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How to Say 'Snowflake' in Swiss German

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It's winter. I know, some of you might be waiting for spring with a bit more sunshine, green leaves on trees and colorful flowers. For those of you who thoroughly enjoy Swiss winter, I've put together a Swiss German winter dictionary might come in useful during your winter holiday in the Swiss mountains.

Swiss German Words for the Winter Season

chalt (cold)
Chälti (coldness)
Chuehnagel (frostbite on finger or toes)
gfroore (frozen)
gfrüüre (to freeze)
Glattiis (black ice)
grau (grey)
Iglu (igloo)
iigschneit (to be snowed in, stuck in a place because of snow fall)
Iis (Ice)
Iisräge (ice rain)
iischalt (ice cold)
iischneebele (to cover someone with snow)
Iiszapfe (icicle)
Näbel (fog)
näblig (foggy)
Schnee (snow)
Schneeflocke (snowflake)
Schneeflöckli (small snowflake)
schneie (to snow)
Schneeball (snow ball)
Schneeball-Schlacht (snow ball fight)
schneebele (to play in the snow)
Schneeflocke (snowflake)
Schneemaa (snowman)
Schneefrau (snow woman)
Schneesturm (snow storm)
Seegfrörni (freezing of a lake)
Winter (winter)

And once you master all the words for cold, snow and ice, you should have a look at these words for warm clothing. After all, you never know when you might have to borrow a warm coat.

Chappe (touque, hat)
Händsche (gloves, mittens)
langi Unterhose (long johns)
Munbuuz (moon boots, warm winter boots)
Schaal (scarf)
Winterjagge (winter coat)
Wullepulli (woolen sweater)



  1. haha, love this! your blog is great and i need to get back to switzerland ASAP! Xo

    the well-traveled wife ♥


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