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I were unable to find paper with alphabet letters on it to start learning reading/writing in Swiss German. Searched native bookstores and still couldn't find those "1th grade school kids letters typing books". Does anybody know, where could I find such paper, so I could print it and start learning?

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    Hi and welcome to German Language Stack Exchange. Your question makes me wonder what handwriting you learnt before and why you assume it to be any different from (Swiss) German handwriting (assuming a Latin script). Also, I wouldn’t know if there are any differences between Swiss and German German handwritings aside from personal preferences. As such, I’m voting to close this question as unclear. Don’t let that discourage you, you can edit your post to make the question clearer (that is explicitly encouraged here!). For any further questions, take the tour or visit the help center. – Jan Sep 13 '15 at 21:10
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  • @Jan: Die Schweiz hat kein scharfes S. – user unknown Sep 14 '15 at 0:28
  • @userunknown Das ist mir bewusst, aber ich meinte eigentlich die Formen der anderen 29 Buchstaben ;) – Jan Sep 14 '15 at 0:30
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    @Jan, auch die Formen der Druckbuchstaben unterscheiden sich regional - typisches Beispiel z.B. ob 'f' auf der Grundlinie steht oder eine Unterlänge hat. Und wenn OP z.B. aus dem angelsächsischen Raum stammt, sind die Unterschiede noch deutlicher. Schulen geben typischerweise eine Schrift vor, daher ist die Frage IMHO nicht "unclear". – Stephie Sep 14 '15 at 6:26
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After 67 years of teaching a form of cursive ("Schnüerlischrift"), Swiss authorities have recommended substituting it with block letters for all schools in German-speaking Switzerland. As all fonts have slight differences, choosing one common set of letters is important for the benefit of learners. The suggested style is the Luzerner Basisschrift. It's use is recommended, but not mandatory.

The specific charm of the Luzerner Basisschrift is that it comes in varieties, starting as pure block letters, later suggesting "connecting" letters - vaguely resembling cursive - for easier flow and faster writing. The ultimate goal is to develop an individual style of hand that still remains well-legible for others.

You will easily find examples with the help of your favourite search engine or (in German) on the official website of the D-EDK.


Note that other Kantone might demand a different style, you might consider checking with the local authorities to be really sure, especially as the current recommendation is only a few months old.


Different from for example Germany and the US (and many other countries) Swiss primary schoolers start(ed) writing with cursive, namely the "Schweizer Schulschrift" or "Schnüerlischrift" which Carsten S linked to in his comment.

  • Thank you for explanation. CarstenS provided file isn't clear for me as it doesn't write letters in Roman Type(like: VvSs) and doesn't include all letters, it's very confusing for me. D-EDK includes good examples, but it's very different from CarstenS provided one. When I were learning second language Russian I started with this - www.i.imgur.com/DcSYBra.jpg. That was the most clearest method for me! I tried googling, eventually tried in German (with google translator), but had no luck to find. Is it possible to find something similar? – Luis Sep 14 '15 at 13:14
  • @Luis All letters, including an instruction on strokes here. Note that the "house" is a common metaphor to explain where the letters go in the line. Just get yourself a notebook with these lines (or write on ordinary paper) and practise. Note that my first link gives these, too. – Stephie Sep 14 '15 at 13:22
  • @Luis, I do not claim that the one that I linked to is very useful, I just found it by googling a bit (of course it helped that I can read German). It contains the 26 letters of the alphabet in alphabetical order ;) For the umlaut letters just add two little strokes above the letter. There is no ß in Swiss German, but you can adapt one from a German Schulausgangsschrift. – Carsten S Sep 14 '15 at 13:44

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