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German on Duolingo - Much difference in Austrian dialect?

Howdy Readers,

Just posting here as I have just taken up learning some basic German before I head out to Austria on Erasmus placement this coming semester.

I was just wondering if anybody would know if there is much difference between what you take from the Duolingo course and what is actually spoken in Austria? :-)

Thanks a mil for reading!

August 14, 2017



Hi James, I´m afraid the answer is yes. It is different. BUT go ahead with duo it will help you a lot. You'll learn the basics and the differences you will learn in Austria. Here's a link from the TV News of Austria. You can listen to the different language "sound".


Hannibal is right, learn to walk and then learn to dance. Apart from that the accent/dialect is very charming and the country is wonderful. You will have a great time that´s for sure :-).

regards Angel


RedAngel666, thank you very much for that link! I'll be sure to give it a listen in my free time! You are hardly aware of any good German music? :p I listen to Spanish music alot and it helps me pick up bits and pieces too!


Hi James,

yes, that helps a lot. Just tell me the music style you prefer. Metal, Rock, Pop ...Maybe I can also tell you austrian groups.

regards Angel


Pop and rock would be great! :D


Hi James,

pop is not excactly my style but after some research I can tell you some performers.

German pop / rock: Rosenstolz (pop) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIJHhETTLQclist=PLBV0paU8S-_T3Q7V23Vn5UFTxFm4XMmXY

Tim Bendzko (pop) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pff1TfbljF4list=PLPrfQs0NHOga1aZ1bRMuQTdAvvvyuTmg-

Nena (pop) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQYQTFudrqclist=PLQ-9xt3qTL4mPT1aAza-hXL5pIzEPgGkO

Sportfreunde Stiller (rock) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCEiawGYs5Elist=RDTCEiawGYs5E#t=1

Marius Müller-Westernhagen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3GGZf1Zo_Qlist=RDEM_xxY-Yo6wODecH9DWgBeqQ

other interprets are Herbert Grönemeyer, Sarah Connor, OOMPF! . Frei.Wild, Böhse Onkelz and Rammstein are also german but have right-wing tendencies. I can´t and I don´t want to recommend them!

Austria (Classics^^ oldies but goldies)

Rainhard Fendrich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMSa_xb2h5Ulist=PLY0C_4mTHJV6hNVpG0ZkchRUoGY5ace2k

Peter Cornelius, Georg Danzer, STS, Wolfgang Ambros and Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung (EAV) a funny group

I can highly recommend the austrian shooting stars Seiler und Speer ! They sing in a extreme dialect and even for me it isn´t easy to understand them but they are great!


and at the end some of my (german) music favorites: Die Toten Hosen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j09hpp3AxIElist=RDEMhmb8DugJKooMDZh4c1I59g

Die Ärzte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X9CEi8wkBclist=PL0LF6_y7Q2Qwy0OkS1lQvKHAiBhZ-BWd5

Wizo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7QCSTV28L0list=RDEMLMFaoTB2UJb6cd4zsSj24g

Dritte Wahl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8jt80mS8cAlist=PLMj-WoeOMPNaNQRbpGHLdOjsBrKqx29uv

Tell me what you like from that list perhaps I have more for you. :-)

enjoy listening Angel

PS. Found on my favorite lyric site they have translateted seiler und speer to german *gg http://www.songtexte.com/search?q=seiler+und+speer=all


Here's an interesting Austrian musician. He plays a vaiety of instruments in a blend of rock/volk styles. From what I gather he presents a problem for categorization. However, a lot of his songs are in dialect. Hubert von Goisern https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8flBG2OPeS0

See his German version of Janis Joplin's Mercedes Benz at 53..........I thought that was fun!


It depends a lot on where in Austria you are, and in what context you'll be using the language. In formal educational contexts, people will tend to use Standard German (or something pretty close to it). On the street or in informal conversations, people may sometimes chat to each other in local dialects, of which there are more than one in Austria. For example, "Wienerisch" is the local dialect of Vienna, which is sometimes so different from Standard German that it's really a whole other language. Other regions of Austria tend to have their own local dialects. However, I studied in a Viennese Fachhochschule for a year, and I can say that I didn't have much trouble understanding most of the teachers, outside of a few instances. For example, there was one teacher who pronounced the number "zwei" as "zwaa", which always confused me because "zwar" is a word in German which means something completely different. In general, I would agree with the advice others have already posted here: focus on learning Standard German, and when you get to Austria, you should find that the local Austrian differences aren't a huge impediment to your comprehension.


Hi LateBit, thank you very much for your advice :-) Well I'm doing a beginners course for a month when I get over there in September, but I wanted to get a head-start on it! But I'll be sure to keep an eye out for things like as you say with "zwei" and "zwaa"!


I am English, learning on Duolingo and have been living in Austria for a year. Austria has many very dinstict dialects, you will probably struggle to understand people in the street speaking at full speed. And every region is very different, people from Vienna cannot understand people from Tyrol speaking in their dialect. But don't worry, everyone understands high german and knowing you are not local they will speak it to you. Some works in signs/food will be slightly different, but nothing you can't get used to. Also most people speak at least a little english. One thing that took me a while to realise is the thing that people at supermarkets is 'grüß Gott' -which is how people formally greet eachother here, at least where I am in Vienna. Have a good time in Austria!

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