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2018-06-27 11:00:00 CET

Lost in translation: Swiss German

Introducing Schweizerdeutsch...

Guys, so for all those non-German speaking peeps out there, the first thing you’ll learn about German is that it isn’t just one language. Sure, a dictionary exists that acts as kind of the rule book for how German should be spoken but, understanding spoken German from different regions and different countries sometimes leaves us lost in translation. Here’s where we come in. We’re here to bridge the gap. And, to better equip you for your travels to Gstaad, we’ve collated a few Swiss German terms to help you along your way. Language barrier? What language barrier?

1. Trichle

Can be roughly translated to: Cow bells ringing

Phonetic pronunciation: Tree-kur-(pretend for a second that you’re a vampire and make that throaty sound)-leh

As in “hey guys, let’s go trichle after watching the match live on Center Court”. When you say this, it should always be in Gstaad when in possession of an actual cow bell. Why we love this word: because you can literally only use it in Gstaad.

3, 2, 1 ‘Trichle’ : Jingle bells, jingle… Photocredit: Andreas Langreiter3, 2, 1 ‘Trichle’ : Jingle bells, jingle… Photocredit: Andreas Langreiter

2. Müntschi

Can be roughly translated to: a little kiss

Phonetic pronunciation: Moont-chi

As in “How about a little müntschi?” or a “Müntschi in the morning and in the afternoon, a müntschi in the evening and underneath the moon”. When you say this, make sure that you’re saying it to someone that you’re on actual müntschi level with – asking random people may lead to some questionable looks. Why we love this word: it sounds way cuter than peck.

Here’s a müntschi: Mmmmmwah. Photocredit: Martin SteinthalerHere’s a müntschi: Mmmmmwah. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler

3. Difig

Can be roughly translated to: fast

Phonetic pronunciation: Deef-ique

As in “Did you see how difig that ball was?” or “How difig Bertschart dived to keep the ball in play?”  Why we love this word: sounds like it could be French baked good.

Not so difig, this is my ball. Photocredit: Martin SteinthalerNot so difig, this is my ball. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler

4. Hinacht

Can be roughly translated to: tonight

Phonetic pronunciation: Hiin-acht (vampire sound again)

As in “when are we leaving to Gstaad? Hinacht” or “when are we watching BeachStream reruns? Hinacht”. Why we love this word: it means business. You don’t mess with someone who says hinacht instead of tonight.

Hinacht – it’s all going down hinacht! Photocredit: Martin SteinthalerHinacht – it’s all going down hinacht! Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler

5. Kömmerlä

Can be roughly translated to: shopping

Phonetic pronunciation: Kuer-merh-leh

As in “Lets go kömmerlä” or “Duh, kömmerlä IS retail therapy, like how do you not know that?” Why we love this word: you sound Swiss when you say it.

So I went Kömmerlä and everything was half off! Photocredit: Mihai StetcuSo I went Kömmerlä and everything was half off! Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu

6. Danke z hudel u z fätze

Can be roughly translated to: thank you very, very much!

Phonetic pronunciation: Dahn-keh z hoodel oond t-zeh fettzeh

As in this is what you would say if someone saves your life! Okay let’s just say that sometimes thank you so much doesn’t quite cover how grateful you are. Why we love this word: when you master pronouncing this you can literally speak any language.

To my fans: Danke z hudel u z fätze Photocredit: Martin SteinthalerTo my fans: Danke z hudel u z fätze Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler

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