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Hoi: Your Swiss German Survival Guide

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    Sergio J. Lievano(Author) Nicole Egger(Author)

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With 'Hoi', you'll learn to express your feelings and opinions, shop and meet people - all in Swiss German. You'll find the formulations you need to enjoy Swiss social life or engage in sports and outdoor activities. And you'll discover lots of handy phrases for small talk, eating out, making telephone calls, getting and giving help in an emergency, and other day-to-day language needs. 'Hoi' includes over 2000 words and phrases. They're derived primarily from the dialect spoken in the Zurich region, which is understood throughout the Swiss German speaking part of the country. 'Hoi' is chock-full of encouragement for you to get a grip on the expressions you'll need if you're to enjoy your time in Switzerland and feel at home here. 'Hoi' includes an English to Swiss German and a Swiss German to English dictionary.

Sergio J. Lievano is an Anglo-Colombian artist and qualified economist. He decided to study Comics and Illustrations and to become an illustrator after having worked for more than 12 years as a Business Advisor and Project Manager.Nicole Egger is a linguist who has been teaching German and Swiss German since receiving her degree. She spent a year in Beijing learning Chinese which enables her to sympathise with newcomers to Switzerland who are confronted with a difficult, funny-sounding language.

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  • By Earthshaker on 8 October 2008

    Swiss-German is a problem: one of those instances in which language serves not only to communicate but to exclude outsiders. The situation in German-speaking Switzerland is technically known as a "diglossia", a situation in which two related languages are used in ways that complement each other: in writing, High German, but in speech the rather different dialect, just as ancient as High German, that we know as Swiss-German or Schwiizerdütsch. The two can differ radically - the words of German are slurred and compressed in Schwiizerdütsch, its complexities pared away, and a slew of loan-words from Switzerland's other languages adds further to the mix. For the outsider, the German s/he learned at school serves to interpret signs and railway timetables, but will only enable him/her to grasp desperately at the flood of words spoken around him/her, whilst the Swiss may be reluctant to speak High German, self-conscious about grammatical "errors" or a thick accent. The only real route to the heart of the Swiss is to learn Swiss-German; however, as a language whose role is to be spoken, not written, it has offered the outsider very few ways of learning it, short of the total immersion method of living there for years."Hoi!" aims to plug that gap. It is, as the subtitle puts it, a survival guide: for a whole range of themes and situations the authors supply useful vocabulary and phrases. These range from the phrase-book basics of shopping and administration (for example, renting a flat) to the more intimate: if you ever need to propose marriage to a Zürcher, for instance, here are the words. Up to the minute, they even include a section on e-mail and text messaging terms - in which, incidentally, the term for "reply", "zruggschriibä", is a nice demonstration of how Swiss-German batters the more formal High German into submission (the High German would be "zurückschreiben", which is just about recognisable in the Swiss). There is also some information on the basic linguistic structures that underlie Schwiizerdütsch, such as the way that High German's four cases are reduced to two in the dialect, and a respectable-sized dictionary section. (I have, for simplicity's sake, referred to Swiss-German as "the dialect", but in fact it is a set of overlapping dialects which still demonstrate some considerable regional variation - the book uses the Swiss-German spoken in Zürich, the largest city, which will be adequate to make yourself understood in most areas short of the remotest valleys.)Will it teach you how to speak Swiss-German fluently? No: for that, total immersion is still the only answer. It will, however, get you some way down the track, enabling you to speak some and, as important, understand a lot more of what goes on around you, putting you in a position to supplement the book with new expressions heard in conversation that would have passed you by before. It enables you, too, to break through some of the reserve that you may encounter speaking High German: people prepared to chance their arm in Swiss-German are few and far between, and making the effort will build bridges. Some knowledge of High German will certainly help in using this as a foundation to build further; if you don't have that knowledge, however, and simply stick to what the book gives, you will have got further into the linguistic fortress of Schwiizerdütsch than the vast majority of foreigners.

  • By Martin on 15 August 2017

    Very helpful

  • By Miss B on 2 June 2010

    This book is very well laid out and easy to follow. It shows that learning another language (even a slightly difficult one) can be fun. Good illustrations, with helpful tips and warnings.

  • By Guest on 26 February 2013

    I took this book to Switzerland to try out on my Swiss friends. Although they are in a different region to Zurich they loved the book and at least one is going to buy one for a relative.

  • By Mark H on 13 June 2013

    Excellent book on a subject for which I've looked for something for years - turned up well in advance of expectation.

  • By Ronan Lynch on 20 July 2011

    this is really just for fun and laughter but does give people a intro to swiss dialect and some useful terms.

  • By Victm on 5 November 2013

    How is possible the book is cheaper new than used? And how comes the prices are so high reaching even 3000??

  • By Donna Maria Adcock on 20 May 2013

    this is a used product but its in mint condition. looking forward to trying to leanr a few words from it

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