Swinglish 102 – Advanced Swiss English

Hello together! Welcome back to Swinglish University!

I am so exciting about presenting you a follow-up to my earlier post! Here are some more amusing expressions to add to our Swinglish dictionary.

Again, the intention of Swinglish University is by no means to ridicule a people who on average speak 3.25 languages! We mean no harm and simply want to have an occasional chuckle about some of the odd expressions which result from living in a multi-lingual society like Switzerland. That's ok, right?

So, take them or leave them. And always remember how we would sound speaking a foreign language, especially one as strange as Swiss German...

Retired:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friendly:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Excuse me, but remind me...


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Instead of "am" cold...


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bored...


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Excited...


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

READ
Our List of Unofficial Taglines for Swiss Cantons

Brief and on the the point:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

"For example" and "teach me":


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet each other:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Steak is often pronounced at Shteek:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Opinion:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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8 replies
  1. Eva
    Eva says:

    My favourite Swinglish is “winding” as in “It is winding outside, there will be a storm.” It took me a long time to explain that you cannot say the wind is winding!

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  2. Maria
    Maria says:

    Love the “Par Example” I can see the french influence, and I also love ‘” Your email was short and pregnant”…..All in good fun :)

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  3. Mark Stehrenberger
    Mark Stehrenberger says:

    A few more…

    It walks me icecold the back down.
    Es läuft mir eiskalt den Rücken runter.

    I know me here out.
    Ich kenne mich hier aus.

    Give not so on!
    Gib nicht so an!

    I hold it in the head not out!
    Ich halt’s im Kopf nicht aus!

    There my hairs stand up to the mountain!
    Da stehen mir die Haare zu Berge!

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  4. Ashley Ringger-SSM
    Ashley Ringger-SSM says:

    My dear sweet Swiss husband always says that cheese gets “spicier” with age. He means “sharp.” :-)

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