Category Swiss-German

Possessivartikel im substantivischen Gebrauch — Mine & Yours in German

One of the most viewed posts on this blog is the one about possessive adjectives in German (my = mein, your = dein, his = sein, her = ihr …). What makes these a little confusing for many people learning German is that you need to know if the person, who possesses the person/thing is […]

What are they asking after I buy my groceries? — German shopping vocabulary

Working with the expat community in Zurich there is a question I hear again and again and a short story that gets recounted. It goes something like this: “I was in the Migros the other day and I bought my groceries. I didn’t understand how much the cashier asked for, but I saw what I […]

sehen / schauen / gucken / luegen… Seeing in German doesn’t have to be that hard

If you’ve ever taken a language course, you know that good language teachers and trainers try to engage their students and get them to speak. One of the most common questions that teachers ask is “How was your weekend? What did you do?” (Wie war dein Wochenende? Was hast du gemacht?) This usually receives a […]

Learning from other people’s mistakes — Spass is German for funny

Last week I wrote about the German “S-word“. I’ve received some feedback about this, which is great. One thing I want to really make clear is that swearing is not deemed as proper in many situations – easy way of making sure you don’t offend someone is to ask yourself, “Would I say shit or […]