[quote=“scherpschutter, post:4, topic:2245”]How do you Germans feel about this Swiss variation? Is it easy to follow? Nice to the ears?
Personally I find the sound of it not very pleasing to the ear, less than Austrian for example (which is also, generally speaking, a bit easier to understand)
Some German dialects are difficult of course (no wonder in such a large country), but it’s my experience that most Germans also speak Hoch Deutsch. I met an older couple from Mainz not so long ago, and when they were talking to each other, I had enormous trouble to understand what they were saying, but they quickly changed to Hoch Deutsch when they spoke to me.[/quote]
For me as an inhabitant of southern Germany the Swiss dialect is not so hard to understand even in its harcore variations.
Like many German speaking people the Swiss are also able to switch their code just like your Mainz couple. Actually most Swiss people I came across were able to switch to a very fine Hochdeutsch.