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Swiss German from Scratch - COURSE 1

Live online Lessons in Swiss German for English Speakers with a B1 level in High German.

Learn in a small group, with other and having fun.

We start from zero and in English and I show you how to form your own sentences, be able to have simple conversations and get confident with the basic structures in Swiss German. Learn how to use your knowledge in High German also in Swiss German. Start feeling at home in Switzerland by understanding our language and culture.

Words like "mitenand", "poschte", "Meitli" or "Büsi" will no longer be a mystery to you. Neither will be structures like "go poschte go" or "das do do".
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About the course

Course Organization

  • Two days a week: Monday & Wednesday
  • 17-18h (Swiss time, CET)
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Interactive online live lessons
  • Access from Computer is necessary
  • Microphone and Camera are necessary
  • Replay available afterwards during course
Course Schedule
  • Duration: 2.5 months
    20 Lessons in total

  • Start: Monday, 22. January 2024
  • End: Wednesday, 27. March 2024
  • ❗ the replays will be available until the end of course 2024

Cost: 320 EUR

Why this is the perfect opportunity:

German B1 required
small groups (4 - 6 participants)
✅ effective and proven teaching method
✅ experienced and passionate teacher
✅ course language is English and Swiss German
✅ learning assessments every month (2 in total) with personal feedback 
✅ personal feedback to tasks throughout the course
✅ additional exercises if necessary
✅ access to private messenger group for questions anytime
✅ access to Facebook group for interesting facts on Swiss culture and language

This is for you, if ...
  • you don't know any Swiss German
  • you have a basic knowledge of High German and feel comfortable
  • you want to advance fast and start speaking 

Learning objectives QUICK STARTER Course

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 SWISS GERMAN QUICK STARTER 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝟏

▪ How to greet people
▪ The Pronunciation
▪ The Alphabet
▪ The numbers 0 - 9'999
▪ To present yourself
▪ Telling the Date
▪ Common Activities
▪ Verb conjugation and sentence structure in present tense
▪ Negation
▪ To express your preferences regarding free time activities
▪ The days of the week
▪ To express regularity
▪ The structure "tue" and "go" + additional verb
▪ To talk about your family
▪ Possessive Articles
▪ To describe things with Adjectives
▪ Demonstrative Articles
▪ The Diminutive
▪ Continuous Form
▪ The time
▪ The weather
▪ The past tense
▪ Vocabulary: At home, in the office, in the restaurant
▪ Transformation rules - German to Swiss German

▪ About Culture (e.g. Epiphany, Carnival, Easter, 1st August, Ernte-Dank-Fescht, Räbeliechtli-Umzug, 6th December, Christmas, New Year's Eve etc.) depending on the time of the year
▪ Swiss Songs

After this course you can (if you come to class, participate actively and do homework):
☆ maintain a simple conversation in Swiss German when you first meet a person
☆ speak about yourself, your family and free time activities.
☆ be able to adapt High German words to Swiss German
☆ feel more comfortable with Swiss German and recognize similarities between both languages
☆ understand simple spoken Swiss German (while the course advances, we switch more and more to Swiss German)

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After this course you can continue with level 2 that goes through Book 2.

Course Book 1

Please note: The course book is not included in the course price.

The book that teaches you Swiss German from scratch with grammar, reading, listening and speaking exercises.

It's tailored to students
  • who want to learn Swiss German from zero
  • who don't have previous knowledge of German
  • who want to be able to create their own sentences

Features of the book
  • 137 pages
  • grammar explanations in English with exercises to practise 
  • audios, solutions, transcripts and vocabulary list included
  • Available in print and ebook format
  • first one of a series (third one in process)

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Meet the teacher

Rahel Roth

I am a graduated language teacher for High Schools and since 2018 I have been working as a freelance German teacher online.

I noticed that many of my students would like to learn Swiss German but struggle because of the scarce learning material and courses. Moreover lessons are often tailored to students with at least an intermediate knowledge of German.

My goal is to help expats learn Swiss German from scratch without any previous knowledge of German.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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