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Does anyone have a good recommendation on how to learn Swiss German. I bought the books that translate Swiss German to English, and have become somewhat proficient in High German, but still can not understand much of Swiss German. Any suggestions would be appreciated? Does anyone offer lessons? Books, etc?
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

I am doing a Swiss German course with Swissing in Enge. They are really good and courses are with or without High German although you need 3 people to make the course run.
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

if you can at least muddle through B1 German and are handy with a dictionary, this is the best book resource I found:

http://www.amazon.de/Z%C3%BCrit%C3%B.../dp/303300413X
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

I think practicing talking to people is the only real way - given that the unofficial phonetic spelling varies even more than the local dialect, anything written just seems even more confusing to me.

When in a conversation I can kind of tune out the (many) random Swiss words I don't know because of the context. Unfortunately it doesn't work when just listening - once I lose the thread in a Swiss speech I'm lost for good.
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

Check out these two books:
Hoi zämä: Schweizerdeutsch leicht gemacht (compares dialect with High German)
Züritüütsch verstaa- Züritüütsch rede, by Renate Egli-Wildi (with 2 CDs,the best course book imho)
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I have been teaching High and Swiss German for ten years. PM welcome!
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

Kids songs like CD with printed lyrics ; and talking with your neighbors, young or old; or the kids who go to the same school as yours (if any) - they are very forgiving and take pride in explaining something you don't understand.

Also Mani Matter's music
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

Some ideas here too. What is the fastest way to learn Swiss German?
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Does anyone have a good recommendation on how to learn Swiss German. I bought the books that translate Swiss German to English, and have become somewhat proficient in High German, but still can not understand much of Swiss German. Any suggestions would be appreciated? Does anyone offer lessons? Books, etc?

Wait with the dialect until you ARE in Luzern
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

Practice, as in chat with locals. Perhaps join a club ("Verein"), that'll also facilitate making friends.
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

In case you are studying in the university, they have a very nice course in the Sprachenzentrum: http://www.sprachenzentrum.uzh.ch/an...nr=4&gruppe=11

I do not know if you could get the material they use otherwise.
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

Speaking tandems are a great way to learn a new language with a local speaker. I have had great experiences through this method. Its also a good way to meet new people. I am sure finding someone who will exchange Swiss German for your language would be easy enough.

Check out http://www.sprach-tandem.ch. Thats where I found my tandem partners (I only ever looked for High german though).

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Also Mani Matter's music
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

If you have a good level of German, look for books written by artist and film-maker from Biel, Clemens Klopfenstein- who writes in Swiss German - and of course his films too.
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Re: recommendations for learning swiss german

Hi there,

if you like, open here: http://www.podclub.ch/sendungen/andrea-erzaehlt-ch-d

and here: http://www.podclub.ch/sendungen/typisch-helene-ch-d
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