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help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

Hello, I am moving to Basel and I would like to invite my new neighbours round for an Apero so we can all meet each other ( I have read on EF that this is the done thing!!).

BUT I have no idea how to write the invite! Do I do it in German or Swiss German? And if German is anything like French then there will be all sorts of proper ways to do it that Google Translate will just not manage!

So any suggestions of what to write will be gratefully received!

Wanted something along the lines of ...

'hello we are the Stuart family and have just moved in to 'address' and would like to invite you for an Apero at 5pm on 'date'.

BIG thank you x

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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

I know this is only a tiny thing, but it is spelled Apero.

Good luck and have fun!
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

Wir sind neu ins Quartier (or in die Kirschstrasse - name your street) zugezogen, und möchten unsere neuen Nachbarn gerne begrüssen. Deshalb laden wir Sie herzlich zu einem Wilkommens-Apero ein, am Samstag (or whenver you decide), 15. Juni, von 14 bis 16 Uhr (or whatever time) bei uns in Garten (or wherever).
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

Standard German:

"Hallo, wir sind die Familie Stuart und sind kürzlich in* (Adresse) eingezogen. Wir möchten Euch gern am (Date) um 17 Uhr zu einem Apero einladen."

I wouldn't use Swiss German because that might make neighbours** think you're fluent, so they feel tempted to flood you with that kind of stuff.

* The correct preposition can be somewhat tricky (grammatical genders, cases, all the inflexion** etc., but so what....

** Please note I used British spelling despite my background in order to avoid confusion.
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I know this is only a tiny thing, but it is spelled Apero.

Good luck and have fun!
noted and edited thank you x
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

Funny Bone and Captain Greybeard … BIG thank you to you both!

Should I just post these or would it be more 'proper to knock and hand deliver? Which would mean trying out my V rudimentary German!!
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

It depends - if it's easy to stuff the invitations in your neighbors' mailboxes yourself, then that. I wouldn't ring the doors, because people have their own lives and maybe half of them won't be home or something, etc. Mailing is simple and fast, and everybody gets their card.
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

PHEW! will post thank you x
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

...and don't forget that the secret for your success of the Apéro (i.e. being popular with the neighbours) is the selection of beverages . Good wine generally lifts the spirit............ Have fun !
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

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It depends - if it's easy to stuff the invitations in your neighbors' mailboxes yourself, then that. I wouldn't ring the doors, because people have their own lives and maybe half of them won't be home or something, etc. Mailing is simple and fast, and everybody gets their card.
Yes indeed.

Obviously this is an attitude dependent on the canton/Gemeinde/neighborhood, but around here any unscheduled appearance at someone's door is a serious social faux pas - one that would start you off on completely the wrong foot.

The home is a very private space here. A visit from a stranger requires cleaning, planning, more cleaning. Everything must be just so before strangers may cross the threshold. My neighbors would be afraid of being judged and found wanting by an unexpected visit - and, having caused embarassment by a surprise visit, I would never be forgiven for putting them in such a spot.

No - call or write first.

If you absolutely must knock on a neighbor's door without scheduling a visit, expect the neighbor to come out outside, closing the door behind her, to speak to you. Apologize for disturbing her, say you won't take much of her time - and keep it short. But do not expect to be invited inside.

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But as seen on countless threads, attitudes, and thus etiquette, will vary widely here. Just be sure you get the measure of your neighborhood first. And when in doubt, go for the more formal approach. You can always relax later.
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

Glad I don't live in Schwyz, Meloncollie - I'd be banished by now
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

I would knock on their door, introduce myself as their new neighbor, and hand them the invitation. done that on numerous occasions without any problems.
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

I don't think you can paint all the neighbours with the same brush . In any case the openness and friendliness often depends on the nature of the person knocking on the door.........
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

You'll probably get more people to join the Apero if you hand-deliver, a personal delivery makes it more ... well, personal, binding. Plus, you'll get to know them whether they join or not. But I must add that I generally don't get the fuss about not knocking on your neighbors' door, nobody will rip your head off (I think).

It's useful to give an idea of what you will offer. For instance:
Es gibt Orangenjus, Mineralwasser, Bier, Weisswein, und dazu Appetithäppchen.

Whichever applies
There will be orange juice, mineral water, beer and white wine, plus some appetizers(?) [google appetithäppchen]
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

If you live in an apartment, chances are you have already met your neighbours a few times in the stairwell, car park or just when you were unloading your worldly possessions. Of course if you live in a hamlet somewhere, then perhaps the etiquette is different, and you do need to be a bit more reserved.

When we invited our neighbours for an apero, I took that ultimate protection one may carry with them - my two kids . I made my eldest learn a few sentences, and he introduced himself and his brother, then told the neighbours, we are from England, just arrived and we would like to invite you to our apartment for drinks! It did make people smile and talk to them in English

Bonne chance with your apero!

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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

thank you all for your suggestions, translations and thoughts, very useful! Will let you all know how it goes
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

If and when you do knock; bring a few flowers, chocolate or wine. It goes a loooong way. Our neighbors let us get away with all kinds of noise, ruckus, mess and misunderstandings. They even jump at the chance to feed the cats when we go on vacation. It is what you make of it.
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Re: help with invite wording in German/Swiss German

I'd say the Apero is at least equivalent to flowers or wine.
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