Stopped by at the Swiss TV blog for the very first time, and do you know what:
Looks like I’ll need to learn more Swiss German dialect to find out what kind of weather’s being forecast for tomorrow.
Just wondering if there’s another European country that has a similar language constellation. I mean, if we consider the German speaking part, there’s:
- Standard High German – variant required to speak with Germans;
- Swiss High German – often mistaken as being Mundart by German visitors. (Typical duh comment: Swiss German isn’t as difficult to understand as I thought it would be);
- And then there’s the various regional dialects such as Basel-Deutsch, BÃ¤rn-Deutsch, Zuri-Deutsch. Basically every valley has its own language.
Swiss German has a lot of French loan words. New discovery of the week: couronne as in couronne de Paris. Never heard of the expression before, but Wikipedia had this description.
Agglo and quartier are regular expressions heard often in Basel.
(I know, I know. A very boring blog entry. Nothing new. But I did say “I’m blogging this” at the time 😉 )
A couple of interesting links:
My only hope is that the Swiss German weather will be sunnier than in High German…