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    Invested Thousands in a German Language Course, and you're still not understood? Here's why.

    Common German dialects:

    German Dialects


    OK, this video (whatever its merits) divides German into 3 classes.

    Now if you want to go and live in one part, don't expect "standard German" or "Hochdeutsch" to pull you through.

    First find a teacher from that region.

    But hey, consider that Italy has 31 endangered "languages".
    It's a doddle.

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    Oh flip it, this is hilarious.

    But it's true.


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    It's curious to me how some dialects can be so distinct that the standardised version of the language even is incomprehensible to many. In Britain of course it's the complete opposite, but I suppose that probably has a lot to do with English being such a universal language now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest_Dweller View Post
    It's curious to me how some dialects can be so distinct that the standardised version of the language even is incomprehensible to many.
    Uhm, Germany was never truly united as one nation until mid 19th century. There were countless kingdoms, duchies and landholdings who worked together or fought each other.



    Such history results in the shaping of different local identities, cultures and dialects over time.

    There's not THE 'German'. 'Germany' is just the title of diverse continental West-Germanic tribes of German tongue that accepted unficiation as a federation. Germany is made up of different tribes and so are their dialects and mentalities. The tribes are still within our skin and in our blood. We aren't totally in love with each other...

    Tbh, I'd swap Northern Germany for Austria.

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    Also so e kabbes wies Video hannish in meim Lebe noch net gesehn.

    Der hat vom Tute und Blase kei Ahnung.

    Die Saarlaender schwaetze es wahre Hochdeutsch!

    Nee, also so ebbes!


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    Last time I was in Aachen, the group of Aacheners I was with sung some Aachen-dialect song and I couldnt make out nearly a word. It's more Dutch style round there. It seemed well known among the people of the town though.

    This - and I've discovered that, even if I can comprehend a German text in reading, it's much harder to understand fully when listening to the audio. While learning I'd recommend you regularly listen to the language (for instance, short news broadcasts or songs) aswell as read and write it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leliana View Post
    Uhm, Germany was never truly united as one nation until mid 19th century. There were countless kingdoms, duchies and landholdings who worked together or fought each other.



    Such history results in the shaping of different local identities, cultures and dialects over time.

    There's not THE 'German'. 'Germany' is just the title of diverse continental West-Germanic tribes of German tongue that accepted unficiation as a federation. Germany is made up of different tribes and so are their dialects and mentalities. The tribes are still within our skin and in our blood. We aren't totally in love with each other...

    Tbh, I'd swap Northern Germany for Austria.
    I was aware of this, but not aware of how many different localities there actually are in Germany, so thanks for the interesting info It's somewhat surprising that cultural identities have remained pretty strong in Germany, while a sense of ethnic solidarity is rapidly on the decline But the propaganda and guilt is at its strongest in Germany, so it doesn't shock me that much.

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