Zurich is the biggest city in Switzerland and a lively financial centre that brings together people from all nationalities and steps of life. Since it’s frequently named as one of the best places to live in on the planet, it’s no wonder the city is seeing growth in population.
While Switzerland famously has four official languages (French, German, Italian, and Romansh), Zurich is located in the German-speaking part. So, if you’re looking to settle there for a longer period, practicing your German might be a good idea.
Luckily, there’s the Zurich German Conversation Group that offers you exactly that option.
Zurich German Conversation Group is a Meetup dedicated to organising events with the aim of helping people practice their German (as the name might suggest).
They have close to 3,000 members and have been active since 2014. The group is also one of the most active groups in Zurich, organising language practice events every week. They mostly focus their efforts on putting together one weekly event, simply called “Let’s meet for some conversation in German.” With such a clear and inviting headline, how could you give it a miss?
The traditional meeting point for the events is the bar called Stall 6 in Zurich. It is an interesting place converted from old stables (hence the name), located in central Zurich – a stone’s throw away from the central train station.
The “Let’s meet for some conversation in German” event takes place every week like clockwork. Head to Stall 6 every Wednesday, starting at 6:30 pm to get your conversation practice.
It might also be a good idea to RSVP and let the organisers know you’re coming. For that, check the group’s upcoming events calendar, choose the date when you want to go, and click RSVP now.
Although lacking in too many alternatives, this group does organise some excellent language practice events. In most cases, the Wednesday’s get-together is visited by more than 50 people. So, you will definitely get the chance to practice your German and meet some new people.
Do keep in mind, though, that Swiss German and High German are two very different things. Even most native German speakers have a hard time understanding the Swiss version (although this is not the case the other way around). Since this group is focussed on practicing Hochdeutsch, it might take you additional learning to really start understanding your Swiss neighbour.
Photo credit: Zurich German Conversation Group photo album.