Guete Morgeeeeeeeee zemme! (Good morning y’all)
HAHA did I scare you? Did you think I had lost my marbles (again). What you can read above is totally legit. It is. Even if you can’t understand it. Believe me. What sounds to you like gibberish is a language spoken by approximately 8 million people (give or take a few expats and non-Swiss).
So why am I confusing with a language weirder than Dutch? Well, if you like it or not, I am not just the crazy Iranian having fun dancing and eating oats. Nope… Believe it or not, but I have been raised Swiss (much to my parents discouragement..;)) I love chocolate (duuuh, who doesn’t), and I’m extremely punctual (for an Iranian; the Swiss think I run late…). I also take rules a little bit to seriously and tend to be a bit anal when it comes to following them (i.e. very Swiss ;)). Okay okay I am being very stereotypical, but guess what, I’m American too, so I’ve got a sense of humour, and being Austrian that makes it a weird one 😉 – hehehe I crack myself up..
But let’s keep my split personalities for a different time, cause today it should be all about the Swiss. And guess what.. It will be all about the Swiss once a week until you are fluent in Schwiiiizerdüütsch!
Before we get started, let me confess. Swiss German is UUUUUUUUUUUGLY. It really is. But I’ve learned it and communicate by it. I have to say though, depending on the Swiss Canton canton, the dialect of Swiss German varies. I speak Züüüridütsch, which I think is the most beautiful (Zürich people are apparently stereotypically arrogant 😉 ). Keep in mind as well, that Switzerland has 4 National Languages: German, French, Italian and Romansch (one big mix of them all, spoken mainly in the mountains), which has an influence on the accent and the dialect spoken in that region.
So let’s begin, shall we? I chose a really cute phrase for you to start with. It’s not the most common phrase out there, but the literal translation of it will knock your socks off! Seriously, it will! So here goes..
word phrase is: Es isch zum Gummibäärli uuspeitsche!
Translation: That is unbelievable!
Literal translation: That’s enough to whip a gummy bear!
See why I thought it would be funny? Imagine whipping a gummy bear! hahahahahahahhaahah (belly ache from too much laughter, cheeks starting to cramp..)
Hope you have fun with this, und bis zum nächste Mal (until next time)
With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo