Swiss-German phrasebook

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Swiss-German phrasebook

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Swiss-German is is considerably different from German, especially as it happens in regards to those very phrases which a traveler needs: nicities, 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 long-vowel sound in Swiss-German "guet" versus the short-vowel sound in High-German "gut".

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Hello (formal
Grüezi, Grüässech ( )
Hello. (informal
Hoi, Sali ( )
How are you? 
Wie geit's ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Guet, merci ( )
Thanks 
Merci ( )
What is your name? 
Wie heissisch ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
I heisse ______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Fröit mi ( )
Please. 
Bitte ( )
Thank you. 
Merci ( )
You're welcome. 
Gärn gscheh ( )
Yes. 
Ja ( )
No. 
Nei ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
Tschoudigung ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Tuet mer Leid; Entschoudigung ( )
I'm sorry. 
Tuet mer Leid ( )
Goodbye 
Adie; Uf wiederluege ( )
Goodbye (informal
tschüss, tschou ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
I cha nid guet Schwitzertütsch [ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Redet'Der Änglisch? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Isch hie öpper, wo Änglisch redet? ( ?)
Help! 
Hiufe! ( !)
Look out! 
Pass uuf! ( !)
Good morning. 
Guete Morge. ( )
Good evening. 
Guete Aabe . ( )
Good night. 
Guet Nacht. ( )
Good night (to sleep
Guet Nacht. ( )
I don't understand. 
I verstaa nid. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Wo isch d'Tualettä ? ( ?)

Problems

Numbers

1 äis
2 zwöi
3 drü
4 vier
5 föif
6 sächs
7 sebe
8 acht
9 nün
10 zäh

20 zwänzg
30 drissg
40 vierzg
50 füfzg
60 sächzg
70 sebezg
80 achtzg
90 nünzg
100 hundert

11 elf
12 zwölf
13 drizäh
14 vierzäh
15 füfzäh
16 sächzäh
17 sebzäh
18 achzäh
19 nünzäh

21 einezwänzg
22 zwöiezwänzg
23 drüezwänzg
24 vierezwänzg
25 föifezwänzg
26 sächsezwänzg
27 sebenezwänzg
28 achtezwänzg
29 nünezwänzg

101 eihundertundäis
102 eihundertzwöi

Time

Clock time

Duration

Days

Mäntig
Tsischtig
Mittwuch
Donnschtig
Fritig
Samschtig
Sunntig

Months

Januar
Februar
Merz
April
Mai
Juni
Juli
Auguscht
Septämber
Oktober
Novämber
Dezämber

Writing time and date

Colors

Transportation

Motorcycle - Töff
Bicycle - Velo
Tram (Streetcar)- Tram

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Eating

Enjoy your meal - En guete

Bars

Glass of beer - Schtange

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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