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Your favourite Swiss German expression

Gruetzi!

I’m moving to Switzerland soon so have been ghosting this forum for a while.

I know almost no Swiss German, but I remember one phrase. I was once traveling with some Swiss, and one shouted to another “Haschta Pflaeschterli?”, which translates in German as “Hast Du ein Pflaster?”, ie do you have a bandaid?

It sounded so cute it stuck in my memory. As an aid to my learning Swiss German, what are some of your favourite Swiss German expressions?
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

An unusual thing to know in a foreign language. Could come in handy though

I had a message today: "Öppe de föi" and since hours I'm trying to figure out what that means.
And I (thought) do speak Swiss German
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An unusual thing to know in a foreign language. Could come in handy though

I had a message today: "Öppe de föi" and since hours I'm trying to figure out what that means.
And I (thought) do speak Swiss German
What's the context?
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

Few new expressions used in Solothurn:

aber chasch den bi mir cho hohle gruess Aber muss bei mir abholen, Gruß but you have to pick them up at my place

Weis noni ich weiß noch nicht - I don’t know yet

Drü sie scho wäg a jacek drei sind schön weg an jacek - three are already on their way to jacek

I am getting more into it now but before, without High German basic knowledge, I wouldn’t be able to decipher this dialect
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An unusual thing to know in a foreign language. Could come in handy though

I had a message today: "Öppe de föi" and since hours I'm trying to figure out what that means.
And I (thought) do speak Swiss German
Maybe it means: jemand im Feld?

Öppe (jemand im schwyzerdütsch)
Föi (Feld) sheer guess taken from:

https://glosbe.com/bar/en/Föi
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Maybe it means: jemand im Feld?

Öppe (jemand im schwyzerdütsch)
Föi (Feld) sheer guess taken from:

https://glosbe.com/bar/en/Föi
jemand (someone) is "Öpper"
öppe means "about" like "about 10 people came by".

The "föi" is what I can't figure out

Can't tell the context, 3Wishes, after all it was private. Forum rules say ....
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jemand (someone) is "Öpper"
öppe means "about" like "about 10 people came by".

The "föi" is what I can't figure out

Can't tell the context, 3Wishes, after all it was private. Forum rules say ....
Hey, cheeky mod-woman, get that finger off that button!
You are brilliant! Thx for explaining!

het öper lust so ca. am 8i no paar bäll zschloh? Is anyone interested in hitting few balls c.a. 8 o’clock!

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Hinge im Garte öppe am 7i going to garden at 7 o’clock

Now I have learnt something new!
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

Curley, I have never heard the word föi either and have zero clue what it means


OP, hehe I like the Pfläschterli I have to think about peculiar expressions, but I must say for some reason I really like the word "Guetzli" (cookie). I'm Swiss btw so maybe I have a different perception. An American colleague of mine loves the sound of the word "Schoggiweggli" (roughly: chocolate brioche/bread roll) and randomly says it aaaall the time.

We Swiss really love the "li" at the end of nouns
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

No idea how it’s written because I’ve only ever heard it spoken but ‘Hopp d’bäse!’ Meaning ‘off we go’ or ‘let’s get started!’
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You are brilliant! Thx for explaining!

het öper lust so ca. am 8i no paar bäll zschloh? Is anyone interested in hitting few balls c.a. 8 o’clock!

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Hinge im Garte öppe am 7i going to garden at 7 o’clock

Now I have learnt something new!
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Hinge (Bern, probably Solothurn) means behind. In the back garden, in your case. But I guess you found them
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Hinge (Bern, probably Solothurn) means behind. In the back garden, in your case. But I guess you found them
You bet! It was more less like “finding someone inside the train” ...
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

I never heard "föi" either, but I am rather new to this Swiss German messaging, so I am learning too

One that landed in my messenger:
"Bi ihm isch halb 5 am morge de gseht nanig mal zu de auge us" (Where he is, it's half past four in the morning, he cannot even see out of his own eyes yet".

Found that cute.
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

my fav


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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

I think it's spelled Tüpflischisse, but this is my favourite that comes into regular use at work for nitpicky.
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

Söll emol cho.

Föi?? Maybe the nick name of some one? Maybe autocowreck? Or some missing letters like "föif"/five or "föift"/fitfth ?

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I think it's spelled Tüpflischisse, but this is my favourite that comes into regular use at work for nitpicky.
Tüpflischisser (n.) or tüpflischisse (v.) in Germany it is Korinthenkacker (n.), Austria i-Tüpferl-Reiter (n.)
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jemand (someone) is "Öpper"
öppe means "about" like "about 10 people came by".

The "föi" is what I can't figure out

Can't tell the context, 3Wishes, after all it was private. Forum rules say ....
Hey, cheeky mod-woman, get that finger off that button!
Wait, I didn't edit you again. I quoted this time! I made sure of it!

Mr Wishes thinks with this little information the Öppe could mean above and beyond or too much/too far, and if you use some imagination, föi could be using the French for faith...so maybe an overly religious person or theme?

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Föi?? Maybe the nick name of some one? Maybe autocowreck? Or some missing letters like "föif"/five or "föift"/fitfth ?
Maybe "föi".. "fo eu" von euch?

But makes more sense if it was "het öppe föi d blick glesä?"

i dunno
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I think it's spelled Tüpflischisse, but this is my favourite that comes into regular use at work for nitpicky.
Love it.
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An unusual thing to know in a foreign language. Could come in handy though

I had a message today: "Öppe de föi" and since hours I'm trying to figure out what that means.
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What's the context?
The context is a guy got interupted while typing on his cellphone. He then accidentaly has clicked on send instead of the close button mid-sentence. The next 30 min were filled with doubt: did I click send or close, and no chance to reread since it was a message to greenies.

"Öppe de föift post vo der womi höt zum lache brocht het"
Should have been the message. I leave you with your translation attempts
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

"s'Totemügerli" by Franz Hohler (version with lyrics).

A story that's apparently presented in the finest Bernese dialect. In reality though most verbs and nouns are invented and the story is completely meaningless.
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