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Was bedeutet "Sauf ma no a Mass"

I know that saufen is to drink but what about ma no a mass? das Lied

October 28, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarshaMellow

Pretty sure that is a Bavarian drinking song, with parts of it in the Bavarian dialect of German. (Which in my opinion is more like a separate language than a dialect.) Anyone here speak Bavarian?

If I was to take a guess, I would say that "Sauf ma no a Mass" translates into Hochdeutsch as "Sauf mal noch ein Mass." Drink another glass/mug (of beer).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tiramisues

Your guess is almost correct. I'd say, "ma" means "wir"/"we" though. So "Saufen wir noch ein Mass" would be the translation in Hochdeutsch. (At least I'd guess that from speaking Swabian, another South German dialect even spoken in some parts of Bavaria, where we use "mir"/"mer" for "we" and it sometimes sounds quite similar to "ma").

To the OP, a specification: A Mass is a one-liter mug of beer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/territrades

Interesting fact: I was so sure the correct form is die Maß with a long a, but apparently I was wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p

Don't give up so quickly! You are indeed correct. It may be considered southern dialect, but die Maß ("the one litre beer jug") is distinct from das Maß ("the measure").

[EDIT: Both have the short -a- sound. An alternative spelling is die Mass (but still feminine). It turns out that this spelling, although more phonetically consistent, is less-commonly used. Dialects, hey?]


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

Right with the letters, wrong with the sound. As far as I know, "Mass Bier" is pronounced with a short "a". That's dialects for you :-)


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

no need to withdraw, az_p, we're all here to learn. You can't get any better if you're not checking your knowledge with others from time to time. Keep on pushing, dude.

Kein Grund, sich ins Schneckenhaus zurück zu ziehen. Wir sind alle hier um was zu lernen. Keiner wird besser, wenn er nicht von Zeit zu Zeit sein Wissen überprüft. Einfach weitermachen, Kollege.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p

Ahhh, I'll withdraw from commenting on matters dialectal then :) Thanks for the correction!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p

Ah, I had always interpreted something like sauf ma as a lazy-cum-dialect pronunciation of saufen wir (mal).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedAngel666

Hi,

Yes, this is bavarian. Literally 'Saufen wir noch eine Maß!' I would call construction the bavarian imperativ :-). In german dialects the grammar changes sometimes. So the correct translation to 'hochdeutsch' would be 'lasst uns noch eine Maß saufen'. Similar sentences are 'Gemma essen' 'Mach ma Feierabend'

@ Sue. This is not schwäbisch, it's more oberbayrisch and münchnerisch. 'Ma' is 'wir'. Depending on the sentence sometimes also 'mia' is used as 'wir'.

best regards Angel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tiramisues

Yeah, I know it's not schwäbisch, but bayrisch. I just guessed that it's probably "wir" because it sounds similar here, but wanted to make clear that I only know a sort of similar dialect (I think they are closer to each other than to hochdeutsch). Sorry for the confusion!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedAngel666

Hi Sue,

no problem, for me there's no confusion.:-) They maybe close to each other but I have to admit as a bavarian 'schwäbisch' is hard to understand. There are many dialect words I'm not familiar with.

best regards Angel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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I don't think that is German.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tiramisues

It's not Hochdeutsch, but it is a German dialect. Those can be quite different from Standard German.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedAngel666

Hi Susan, it depends how you define 'german'. Like Sue said our dialects are very different to 'hochdeutsch' best regards Angel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MennaElAns2

ich bin doch fliessend in Deutsch


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VelIv1

Thanks to all :)

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