Useful Lucerne Swiss German phrases

A collection of useful phrases in the Lucerne (Lozärn) variety of Swiss German, which is spoken in the Canton of Lucerne in central Switzerland.

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Key to abbreviations: sg = said to one person, pl = said to more than one person, inf = informal, frm = formal.

English Schwitzerdütsch (Swiss German of Lucerne)
Welcome Wilkomme
Hello Grüezi (frm) / Sali (inf)
Grüezi metendand (pl/frm)
Sali zämme (pl/inf) Hoi zäme
How are you?


Fine, thanks. And you?
Wie gohts ehne? (frm)
Wie gohts dr? (inf)
Danke, guet. ond ehne? (frm)
Danke, guet, ond der? (inf)
Long time no see Mer händ üs aber scho lang nöme gseh
What's your name?
My name is ...
Wie heisisch du?
Ech heisse
Mi name isch ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Wohär chömed si? (frm)
Wohär chonsch du? (inf)
Ech chome vo ...
Pleased to meet you Schön dech kennezlehre
Good morning Guete Morge
Good afternoon Gueten Abig / Guete Daag
Good evening Gueten obig
Good night Guet Nacht
Goodbye Uf Widerluege / Ciao / Tschüss / Bis spöter / Sali / Adieu / Bis gli
Good luck Alles Gueti / Veel Glöck
Cheers/Good health! Broscht! Zum Wohl!
Have a nice day Ech wönsche ehne en schöne Tag! (frm)
Wönsch dr en schöne Tag! (inf)
Bon appetit En Guete!
Bon voyage Gueti Reis!
I understand Ech verstohs
I don't understand Ech verstohs ned
Please speak more slowly Chönted si bitte chli langsamer rede? (frm)
Chöntisch du bitte chli langsamer rede? (inf)
Please write it down Chönted si das bitte ufschribe? (frm)
Chöntisch du das bitte ufschribe? (inf)
Do you speak Swiss German?

Yes, a little
Chöned si schwizerdütsch rede? (frm)
Chasch du schwizerdütsch rede? (inf)
Ja es betzeli
How do you say
... in
Swiss German?
Wie seisch .... uf Schwiizerdütsch?
Excuse me Entscholdigung
How much is this? Wieveel choschtet das?
Sorry Das duet mer leid
Thank you



Response
Merci
Merci vielmal
Danke
Danke veelmal
Nüt z'dangge
Gäärn gscheh
Where's the toilet? Wo esch s WC?
This gentleman/lady
will pay for everything
Däh Herr zahlt für alles
Die Dame zahlt für alles
Would you like to
dance with me?
Wördisch du ächt met mer tanze?
I love you Ech liebe dech
Get well soon Gueti Besserig
Leave me alone! Bitte loh mech lo si
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Hilfe!
Füür!
Stop!
Call the police! Hol d'Polizei!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Schöni Fäschttäg / Schöni Wienachte und e guets neus Jahr / en guete Rutsch is neue Johr / Schöni Wienachte und e guets neus Joor
Happy Easter Schöni Oschtere
Happy Birthday Härzlechi Gratulation zom Gebortstag!
One language
is never enough
Ei Sproch esch nie gnueg
My hovercraft
is full of eels

What!? Why this phrase?
Mit Loftchösiboot esch voll met Aale

Sonja Roth

Phrases supplied by Sonja Roth

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Links

Collections of Swiss German phrases
http://www.eldrid.ch/swgerman.htm
http://wikitravel.org/en/Swiss-German_phrasebook
http://www.todaytourism.com/travel-guides/Basics-in-Swiss-German-phrasebook.html
http://worldinterpreting.com/SwissGermanWordsandPhrases.aspx

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