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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
(General greeting)
Grüezi (frm) / Sali (inf)
Grüezi metendand (pl/frm)
Sali zämme (pl/inf) Hoi zäme
How are you? Wie gohts ehne? (frm)
Wie gohts dr? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' 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? Wie heisisch du?
My name is ... Ech heisse
Mi name isch ...
Where are you from? Wohär chömed si? (frm)
Wohär chonsch du? (inf)
I'm from ... Ech chome vo ...
Pleased to meet you Schön dech kennezlehre
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Guete Morge
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Gueten Abig / Guete Daag
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Gueten obig
Good night Guet Nacht
(Parting phrases)
Uf Widerluege / Ciao / Tschüss / Bis spöter / Sali / Adieu / Bis gli
Good luck Alles Gueti / Veel Glöck
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Broscht! Zum Wohl!
Have a nice day Ech wönsche ehne en schöne Tag! (frm)
Wönsch dr en schöne Tag! (inf)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
En Guete!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
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
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
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
Merci vielmal
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
Call the police! Hol d'Polizei!
Christmas and New Year greetings Schöni Fäschttäg / Schöni Wienachte und e guets neus Jahr / en guete Rutsch is neue Johr / Schöni Wienachte und e guets neus Joor
Easter greetings Schöni Oschtere
Birthday greetings Härzlechi Gratulation zom Gebortstag!
One language is never enough Ei Sproch esch nie gnueg
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mit Loftchösiboot esch voll met Aale

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