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About this dictionary

This dictionary covers Swiss German as it is spoken today in the greater Zurich area.

Audio

Push the audio icon icon at the top right to hear the word in Swiss German.

Tips and Tricks

Swiss German has no official writing rules, so people are free to adopt their own rules. Recent research shows however that people normally adapt the standard German writing. The more a Swiss German word differs from the standard, the more the writing follows the Swiss German pronunciation. We follow this principle to provide you a dictionary written the way people really write today.

Here you find some common alternative writing-rules.

Vowels

a: aa - ah

Sometimes a vowel is doubled or followed by an "h", indicating that the pronunciation is stretched. We write "fahre" (to drive), but you might also find "faare" or even "fare". These alternatives exist for all vowels a, e, i, o, u and all Umlauts ä, ö, ü.

Other vowels that might be exchanged

e - ä mache - machä (to do)
eu - öi Freud - Fröid (joy)
ei - ai Hei - Hai (home)

Consonants

"St" is exchangeable with "scht" and "sp" with "schp" - no matter whether they stand at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the word.

st - scht Gascht - Gast
sp - schp Spiil - Schpiil

About Verena Schorn

I was born and raised in Zurich. I offer High German/Swiss German lessons. The lessons focus on conversational fluency in High German and on improving Swiss German listening skills. I also offer regular meetups. They are another great chance to learn Swiss German and to become familiar with the Swiss German music scene.

More information such as updates of the dictionary, meetups and lessons can be found on Verena's homepage.

Authors

© 2017 by Verena Schorn, Susanne Rust, Peter Schorn.