Ok, so my phonetics are probably a bit off, but I thought this might help someone so I’m publishing it anyway. One of our visiting friends wanted to learn a few more phrases, so I made this list for her of the words and phrases I use the most in my every day speech here in northern Switzerland and I think would be most helpful to a visitor. These are spelled as I hear them, definitely not written correctly. The accented syllables are in all-caps. I also simplified the pronunciations, as the subtleties in the language are hard to understand unless you hear them.
Hello/Good Day: GROOT-zee
Good Bye: Off-VEE-der-shane *or you can say* AD-dju
Please/You’re Welcome: BIT-eh
Thank You: DANK-eh
Good Evening: SHONE-en-AH-big
Good Morning: GOO-teh MORG-eh *or you can say* MORG-eh
Check, Please!: TZAHL-en BIT-eh
Excuse me/Pardon me: en-TCHOOL-deh-gung *or you can say* eh-SKOOSE-ee
How much does this cost?: vee feel costet das?
I am sorry, I don’t speak German. Do you know English?: en-TCHOOL-deh-gung, ich SPREK-eh KINE-eh deutsch. KENnen-zee ANG-lish?
Bag or Sack: TASH-eh
A few numbers:
3 dry (or in Swiss German “dru”)
Feel free to correct my pitiful attempt or add to it. 😉