Introduction to Swiss German

Learn Swiss German Language to confidently tackle common situations in Switzerland
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Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (17 ratings)
551 students
1hr 26min of on-demand video
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Start building confidence in handling common situations in Swiss German
Saying Hello & Goodbye
Introducing yourself
Counting / Numbers
Navigating the supermarket
Ordering at a Restaurant
Taking Public Transportation
Asking for directions
Describing the weather


  • No previous experience required. This is an introductory course to Swiss German and intended for beginners who may not have any prior knowledge in the Swiss German language.


About this Course

This introductory course to Swiss German is aimed at beginners who want to feel equipped in handling common situations in Switzerland. Whether you are a professional planning to work in Switzerland, an individual who is living in Switzerland, or simply someone who decided to pick up a few words of Swiss German - this course is for you.

The course is structured to be as simple as possible. Each lesson assumes a specific situation you may encounter during your stay in Switzerland and will teach you how to navigate the respective situation. Instead of focusing on a long list of vocabulary or grammar, we will learn phrases and words that are helpful and make you feel equipped to start engaging in daily life using Swiss German.

Ensure to follow this course sequentially. As the content is built up on each other, later lessons may utilize words we learn in an earlier lesson.

What is Swiss German

Swiss German, known as "Schwizerdütsch", is spoken by 65-70% of Swiss people in their everyday lives. It differs from High German - the Standard German spoken in Germany. One notable characteristic of Swiss German is its pronunciation which features unique sounds and intonations. Due to its informal nature and cultural significance, Swiss German is an important part of Swiss identity and is used extensively in everyday conversations, including in families, social interactions, and informal writing.

Overall, Swiss German is a rich and diverse group of dialects spoken by the Swiss population, contributing to the cultural distinctiveness of Switzerland and playing a significant role in daily communication among its speakers.

Before you start

While this course is intended to provide you with helpful and relevant knowledge to speak Swiss German - practise is what makes all the difference. To get the most out of this course ensure to practise the lessons you'll learn. Listen, Practise and Repeat.

Who this course is for:

  • Professionals who are living or relocating to Switzerland in the Swiss German speaking part
  • Visitors or Tourists who are travelling to / through Switzerland and want to speak a few words in the Swiss German native tongue
  • Individuals who are living in Switzerland and want to feel equipped to tackle daily situations in basic Swiss German
  • Anyone who would like to learn Swiss German


Instructor at Udemy
Markus Stalder
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 17 Reviews
  • 551 Students
  • 1 Course

Born in Switzerland, living and learning in Singapore. I'm passionate about helping people to feel equipped and confident in tackling life, by leveraging my professional experience as Consultant, Coach and Customer Success Manager. Relationships are dear to me - I hope to build connections by making an impact and being impacted by the wonderful perspectives and knowledge of others.

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