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Swiss German from Scratch - COURSE 1

Live online Lessons in Swiss German for English Speakers without previous knowledge of High German.

Start from zero and in English and learn to form your own sentences, be able to have simple conversations and get confident with the basic structures in Swiss German.

Words like "mitenand", "poschte", "Meitli" or "Büsi" will no longer be a mystery to you.

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About the course

Course Organization

  • two days a week: Tuesday & Thursday
  • timing: 18.15 - 19.15h
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Interactive online live lessons(34 live lessons, 6 recordings as I will be absent in May)
  • Access from Computer is necessary
  • Microphone and Camera are necessary
  • Replay available afterwards during course
Course Schedule
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Start: Tuesday, 23. January 2024
  • End: Thursday, 27. June 2024
  • ❗ the replays will be available until End of Course

Cost: 640 EUR (course book to be ordered separately, any further material will be uploaded as a PDF )
Why this is the perfect opportunity:

NO German required
small groups (4 - 5 participants)
✅ effective and proven teaching method
✅ experienced and passionate teacher
✅ course language is English
✅ learning assessments every month (4 in total) with personal feedback 
✅ personal feedback to tasks throughout the course
✅ additional exercises if necessary
✅ access to private messenger group for questions anytime and interesting facts on Swiss culture and language
✅ certificate of completion / achievement (not official but great to boost your self confidence 😉)

This is for you, if ...
  • you don't know any High German
  • you have a basic knowledge of High German but don't feel comfortable yet
  • you want to take it easy
  • you don't have a lot of time to review and do homework
  • you struggle learning a new language

Learning objectives STARTER Course

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 SWISS GERMAN 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
▪ To talk about Professions
▪ The days of the week
▪ To express regularity
▪ The structure "tue" and "go" + additional verb
▪ How to adapt German words in a form
▪ To talk about your family
▪ Possessive Articles
▪ To describe things with Adjectives
▪ Demonstrative Articles
▪ The Diminutive
▪ Continuous Form

After the course you'll be able to (if you come to class, participate and do homework):
☆ you can greet people and respond to greetings correctly in any situation
☆ you can maintain a simple conversation when you first meet a person and talk about yourself and your family
☆ you know the numbers and can use them to count, to ask for a price, and talk about dates.
☆ you can talk about your hobbies and preferences regarding leisure activities

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

Course Book 1

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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