The interesting development of Swiss German

The interesting development of Swiss German

From Moin (in Northern Germany) to Grüßgott (in Southern Germany), Grüessech (in Berne), Grüezi (in Zurich) to Servus (in Austria), the German language has many forms. What is usually called Schwiizerdüütsch in contrast to High German (the standard written German

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Swiss proverbs: Insight into the Swiss people’ s soul

Swiss proverbs: Insight into the Swiss people’ s soul

If you want to learn something about a foreign culture, you should take a closer look at the proverbs of the respective language. They reflect the mentality and customs of a country and give deep insights into how the folk

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The auxiliary verbs “sein”, “haben” and “werden”

The auxiliary verbs “sein”, “haben” and “werden”

The verbs “sein” (to be) and “haben” (to have) are important verbs in the German language. Together with “werden” (will) they are used as an auxiliary verb to form composite tenses. In this function the auxiliary verbs have no lexical

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The brutal key difference between Swiss German and German

The brutal key difference between Swiss German and German

One country, four languages 8.42 million people live in Switzerland in an area of 41,285 km². Despite its small size, Switzerland has four official languages. In addition to High German, French, Italian and Romansh are spoken. And what about Swiss German?

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The ultimate tongue twister list: from chuchichäschtli to chriäsichueche

The ultimate tongue twister list: from chuchichäschtli to chriäsichueche

Have you just moved to Switzerland and your ear is still getting used to the sound of Swiss German? Or have you been living here for some time and perhaps already speak Swiss German? No matter which of the two

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The ultimate guide to learn Swiss German: success guaranteed

The ultimate guide to learn Swiss German: success guaranteed

You have moved to Switzerland and are now confronted with the local dialect, Swiss German. That is no reason to panic. Swiss German may sound difficult at first, but understanding and even speaking it can be learned and is not

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Love is all around – Swiss German love phrases

Love is all around – Swiss German love phrases

We Swiss are not known for being particularly passionate or emotional. The Italians or Spaniards are. But even if we show our feelings less in public, because we believe that this is a private matter, it does not mean that

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Let’s improve your Swiss German vocabulary

Let’s improve your Swiss German vocabulary

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

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What’s up with the «li» in Switzerland? An explanation for the Swiss German diminutive

What’s up with the «li» in Switzerland? An explanation for the Swiss German diminutive

Swiss German is characterized by the frequent use of the diminutive. This means that nouns are usually “reduced in size” by adding the suffix “li” to them. The counterpart in High German is the ending “chen/lein”. If you don’t speak

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Stay informed and use Swiss German newspapers and radio stations

Stay informed and use Swiss German newspapers and radio stations

The press landscape in Switzerland is diverse. On the one hand because of the trilingualism of the country, on the other because Swiss people consume more printed media than, for example, watch TV. Quite different from the south of Europe,

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