Questions tagged [swiss-standard-german]

Schweizer Hochdeutsch (Schriftdeutsch) - Questions on vocabulary, grammar, orthography or interpunction of German as it is written in Switzerland. For the spoken dialect see Swiss German.

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What are “Lamellenspiesse”? [closed]

This meat product on a stick is called "Lamellspiess". What type of meat is it, and what is the English translation?
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How to ask to view an apartment for rent? [closed]

"Kann ich machen ein besichtigungstermin?" automatically receives a response in English because the other party has figured out the one asking the question is not a German speaker. What is ...
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Swiss appartment application: “Mitbewerber” vs “Solidarhafter”?

What is the difference between Mitbewerber and Solidarhafter? Google translate says "competitor" and "more solidarity", which neither make any sense. And why is there no option ...
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How to use these similar meaning words gilten, anwenden, and auftragen?

When we go in the jungle, we must apply insect repellent. 1] My translate: Wenn wir im Wald gehen, muessen wir einen Insektenshutz gilten. 2] Google translate: Wenn wir im Wald spazieren gehen, müssen ...
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Why always am Ende and not im Ende?

I have noticed this Ende comes with "am" preposition always. I know das Ende = an dem Ende dativ form. But, there are context wherien it seems like even "in" preposition can work ...
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Quite confused with würde and wäre (Konjunktiv II)

Konjunktiv II Although, I had asked the query before related to würde and wäre but, I am not satisfied much with answer. I tried to make more examples to understand but get confused more when used ...
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How to use am vs ab?

The course will begin from the 1st Jan. Der Kurs beginnt am 1. Januar. Der Kurs beginnt ab dem ersten Januar. Can we interchangeably use am and ab to show the beginning of something on certain month ...
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What does the word “wähh” mean?

Der ganze Fisch mit Kopf und Augen, das sieht so wähh aus! The "wähh" word over here is just an expression or has some meaning to it? Also, is it a positive or negative expression?
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Switzerland: should I use Geschäftsführer instead of Direktor? [duplicate]

I translated the French title directeur (which stands also for CEO) to the German word Direktor. The professional translator I work with suggests that I stop using Direktor and use Geschäftsführer ...
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Reading a Swiss newspaper as a German learner

I'd like to know if, by reading a Swiss newspaper like the NZZ, I'll come across language usage that, in spite of being perfectly correct in Swiss standard German, would be frowned upon if I used them ...
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Why was ⟨ß⟩ discontinued in Switzerland?

I can think of three different reasons why ⟨ß⟩ was discontinued in Switzerland. However, I do not know which one to prefer, and there may be other explanations. That is why I am asking. Here are the ...
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Adapt to Austrian grammar and spelling as Swiss expat

German Version: Ich komme aus der Schweiz und habe daher das "Schweizer Hochdeutsch", oder "Schweizer Standarddeutsch", gelernt. Ich werde bald für ein paar Jahre an einer ...
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Was ist denn eine Brockenstube? [closed]

Im Gespräch mit einem schweizer Kollegen tauchte kürzlich der Begriff Brockenstube auf - Das Wort scheint außerhalb der Schweiz nicht gebräuchlich zu sein - Was genau bedeutet das Wort uind wo kommt ...
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What is the meaning of the verb ‘betreiben’ in a renting application?

I’m filling in a renting application for a flat. There is one question: «Wurden Sie schon betrieben?» — Ja/Nein I can’t figure out what it means in this case. Perhaps it is Switzerland-specific, ...
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Length of vowels before ‘ss’ in Swiss standard German

In standard German (of Germany and Austria) we use the spelling difference between ss and ß to signal whether the preceding vowel is short or long. A short vowel is followed by ss, a long vowel is ...
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What means my car's displayed diagnosis “GETRIEBEÖL WECHS NÄCHSTE WART.”?

This looks like a TV series, and here is the 2nd season :). You may look at the previous one to read detailed information about my car and the 1st occasion where I looked for the sense of its ...
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Was ist »Schweizerdeutsch«?

In ganz Deutschland und bestimmt auch in ganz Österreich ist bekannt, dass in der Schweiz Dialekte mit hohem Wiedererkennungswert gesprochen werden. Wer diesen Dialekt nachmachen will, reduziert ei ...
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Wörterbuch für schweizerisches Standarddeutsch

Der Duden gilt als Standardwerk für deutsches Deutsch, und dieses Buch versucht auch das Vokabular der beiden anderen Standardvarietäten der deutschen Sprache abzudecken, was ihm aber nicht ...
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What means my car's displayed diagnosis “KÜHLMITTLE NIEDR MOTOR ABSTELLEN”?

I'm French and I purchased a used (2001) Volvo V70 which was initially buyed in Switzerland, and where diagnosis are displayed in German, so for me it's often a painful task to understand what the ...
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Swiss German: origin of gsi (gewesen)

Swiss German speakers use gsi in place of gewesen. What is the origin of gsi? Was there ever a old form gesein that sounds like gsi in the dialect? (my amateur opinion)
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German Accents: Austrian, German, or Swiss Standard German

This is a (very) modified version of my original question, for more context regarding some of the answers you might want to see the edits below. I am learning German for fun, and I do not feel the ...
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Laschen in Computerprogrammen

In der Schweiz ist bei der Beschreibung von Computerprogrammen (Benutzerhandbücher, User Support) oft von Laschen die Rede. Beispiel: Wechseln Sie auf die Lasche "Übersicht" Was soll das sein?
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Can a “ß” be written as “ss” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it an error when I do not use ß when it is necessary? For my computer application, I have a font which does not contain the ß character. Is it acceptable in German to ...
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For a foreigner in Switzerland, how much practical value is there in being able to speak German?

While people in the “German-speaking” areas of Switzerland read and write Standarddeutsch, they speak Schwyzerdütsch – which linguists might describe as a dialect of German, but which to a casual ...
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What is the meaning of (the perhaps swisswide used) “resonieren”

In the swiss german song for children Joggeli sött go Birli schüttle I came accross the word resoniere of which the written german equivalent should (probably) be resonieren. [...] Do goht de ...
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Wie grüßt man in der Schweiz?

Wahrscheinlich kennen alle den Schweizer Gruß "Grüezi". Allerdings habe ich im Schweizerischen Idiotikon folgendes gelesen: "Gott Grüezi hört-me nümme gärn, Salü und Servus sind modärn" In der Tat ...
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Was ist korrekte Schweizer Schriftsprache?

In seiner Antwort weist Lukas darauf hin, dass offenbar viele mundartliche Ausdrücke in der Schule als Fehler korrigiert werden. Wie definiert sich denn nun die korrekte Schriftsprache ?
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Was bedeutet “Puff” in Schweizer Deutsch?

Ich bin gerade auf bei Blick.ch auf die Überschrift "Schluss mit Zeiten-Puff" gestoßen. Wird das in der Schweiz ohne Assoziationen an Bordell gebraucht, oder wird hier bewusst für eine große ...
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Welches Zeichen verwenden Schweizer als Dezimaltrennzeichen, wenn es nicht um Währungsangaben geht?

Bezüglich Währungen scheint die Schweiz eindeutig mit Dezimalpunkten zu arbeiten. Siehe Wikipedia-Artikel zum Dezimaltrennzeichen. Aber bezüglich normaler Zahlen, wie Entfernungsangaben bekomme ich ...
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How does “used” translate - “benutzt” or “benützt”?

Duden and other resources list both "benutzt", and "benützt" as valid but indicate that "benützt" is used regionally in Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. Are translations for Germany ...
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Double quotes in Switzerland for German texts (Guillemets/Gänsefüsschen)

I'd like to know which double quotes should be used when writing German in Switzerland. A Wikipedia article explains that the French « ... » quotation marks (Guillemets) are more often used than the ...
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Was bedeutet in der Schweiz “Sind Sie bedient”?

After dining in a Swiss restaurant in Bern I heard the waitresses asking Sind Sie bedient? Edit: Da es einige Konfusion gibt, möchte ich die Situation hier zunächst noch einmal ausführlich in ...