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The Ultimate Test of Integration in Switzerland

Understanding every word at the annual play in Muotathal, Kanton Schwyz

- 38 performances
- each one sold out
- An insider tip for lovers of plays
- All cast members are from Muotathal
- spoken in regional dialect with emphasis on typical Muotathal phrases and words
- tickets are SFr. 19.-- but hard to get


- DessHäb glaubi (Dess häb - das - that)
- Mier mend ja no beite bis er wiider chonnt. (beite - warten - wait)
- Esa, gönd mier. (Esa - also- well now)
- Es isch ja a flatt gute Theater gsi. (flatt - sehr - very)
- Zum Glück hend mier üsa Dach dabii. (Dach - Schirm - umbrella)

http://www.theater-muotathal.ch/
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Re: The Ultimate Test of Integration in Switzerland

I was interested. Sorry I did not acknowledge that.

The differences in dialect are amazing considering Muotathal is only 20Kms away from me.

But, for example, how did you know a Dach was an umbrella or was it all about context?
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Re: The Ultimate Test of Integration in Switzerland

Hi Tom,

My Mom still says it but that's because her Swiss German hasn't changed much during the last 50 years. The only parts in Switzerland that use "Dach" now are the more isolated traditional villages.

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Understanding every word at the annual play in Muotathal, Kanton Schwyz
That's just a test of language skills, not integration.

To test Swissification levels you simply need to ask whether you might even consider being interested in such an event
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Hi Tom,

My Mom still says it but that's because her Swiss German hasn't changed much during the last 50 years. The only parts in Switzerland that use "Dach" now are the more isolated traditional villages.

For Muotathal I would have thought that umbrellas are very modern
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For Muotathal I would have thought that umbrellas are very modern
No need to panic:

- the farmer character wore wooden shoes

and.....shades of Samantha Fox are still alive and well in parts of Muotathal.

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- DessHäb glaubi (Dess häb - das - that)
Thank you very much. Cute!

Although Muotathal is a world of its own, language- and otherwise, I dare question the orthography of the sample above. In many other Swiss German dialects it's "däsäb" in various spelling, and that is the same as "dasselbe" in Standard German. There even are old people in many Swiss German areas that still say, "däsälb," dasälb" etc.. So it's just "das selbe" = the same.

I'm so pedantic I'm not even swissified, I'm Swiss.
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