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German vs Swiss-German

Hey guys,
Am just about to relocate from London to Zurich and want to learn the language. What do you all suggest... German or Swiss-German? I have no idea what the difference is or which is more widely spoken.

Can someone help me out here?

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Re: German vs Swiss-German

Take a look at the threads in this section.. You'll find this topic has been discussed a couple of times before. It is always recommended to learn 'High German' before learning 'Swiss-German'. However, you won't really be able to talk to anyone here in the 'Swiss-German' part of Switzerland in German before learning 'Swiss-German'. They might be able to speak what they think is 'High German', but it's really peppered with a lot of 'Swiss-German'.


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Re: German vs Swiss-German

Well I just arrived in Zurich last night and the first person I spoke to who showed me into my flat was actually French but she said she learnt High German and now also understands Swiss German. She said she ALWAYS speaks in High German even though she understands Swiss and commumnicates well enough to have many Swiss friends.

Hope this helps. Im hoping to start a German course very soon so keep us informed if you find out anything else.
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Re: German vs Swiss-German

For some, it's a matter of aesthetics. Stay a while and see if you like the sound of Swiss-German.

I immediately began classes in High German as recommended by my Deutsch spouse (but of course! ). Still, later, I found I preferred the sound of High German. Besides, with High German, you can use it in Austria and Germany, too.

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Does anybody know of any cheap courses? I am quite motivated and would be prepared to work from home but Im keen to be part of a big class just to meet people! The ones I have seen so far look pricey!
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Re: German vs Swiss-German

Go for High German...
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Does anybody know of any cheap courses? I am quite motivated and would be prepared to work from home but Im keen to be part of a big class just to meet people! The ones I have seen so far look pricey!
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One place to look for cheap lessons would be your local Auslaenderdienst, which might have some classes. For folks living in Baselland, they have an intensive program which is both good and cheap. Another place to look is your local Volkshochshule.

Myself, I took my lessons from my local community college in the US, at the local Auslanderdienst in Baselland (Pratteln) and I've taken courses at Klubschule Migros. I was quite happy with the lessons I got from all the places I took them from. I do believe that it does make a big difference who the teacher is. Sit in on a class if you can.
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