supermarkets, where the shelves for “Schoggi” and “Chäs” are much larger than in other countries. But the fact that we Swiss live exclusively on cheese and chocolate 7 days a week is of course total nonsense. If that were the case, we would be the undisputed leader of the sad ranking of the world’s fattest nations. Especially cheese specialties like fondue and raclette are only eaten in winter, and the highest two to three times per season. It’s a bit different with chocolate, which is a must have for most Swiss in the refrigerator.
Alls Swiss are rich
Switzerland is the financial centre of the world and, with the Swiss bank UBS, has the world’s largest wealth manager in its own country. But just because we manage a large part of the assets of others does not mean that we are all millionaires ourselves. Of course, people in Switzerland earn comparatively “good” money. But it should also be mentioned here that the cost of living is many times higher than in the EU, for example.
No one understands the Swiss
In fact, Swiss German is not easy to learn or understand, and we also have some dialects that are very special. But many German managers in Swiss companies set a good example, learn “Schwiizerdütsch” and bring this into “dr Arbeitstag ih”. The Swiss think it’s great when “Uslaender” make an effort and try to master our dialects. Especially for Germans from the southern part of Germany learning Swiss German is quite easy.
Swiss always have the Swiss Army knife with them
Exactly, in one trouser pocket the Swiss Army knife and on the back the alphorn. Even though we are admittedly proud of our Victorinox (founded in 1884), not everyone owns one, and certainly not everyone always carries it with them. The Swiss Army knives are used, for example, when we go to a bbq, hiking or camping. Otherwise it stays nice and tidy in the kitchen drawer.
Swiss minimize every single word
It is true that the diminutive is used above average in Swiss German. But it is a fatal fallacy to believe that you can add the ending -li to every word and it will then be correct Swiss German. Because in most cases it just sounds like Swiss German, but is grammatically incorrect. The -li is most often used for nouns. But beware, often the meaning changes as a result. A “Zältli” is not a small tent, but a candy!
In our course you will also get to know the Swiss culture
In our online course you will learn not only the Swiss German language but also everything worth knowing about Switzerland and its culture. So that you don’t just believe all the clichés anymore.