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Old 26.06.2019, 02:14
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Which German to learn for student exchange in Zurich?

The daughter of an Australian friend will be coming to Zurich as a Rotary Exchange student next year. She is wondering what she should be doing in regard to language learning prior to that. Swiss German or High German? She will be attending school, which makes me think that High would be better. Since it is a limited visit time-wise, I thought that might be another reason to stick to High and then pick up a bit of Swiss German on the ground maybe?

I don't think that she knows any languages other than English, so I'm guessing that she isn't going to find it easy....

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Re: Which German to learn for student exchange in Zurich?

Definitely High German.
It will enable her to learn to speak, understand, read and write the same language.
Those around her who speak Swiss German will accommodate her and speak High German to her, until her ear has sufficiently adjusted that she no longer needs them to offer her that consideration.

She should get cracking and learn as much, as much, as much as possible - trying out various language-learning methods - before she gets here. She should be learning at least a few new words a day, from now on, ideally finding someone local to whom she can speak, or subscribing to an online service to practice.
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Definitely High German.
It will enable her to learn to speak, understand, read and write the same language.
Those around her who speak Swiss German will accommodate her and speak High German to her, until her ear has sufficiently adjusted that she no longer needs them to offer her that consideration.

She should get cracking and learn as much, as much, as much as possible - trying out various language-learning methods - before she gets here. She should be learning at least a few new words a day, from now on, ideally finding someone local to whom she can speak, or subscribing to an online service to practice.
Thanks, Doropfix, I shall pass that on.
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Re: Which German to learn for student exchange in Zurich?

Besides the point that learning Standard German makes a whole lot more sense: How do you think she could learn Swiss German in Australia?
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Thanks, Doropfix, I shall pass that on.
Please also pass on these links...

https://www.duolingo.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClB...2sFxOuvH4o5H9g

If she does just one unit of Duolingo per day, it's a start and it takes about 5 minutes.
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Re: Which German to learn for student exchange in Zurich?

Another suggestion: if she can master the very basics, she might try contacting the Swiss, Austrian or German clubs, or their shools, nearest to where she lives now, to try to meet up with German speakers.

Another way to do that is to join Couchsurfing, make her profile, and then do a search in the area she now lives, setting the language peference to "German". And then go out and have coffee with those people.

Every extra little bit of practice she can manage, will make her stay here much easier, and much more fun.
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Besides the point that learning Standard German makes a whole lot more sense: How do you think she could learn Swiss German in Australia?
I only looked for five minutes, but I found something online. Also, there may be a person to talk to in Melbourne. When we are in Adelaide we find a French person to talk to and this year she was Swiss French, so I guess Swiss German can't be impossible.
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Another suggestion: if she can master the very basics, she might try contacting the Swiss, Austrian or German clubs, or their shools, nearest to where she lives now, to try to meet up with German speakers.

Another way to do that is to join Couchsurfing, make her profile, and then do a search in the area she now lives, setting the language peference to "German". And then go out and have coffee with those people.

Every extra little bit of practice she can manage, will make her stay here much easier, and much more fun.
Yes, I have made some of these suggestions. She's in a big city, so she should be able to find German-speaking students etc. I imagine that combined with an online course that would be a great start.
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