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You probably have noticed one thing already: You are studying in Konschdanz. The motorway A81 that leads you to this picturesque place is also known as Spätzle-Highway. Nai, do wird kai Hochdeutsch g’schwätzt: Nope, they sure don’t speak standard German here!

Luschd uff ä räächds Veschba: You feel like eating some sandwiches? Schbachtle und Bechere: You want to eat and drink something? Kai Probläm: No problem! Dünnele [also: Dinnele], is also a regional speciality. It is a kind of “tarte flambée” or “Flammkuchen” dough with toppings such as cheese, bacon, onions, spinach, apples and much more. It is particularly popular at the Christmas market and wine festivals. With their Dünnele, Konschdanzers like to drink Suser [new wine] or Moschd [cider], which is sold at the weekly markets in five-litre canisters. But beware: too much Moschd gives youDinnpfiff [diarrhea].

Tip for the cautious: Imitating Swiss-German?

Trying to learn a dialects is basically impossible. If you do try, it only seems artificial and embarrassing. Non-locals might manage the Baden dialect when saying “Konschdanz” (Konstanz) after some time, but when Germans try to speak Swiss-German, the Swiss only scream with laughter. It’s hard enough to understand what they are saying, anyway.