Is Swiss German similar to Swedish?

Thread: Is Swiss German similar to Swedish?

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  1. McCarthy86 said:

    Default Is Swiss German similar to Swedish?

    Gruezi mit anund, first id like to say i'm swiss, but unfortuantly lost the language when i came to england, blame my parents. However i am starting to try and learn it again.

    So i've been looking through some lyrics, it seems that when Swiss German is written it seems similar to Nordic languages, now i know of the Swedish-Swiss confusion, believe me i get it all the time. However there seems that there could be a stronger relation with the two than High German-Swedish. Heres an example from a Zri West song:

    r isch schpt am aabe no i ds outo gschtige
    r hett se wue gsee
    hett sini letschte chole fr e moscht la lige
    r hett se wue gsee
    r hett e grosse boge um si schtammbeiz zoge
    r hett se wue gsee
    r hett gas g
    r isch nid gfaare
    r isch gfloge
    nume wu r se hett wue gsee
    hett jedi kurve gschnitte
    jedi ample ignoriert
    r hett se wue gsee
    r hett im garte vor em huus wo sie woont parkiert
    r hett se wue gsee
    r hett d'scke ufezoge
    u dr chrage ufeglitzt
    r hett se wue gsee
    u churz berprft b d'friise no sitzt
    nume wu r se hett se wue gsee
    sie woont im 12te schtock
    dr lift isch nid cho
    r hett se wue gsee
    r isch inegange
    no chli shaky i de bei
    r hett se wue gsee
    u sie isch grad am lige aber nid allei

    I believe 'r het' means I am hot or something. Is that the same in swiss german? Or did they delibrately make it sound swedish for effect. If anyone can tell me about this then that would be great, just curious really. And I know theirs loads of different dialects so may depend on region.
  2. JayS_LU said:


    First of all I have to disappoint ya. There is no Swiss-German.
    The people here talk a huge amount of german dialects, which are not really similar to each other. If you have that song from Zri West, they sing + write in the Bern-Idiom. If you go to Lucerne, Zrich, Zermatt or Chur it will sound and look a lot different.
    The "official" Language in Switzerland still is GERMAN, due to the fact that the Swiss would never be able to take ONE of their hundred dialects as a official "Swiss-German"-Language.
    Doesnt matter which dialect you'd take, the rest of the country would be angry.

    About your question: NO! not at all. there is no familiarity betwenn Swiss and Swedish. Not written, and also not spoken. According to what I have written above you will understand that there is NO WRITTEN SWISS GERMAN. Everybody is allowed to write it how he likes to. No rules. Because its just a spoken dialect. not a written language.
    All the people do write swiss-german here, but as I said: It is just a form of bringing the sound onto the paper. No rules, no grammar, pure Anarchy


    r hett se wue gsee

    r = Er = he
    hett = hat = had
    se = Sie = she
    wue = Wollen = want
    gsee = sehen = see

    word by word-> he had she want see, and in english: He wanted to see her!
    (German: Er hat sie sehen wollen)

  3. McCarthy86 said:


    Lol fair enough, as I said just curious, calm down. I know its not a language and several dialects I'm just following the tradition of these threads by saying Swiss German.

    And your wrong their are a few similarities between them, J is pronounced like the english Y, and they say yes like german Ja. Probably a few, minor ones no doubt, but some nevertheless.