Like noticeable grammatical, vocabulary, or pronunciation differences for example

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    "most people" is maybe a dangerous generalisation. Dialects have been pretty much declining (or, at least, softening) during the last decades, I would assume.
    – tofro
    Oct 25, 2016 at 7:22
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    Low German is diclining since more than 100 years, Middle and Upper German dialects are not.
    – Janka
    Oct 25, 2016 at 7:44
  • The pronunciation part is still a bit broad. But if you want to restrict it to vocabulary (and maybe grammar) that would be a lot better. Reason: Bavarian is one of the ‘corner dialects’, i.e. among the most distant ones from the standard.
    – Jan
    Oct 25, 2016 at 15:48
  • Bavarian is an Upper German dialect, the ones which the "standard" originally was created from by Luther's bible translation. Low German is the most different from "Standard German", as it was never considered for the standard. It's closely related to Dutch and even English.
    – Janka
    Oct 26, 2016 at 11:37
  • @Janka There is no reason to assume Luther chose any standard other than the one from around his home area in Saxonia/Thuringia — which in turn is not exactly close to linguistic Bavaria. Low and High German dialects can be equally far from today’s accepted standard. And of course, Dutch was once part of the same dialect continuum, joining onto the North.
    – Jan
    Oct 26, 2016 at 19:22

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While Germans say it's a dialect…

…others say it's a whole different language

S' Boarische is a Grubbm vo Dialekt im Sidn vom daitschn Språchraum.

Das Bayerische ist eine Gruppe von Dialekten im Süden des deutschen Sprachraums.

Imagine you have a dumpling in your mouth while saying the second sentence. [^.^;]

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    This does not answer the question.
    – Carsten S
    Oct 25, 2016 at 8:43
  • The main differences can be seen in the example sentence. Different vowels, different diphthongs, dropping the -e/en, dropping/softening hard consonants, sloppyness about the genitive, use of a instead of einer, eine, eines. This is explained in more detail in the above linked articles. Much more detail than it was asked for.
    – Janka
    Oct 25, 2016 at 11:22
  • –1 for the dumpling.
    – Jan
    Oct 25, 2016 at 13:27
  • The question is about vocabulary, though. This isn't addressed at all in this answer.
    – elena
    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:54
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