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'''Swiss-German''' is considerably different from [[German phrasebook|German]], especially as it happens in regard to those very phrases which a traveler needs: niceties, greetings, asking for stuff, getting directions, etc.  One of the key differences to getting by with Swiss German.  For example, "Fine, thank you" is "Guet, merci"; with guet being the German word for good/fine, while merci is from the French "thank you".  In addition, there are many pronunciation differences which separate Swiss-German from either language.  For example, the diphthong in Swiss-German "guet" versus the monophthong in High-German "gut".
 
'''Swiss-German''' is considerably different from [[German phrasebook|German]], especially as it happens in regard to those very phrases which a traveler needs: niceties, greetings, asking for stuff, getting directions, etc.  One of the key differences to getting by with Swiss German.  For example, "Fine, thank you" is "Guet, merci"; with guet being the German word for good/fine, while merci is from the French "thank you".  In addition, there are many pronunciation differences which separate Swiss-German from either language.  For example, the diphthong in Swiss-German "guet" versus the monophthong in High-German "gut".
  
Speaking Swiss-German is common for all people living in the Swiss-German part of Switzerland, independent of age or education. For writing, standard German is mostly used, though Swiss-German dialect is particularly popular on informal writing (e.g. in e-mail messages, SMS messages, on Facebook and YouTube etc.). With the ongoing globalization and immigration, mixing Swiss-German dialects with English (quite often even with pseudo English) or speaking so called "Jugo-Deutsch" (German pronounced as immigrants coming from the former Yugoslavia region tend to pronounce it) has also become trendy for youngsters.
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Speaking Swiss-German is common for all people living in the Swiss-German part of Switzerland, independent of age or education. For writing, standard German is mostly used, though Swiss-German dialect is particularly popular on informal writing (e.g. in e-mail messages, SMS messages etc.). With the ongoing globalization and immigration, mixing Swiss-German dialects with English (quite often even with pseudo English) or speaking so called "Jugo-Deutsch" (German pronounced as immigrants coming from the former Yugoslavia region tend to pronounce it) has also become trendy for youngsters.
  
 
==Pronunciation guide==
 
==Pronunciation guide==

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