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Your favourite Swiss German expression

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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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Old 15.10.2018, 22:33
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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
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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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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
Glad you found your solution.

Just want to add that "föi" does have a meaning too, not in your context though.

"Föi mer a?" translates to "Fangen wir an?" So it can be used substituted for "anfangen" when starting a task.
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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 ....
Hey, cheeky mod-woman, get that finger off that button!
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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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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!
Anytime
Hinge (Bern, probably Solothurn) means behind. In the back garden, in your case. But I guess you found them
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Old 15.10.2018, 23:09
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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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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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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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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
it could be" pfui "not föi. Meaning: something disgusting. So "Öppe de föi"( pfui ) means something ( öppe ) bad ( pfui ) One can write dialekt as one wants. Theres no rules

https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/pfui

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrxPczxvqBw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adjGGz0vvvc

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One of my fave expletives in my Bernese Dialect:


CHUTZEMISCHT .... meaning poo of fogey/owlet
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One of my fave expletives in my Bernese Dialect:


CHUTZEMISCHT .... meaning poo of fogey/owlet
Your message has no meaning/unintelligible
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

Interesting little titbit; the word "Pfui" goes back to the 11 century and is an expression for blowing something rotten away.
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Z'nüni. Snack between meals. Nüni=0900 Uhr (Z’NÜNI, Z’MITTAG ODER Z’VIERI)
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Re: Your favourite Swiss German expression

So Zvieri is to be eaten at 4pm? I'd never thought of it that way!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxHhla5gbcs

Swearing in Swiss German

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkcwap7E5l4


Gottfried Stutz, pronounced Gopfrid Stutz, also suppressed Gopf ..., is a widespread Swiss German interjection, which is used as a mild curse word or exclamation of bafflement.

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