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Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

20 Minuten has an interesting article on Ueli's speech to FIFA. They seem to think it was very hard to understand due to his strong Swiss accent and poor pronunciation.

What do you think?

Video of Ueli speaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pacp...tu.be&t=59m26s

20 Minuten article: http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/sto...res---25701561

Here's a 20 Minuten journalist's phonetic transcript of what Ueli said. Have fun reading it outloud and make sure you do it with a strong Swiss German accent.

Dir Fifa president, or in Swiss Dschörmen, liebä Sepp: Grüezi! Mister Ei O Si President, leidies end dschentlmen, dir gests, on behahf of the Swiss gowenement ei wud leik to welkom ju, in speit of jesterdeis törbölent ivents, tu jur kongres hier in Switzerländ.

Rigarding jesterdeis ivents ohl ei will sei is dät Switzerländ fulfils its internäschnl thtrihh oh-, ohbligeischns äs part of ligäl ässistänns prossihdings. Ät de seim täim, aur oun dschüstis auto-rittis ar pörsing – pörsuing! – ä kre-, ä kriminel kombeind feil bei Fifa egens pörsns önnou, rigarding the ällokeischn of wörld köps. This prossihdings möst nau be allau – allaud – tu teik dö diu körs. Ei wud leik tu stress dät Switzerländ strongli kondems eni form of korrapschn end dät de Swiss gavenement is strongli kommittent tu feiting korapschn. Wi förmli bilif in fernes änd fer plei. Switzerlend will derfor köntiniü tu offr gud freimwörk kondischns änd bi a fehr and rileibl partner for internäschenel sports orgenaiseischöns.

Switzerland is brohd sporting neischn. Sport pleis ä sentrl rohl in the ewridei lihws of meni pihpl. Ju ahr derfohr et hohm, so tu spihk. De wörld of spohrt änd de pöblic autoritis möst wörk tugeder. Dei nihd ihtsch adder, tu änschuhr dät de heiest ständerds of gud gavenäns in sport ar öpheld. Der is klihrli ä föndemental nihd tu äkt ege-inst äbjus in spohrt. Fifa häs kredibility probläm. Jesterdei kud gou daun äs ä gud dei in Fifas histeri, ä gud dei if de orgänäiseischn jus it äs en opportuniti to feineli pött it haus in ordr and cri-eht tränsprenssi. Futboll its million of pleirs end jang pipl nihd ruhl modls. Anfortenäleti, Fifa duhs nat f-fuhlfil ruhl ät de present teim. Dere is ä deinscheres imbäläns.

But ei wud leik tu törn tu de positiv imouschns änd dschoi dät futbol ewoks. Dätis de äsbeggd wi ohl lahf. Futbal is a wanderful sport. It fäzineited änd brings tugedr millions of pihpl reid eraund de wörld.

Lehdies end dschentlmen, in Switzerländ, futbol pleis a kih ruhl in helping jang pipl integreit intu de sosseieti. Twentifeif persent of de Swiss populeischn ahr fohrein neschonls. Tu thörds of de Swiss näschonel tihm hef foren ruhts. And wi ar weri söksesful. Futbol konäx kontinänts. It brings togedr pihpl from diffrent kalters änd äkross dschenereischnssch. Futbol is junivörsl. It muvs and tötschs pipl from ohl äwr de glohb. Äs de representatif of de Swiss Gawernement, ei wud leik to dänk ju for jur kommitment for promuht-, promuhting futbol and sport in dschenerohl. Futbol is en spegdähkl. A kollektif selebreischn det meiks pipl schär emouschns. Futbol hes bekam mätsch mohr den dschast e geim. It helps tu promoht toleräns end miutuel önderstending. Indisens, ei kän olso käntribjuht to pihs änd divlopment in de wörld.

Ledies end dschentlmen, ju häf ä tschällensching progräm owr jur next dei. Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres and houp ju feind de energschi ju nihd for ohl de task ju hef tu fulfil. Ei hohp det wi will ohl kantinju, promout futbohl, änd feit for fehrpleih änd tränspörenssi.

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Old 29.05.2015, 20:25
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Re: Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

Should I be ashamed or just lough out loud?

PS: Not sure if I am talking about above post or the DSepp re-election.
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Old 29.05.2015, 21:08
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Re: Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

I tried reading it and sounded more South African than Swiss.
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20 Minuten has an interesting article on Ueli's speech to FIFA. They seem to think it was very hard to understand due to his strong Swiss accent and poor pronunciation.

What do you think?


Video of Ueli speaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pacp...tu.be&t=59m26s

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Re: Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

To all foreigners that want to make fun of him, this is how you sound:
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To all foreigners that want to make fun of him, this is how you sound:
One of my OH's favourites from him is (sorry I can't write gestures, intonations, accent):

"Ich habe fertig"! After a rant he would finish with that sentence, hilarious.

For those who didn't know him, google Giovanni Trapattoni rants on youtube, the guy is incredible.

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Re: Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

I think if the community in the US where I was raised had kindergarten teacher rules like they have just passed in Aargau, Ueli would not be permitted to teach the class. he reads written English worse than I speak Swiss German.



in all seriousness, he would have been better served to simply speak in German and have his speech translated.
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Re: Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

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I think if the community in the US where I was raised had kindergarten teacher rules like they have just passed in Aargau, Ueli would not be permitted to teach the class. he reads written English worse than I speak Swiss German.



in all seriousness, he would have been better served to simply speak in German and have his speech translated.
Lol. Maybe to please native speakers but he doesn't really sound that bad (to the rest of mortals)....as to require an interpret's services for such a short speech. Waste of money, too much fuss. I bet the audience even enjoyed a bit his accent. As in slightly "amused".
Frankly, people overestimate their German/Swiss German...we think we pronounce the words exactly like them, he he....
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Re: Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

I admire his courage. I hate having to deliver speeches in a foreign language.
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I admire his courage. I hate having to deliver speeches in a foreign language.
True, true. But if had practiced a few times beforehand and had his pronunciation corrected, it would have sounded much better.
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True, true. But if had practiced a few times beforehand and had his pronunciation corrected, it would have sounded much better.
Maybe he was banking on the event being cancelled?
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Frankly, people overestimate their German/Swiss German...we think we pronounce the words exactly like them, he he....
it is almost impossible for any non-native speaker to overestimate their ability to speak Swiss German, since there is never any shortage of people willing to critique it.

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Maybe to please native speakers but he doesn't really sound that bad (to the rest of mortals).(...)
Frankly, people overestimate their German/Swiss German...
It has become fashionable in the German speaking world to make fun of people with bad English in general. It's a status thing, pretending to be good in English with better pronunciation means a more global life style, with is fashionable and high status.
No big deal, just an ego thing. It has nothing to do with actual language skills in the greater picture.
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It has become fashionable in the German speaking world to make fun of people with bad English in general..
Its not just the German speaking work and it is not just in relation to English.

I find it interesting some one focus's on the delivery of the speech rather than on its content

The fog of war ?
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Typical politician, he wanted his Speech to be less than clear so he could later deny what he Said.
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Re: Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

Sorry what is the problem here? He isn't a native speaker but I can understand him fine. A few words mispronounced but if I could speak Swiss German to the same level eventually I'd be quite happy.
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Re: Ueli Maurer: «Ei wisch ju ewri söxes wis de köngres!»

While I agree that he could have prepared better, improved his pronounciation, there's nothing wrong with having an accent, even a strong one, when using a foreign language.

To me this article is nothing but concealed Ueli-bashing, or perhaps SVP-bashing.
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To me this article is nothing but concealed Ueli-bashing, or perhaps SVP-bashing.
Normally, I think it would be unfair to criticize somebody for at least trying to speak in a foreign language, albeit imperfectly. But I did not realise until Urs Max just mentioned it that Ueli Maurer is a member of the SVP.

The same SVP who makes every foreigner who isn't independently wealthy or only staying in Switzerland for a two-week holiday equally welcome? The same SVP that would be even harsher on native-German speakers for being unable to understand or speak Swiss dialect, even though all German-speaking Swiss are able to read and understand standard German?

That SVP? Well then, my sympathy goes out the window.
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While I agree that he could have prepared better, improved his pronounciation, there's nothing wrong with having an accent, even a strong one, when using a foreign language.

To me this article is nothing but concealed Ueli-bashing, or perhaps SVP-bashing.
it's not like Ueli is a tourist in NYC trying to be polite by speaking a foreign language, he is a government official and public figure and clearly could not be bothered to even rehearse a pre-written speech that would candidly require little more than a 2nd grade reading level to get through. sorry, but for as many times as I have been chided in Zürich for my American accent, Ueli's not about to get any sympathy from me.

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Normally, I think it would be unfair to criticize somebody for at least trying to speak in a foreign language, albeit imperfectly. But I did not realise until Urs Max just mentioned it that Ueli Maurer is a member of the SVP.

The same SVP who makes every foreigner who isn't independently wealthy or only staying in Switzerland for a two-week holiday equally welcome? The same SVP that would be even harsher on native-German speakers for being unable to understand or speak Swiss dialect, even though all German-speaking Swiss are able to read and understand standard German?

That SVP? Well then, my sympathy goes out the window.
Yeah, er, the thing is that Mr Maurer was delivering the speech in his own country, in Switzerland, yet still had the courtesy to deliver it in a foreign language. He'd have been entirely within his rights to speak his own dialect and expect FIFA to provide an interpreter - but he didn't do that.

What his party does or doesn't stand for is irrelevant. I'd like to see you stand in front of a crowd in Maryland, deliver a speech in Mandarin Chinese, then face a barrage of abuse and mockery for the crime of being a bit crap at someone else's language while standing in a conference room in an English speaking country.
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