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Grüezi


Grüezi = hello. The greeting used in a large part of German-speaking Switzerland. Wiktionary entry in German. Largely unpronouncable for most of us not born into the language.

Bit of trivia: Here's a 17 second interview clip of Tina Turner, a Zürich resident, making an attempt.

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8 comments:

Bergson said...

Coucou !!

Dina said...

Gruezi to you too!
I loved hiking in the Glarner Alps and exchanging that greeting with each passing hiker.

Kris said...

I never knew this. Do you every try and use it yourself?

claude said...

Bergson is a very funny man !
I will talk about "grüezi" with our german friends in next october.

Z said...

Hello Bergson! Thank you for coming by.

Dina: It's nice, isn't it?

Kris: Oh yes, I do.

Claude: The word is specifically Swiss-German, so your German friends probably won't know it. Gruss Gott is a form that's used in some parts of Germany and in Austria.

Julie said...

As a matter of interest, which languages do you speak yourself?

D.C. Confidential said...

Schweizerdeutsch is definitely a special language. I lived in Austria and became pretty adept at that dialect, but Swiss German eludes me!

Tash said...

But then there is:
Gruezi voll - by a Luzernen
Grussa - by a Bernese
or
Salu - by ?
I could differentiate btw Zurich, Berne & Luzerne (that one is so cute) dialects by sound at one time. I also got to the point where I could make out what a conversation was about, but couldn't speak it. One word that stuck after all these years is "tuuzig".