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Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Hi everyone,

I'm going to start a Baseldeutsch conversation group soon...so I'm just looking to see who else is interested in it! I haven't set a start date but it will be Thursdays and we'll go to a bar and have a few drinks and practice our Baseldeutsch. There will be a few more experienced people there to help out when you get stuck...

Beginners are welcome because one of the best ways to learn Baseldeutsch is to actually listen to it

And if all else fails, there will be plenty of locals to ask if we have a question about a word or expression.

So who is interested?

Oh and we probably won't always go to the same bar...
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Sounds fun, I don't live in Basel but am planning to move there from Germany within the next year so I hope this continues. I'm still learning Germany and kind of nervous to mix Swiss German into the mix. Can you share a Basel specific phrase as a teaser...something good!
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Old 10.06.2011, 14:30
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

I am only an intermediate speaker, so far from the expert on Baseldeutsch...but I've managed to get a few friends who speak it much better than me to come out.

Baseldeutsch is a spoken language and it's very flexible so I'm never sure how to spell it. I base my use of it on what I have heard locals say. There is a Schwiizerduutsch facebook page if you want to see how the natives write it...

You'll just have to come to Basel to pick it up...

There is a good book at the local bookstores here called "Hoy" but it's written and difficult to guess the pronunciation if you've never heard it before.

I have to say that I think it's easier to learn than German because there is less grammar. Although a background in German grammar will make it easier. But this idea that you must learn German before you can understand Baseldeutsch is total crap. I learned it without knowing much German at all just listening to it. And let's face it...Swiss German children learn their local dialect just fine. They don't learn German until they are around 6 or 7 years old (in Basel).
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

I speak fluent Baseldeutsch.... can I still come? When were you planning to organise it? Where? I work near the Bahnhof so we could may be use Starbucks for the first meeting place and then choose another one for the next time? What do you think?

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Hi everyone,

I'm going to start a Baseldeutsch conversation group soon...so I'm just looking to see who else is interested in it! I haven't set a start date but it will be Thursdays and we'll go to a bar and have a few drinks and practice our Baseldeutsch. There will be a few more experienced people there to help out when you get stuck...

Beginners are welcome because one of the best ways to learn Baseldeutsch is to actually listen to it

And if all else fails, there will be plenty of locals to ask if we have a question about a word or expression.

So who is interested?

Oh and we probably won't always go to the same bar...
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Old 14.06.2011, 15:33
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Hi Britters,

I'll let you know when we start. We'll probably meet in a bar after work mainly because most everyone I know who wants to come would rather have a beer or glass of wine

Preferably bars with drink specials on Thursdays...(any recommendations?)
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Hi Britters,

I'll let you know when we start. We'll probably meet in a bar after work mainly because most everyone I know who wants to come would rather have a beer or glass of wine

Preferably bars with drink specials on Thursdays...(any recommendations?)
I'll ask around. I don't live in town so I'm a bit out of touch of what's doing what. Hope we can get this going
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

New development in the Swiss German Conversation Group in Basel...

I need a "co leader" with a good level of Swiss German (preferably of the Basel variety). I speak it ok...so I am good for helping beginners but for more intermediate speakers (like myself) I am not so confident that I can be of much help...

This will be a very casual group. The idea is to have fun! Just drinks and conversation in dialect. No serious commitment other than showing up once a week and being friendly and helpful.

And doing it in a bar will give us an opportunity to maybe even (dare I say it) interact with the locals in their own language! Which I think will be fun!!

If someone (or a few people) can help me, we will start this up!

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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Just call me co-leader

I agree it should be casual, once a week is great but I think we should have RSPVs so that no-one ends up on their own

http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-basel has a great bar or one of my favourite Baselbeiz is the Gifthüttli http://www.gifthuettli.ch/ or the best is the Brauner Mutz (very popular at Fasnacht gel) http://www.imagine-zh.ch/d/zum-braun.../seite541.html

I'm happy to help. So come on Forum join us in scheeeeeene Basel for a bit of Baseldytsch or Züridütsch, OR even Bärndütsch... whatever you're learning it'll be fun!
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

I completely agree that if someone wants to come, they should tell us they are coming so we can keep an eye out for them and try to find a table or area big enough for the group.

I also run the TGIF Friday Night Out in Basel Group so I have plenty of ideas for places to meet. I just wish I knew where the drink specials were in Basel... I can also build an easy no fuss email list so people can add themselves to it and get a weekly email as a reminder.

And I'll bring my plastic white flower so people can find us. It works great for TGIF. I just stick it in a vase on the table or bar and people just look for the flower...

Yay! I'm so happy we're finally going to get a Schwiizerdüutsch group started in Basel!!!

Thanks so much!!!
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Alright! We are finally ready to do this!!

Want to practice (or just listen to) Schweizerdeutsch? Come and have a drink, relax on the terrasse at Radisson Blu with us and let's practice the local language in Basel!

Sign up for email updates here...
http://eepurl.com/er-t2

Like our FB page for updates on your FB wall...
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Schwei...269118?sk=wall

Hope to see you there!
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Sounds interesting but just a question. I do not know any in German words (very new arrival). What do you think?
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Well, the rule is "no English" so you are welcome to come and listen of course and have a drink. Actually listening to people speaking a language that you want to learn is a really good idea. It's how I learned as much Swiss German as I know. I've never taken a course in it and I have to say that most locals are somewhat impressed with my ability to speak it (although it is far from perfect!).

I'm sure we can get you to understand what we mean some of the time just because you get good at communicating non verbally in a foreign country after awhile.

It does help if you know some German, but it's not absolutely necessary and you should definitely take a German course if you plan to be here for awhile. It will make your life easier...

But the locals prefer their dialect and would rather not speak High German so it is useful to know some words in Swiss German.

Just my two cents...
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

I would love to come along and see how I will get on as my German is non-existant.

Can one at least ask a word in English to get the German?
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Hi! I submitted my email & joined the group on Facebook. Looking forward to starting in a few weeks. I have absolutely no experience with Swiss German ~~ or any form of German, for that matter. Should be fun!
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Well, I think that is three of us that speak practically no German at all. It should be fun.
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Ok guys...just remember no English...

This is not a group for discussing Swiss German in English. This is a group for speaking Swiss German and being corrected.
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Hoi zame!
I'd love to join.
just as well its to lean to speak cos I've absolutely no idea how you write it.
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Re: Swiss German Conversation practice group in Basel

Hi, we have arrived here in September, are learning German at home ...

Are you still meeting?

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Hi, we have arrived here in September, are learning German at home ...

Are you still meeting?

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No,I don't think they are,
but these people are !!!

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