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Useful Swiss German phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Swiss German. These are in the Basel dialect (Baseldütsch) for which there is no standard written form - the spelling used here is that of Patrick Rensch.

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

English Schwyzerdütsch (Swiss German)
Welcome Wilkomme
Hello Grüezi (frm) / Sali (inf)
Grüezi mittenand (pl/frm)
Sali zämme (pl/inf)
How are you?


Fine, thanks. And you?
Wie goots Ihne? (frm)
Wie goots? (inf)
Dangge, guet, und Ihne? (frm)
Dangge, guet, und dir? (inf)
Long time no see Mr hänn is schon lang nümme g'seh.
What's your name?
My name is ...
Wie isch Ihre name? (frm)
Wie heissisch Du? (inf)
I heisse ...
Mi name isch ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Wohär sind Sie (frm)
Wohär bisch Du? (inf)
Ich bi vo ...
Pleased to meet you Fröit mi
Good morning Guete Morge
Good afternoon Gueten Abig / Guete Daag
Good evening Gueten Oobe
Good night Guet Nacht
Goodbye Uf Widerluege / Ciao / Tschüss / Bis spöter / Sali / Adieu
Good luck Viel Glück / Alles Gueti
Cheers/Good health! Broscht!
Have a nice day Ich wünsch Ihne e schöne Daag (frm)
Ich wünsch Dir e schöne Daag (inf)
Bon appetit En Guete!
Bon voyage Gueti Reis!
I understand Ich verstand
I don't understand Ich verstand nit
Please speak more slowly Bitte schwätze Sie langsamer (frm)
Bitte schwätz langsamer (inf)
Please write it down Bitte schriibe Sie das uf (frm)
Bitte schriib das uf (inf)
Do you speak
Swiss German?


Yes, a little
Könne Sie Schwitzerdütsch reede? (frm) Kasch Du Schwitzerdütsch reede? (inf)
Yo, e bitz
How do you say ...
in Swiss German?
Wie sait me ... uf Schwizerdütsch?
Excuse me Entschuldigung / Exgüüsi
How much is this? Was koschtet das?
Sorry Es duet mr leid
Thank you



Response
Merci
Merci vielmal
Dangge
Nüt z'dangge
Gäärn gscheh
Where's the toilet? Wo isch d'Toilette?
This gentleman/lady
will pay for everything
Däh Herr zahlt für alles
Die Dame zahlt für alles
Would you like to
dance with me?
Möchtesch Du mit mir danze?
I love you Ich liib dich / I ha Di gärn
Get well soon Gueti Besserig
Leave me alone! Löhn Si mi in Ruh (frm) Loh mi in Ruh (inf)
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Hilfe!
Füür!
Halt!
Call the police! Riefe Sie dr Polizei! (frm) Rief dr Polizei! (inf)
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 Härzliche Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag
One language
is never enough
Ai Sprooch isch nie gnueg
My hovercraft
is full of eels

Why this phrase?
Mis Luftchüssiboot isch volle Aal

Phrases supplied by Patrick Rensch

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

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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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