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William Camden
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 Message 17 of 20
2007 November 08 at 4:00pm | IP Logged 
I think dialects are out there but are being eroded by Hochdeutsch.
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Henryk
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 Message 18 of 20
2007 November 11 at 7:35am | IP Logged 
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A person from Berlin and a person from Munich would understand each other without any problem (unless they're speaking badly on purpose).


I beg to differ. I remember when I had to attend a seminary with people from all over Germany. Some people from Saxony told me they had a hard time understanding the participants from Berlin even though they spoke as they always do. And if a Bavarian speaks normally (as they do with other Bavarians) it will be very difficult for anyone who's not from that area to understand them.
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 Message 19 of 20
2007 November 11 at 8:09am | IP Logged 
There will always be natives saying it's "impossible" to understand people from region X. Swedish has a lot of dialects and we get these questions now and then, if a person from Stockholm understands a person from Gothenburg et.c. Once in a while there are idiots in the newspapers suggesting that TV shows from the southern part of the country should be subtitled.

Of course German (and Swedish, and other languages) have regional differences, but although my German is still at a basic level, I trust Zorndyke:

"I still think this German dialect thing is overrated here in the forum."

Perhaps it is simply that speakers of a language which is fairly standard in their country get surprised when they read or hear about dialects in German.
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William Camden
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 Message 20 of 20
2007 November 12 at 1:59pm | IP Logged 
I find Austrians, for example, a little harder to understand than people from, say, Cologne, but I suppose most people, even dialect users, avoid the most local forms of speech when talking to people from a different area.


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