Chuechichästli: differences between speaking German vs Swiss German

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Cecilia Conte

French and German Language Guru at Jabba Jabba
Hi there! My name is Cecilia, but you can also call me Cece. I’m of French, German and American nationality. Being trilingual in French, German and English has helped me a lot, with employment, my studies and my everyday life. I also speak decent Spanish and I am determined to learn many more languages in the future (such as Italian but also Arabic)! I think that meeting people and talking to them, be it during travels or at a café, is the best way to learn a language!
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I am a German native speaker who spends a lot of time in Switzerland. People often assume that I have no trouble understanding Swiss German. Well, guess what: they’re wrong. I’ve been going to Switzerland regularly for the past ten years and it is still just as hard. While the younger me had a more malleable brain and understood some Swiss German, for the current me it is as understandable as coding to a humanities student. So, German vs Swiss German: what are the differences?

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A logical language full of strange sayings? 7 Untranslatable German words

Miranda Lee

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Hi, I'm Miranda! I studied French and Spanish at university and have spent time working in both France and South America. I spent last summer road-tripping Europe on a vintage double decker bus, to meet and film native speakers all over the continent! My next big language challenge is to learn Mandarin.
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Not overly similar to the romantic and laidback late-night owls of the Mediterranean, the Germans have developed rather different stereotypes. To name a few, they are (more often than not) direct, punctual, distant, organized, lovers of rules, and the ultimate beer and football fanatics. But does the language they speak function in the same way? We take a look at seven untranslatable German words to test how language can speak a thousand words about its users…

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Learn German: Top 10 Everyday German Idioms

Johnny Ridd

Johnny Ridd

Johnny is Co-Founder of JabbaJabba. He's lived in Beijing, Seoul and currently calls London home - as he ever will. He speaks middling (but rapidly improving!) Mandarin; but is determined to keep improving in a world that doesn't always make it that easy to (that's why he set up JabbaJabba!). Loves coffee, travel and expanding his horizons.
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German idioms. Sometimes colourful, sometimes funny and sometimes serious; idioms are a great way to get into the German language. These German idioms are designed to give you a bit of an insight into German culture and society. Used correctly and idioms give a real sense of being fluent in another language. They’re also just quite fun!

Get the most out of these German Idioms

We’ve collated a few of the most useful German Idioms. We’ve had a native speaker (one of our Language Gurus) record each one of them for you.

Listen carefully to each recording. Record yourself saying the same phrase or word out loud. Go back and listen to the original and keep going! Before you know it, you’ll be able to start chatting to a native speaker. Most important of, you’ll be able to start doing things in German. You’ll be using the language; not studying it.

What do you make of our top ten German idioms? Any we missed?

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Learn German: use these phrases to get you speaking German from day one

Johnny Ridd

Johnny Ridd

Johnny is Co-Founder of JabbaJabba. He's lived in Beijing, Seoul and currently calls London home - as he ever will. He speaks middling (but rapidly improving!) Mandarin; but is determined to keep improving in a world that doesn't always make it that easy to (that's why he set up JabbaJabba!). Loves coffee, travel and expanding his horizons.
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Learn German: Focus on what you’ll actually use

Have you ever wanted to learn German? Perhaps you’re planning on going to Germany on holiday this summer and would like a few useful phrases up your sleeve? Or maybe you’ve been meaning to start learning German for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it?

Whatever the reason, if you want to learn German, this post is for you.

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