Your favorite German dialect

A thing that I love in German (as well as in many other languages) is the huge variety of dialects. Although I live abroad for some years now, listening and speaking my own dialect (swabian) always gives me the feeling of “being at home”.

I know that it’s quite hard for German learners to understand dialectal expressions. But it can be funny to learn some of them. Locals will appreciate that.

Here are some beautiful examples of my dialect:
“A alde Kuah vrgissd gärn, daß se au amol a Kalb gwä isch.”
(Meaning: Old people always forget that they also have been young (and made their mistakes)).

“A Geizhals ond a fedde Sau senn erschd noch am Dod zu äbbas Nuddz!”
(Nobody likes miserly people during their lives.)

And my favorite (and the unofficial state slogan of Baden-Württemberg): “Mr kennet älles. Außr Hochdeitsch” :wink:

So, what’s your favorite German dialect and why do you love it?

#correctionswelcome (for the English part)


I think they are really cool even if they throw a wrench sozusagen in your Deutschlernen. I was having a conversation (natürlich in einer Kneipe) and an old Franken told me that the dialects are the culture. He also gave me a sample switching from Hochdeutsch and the R is an interesting variation on a letter I’m hoping to some day get right in Hochdeutsch! I can’t really pick a favorite but spending a year in Mannheim I got to hear some Bädisch and Schwäbisch. I always thought it was kind of interesting to hear them because they sounded like something from the Middle Ages from my foreign speaker perspective. This weekend I was with a group of Mainzers and one was from Ludwigshafen. When he switched to how he speaks there I could understand him better than the Mainzers :slight_smile: – So I guess I’ve picked up my own locality a bit with the language. Great idea for a post!


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By the way: Do you know why typical swabian Maultaschen are also called “Herrgottsbscheißerle”?

It’s easy: As they contain “hidden” meat, monks also ate them on Fridays (when it was forbidden by the church to eat meat). That’s how they “cheated the Lord” (dr Herrgott bscheißa") :wink: