If you don’t feel like cramming vocabulary and declining verbs, there are many entertaining alternatives for learning Swiss German. In this article you will find tips on how to learn Swiss German in a fun and playful way.
Everything is easier with music
By listening to music you stimulate several of your senses at once. On the one hand you can listen to the Swiss-German lyrics and try to understand them. On the other hand, this way you get to know the best and most popular Swiss bands. Try not only to listen to the lyrics, but also to write them down. This way you train your listening and writing skills. If you don’t understand a word, look it up in our online dictionary.
The Swiss music scene is very diverse. From traditional folk music to rock, hip hop and ballads, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. One of the most famous Swiss rock songs is the “Alperose” by the Bernese musician Polo Hofer. Here are the lyrics to this song.
Blüemlisalp ire Summernacht
Nachdäm i ha e Bärgtour gmacht.
Da ha sie troffe vor dr Hötte us
Sie het Wasser gholt för ne Bluemeschtruus
Uf em Bänkli vor em lääre Stall
Seit sie zu mir: „Es isch kei Zuefall,-
I gloube, mir sy nume einisch hie…“
Als wär’s e Film vergisse i’s nie:
Chorus: Alperose chöme mir i Sinn
Alperose sy das gsy denn
Alperose müesse das gsy sy
Wo näbe üs im Höi gläge sy!
Sy zämezoge am glyche Ort,
Wo dr‘ Herbscht isch cho, da isch sie wieder furt.
Furt isch furt u gly het’s gschneit,
Liebi chunnt und Liebi geit.
Das isch jetz scho es Wyli här
Hätt mängisch wölle, dass es nid eso wär
Und immer wenn i die Bärge gseh
Isch es wieder um mi gscheh.
Reading as the key to success
Singing’s not your thing? No problem, our second tip is reading. Didn’t you like reading comics back in the day? For example Globi or Asterix and Obelix? How about Asterix talks Schwyzerdütsch or Globi’s adventurous Swiss journey? No matter how old you are, you should have read these two classics.
The Swiss film scene is small, but one of the world’s most famous films of all time comes from our country. We are talking about Heidi. The story has been filmed countless times, we like best the classic from the 50s.
Team up with a Swiss
Would you like to improve your oral Swiss German skills and conduct exciting conversations in Swiss German? How about a tandem partner with whom you meet and talk regularly? This has the positive side effect that you also get to know new people and expand your circle of friends.
Play Tabu in Swiss German
Do you like to play board games and do you have a taboo at home? Then suggest to your friends at the next game evening to translate all terms into Swiss German in advance and to play the whole game in dialect. This is a real challenge, you learn a lot and have a lot of fun.
Learning Swiss German is not a tedious matter, but can be integrated into everyday life in a playful way. In order to learn the necessary basis for this, we recommend our online course with many videos, important grammar and instructive dialogues.