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How to Order a Drink in Swiss German

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A few months ago I started a collection of Swiss German words and had the guts to call it Swiss German Dictionary even when I know it's not even coming close to a real dictionary. Since Swiss German is not an official language, there probably also will never be an official dictionary. So what do you do when you want to learn the language? I believe learning German is a good beginning and then it's just hanging out and talking with as many Swiss people as humanly possible.

In addition you could take a look at this Swiss German Phrasebook on It includes a very helpful pronunciation guide, all numbers, and phrases to use in restaurants or while traveling.

For example, it includes a list of Swiss expressions for ordering beer and wine. I added a few phrases and expressions and now present you a short guide on ordering a drink in Swiss German.

How to Order a Drink in Swiss German

Grüezi! - hello, good day
hallo - hello (informal, use with young people only!)

ich hetti gern ... - I would like ...
für mich bitte ... ! - for me a ... please!

ä Stange, es Chliises - a small glass of beer (2.5 dl)
en Chübel, es Grosses - a big glass of beer (5 dl)
es Glas Wii - a glass of wine
es Glas Rote (Wii) - a glass of red wine
es Glas Wysse (Wii) - a glass of white wine
en Martini - a Martini
en Caipi - a Caipirinha
en Schnaps - a shot of schnapps
en Schüümli - a glass of champagne

Danke! - thank you!
Danke vellmol! - thank you very much!
Merci! - thank you!

Proscht! - cheers!
Pröschtli! - cheers!



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