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It is like listening to Matthew McConaughey in True Detective, the first 5 minutes you don't understand a word, but then you get see the pattern and start understanding it pretty well. At least considering basic grammar and vocabulary.


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I have had native German speakers from the North-East of Germany ask me what language was spoken after hearing someone use the local dialect in Bern. Not only could they not understand, they were genuinely surprised by the magnitude of the difference. So knowing standard German (Hochdeutsch) is certainly not enough to understand all the dialects of ...


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Short answer (added on request): The differences between the standard languages of Germany and of Switzerland are minimal, mutual comprehension is very close to 100%, and misunderstandings are very rare. But dialect use is strong in Switzerland, and dialects from distant German speaking regions are not mutually intelligible in general. When it comes to ...


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I depends. There are lots of swiss dialects(SD), I'm assuming you're talking about some main stream variant, basically what's being spoken in the Mittelland (Bern, Zürich, Bodensee). The dialects in some remote regions can be extremely difficult to understand, even for swiss germans such as yours truly. See this map for instance. Germans from the southwest ...


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As a native Swiss German speaker, I find myself using very common and comprehensive words when I'm talking to a foreigner. So it wouldn't be a problem to communicate with a Swiss person, as German is also our offical formal language. (We could easily switch to German) But to understand native Swiss German in any random dialect and at normal speed, you need ...


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Real Swiss German is pretty much not intelligible to me. (native speaker, North Germany)


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It depends on what you mean by native German speaker and Swiss German. See also Huberts answer for some details about Schweizerisches Deutsch and Schweizerdeutsch. Schweizerdeutsch as an alemannic dialect is also spoken in southern parts of Germany. People grown up there can understand the Swiss on the other side of the river Rhine. But in Swiss German ...


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Bezieht sich die Frage auf schweizerisches Deutsch oder auf Schweizerdeutsch? Schweizerisches Deutsch ist eine der drei Varietäten der deutschen Hochsprache. Das ist die Sprache, in der schweizerische Tageszeitungen gedruckt werden, und in der Nachrichtensprecher im Fernsehen und im Radio sprechen. Diese Sprache unterscheidet sich zwar von deutschem Deutsch ...


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Das Problem stellt sich oft nicht, da ein Schweizer, wenn er einen Deutschen trifft, nach einem Satz feststellt, daß er ein Deutscher ist und dann in Hochdeutsch weiterredet. Schwierig ist es aber mit Immigranten, die nur Schwitzerdütsch gelernt haben, die können dann auch mit Deutschen nur in dieser Sprache kommunizieren; das verstehe ich dann schlecht, da ...



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