It is a dialect and most Germans will understand 'Swiss German' at least the Germans from South Germany.
There are German dialects which are a lot harder to understand than 'Swiss German'.
Besides everybody In German Switzerland speaks 'Standard German' aswell, since it is the official language used in school and in the media (Radio,TV,Newspapers).
@Alucard not sure what region in Germany you come from but your answer is really dead wrong!!!
Dutch is not understandable it is another language and I have never heared of a German being not able to understand 'Swiss German' and I do travel Switzerland very regularily !!!
As I stated already I do travel Switerland very often so maybe I did get used to these dialects also they are very similar to the German dialects in Elsass(France) maybe that did help me too.
But to state you can't understand Swiss German is ridiculous !!
Yes I have been to Bern actually I travel there almost every Year since I have close friends there I agree that 'Bernduetsch' is one of the hardest swiss dialects to understand, still a lot easier for a south German than Dutch !!
To me there are even dialects within Germany which I think are harder to understand eg 'Kölsch' or 'Platt' as both are mixed with other languages .Again since you come from that region these might be easier for you therefore I stated clearly I am from 'South Germany' and sure it makes a difference that I travel Switzerland regularily .
@Alucard unlike you people can mail me if you want to continue this send me a mail
BTW The question was will he be able to understand them and the Answer is YES since they will talk German with him and not their local dialect !!
@@Alucard I did not say you are no person I just said that I can't mail you I know a lot of people close that option and missuse the board as chatroom.
Exactly for these cases there is the email option at least that is my opinion. And I have my email option open that must be some problem with your acount then.
To my opinion he was afraid he would not be able to comunicate with them :-) and I wanted to tell him not to worry :-)
I am glad that we agree at least about this that there will be no reason to worry for him.
Since i did like a lot of your answers in the languages section !!
@@@Alucard well I somehow agree to that and I think a lot of it was ' ein Sturm im Wasserglass' or 'viel Lärm um Nichts' lol a pitty you can't enable email I d really like to continue the discussion but not on here confusing the guy :-)
One last Edit ;-) I am native German too and I am fluent in English , I would say I can read some Dutch but I really understand just some words if Dutch is spoken..
Still that might be different for somebody who lives closer to that region as all over Germany you find lots of different dialects.I had never any trouble understanding any of the southern dialects including the 'Austrian' and 'Swiss' and I really have never met anybody else who would say he could not understand these at all.
Native German interpreter