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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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What is the correct way to say “and the last is“?

I am talking about a number sequence and before the last number, I want to say: and the last is ... as, for example, in "1, 2, 3 ... and the last is 100". When I use a translator, it shows:...
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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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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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Does "Natel" mean the same thing as "Handy" (cell phone) in German?

Does "Natel" mean the same thing as "Handy" (cell phone) in German? Why and how?
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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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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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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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Why do people in central Switzerland say "Grüzach" instead of Grüezi?

Grüezi is the most common greeting in Switzerland. However, each canton has its own dialect making verbal speech (and local spellings) different in different parts of the country. In central ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What word do Germans use for recharge?

In some countries, in English to charge a battery is "charging" , in German for charging it is "aufladen". In English, to pay the prepaid bill is "recharge". For example: ...
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What does "5 Jugendliche im Ausgang" mean?

Google translate says that it means "5 teenagers in exit", which makes no sense. What does "5 Jugendliche im Ausgang" really mean? Context: It's the title of a Swiss-German ...
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Numbers in Swiss-German dialects

Read somewhere that the numbers 2 and 3 are "zwoi" and "drüü" in some Swiss-German dialect as opposed to "zwei" and "drei" in high German. Not sure which one ...
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Does Vor allem phrase change as per cases?

I am assuming that vor allem is a fixed phrase. Vor allem has different meanings in the Pons dictionary. Whenever the word "especially" is translated to the German "vor allem", it ...
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Aren't «...» quotation marks more of a German thing than they are Swiss?

Someone wrote that typographic conventions in Switzerland, like the usage of «...» instead of „...“ as quotation mark, sets them apart from German press. Aren't «...» quotation marks more of a German ...
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Why do the Swiss pronounce Schweiz "Schweez"?

Die Schweiz means Switzerland. "Ei" is pronounced "eye" in German, which means Schweiz should be pronounced "Schw-eye-z". However, the Swiss pronounce their country "...
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Direct and Indirect Akkusative Dative Spielen

Playing is the movement then why do we not consider the object used with it as Akkusativ . EGg Ich spiele am Computer. Why not an den Computer? While using translator to verify articles, I noticed it ...
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"Wobei" or "darin"?

The sentence structure is: I would like to talk about the food, wherein I will talk about it's apperance, advantages and disadvantages. In such type of sentence, I tend use "darin". The ...
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geborgen vs sicher

To say that the place is safe and secure which verb will be used : geborgen or sicher? I have generally seen sicher adjectiv while reading. I tried using geborgen adjective as in this sentence: It's a ...
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"Salü" vs "Sali" greeting in Switzerland

Often hear Swiss people say "Sali" which I think means salutations, a common informal greeting. But just found out someone writing "Salü" for the same meaning, which looks like it'...
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erreichen sein or haben?

I know that sein is used when there is transformation. I have read that "erreichen" has "haben" as it's auxiliary verb. Aufbauend auf der Idee, dass Bildung nicht ohne Erziehung ...
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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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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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How come bold part of the sentence is subject?

Personalchefs stört ein Berufs- oder Studienwechsel der Bewerber nicht so sehr. I thought I am good at identifying subject, akkusativ and dativ until I came across this sentence. The part I have ...
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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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Is the word "isch" only Swiss-German?

ig bi Kafka und Kafka isch mi Swiss people replace the German word ist (is) with isch, like in the example above, but is this exclusive to their country, or just specific German-speaking cantons? ...
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Erwartungen should always be used with "an"?

My sentence: The expectation of the grades are high. Die Erwartungen von der Noten sind hoch. Translator: Die Erwartungen an die Noten sind hoch. When I searched on Google, most random links have the ...
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All three words mean same but is there any particular rule when to use which one?

Karriere, Berufslaufbahn, and Werdegang mean career. Can we use any word alternatively or they need to be used depending on any specific context?
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How and when to use this dienen verb?

As I checked the dictionary there are different meanings for it which are unrelatable with each other. I came across this sentence in book: Neue Zeiten brechen an, denn in Zukunft können etwa zum ...
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What are the various Swiss dialects for Guten Abend and other day greetings?

Swiss people were heard saying Guten Abend as "Gütte Oppa" in one part of the country. How is the Swiss-German spelling for this actually, and what are the various ways the different Swiss ...
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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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