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Travel German (and Swiss-German) for Continental FFers

Travel German (and Swiss-German) for Continental FFers

 
Old May 27, 09, 5:59 am
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Exclamation Travel German (and Swiss-German) for Continental FFers

With the move to Star Alliance just a few months away, it's probably a good idea for us COers to get the ball rolling on learning some basic travel-related German (and Swiss-German) phrases. Although Lufthansa and Swiss personnel generally speak English, IME, it never hurts to use some words of the native language (this helped at times when dealing with AF and KLM agents, at least).

Do we have any German or Swiss-German speakers in the house who can help do some translating? I'll get the ball rolling with just a couple phrases I'd like to know how to say in German (and Swiss-German, if very different from the German):

1. Did my upgrade to BusinessFirst clear the standby list?

2. How much compensation if I volunteer?

Thanks in advance for all queries and responses.
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Old May 27, 09, 6:08 am
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Swiss German

Just a note regarding Swiss German: What is known as Swiss German is actually a series of dozens of different dialects, some so different from one another that they are mutually incomprehensible.

Swiss German is never spoken as the language of choice in a typical transaction, especially not by the employees of LX, some of whom are French-Swiss or Italian-Swiss who usually don't speak it.

Hoch Deutsch (standard high German) is spoken on Swiss, albeit with a very thick Swiss accent, along with English and French and occasionally Italian (Switzerland's third official language)
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Originally Posted by HeathrowGuy View Post

Do we have any German or Swiss-German speakers in the house who can help do some translating? I'll get the ball rolling with just a couple phrases I'd like to know how to say in German (and Swiss-German, if very different from the German)
1. If I volunteer, can you confirm me in LH or UA First?

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Old May 27, 09, 9:11 am
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I'll get the ball rolling with just a couple phrases I'd like to know how to say in German (and Swiss-German, if very different from the German)...
What good is it to know how to ask those things in German when you probably will not understand the answer when they explain things?

Anyway, most Germans do speak English. I have yet to meet an European airline counter employee who does not speak English, among several other languages.
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Originally Posted by Flyer IAH View Post
What good is it to know how to ask those things in German when you probably will not understand the answer when they explain things?

Anyway, most Germans do speak English. I have yet to meet an European airline counter employee who does not speak English, among several other languages.
You have a good point, IAH.

Perhaps more useful would be a translation of the likely responses:

1. Did my upgrade to BusinessFirst clear the standby list? Nein, natürlich [no, of course]

2. How much compensation if I volunteer? Null, natürlich [none, of course]
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You're a jelly doughnut?
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Originally Posted by HeathrowGuy View Post
1. Did my upgrade to BusinessFirst clear the standby list?

2. How much compensation if I volunteer?
Considering CO will probably move to T1 in FRA and outsource ground-services to LH the answer to all questions (no matter what language they are asked in) will be: .
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Originally Posted by chasbondy View Post
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I have the greatest fun with people who even make mistakes in their stupid jokes and that way show their full intelligence!

All others, I am more than happy to translate whatever you want! I am "pretty" German and I know there is at least one more on the CO board as well
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KLM: That is not possible.
AF: Non.
German airlines: Nein, natürlich.

I think we're off to a good start.
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