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Old 07.03.2019, 13:04
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Re: German and Swiss-German

A lot of Swiss (especially the younger generation) respond to a German speaker in high German. In general, the Swiss speak more high German than ever before.

If you have a hard time understanding a person, just ask them to speak in high German. If they give you a snarky answer, it's because they feel insecure with their own high German speaking skills.
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Re: German and Swiss-German

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SchwyzerdŁtsch is written, just no fixed grammatics.
You mean Orthography? The Grammar is defined, but you are free how to write the words. Although there are dictionaries of various dialects.

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Really? Is Swiss German then easier to learn, e.g. w.r.t the grammar?
Depends on if it is Low, High or Highest Alemannic. In general less cases and less tense than Standard High German. With the additional difficulty that for example Bernese German and Zurich German have different Grammar even when both are High Alemannic.
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Re: German and Swiss-German

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A lot of Swiss (especially the younger generation) respond to a German speaker in high German. In general, the Swiss speak more high German than ever before.

If you have a hard time understanding a person, just ask them to speak in high German. If they give you a snarky answer, it's because they feel insecure with their own high German speaking skills.
When my son was younger and his friends were over and they were playing sort of "role-playing" games with a load of Lego figures or similar, they would speak the parts of the figures in High German but revert to dialect to chat to each other. I have no idea why they did that. When I asked him, he didn't even know he was doing it.

Now they are breaking into teens, they speak dialect face to face but slip into English when they are gaming on the computer. Go figure.
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