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    Is Plattdeutsch/Plattdtsch Dying Out As a Spoken Language in Northern Germany?

    This question is primarily directed to Germans from Plattdeutsch-speaking areas of northern Germany. I'd be interested to know the present condition or state of Plattdeutsch as a regional spoken language in northern Germany. I have heard that fewer Germans in the north are speaking the language. It would clearly be a great loss to Germany and northern Europe both culturally and socially if Platt were allowed to decline as a regional language. Therefore, one would hope that Platt is in a healthy and vigorous condition in Germany.
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    Plattdeutsch is slowly fading out. There are attempts to give it some life but one doesn't know how they fare.

    As I was a kid in Ostfriesland when we went to the haircutter and you spoke plattdeutsch you got the price for natives, if you spoke highgerman you got the 'tourist-price', which of course was higher.

    My first language and that of my relatives of that age was plattdeutsch, we learned high german in school.g

    I am for a long time away from Germany and when I call I speak high german. Plattdeutsch has gotten so rusty the switch is difficult to move.
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    Ocko is correct on this one - me and my generation are proof of it: While I can understand and read Platt, I can't properly speak it, my first language is high german. The majority of my contemporaries is the same way or can't even understand/read Plattdtsch any better than someone from another part of germany - so, I am afraid that the use of Platt isn't only slowly but rapidly dying out.
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    My mother was born on Fohr and emigrated to America with her family when she was 3 years old. When they came here, the family learned English, but still spoke Plattdeutsch among themselves and in the household. My mom is 83 now, and although there is no one with whom she can converse in the language, she stills knows it and is able to speak it fluently. I love hearing her speak it to me!

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    I think that it is an absolute shame that Platt is dying out as a spoken regional language in northern Germany. It is a very historical language and was linguistically influential as it was the language of the old Hanseatic League and the North Germanic-Scandinavian languages are shot through with loanwords from Platt. Even modern English has words taken from Middle Low German which were absorbed by English during the time of the Hanseatic League's power and influence in northern Europe during the late Middle Ages and the Reformation period.

    Thanks, good people, for your insights into the contemporary state of Plattdeutsch in Germany. Let us hope against hope that Platt can stage some sort of a comeback and recover its former position as one of the great regional Germanic languages of northern Europe. I should learn it myself.
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    Platt is probably not dying out , since the northern staates of Germany have added that language dialect to the lessons of choice in schools since year 2010 beginning in Hamburg :

    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nied...ch_(Schulfach)
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