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Old 10.08.2011, 11:30
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Chäschüechli

If English is your mother tongue, and if you can pronounce "Chäschüechli" correctly, then you deserve an award.

Are there any other Swiss German words that are hard to pronounce? Wha'ts your favorite Swiss German word?
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Old 10.08.2011, 11:37
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If English is your mother tongue, and if you can pronounce "Chäschüechli" correctly, then you deserve an award.

Are there any other Swiss German words that are hard to pronounce? Wha'ts your favorite Swiss German word?
Floghafe - Flughafen (German) - airport (English)
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Old 10.08.2011, 11:51
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Re: Chäschüechli

the word I always struggle with in Swiss german class is "schwätzscht" - as in schwätzscht du Schwzyerdüütsch? / do you speak swiss german.

Too many sch-sounds, not enough vowels.
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Old 10.08.2011, 11:53
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Re: Chäschüechli

What about chuchichäschtli? This is the one I always hear when people are 'complaining' (read as : joking ) about the difficulty of Swiss German. It has far too many ch's in it, a few attempts is enough to give you a sore throat.
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Re: Chäschüechli

chuchichäschlt


- chuchi =kitchen
-chäschtli= kind of fournish
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If English is your mother tongue, and if you can pronounce "Chäschüechli" correctly, then you deserve an award.

Are there any other Swiss German words that are hard to pronounce? Wha'ts your favorite Swiss German word?
The Swiss German word for cabbage-salad isn't too easy either
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Re: Chäschüechli

its missing the i on the end. chuchichäschtli
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Old 10.08.2011, 12:02
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its missing the i on the end. chuchichäschtli
it's a noun, Chuchichäschtli (Kitchen dresser = cupboard) not so long as Automatischengetriebeshandbuchsaustauschseiten.

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Re: Chäschüechli

Luckily for me , being Dutch, the (S)ch sounds are not the problem, I just find it hard to find the logic in some of the words compared to High German.

Totally OT but I did get a compliment from a "famous german guy in history" look -a-like at the Jestetten border yesterday, after he finished "inspecting" (checking it out 'cause it is an American car with Dutch liscense plates) my car for more meat then I declared, that for just being in the country my German was "sehr gut" and he even threw in some English words when I couldn't come up with the correct German ones Have to thank my German High School teacher for making us memorize endless lists of German nouns.
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Old 10.08.2011, 12:39
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Re: Chäschüechli

My (Swiss) step cousin was round at the flat the other day and I was showing her the Swiss dictionary App that someone posted on here last week.

The first word she looked up: Chuchichäschtli (kitchen cabinet)

(cue much amusement when I tried to pronounce it)

Afterwhich she tried me with Chäschüelchli (Cheesecake I think...!).

I fared poorly
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Old 10.08.2011, 13:08
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Re: Chäschüechli

It might sound odd, but some of the most difficult words for me to pronounce is... Urs and Entschuldigung. The "ch" sounds are not difficult for me (they really are just like spitting) but those two words made my tongue move in ways I never thought it was possible.
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Old 10.08.2011, 13:19
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It might sound odd, but some of the most difficult words for me to pronounce is... Urs and Entschuldigung. The "ch" sounds are not difficult for me (they really are just like spitting) but those two words made my tongue move in ways I never thought it was possible.
An english speaker trying to pronounce "abbiegen" properly is hilarious even though there are no "ch" or "sch" sounds.
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Old 10.08.2011, 13:23
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Re: Chäschüechli

Oepfuchüechli.....(I think?).....the delicious apple fritters which go down a treat post skiing with vanilla sauce in the Oberland....my ex-Oberlander GF and family used to force me to order for everybody and then p*ss themsleves laughing at my efforts!
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Old 10.08.2011, 13:25
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Try saying "Mörser und Stössel" without being vulgar!
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Old 10.08.2011, 13:27
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Re: Chäschüechli

My local Kindergarten: Verein Chinderhus "Schatzchischta".
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Oepfuchüechli.....(I think?).....the delicious apple fritters which go down a treat post skiing with vanilla sauce in the Oberland....my ex-Oberlander GF and family used to force me to order for everybody and then p*ss themsleves laughing at my efforts!
is that why she's an Ex? how do you say "ex girlfriend" in Swiss German?
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those two words made my tongue move in ways I never thought it was possible.
Try telling people where you live
"Ich wohne z Züri."

(and don't forget to pronounce both of the implicit "t"s in the "Z"s )
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Re: Chäschüechli

The equivalent for me when learning American English is: Let her get a better water heater. Or: A bottle of bottled water holds thirty little turtles.
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Try telling people where you live
"Ich wohne z Züri."

(and don't forget to pronounce both of the implicit "t"s in the "Z"s )
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Re: Chäschüechli

drucken vs. drücken

Drives me batty since I use one or both of these words on a daily basis. I started private German lessons last week and mentioned my difficulty. She said 60-70% of her English-speaking students struggle with this. Moreover, it's not just that they can't get the right sounds out, but that they don't even hear the difference when they're pronounced . Unfortunately, I think I'm in that class because usually it sounds like my husband is just saying the same word twice when he tries to help me.

Along those lines are also schwul and schwül, but I can survive a typical day without saying either.
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