Seeing as I have been living in Munich for nearly 2 months now, I thought it would be fun to see if I had forgotten my Swiss German – which of course is highly doubtable, as the first thing anyone I meet generally always says is: “Awww your Swiss accent is so cute”.
So I found this test online, and immediately took it. I did have to use a bit of imagination (que Spongebob), because I speak and write in “Züri-Dütsch” and the Swiss dialect isn’t a written language anyways.. so some of the words were hard to decipher. But I got a 9 out of 10, so think my Swissness is in no danger of being replaced.. I guess I’m stuck with this easily distinguishable accent FOREVER.
Having to speak “High-German” all the time, I’ve learned that some expressions us Swiss people use aren’t at all translatable…
“Am wuchenänd gahni in usgang” = I will be going out this weekend, is not what zee Geeermans understand – nope. ” In den Ausgang gehen” to them is what a prisoner does when he has a few hours for himself…
Yeah.. I made a few people laugh..
Also I don’t know if I never learned this properly while growing up, but I use the word “backe” for cheek in Swiss German, which in High German apparently means butt cheek. Again: So many laughs when I said I used too much blush on my “backe”…
And the worst one that I keep catching myself doing is: “Ich lüt der ah” = I will call you, is not equal to “Ich leute dir an” (UHM WHAT?!) but to “Ich rufe dich an”… I always manage to melange the two and say “Ich rufe dir an” which, if you are a German-speaker you will know, is grammatically incorrect… this is where my English mother-tongue shines through ;)
So yes, I might be able to speak the language, but yet I am still very much a foreigner.. a legal alien in Munich.
I should rewrite the song for it to apply to me:
Don’t drink coffee I drink Rivella my dear,
I like my Cheese burnt as Raclette on one side
YOU CAN HEAR IT IN MY ACCENT WHEN I TALK…
Oh and I have some more Swiss German news: There is a song about all the Swiss dialects by the musician BLIGG called Mundart. I find it amusing, so check it out :)
With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxox