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
Imagine you are sitting in a full football stadium and the national anthems of both teams are being played. And both anthems sound exactly the same. Unimaginable? Copied from the English – or shall we say stolen? Not in Switzerland.
There are 26 cantons in Switzerland. 20 of them in German-speaking Switzerland, including the half cantons. Each canton has its own dialect, which results in quite a variety. To help you keep track, here are the dialects based on their
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?
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
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
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
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
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,
In Switzerland we speak Swiss German. Although it comes from High German, it is a dialect of its own. A German from Stuttgart may still understand us, but a German from Hamburg has no chance. Although High German is his