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Austrian German or Germany German?

Hello guys, so few months later I may travel to Austria and I started learning German today in Duolingo as it seems to be a great site :) , so my question is ''Is there a difference between Austrian German and Germany German"? Danke :)

August 25, 2017

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas

Of course there is. But Austrians perfectly understand High German (Standard German) and try to speak it to people who don't understand their dialect. The difference lies mostly in the rhythm of the language, the way of saying things and some special words only found in Austrian German. It is like speaking Cockney or Scouse (living in London or in Liverpool). If they want, the natives can make you understand either of these dialects - or nothing at all.

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Johan_Fayez

It is like American English and British English, right? English but some differences in the pronunciation and words although Britons can understand American English and Americans can understand British English, am I right?

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas

generally speaking, yes

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Myxir

Geh red keinen Blödsinn. Das kann man gar nicht vergleichen. Bei BE und AE sprechen wir von unterschiedlichen Akzenten, während die deutschen Dialekte unterschiedliche Wörter benutzen und auch grammatikalisch stark voneinander abweichen.

Wie gesagt, man kann es überhaupt nicht mit Englisch vergleichen.

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas

Babbl net, AE und BE benutzen zum Teil auch unterschiedliche Worte für das gleiche (z.B. "guess" und "suppose"), und Texanisch und Scouse klingen auch nicht wirklich wie die gleiche Sprache. Im Allgemeinen hat Shady Hazem also recht. Unterschiedliche Worte und Aussprache, aber untereinander mehr oder weniger verständlich. Ganz anders ist es mit Niederländisch und (egal welcher Art von) Deutsch, die zwar bis zu einem gewissen Punkt eine gemeinsame Entwicklung hatten, sich aber irgendwann sehr stark voneinander entfernten.

Ausserdem ging es mir um einen Vergleich, den ein Nicht-Deutscher versteht.

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/territrades

The Standard Language in Germany and Austria is very similar, only a few genders and specific orthographic rules are different.

But the dialect in Austria can be strong, but on the other hand, so can be the dialects in parts of Germany. In general you as a learner have no chance if somebody decides to speak his/her dialect, no matter if you are in Germany or Austria.

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GeoffPenn

We visited Austria a year ago, traveling from the German border to Vienna. I'd been worried about understanding the Austrian accent but it wasn't a problem at all. I did have one charming incident where an old fellow was so eager to help us find our hotel, looking up directions on his phone, showing us the map, etc.; I was only getting about half of what he said but I think he just had a bad case of the mumbles. He was trying so hard I had to smile and thank him profusely. And we did find the hotel.

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Tuxfriend

Austrians sound extremely laid-back most of the time. Something Germans (and I'm one of them) could aspire to. ;-)

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AbhiLakkam1

Yes there is. But either form will work in either country. Austrian German is found is southern Germany and is mixed with some words on Duolingo.

August 25, 2017
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