In our language corner, we bring to you phrases that you can use in your everyday life in Switzerland. There are four official languages in Switzerland – German, French, Italian and Romansch. This issue, we bring you phrases that help you with conversation ideas in two languages spoken in Switzerland.

Imagine you are at a bakery and you would like to buy a piece of cake, coffee, and bread. Here’s how you could go about speaking with the staff at the bakery:


Hi, How may I help you today?
Hello, I’d like to have a piece of ___cake, a coffee, and some bread, please.
Okay, what kind of bread would you like to buy?
I think I’ll take the whole-wheat one, please.
Will that be all?
Yes, Thank you.
The total is 12.95Fr., please.
Thank you and have a nice day.
Thank you and you too have a nice day.


Grüezi, Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?
Grüezi, ich hätte gerne ein Stück ___ Kuchen/Torte, einen Kaffee und Brot bitte.
Ja sicher, was für ein Brot hätten Sie gerne?
Ich nehme das Vollkornbrot bitte .
Ist das alles?
Ja, danke.
Dann wäre es 12.95Fr. (zwölf Franken fünf und neunzig) bitte.
Danke ich wünsche Ihnen noch einen schönen Tag
Ja, danke gleichfalls (same to you)/Ich wünsche Ihnen ebenfalls einen schönen Tag.


Bonjour, je voudrais avoir un gâteau, un café et un pain s’il vous plaît.
Oui bien sûr, quel type de pain voulez-vous?
Je prends le pain complet s’il vous plaît.
C’est tout?
Oui, merci.
Ça fait 12.95Fr. (douze Francs quatre-vingt-quinze)
Au revoir et bon journée
Merci, à vous aussi.

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