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Hoi: Your Swiss German Survival Guide [Paperback]

Sergio J. Lievano , Nicole Egger
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6 May 2005
With 'Hoi', you'll learn to express your feelings and opinions, shop and meet people - all in Swiss German. You'll find the formulations you need to enjoy Swiss social life or engage in sports and outdoor activities. And you'll discover lots of handy phrases for small talk, eating out, making telephone calls, getting and giving help in an emergency, and other day-to-day language needs. 'Hoi' includes over 2000 words and phrases. They're derived primarily from the dialect spoken in the Zurich region, which is understood throughout the Swiss German speaking part of the country. 'Hoi' is chock-full of encouragement for you to get a grip on the expressions you'll need if you're to enjoy your time in Switzerland and feel at home here. 'Hoi' includes an English to Swiss German and a Swiss German to English dictionary.

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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Bergli Books Ltd; 1st edition (6 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3905252139
  • ISBN-13: 978-3905252132
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Sergio J. Lievano is an Anglo-Colombian artist and qualified economist. He decided to study Comics and Illustrations and to become an illustrator after having worked for more than 12 years as a Business Advisor and Project Manager. Nicole Egger is a linguist who has been teaching German and Swiss German since receiving her degree. She spent a year in Beijing learning Chinese which enables her to sympathise with newcomers to Switzerland who are confronted with a difficult, funny-sounding language.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting behind the walls of language 8 Oct 2008
Swiss-German is a problem: one of those instances in which language serves not only to communicate but to exclude outsiders. The situation in German-speaking Switzerland is technically known as a "diglossia", a situation in which two related languages are used in ways that complement each other: in writing, High German, but in speech the rather different dialect, just as ancient as High German, that we know as Swiss-German or Schwiizerdütsch. The two can differ radically - the words of German are slurred and compressed in Schwiizerdütsch, its complexities pared away, and a slew of loan-words from Switzerland's other languages adds further to the mix. For the outsider, the German s/he learned at school serves to interpret signs and railway timetables, but will only enable him/her to grasp desperately at the flood of words spoken around him/her, whilst the Swiss may be reluctant to speak High German, self-conscious about grammatical "errors" or a thick accent. The only real route to the heart of the Swiss is to learn Swiss-German; however, as a language whose role is to be spoken, not written, it has offered the outsider very few ways of learning it, short of the total immersion method of living there for years.

"Hoi!" aims to plug that gap. It is, as the subtitle puts it, a survival guide: for a whole range of themes and situations the authors supply useful vocabulary and phrases. These range from the phrase-book basics of shopping and administration (for example, renting a flat) to the more intimate: if you ever need to propose marriage to a Zürcher, for instance, here are the words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good starter book 2 Jun 2010
By Miss B
This book is very well laid out and easy to follow. It shows that learning another language (even a slightly difficult one) can be fun. Good illustrations, with helpful tips and warnings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars New cheaper than used?? 5 Nov 2013
By Victm
How is possible the book is cheaper new than used? And how comes the prices are so high reaching even 3000??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - & Service 13 Jun 2013
By Mark H
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Excellent book on a subject for which I've looked for something for years - turned up well in advance of expectation.
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