When you learn a foreign language, grammar is as important as vocabulary. Since Swiss German is not a codified language though, we prefer to concentrate on the vocabulary. Because what good is it if you know the grammar, but you don’t know the words? That’s why today you’ll learn everything about the days of the week, months and the different ways of greeting people, depending on the time of the day.

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The 7 days of the week

There are seven days of the week, seven words you must remember:

English Schwizerdütsch
Monday Mäntig
Tuesday Ziistig
Wednesday Mittwuch
Thursday Dunnstig
Friday Friitig
Saturday Samschtig
Sunday Sunntig

By the way, the expression “TGIF” does not exist in Swiss German. The literal translation would be “Gott sei Dank isch Friitig”. But this is not a common way of expression. We simply use the English version.

From January to December

Unfortunately, it’s not just seven months, it’s 12, so this list is getting a little longer:

English Schwizerdütsch
January Januar
February Februar
March März
April April
May Mai
June Juni
July Juli
August August
September Septämber
October Oktober
November Novämber
December Dezämber
In the month of May is when everything blossoms in Switzerland
In the month of May is when everything blossoms in Switzerland

Noticed anything? That’s right, there are many months in Swiss German called the same as in English. The only difference is the emphasis and pronunciation. So it’s not that difficult, is it? Learning Swiss German is actually a lot of fun!

 

 

Switzerland has four seasons

The nice thing about Switzerland is the four seasons, and each has its beautiful sides. That’s what they are called:

English Schwizerdütsch
Winter Wintär
Spring Frühälig
Summer Summer
Fall Herbscht

Time-related vocabulary

Here are a few important words about duration and time:

English Schwizerdütsch
Second Sekunde
Minute Minutä
Hour Schtund
Quarter of an hour Viertelschtund
Half an hour Halbschtund
Day Tag
Week Wuche
Month Monät
Year Jahr
Today Hüt
Tomorrow Morn
Yesterday Geschtär
One moment please Ein Momänt bitte

Guete Morge to everyone!

What about time-related greetings? How do you greet someone in the morning and what is the correct way in the evening?

English Schwizerdütsch
Good morning Guete Morgä
Good day Guete Tag
Good evening Guete Abig
Good night Guet Nacht

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Hopefully, thanks to this article you were able to expand your existing vocabulary. Of course, there is much, much more to learn. Why don’t you sign up for our online course and learn to speak Swiss German in just 4 weeks!

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