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Grüezi mitenand!

I've been registered on the site for a while but only recently moved to Switzerland so thought I'd introduce myself.

I just finished my BA in architecture at London Metropolitan University, but I'm taking a break from architecture to join my family in a village in the Schaffhausen area (my father moved his business here). I'll be involved in the business as design director, among other odd jobs, it being a small family owned business. Prior to that I had lived for 17 years in North America (few years in Canada, 12 in Indiana, USA).

For the past couple of summers I had been visiting a friend of mine studying in the Basel area, and came to love Switzerland, hence the family move here. I look forward to being a part of the forum. It's already helped me immensely just going through the archives and seeing others dealing with some of the same issues.

Quick question: can anybody offer a straight forward pronunciation of "Grüezi"? I've asked a Swiss neighbour, but she hasn't been too helpful, sort of laughing it off and suggesting I say guten tag instead. I'd stick out like a sore thumb with guten tag, no Swiss says that! Honestly in both the Basel area and here in Schaffhausen it sounds like "vierzig" to my ears! I'm thinking it's sort of "Grie-zich"?

Well, hello all.
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Re: Recently moved to Schaffhausen canton

Welcome to the forum.

"Grüezi" is sort of pronounced Grutszee.... but don't listen to me, most Swiss laugh when I try to speak German!
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Re: Recently moved to Schaffhausen canton

Aaahhh ... the Grüetzi .....! Took me about 2 years to get it absolutely perfect!

One night, in the local pub, an english speaking Swissy school teacher took me thru it .......

First of all, do not move your lips, merely hold your mouth a little bit open (its the cold weather here, open mouths decrease body temperature)....

...then you say "Groo-uet-si" ... merely rolling your tongue over the "r" and crinkling the outer corners of your lips.......

Another greeting that is much easier to say is "Sali" pronounced "Saaley"..

And then there is "Hoi" to those you "know" - know being someone you greet regularly.

Good luck ... and keep listening intently to others .. and how they say Grüetzi.

Oh, maybe something that will help you is this?..... Umlauts (ö)over a letter replace the "e", in writing, so your "o" becomes "oe" in sound effect....ü is ue, and so on.....
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Re: Recently moved to Schaffhausen canton

Welcome to Switzerland and Schaffhausen.
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