Learn German (Swiss)

Swiss German refers to the many various German dialects spoken in Switzerland, and is not to be confused with Standard Swiss German (the written version of one of Switzerland’s four official languages). Swiss German is spoken by around 5 million Swiss - nearly two thirds of the population. The Swiss dialects may vary dramatically even from village to village, so it’s best to know which one you want before you start. uTalk focuses on the Bernese dialect.

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Fun facts about German (Swiss)

There are many borrowings from French, including 'merci' for 'thank you'.

One of the most notoriously difficult words for foreigners is Chuchichäschtli - 'kitchen cupboard' - which has three of the hard 'ch' sounds.

If you hear Swiss Germans refering to a place called 'Ausland', it means anywhere that isn't Switzerland.

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