The Bavarian-Austrian region of Germany covers a wide area in the country’s south, as well as other German-speaking territories outside of Germany proper, such as Austria. The Bavarian-Austrian dialect is spoken in major cities such as Munich and Vienna. A 2009 poll revealed that the Bavarian accent is the most-beloved accent among German speakers.
Located in southeast Germany, Bavaria borders Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. The southern border, adjacent to Austria, is delineated by the Bavarian Alps. The capital city is Munich, where Oktoberfest takes place every year. Other important cities in the state include Augsberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg. The Danube and Main rivers flow through the region, as well as many other minor rivers.
As mentioned before, the Low German or Plattdeutsch dialect has nothing to do with social standing: it’s named such because it’s spoken primarily in low-altitude areas. Low German may be easier for native English speakers to understand, as it resembles English more than Middle or High German
I've learnt to understand Bayerisch and did so fairly rapidly, simply because I live in small village and if you want to communicate you have to understand it. When I first moved to Allershausen my neighbours father used to talk to me and I just couldn't understand a word he was saying. I used to try and smile and laugh when he did! After about 6 months I would say I got to grips with it and my neighbours have been known to use me as a good example, when explaining to non Bavarians, but still Germans, that they need to learn Bayerisch! :P
Can you tell me the location of Amish settlements in Bavaria during the late 1600's - early 1700's? Is there still an active community in the region?
In the Middle Ages, a standardized version of the German language did not exist. Instead, there were a smattering of individual Germanic dialects, each of which belonged to a particular tribe or village. Given that Germany did not unify as a country until 1871, a standard variety of the German language was introduced relatively late in the history of the language. As such, there are still strong regional differences among different dialects. Though there are numerous individual dialects throughout Germany, here are some of the most important dialect groups.
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Why do Bavarians speak so many dialects?? This has to do with the fact that the Bavarian people feel a strong sense of unity when it comes to their homeland. Quite a few identify more as Bavarians than Germans, even though this seems like nonsense to outsiders. This sense of unity often extends to the whole of Bavaria, but it is also often specified very regionally in political and other debates: For example, Franconians feel like Franconians compared to the rest of Bavaria, and they attach importance among themselves as to whether they come from Lower Franconia, Middle Franconia or Upper Franconia. This sense of togetherness can even be reduced to the smallest possible detail: in Lower Franconia, for example, it is customary for neighbouring villages to try to steal the May poles from each other. Even in neighbouring communities, this traditional, now friendly rivalry leads to attempts to set oneself apart through certain idioms. For example, Iphofen and Schlüsselfeld are just about 35 kilometres apart, but while Schlüsselfeld says “Sommersprossen” for freckles, Iphofen talks about “Muggaschiss". The natural linguistic boundaries are often caused by environmental factors: rivers or mountains are often decisive for the language area borders. The river Lech is such a language border: West of the Lech they speak Swabian, to the east Bavarian.
But that’s not all. There is not “the Franconian language” nor “the Bavarian language”: you have to distinguish between Upper, Lower and Middle Franconian, between Upper and Middle Bavarian and many other Bavarian dialects. There are around 60 dialect landscapes in total in Bavaria alone. However, one concern can be removed in the process: the different language groups mostly understand each other, even if you are looked at quizzically or ridiculed as a Franconian in Upper Bavaria; the other way around would probably also be the case.
As its name suggests, Middle German or Mitteldeutsch is spoken in the geographic middle of Germany, covering a swath of land that stretches from Luxembourg to Poland. Many important cities, such as Cologne and Frankfurt, use the Middle German dialect. Within the Middle German dialect, there are substantial differences between the varieties spoken in the West and East.
There is a Bavarian Wikipedia, completely in Bavarian. Also, the official FC Bayern Munich website is available in Bavarian.
Given the fuzzy definition of what constitutes a dialect, it’s hard to say how many German dialects there are in total. But estimates usually range from 50 to 250, meaning that this list only scratches the surface of the several rich dialects that you’ll find in the German language. Regardless of which dialect you want to speak, the best way to learn German is to take classes from a qualified German teacher, who can help you learn the language as quickly and efficiently as possible. Send us a quick inquiry to find out more about how we can help you learn German.
Alemannic is a widely-spoken variety of High German that has about ten million native speakers. It’s spoken in the entire German-speaking part of Switzerland, as well as in several other countries including Austria, Liechtenstein, France, and, of course, Germany.
I hope so,...but I wouldn't say that Niederbayrisch is easily intelligable,...well, not for me anyway. I guess only being 2 years in my Hochdeutsch development isn't enough to help me with Bavarian yet. Maybe in a few years. :unsure:
Bavaria is considered one of the three "Free States" in Germany, although this term is merely historical. In the Middle Ages, it was a duchy, and it became a kingdom in 1808. Bavaria remained an independent entity until 1871, when it became part of the united Germany following its defeat in the Austro-Prussian war.
It depends on the kind of Bavarian that is spoken. I'd say that most native speakers have no problem understanding "moderate" Bavarian with a bit of practice. If you send them to -say- the inner parts of the Bayerischer Wald, that's an entirely different matter, though.
When it comes to similarity to English, however, the Frisian dialect takes the cake. Spoken in the Southern extremities of the North Sea in the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark, the Frisian dialect is widely considered to be one of the closest living languages to English.