Swiss Pronunciation Guide
By Dick Oakes
A a, Ä ä, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g,
H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, Ö ö P p,
Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, Ü ü, V v,
W w, X x, Y y, Z z
The Swiss German alphabet consists of the same 26 characters as in English. There is also the addition of a diacritical mark, the "umlaut." Most German vocabulary is derived from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family.
Swiss German words are generally accented on the first syllable.
The t is unaspirated, making it sound more like d.
Swiss German uses a guttural "r," similar to that used by French; not a growling "r" as in English.
There is no past tense of a verb; the perfect tense is used.
Letters not listed are pronounced approximately as in English.
|A, a||- a as in far|
|E, e||- e as in pen; e as in grey|
|I, i||- i as in machine|
|O, o||- o as in bottom; o as in north|
|U, u||- oo as in boot|
|Y, y||- ee as in free|
|Ä, ä||- a as in bear; a as in paid|
|Ö, ö||- eu as in fleur|
|Ü, ü||- eu as in fleur|
|Ch, ch||- ch as in loch|
|d||- t as in pat when in final position|
|gg||- ck as in block|
|J, j||- y as in yes|
|K, k||- ch as in loch|
|S, s||- s as in sit|
|Sp, sp||- shp at the beginning of a word|
|St, st||- sht|
|W, w||- v as in vim|
|Z, z||- ts as in bits|
|Æ, æ||- a as in act (used often in Swiss German but not used in German)|
|Ai, ai||- i as in lie|
|Äu, äu||- oi as in oil|
|Ee, ee||- a as in grey|
|Ei, ei||- ei as in height; sometimes ee as in free|
|Eu, eu||- eu as in fleur|
|Ie, ie||- ee as in free|
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