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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...





Excuse me, but remind me...

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Instead of "am" cold...






Brief and on the the point:

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"For example" and "teach me":


Meet each other:


Steak is often pronounced at Shteek:

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Dimitri Burkhard

As the founder, editor, and community manager of Newly Swissed, Dimitri owns the strategic vision. He is passionate about storytelling and is a member of Swiss Travel Communicators. Dimitri loves discovering new trends and covers architecture, design, start-ups and tourism.


  • 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!

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

  • 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!

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

Dimitri Burkhard

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