Category Archive for: ‘Swiss-German’

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Degrees of Friendship and Relationships in German

Because of Switzerland’s strict immigration laws it used to be when you asked non-Swiss why they were in Switzerland the answer would usually be one of two things: 1. work, 2. love. With the Schengen-Dublin agreement that changed and more

Restaurant

Ordering in German — Auswärts essen

Learning a new language takes a degree of humility. It often means starting from zero and learning things like the alphabet and counting again. Simple ideas can be a struggle to express in your new language and then when you

Tastsinn

Die fünf Sinne Teil 6 Tasten – Touching in German

The final sense that we can all agree on that we have is that of touch (Tastsinn). The verb that you can use the most for to touch is berühren. In Swiss-German we would say aaglänge. Because this word has

Schmecken In German

Die fünf Sinne Teil 5 Schmecken – Tasting in German

Once you’ve smelled a delicious wine, a Riesling or a Pinot perhaps, you can’t wait to taste it. Schmecken is the sense of taste. As we learned above the Swiss-German word for riechen is schmöcke and that same word is

Riechen

Die fünf Sinne Teil 4 Riechen – Smelling in German

Riechen is an interesting verb and sense. Most of our taste (Geschmackssinn) comes from our ability to smell (riechen). That’s why wine enthusiasts spend so much time smelling wine. The verb is not terribly complicated until you move to Switzerland,

Hören

Die fünf Sinne Teil 3 Hören – Hearing in German

Hearing is an important sense when it comes to learning any language. The best thing you can do to improve your listening comprehension is to listen to more German be it TV programs, people in cafés, or radio broadcasts. Check

Sehen Der Erste Sinn

Die fünf Sinne Teil 2 Sehen – Seeing in German

Seeing in German should be simple, but with the verb taking so many potential prefixes (z.B. ansehen, versehen, nachsehen) and synonyms for sehen (z.B. blicken, gucken, kieken, kucken, schauen, lugen usw.) it can get a little confusing. To keep it

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How to practice your German — Du musst mehr sprechen!

Anytime a new student comes to me for German lessons, and they have already learned some German, I hear the same story – “Whenever I try to speak German (here in German speaking Switzerland), be it in a grocery store,

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Possessivartikel im substantivischen Gebrauch — Mine & Yours in German

One of the most viewed posts on this blog is the one about possessive adjectives in German (my = mein, your = dein, his = sein, her = ihr …). What makes these a little confusing for many people learning

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What are they asking after I buy my groceries? — German shopping vocabulary

Working with the expat community in Zurich there is a question I hear again and again and a short story that gets recounted. It goes something like this: “I was in the Migros the other day and I bought my

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sehen / schauen / gucken / luegen… Seeing in German doesn’t have to be that hard

If you’ve ever taken a language course, you know that good language teachers and trainers try to engage their students and get them to speak. One of the most common questions that teachers ask is “How was your weekend? What

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Learning from other people’s mistakes — Spass is German for funny

Last week I wrote about the German “S-word“. I’ve received some feedback about this, which is great. One thing I want to really make clear is that swearing is not deemed as proper in many situations – easy way of

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