Unused, old, and quite unknown the swiss dialect was once the main language with which people would communicate. Of course, this is not possible anymore since those dialect were so very different from one another. Unfortunately, nowadays a base ground is needed in order to be able to tolerate one another, thus the four national language have been adopted instead.
The dialect survives, still, among valley people and drunkard (which is almost the same person). Many idioms (not idiots) are still in use to this day, in which the wisdom of our fathers and granfathers is preserved.
This weird sounding language is a real national treasure in which a full load of history, stories, idioms, and wisdom is hidden.
It is unfortunate that youngester of this new generation have forgotten the tongue of our elders, and with it they keep losing the true Swiss identity.
In my opinion, if things keep going down this road, soon enough the dialect will be found only in theatres or musem. Which is, I think, quite sad.
However, in my family this unusual tounge is used quite a lot, and on my side I will keep this tradition alive as much as I can.