Sep 1, 2019 - 11:35 PM
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Swiss-German is as much German as any other dialect of German (eg Hamburg German sounds very different to Bavarian German). You will be well understood using all the normal German words. Even the legendary Gruezi is not universal (Bernese often say a word more like Grüsse). In any case, 'Hallo' works just as well.
example - morning greeting: Even though a Swiss a Swiss-German might say something that sounds like 'Morchker' they will understand you if you have said the high German 'Morgen' in response.
example - evening: high German is 'abend' but most Swiss say 'Arbig', but they will understand you if you have said 'abend'
There is one oddity to know about. For 'thank you' German speaking Swiss often say 'Merci' (like in French) but again, that doesn't mean that person will not understand you if you say 'danke'.
Last modified on Sep 1, 2019 - 11:36 PM by 1960man