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Useful phrases in Swiss German of Chur

A collection of useful phrases in the Chur (Khur) variety of Swiss German, which is spoken in the Canton of Grisons (Graubünden) in the south-east of Switzerland.

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Key to abbreviations: sg = said to one person, pl = said to more than one person, inf = informal, frm = formal.

English Schwiizerdüütsch (Swiss German of Chur)
Welcome Willkomma
(General greeting)
Grüazi (frm/sg) Grüazi mitanand (frm/pl)
Hallo; Hoi (inf/sg) Hoi zämma (inf/pl)
How are you?

Fine, thanks. And you?
Wia goots ina? (frm)
Wia goots dr? (inf)
Danka, guat. Und ina? (frm)
Danka, guat. Und diar? (inf)
Long time no see Schu lang nümma gsee!
What's your name?

My name is ...
Wia haissen sii? (frm)
Wia haissisch? (inf)
Ii haissa ...
Min nama isch ...
Where are you from?

I'm from ...
Woher kömmen sii? (frm)
Vu wo sin sii? (frm)
Woher kusch? (inf)
Vu wo kusch? (inf)
Ii bin us ...
Ii kuma vu ...
Pleased to meet you Schön, di kennazlerna
Morning greeting(s) Guata Morga
Afternoon greeting(s) Guata Taag
Evening greeting(s) Guatan Obig
Nighttime parting phrase(s) Guat Nacht
Parting phrase(s) Uf Widerluaga (frm)
Ciao / Tschüss / Bis bald (inf)
Good luck Viil Glück!
Toasts used when drinking Zum Wohl! Viva!
Have a nice day An schöna Tag no!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
An Guata!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Guati Rais!
I understand Ii verstoon
I don't understand Ii verstoon's nit
Ii kuma nit druus
Please speak more slowly Könnten sii bitte langsamer reda? (frm)
Könntisch bitte langsamer reda? (inf)
Please write it down Kasch das bitte ufschriiba (inf)
Könnten sii das bitte ufschriiba (frm)
Do you speak Swiss German?

Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Reden sii Schwiizerdüütsch? (frm)
Redisch du Schwiizerdüütsch? (inf)
Joo, as bitzali
How do you say ... in Swiss German? Wia sait ma ... uf Schwiizerdüütsch?
Speak to me in Swiss German Red (bitte) Schwiizerdüütsch mit miar (inf)
Reden sii (bitte) Schwiizerdüütsch mit miar
Excuse me Entschuldigung / Sorry
How much is this? Wiaviil koschtet das?
Sorry Entschuldigung; Sorry; Tuat mr laid!
Thank you

Danka sehr
Merci viilmool
Bitte; Geera gschee
Where's the toilet? Wo isch z WC?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Dee Herr wird für alles zahla
Dia Daama wird für alles zahla
Would you like to dance with me? Wettisch du echt mit miar tanza?
I love you Ii liaba dii
Get well soon Guati Besserig
Leave me alone! Loon mii in rua!
Füür! Feurio!
Call the police! Rüaf d'Polizei!
Christmas and New Year greetings Fröhlichi Wiahnachta und an guata Rutsch!
Easter greetings Schöni Oschtera!
Birthday greetings Herzlicha Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag!
One language is never enough Ai Sprooch isch nia gnuag
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Miis Luftküssiboot isch voll mit Aala

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