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How to impress your friends with Swiss German

I am visiting my home country (Poland) now. I have some friends who are interested in languages but who have never heard the sound of Swiss German. I know a few odd words and expressions that I picked up, but I would like to give them a full sentence in Züri-Tüütsch. Could someone be so kind and suggest a sentence with an English translation? Thank you.
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Old 14.08.2011, 20:20
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Re: How to impress your friends with Swiss German

There are some interesting ones at http://www.alternative-dictionaries..../Swiss_German/ *ahem*
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Re: How to impress your friends with Swiss German

I would prefer something more decent. I left the Hoi Zäme book in Zurich. The sentence may be very simple: My name is..., I live in...., although I would prefer something longer to really show how the language sounds.
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Old 14.08.2011, 20:43
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Re: How to impress your friends with Swiss German

As long as you sound like you're coughing up a fur ball, then they'll get the basic idea of it.
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Old 14.08.2011, 20:57
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Re: How to impress your friends with Swiss German

A few random samplings from the book you left behind...

chasch änglisch?
(do you speak English?)

was häsch gsait?
(what did you say?)

mer händ es problem
(we have a problem)

entschuldigung für d'verschpötig
(sorry for being late)

A couple random samplings from my head:

mer gönd uf de bahnhof
(we're going to the railway station)

ich wott das uf min chonto iizahle
(I want to deposit this in my account)

Hope that helps.
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Old 14.08.2011, 21:06
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Re: How to impress your friends with Swiss German

A Swiss expression that I find quite amusing is the following:

De dümmschdi Buur het di grösschdi Härdopfel.

(EN: The dumbest farmer has the biggest spuds)

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Old 14.08.2011, 21:28
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Re: How to impress your friends with Swiss German

Great thread Sagitta. Now, just listen and repeat...




..and btw Texaner, the Swiss are never late
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..and btw Texaner, the Swiss are never late
I don't speak Swiss-German, but I heard quite a few of my husband's favourite expressions there
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..and btw Texaner, the Swiss are almost never late
Fixed that for you.

(...otherwise the phrase wouldn't exist in schwyzertüütsch — and I've actually used it ... once)
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Re: How to impress your friends with Swiss German

...hmm, my favorite is "Wotsch a Chlapf?"
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...hmm, my favorite is "Wotsch a Chlapf?"
And what's that in English, please?
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