Swiss German Dictionary is the first comprehensive dictionary for English to Swiss German and vice versa. It contains in total more than 6´700 entries with audio and 12´000 explanations, examples and phrases. Full-text search and the ability to maintain a list of favorites are provided as well.
The Swiss German dialect differs in pronunciation, vocabulary and partially also in grammar from the High German standard. Therefore Swiss German Dictionary contains the most important vocabulary and numerous expressions which are only used in Switzerland. For all words you can hear how they are pronounced in Switzerland by a native speaker. With Swiss German Dictionary you can learn to conjugate the verbs in Swiss German and how to correctly form the plural of the nouns.
Who can benefit most from Swiss German Dictionary?
This app is ideal for all who want to move to the German speaking part of Switzerland and for all who want to better understand the dialect spoken in the greater Zurich area.
Features of the app include:
• Swiss German Dictionary works 100% offline, no internet connection is needed
• It contains in total 6´700 entries: 3'400 for Swiss German – English and 3'300 for English - Swiss German
• 12´000 explanations, examples and common phrases
• Vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar as they are common in the greater Zurich area
• The dictionary is suitable for everyday life, travel and leisure
• All entries are spoken by Swiss German native speakers
• It contains tips and tricks for quickly finding expressions using alternate spellings
• Fixed a defect where the flag symbol was sometimes not visible on iPad
Ratings and Reviews
Very Helpful Sound Recordings
While it may only be a sort of dictionary for Swiss German words, I found the sound recordings especially helpful. The greatest difference between Hochdeutsch and Schwyzerdüütsch is the pronunciation, so this is a great resource.
Good, but limited vocabulary
The layout and organization are very good. It’s easy to quickly look up a translation, and the audio clips are extremely useful.
The only issue with this app is that the vocabulary is quite limited. I’m not referring to specialized trade-words; even many very common words are missing. For example, words like “duck” (both noun and verb), “assemble” (e.g. what one would do with IKEA furniture), “deer”, “install”, “squint”, “giggle”, “kick”, and many more are missing.
Developer Response ,
Thank you very much for your kind review.
For the selection of expressions, we rely, among others, on a study by R. Jones and E. Tschirner (2006). Among other things, the authors statistically evaluated one million expressions from the spoken language and listed the most frequent expressions in their book. Of the 3,000 most common ones, «Swiss German» covers about 90%. In addition, we have also included expressions that do not exist in High German or are very different from it, such as «tschutte» «sünnele», «bädele», as well as expressions that are placed further down the Tschirner list.
But of course we dream of being able to offer an app one day that contains and explains 5'000 or 10'000 expressions in both directions.
We wish you continued fun and success with «Swiss German».
Thumbs way up
I LOVE this app. So worth the money when living in Switzerland and trying to learn the local dialect. Very easy to use and navigate.
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- Peter Schorn
- 102.7 MB
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
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Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.