Swiss German of the canton of Bern
This is mainly aimed at those with some level of familiarity with the Swiss German dialects spoken in the Berner Oberland or around the canton of Bern. I was visiting Interlaken, Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen last weekend and I've been trying to make sense of the phrases I heard used. So I often (to my surprise) heard "merci" and "merci vilmal" used for thank you. I've read that in Swiss German hello is "Grüezi", but this sounds a little different to what I heard used which sounded more like "Grüe-zuh". Is this right? Also, goodbye sounded to my ears something like "ah-reh-vei". Was I mishearing this? This question is a bit of a long shot as the number of people who can answer is probably very small, but I'd appreciate responses if any such people are reading :)
I speak another Swiss Dialect, but my guess is:
merci (vilmal) - (many) thanks - many swiss dialects use a lot of french loan words, especially the ones bordering the french speaking part of Switzerland and France. In my dialect merci / tankä (danke) are interchangeable, merci sounding a tiny bit posher/nicer.
Grüezi - would translate to standard german (Ich) grüsse Sie / (I) greet you - the you beeing formal, singular. Around Bern Grüessech, which translates to (Ich) grüsse Euch - the you beeing plural (formal, still used for one person) is more common. They also often use Euch where other german speakers would use Du/Sie.
ah-reh-vei - probably au revoir, another french loan word
I can say (as an American living in Bern for ~19 months now) that grüezi vs. grüesse is a basic difference between Züritüütsch vs. Bärndütsch, and merssi or merssi viumau seem more common than danke around Bern. However, I've only ever heard the usual tschüss or bis bald for goodbye. Of course, you were up in the Oberland, and I'm told that once one gets into the mountains there can be significant differences in dialect from one valley to the next.
I'm aware of this, I live in the French speaking part, specifically Geneva :) I'm mainly interested in the dialect of Swiss German used in Bern, as I can't find much on google about it. And these were Swiss German speakers, all local. They certainly didn't sound French or Italian and Romansch speakers are few and far between. Merci is used for thank you in Swiss German, I can assure you!
than maybe they greeted you in french cause they smelled that you are french speaking or the people you run into where from the french speaking part as well or it was because it was close to the border of the french speaking part? i used to live in the Kanton Bern (Seeland) than i was little. the people in our village always said grüetzi as a greeting. but as soon as we entered Biel most people startet greeting in french.
There's regional variations in the pronunciation of "adieu". One should also not forget "(a)uf Wiederluege". A typically Swiss variation of Auf Wiedersehen.
Here are a couple of inks: https://www.pauker.at/pauker/DE_DE/SC/wb/?d=Auf+Wiedersehen https://www.idiotikon.ch/hoerproben?id=310 In the first audio recording you'll hear him say "umma luege" (luegen - look)