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Useful Swiss German phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Swiss German. These are in the Basel dialect (Baseldütsch) for which there is no standard written form - the spelling used here is that of Patrick Rensch.

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

English Schwyzerdütsch (Swiss German)
Welcome Wilkomme
(General greeting)
Grüezi (frm) / Sali (inf)
Grüezi mittenand (pl/frm)
Sali zämme (pl/inf)
How are you?

Fine, thanks. And you?
Wie goots Ihne? (frm)
Wie goots? (inf)
Dangge, guet, und Ihne? (frm)
Dangge, guet, und dir? (inf)
Long time no see Mr hänn is schon lang nümme g'seh.
What's your name?
My name is ...
Wie isch Ihre name? (frm)
Wie heissisch Du? (inf)
I heisse ...
Mi name isch ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Wohär sind Sie (frm)
Wohär bisch Du? (inf)
Ich bi vo ...
Pleased to meet you Fröit mi
Morning greeting(s) Guete Morge
Afternoon greeting(s) Gueten Abig / Guete Daag
Evening greeting(s) Gueten Oobe
Nighttime parting phrase(s) Guet Nacht
Parting phrase(s) Uf Widerluege / Ciao / Tschüss / Bis spöter / Sali / Adieu
Good luck Viel Glück / Alles Gueti
Toasts used when drinking Broscht!
Have a nice day Ich wünsch Ihne e schöne Daag (frm)
Ich wünsch Dir e schöne Daag (inf)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
En Guete!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Gueti Reis!
I understand Ich verstand
I don't understand Ich verstand nit
Please speak more slowly Bitte schwätze Sie langsamer (frm)
Bitte schwätz langsamer (inf)
Please write it down Bitte schriibe Sie das uf (frm)
Bitte schriib das uf (inf)
Do you speak
Swiss German?

Yes, a little
Könne Sie Schwitzerdütsch reede? (frm) Kasch Du Schwitzerdütsch reede? (inf)
Yo, e bitz
How do you say ...
in Swiss German?
Wie sait me ... uf Schwizerdütsch?
Excuse me Entschuldigung / Exgüüsi
How much is this? Was koschtet das?
Sorry Es duet mr leid
Thank you

Merci vielmal
Nüt z'dangge
Gäärn gscheh
Where's the toilet? Wo isch d'Toilette?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Däh Herr zahlt für alles
Die Dame zahlt für alles
Would you like to dance with me? Möchtesch Du mit mir danze?
I love you Ich liib dich / I ha Di gärn
Get well soon Gueti Besserig
Leave me alone! Löhn Si mi in Ruh (frm) Loh mi in Ruh (inf)
Call the police! Riefe Sie dr Polizei! (frm) Rief dr Polizei! (inf)
Christmas and New Year greetings Schöni Fäschttäg / Schöni Wienachte
und e guets neus Jahr / en guete Rutsch is neue Johr
Schöni Wienachte und e guets neus Joor
Easter greetings Schöni Oschtere
Birthday greetings Härzliche Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag
One language is never enough Ai Sprooch isch nie gnueg
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mis Luftchüssiboot isch volle Aal

Phrases supplied by Patrick Rensch

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