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Swiss German Language Lessons in Gstaad (2)

View of Palace Hotel from GstaadOn our hike down from Schönried to Gstaad, our friend Ursel told us about the surprising revival of Swiss German in written form through SMS/Texting and Social Media.

We also practiced some Swiss German words in the local dialect of Bärndütsch. [see also our previous blog post: Language Lessons in Gstaad (1)]

Once in Gstaad, we do a little window shopping and people ogling on the pedestrian way called Promenade.

From there we also have a great view of the famous Palace Hotel (picture). And, walking towards the ice rink (which, in the spring, converts back to tennis courts for the Gstaad Open in June each year) we end up at Charly's Gstaad, a "Konditorei and Confiseri" for coffee and delicious pastries.

While observing the young and old skaters as they make their rounds, we learn and practice various greetings and other common phrases:

  • Grüessdi (Grüß dich - informal Hello, singular)
  • Grüessech (Grüß euch - informal Hello, plural)
  • Grüessi mitenand (Hello - all of you)
  • Exgüsee (Entschuldigung - excuse me)
  • Uf Widerluege (Auf Wiedersehen - Good-bye)
  • Adiemerssi (Danke und auf Wiedersehen - Thanks and good-bye, said by shopkeepers)

The Swiss day is nicely organized around meal times and snack breaks:

  • Zmorge (Frühstück - breakfast)
  • Znüni (Imbiss am Vormittag - midmorning snack, usually around 9 a.m.)
  • Zmittag (Mittagessen - lunch)
  • Zvieri (Imbiss am Nachmittag - mid-afternoon snack, usually around 4 p.m.)
  • Znacht (Abendessen - dinner, supper)

Kindergardners bring their mid-morning snack to school, it's called "Znünitaschl" (nine o'clock bag). They also bring along "Finken" (slippers) to wear inside.

We did not recognize any famous people this time – but we certainly learned a lot about Bärndütsch expressions and pronunication.