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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Pimsleur (27 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743550609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743550604
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 5.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 6 Oct. 2014
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Very good & easy to use. many thanks to the seller, I will be buying from then again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pansy potter on 25 Oct. 2013
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Very pleased to have found Swiss German "teach yourself".....wonderful Amazon... One niggle only...it's aimed at the American market....that said, I'm delighted that I made this purchase. Thank you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
hats off to Pimsleur 15 Dec. 2011
By David Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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I disagree with those in this thread who are discouraging people from learning Swiss German. Language learning isn't always about practical aspects of communication. Some people just love language for its own sake. Also, some people have a personal connection to a language through their family or otherwise.

I learned German while living in southern Germany for two years as a Mormon missionary. Because my ancestry on my mother's side is Swiss, I have always been very interested in the Swiss dialects. But it can be difficult to be taken seriously as a speaker of Swiss German without reaching a certain level of proficiency first. For example, in my case, when people understand that I understand standard German, they tend to automatically shift to standard German when they speak to me. I think this course is a good start to reaching a level where one can actually begin to participate in Swiss society in the local language.

As others have pointed out, it's true that Swiss differs from canton to canton and, in some cases, from village to village. Nevertheless, people from different areas of Switzerland can and do communicate with each other all the time. And, sure, sometimes they laugh at each others' expressions. Na und? That's all part of the fun.

I particularly recommend this course to people who already speak German and are interested in getting a better handle on the Swiss dialects, but I don't think it's necessary to know German to benefit from these lessons.

Finally, hats off to Pimsleur for being willing to invest in languages like Swiss German and Ojibwe even though there will probably never be a big market for these products.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Could Use More Vocabulary Words 7 May 2007
By Mike Yorkey - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife is Swiss-German, and I've learned plenty of Swiss-German words over the years. While I appreciated the effort, learning how to order two beers over several lessons didn't quite work for me. Since there are so few Swiss-German language resources available, this CD series is better than nothing, but I would have like to have learned more than saying I am from America and would like to order "gschnatzlets mit rosit" and a beer.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Worth every penny 25 Aug. 2011
By Leila Sadeghi - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this product! I am a Swiss American who unfortunately was not taught Swiss German by my mother. I learned standard German in school. I listen to the program in the car and I have also saved it to my itunes on my mac. It is so helpful: The repetition, broken down pronunciation, and build up. The fact is that Swiss German is almost nothing like German. Without this methodical method, I don't think I would be making the transition so well. I am actually retaining the information. I can't wait for my next visit!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Swiss German is not your high school German 8 Feb. 2013
By Oncle Willie - Published on Amazon.com
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Like my most Americans, I assumed the German spoken in Switzerland was pretty much the same as my high school and college German. Not so. I have run through the offered lessons once and am going back to the first lesson to improve my grasp of this language.

The program is easy and well done. The ONLY shortcoming is there are only ten lessons. It gets you through all the basics and a fairly large vocabulary. You will be able to introduce yourself, get a meal, lodging and find directions and understand the answers. Don't look for much more beyond the basics. A pity but there are really alternatives without moving to Switzerland as the language is a spoken only language.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
do you know basic German?? 12 May 2007
By Y. Calvin - Published on Amazon.com
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every chapter is around 30 min. when i learnt 5 lessons, i tried to speak to my Swiss friend. He thought my Swiss German was taught by a Swiss!!

Yes, some of the sentences is pretty FORMAL. But my Swiss friend is already impressed.

It is better to know basic German before you learn, as the program doesn't include any book for you to read. And they won't tell you the reason why you speak this way this time; and that way that time.
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