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14 January 2013 @ 08:29 pm
So I just spent the last few hours trying to learn about German dialects. Except, since I can barely understand it anymore, my brain feels a little fried...(Btw, Latin and Greek basically destroyed my German grammar, which is ironic since English is a word-order language like German, and unlike Latin. But, whatever.) Still, I now know some of the things, and I know that my mom was taught High German and my dad was taught Berlinisch, of all things. And that's why they argue about how to say things.

Anyway. I thought again about English dialects, and there are dialect tags all over Youtube, now. Mine is all mixed up; I know that I have a lot of Canadian in my speech, so I'll say, "aboot" or "oot" instead of "about" or "out." Once I even said, "ewer" instead of "hour," and I'm constantly saying "eh?" Then there's the Pennsylvania, which is "cawfee" and "dawg" for coffee and dog. My mom says "wooder," in the typical Philadelphian word for water.

And I'd found this video a while ago about Appalachian dialect, and it's really interesting. I should say, though, that I have to think about their words half the time. So if you're not a native English speaker, and can't really understand much of what they're saying, it's okay.

Alexanderashmedai on January 15th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
Heheh - I can understand them perfectly. It's German dialects I often have a problem understanding...but then, many Germans don't understand my dialect either. :)
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on January 15th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
That's kinda interesting, especially since Germany is such a small country; the US is huge, and for the most part Americans have no problem understanding each other. Appalachia is so isolated, though, that sometimes when they talk too fast it's just about impossible to understand them. Rather like the Scottish, actually...
Alexanderashmedai on January 15th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
I think Germans understand each other too for the most part, unless the dialect is very extreme. I think my problem with it is the fact that, even though I am German, I went to American schools all my life and had little contact with Germans at all, since my stepfather is American. So I never got a "feel" for German in a way that lets me understand dialects that are a lot different than my own. That also explains why I understand every American and British dialect I've ever heard, at least so far. But yes, for a small country, the dialects are very varied. Our own city is even kind of unique in that it has its own dialect that isn't spoken outside its boundaries.