Questions tagged [bavarian]

Questions related to the Bavarian language and dialects which are also spoken in Austria. For questions about written Standard Austrian German, the tag austrian should be used. Fragen zu den bairischen Dialekten, wie sie auch in Österreich gesprochen werden. Für Fragen zum (geschriebenen) österreichischen Standarddeutsch sollte austrian als Tag gewählt werden.

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Polite alternatives to "Grüß Gott"?

I'm looking for polite alternatives to the omnipresent Grüß Gott in Austria/Bavaria. I dislike using a religious phrase to salute others (potentially non religious persons). I'm also not very ...
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Woher kommt "pfiat di"/"pfiat eich" als Abschiedsformel im bayerischen Raum?

Im südöstlichen deutschsprachigen Raum, genauer: im Bairischen Sprachraum (Bayern, Österreich {ausser Vorarlberg und Ausserfern/Reutte/Tirol} und Südtirol), teilweise noch in Bairisch-Schwaben ...
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Is Bavarian the 80th most spoken "language" in the world?

Yesterday I stumbled upon this infographic showing the 100 most spoken languages in the world. It says that Bavarian has 14,359,000 (total) speakers, which makes it the 80th most spoken language in ...
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What can "passt schon" mean?

I've heard the phrase "passt schon" used to mean: Never mind: „Ich denke... nee, passt schon.“ No problem: „Entschuldigung!“ „Passt schon.“ OK: „Wie geht's?“ „Passt schon.“ What can it mean in ...
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What does “g’suffa” mean?

Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa! The first three words in the above quote are Bavarian for “eins, zwei, drei”. Is g’suffa also Bavarian, and what does it mean?
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Is 'Grüß Gott' greeting in Bavaria religious-neutral?

'Grüß Gott' is often used as greeting on Bavarian trails. From my limited experience, it's most often used by older people, younger use 'Hallo' more often. I don't feel 'Hallo' is very adequate to ...
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At what age do the speakers of Bavarian learn Standard German?

In places where Bavarian is widely spoken, at what age do children learn Standard German? Are they expected to speak Standard German by the time they go to school, or do they learn it there? Image ...
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R's: Trilled R, Uvular Fricative R, and Uvular Trill R

I've read that the Bavarian accent (or the southern regions in general) uses a trilled R -- IPA [r] -- instead of the "standard" voiced uvular fricative -- IPA [ʁ]. I've also read that the uvular ...
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Was bedeuten die bayerischen oder österreichischen Präpositionen "aufi" und "obi"?

Ich habe zwar einige Jahre in Niederbayern gewohnt, bin bezüglich dieser Präpositionen nie richtig sattelfest geworden. Außerdem wissen die Einheimischen in diesen Fällen sehr wohl, dass sie die ...
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Was heißt „O’zapft is“?

Passend zum aktuellen Anlass möchte ich fragen, was denn nun O’zapft is! eigentlich bedeutet und wo es herkommt. Prost!
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What greetings were common before "grüß Gott" became universal?

Today, the overwhelming majority of German speakers in Southern Germany and Austria greet each other using grüß Gott. The English Wikipedia article on grüß Gott claims, without a supporting reference,...
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Woher kommt das umgangssprachliche S am Ende von »sagts«, »machts« usw. (2. Person Plural)?

Ich bin heute in Facebook über dieses sprachliche Phänomen gestolpert, das ich zwar schon seit 50 Jahren kenne, worüber ich mir aber noch nie Gedanken gemacht habe: Zumindest in Österreich wird bei ...
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Was könnte »Oumadoumouwoudou« auf Standarddeutsch sein?

In der Süddeutschen Zeitung vom 7. Mai berichtet Sebastian Beck in der Kolumne Unter Bayern, betitelt Neues aus der Wirtshausforschung über Stammtischbesuche von Journalisten. Er erzählt vom Besuch ...
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Are "Schmankerln" always Bavarian?

Is a "Schmankerl" a regional specialty, or does it refer to delicatesses anywhere although the word is used in Bavaria and Austria? Duden and Wiktionary give the meanings "besonderer Leckerbissen" ...
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What does the “l” in “Christkindl” mean?

What does the letter l at the end of the word Christkindl mean? My understanding is that the English child translates to the German Kind. Does the l make the word diminutive? When is it appropriate to ...
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Verbreitung von österreichisch "speiben"

In Österreich (zumindest im Osten) ist das umgangssprachliche Wort "speiben" für "kotzen" oder "sich übergeben" gebräuchlich. Wie weit verbreitet ist die Verwendung dieses Wortes? Wird es ...
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Wann wird Präteritum in Bayern verwendet?

Ich habe gehört, dass das Präteritum in Bayern sehr unüblich ist. Wann wird es da verwendet? Ich meine hier den Bairisch-beeinflussten deutschen Dialekt, der in Bayern gesprochen wird.
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Wie erklären sich bairische Formen wie »gefreuen« oder »gestellen«?

Man stelle sich folgende Situation vor: Ein Hund hat eine Befehlskette fehlerfrei durchgezogen, zur Belohnung kriegt er seinen Stoffknochen und darf mit Herrchen Tauziehen spielen. Eine Beobachterin ...
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"Married since" in Bavarian

My Bayrisch friend is getting married and I want to get him and his wife an FC Bayern jersey set that when they are next to each other will say “Married Since 2018.” I think the translation is: “...
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Servus mitanand?

What does Servus mitanand mean? I have looked at Google and can not find any translation of this phrase. I know that servus is kind of greeting. But what does the phrase mean and what is the origin?
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Er hat die Natur mögen

Heute auf der Website einer österreichischen Zeitung gesehen. Diese Konstruktion ist mir nicht gänzlich fremd, ich frage mich nur gerade ob so etwas auch in Bayern gängig ist. Google war hier mal ...
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Heißt es Bayrisch oder Bairisch?

Heißt es Bayrisch oder Bairisch? Ich habe hier beide Schreibweisen gesehen, kannte vorher aber nur erstere.
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"Eahna" auf Bairisch

I speak quite good German but have lived in Vienna for a while before moving to Bayern, so my "Bairisch" is not really very good. Today a Bavarian said to me "Das ist für Eahna", ...
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Fetzen im Sinne von betrunken - Herkunft/Austriazismus

Durch Zufall stieß ich auf den Ausdruck Fetzen mit einer mir bislang unbekannten Bedeutung, der anscheinend in Österreich, evtl. auch in Bayern verbreitet ist und wohl seit mindestens Mitte des 19. ...
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How different is the German in a Bavarian edition schoolbook?

I picked this up used today and it looked like it would be helpful to me, an English-speaking American who studied German many years ago and would like a refresher. But upon closer inspection it ...
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Does "passt scho" mean "passt so" or "passt schon"?

People say "passt scho" here all the time. Does that mean "passt so" or "passt schon"? Is there any difference between using "passt scho" and whichever of those two it means?
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What is the Bavarian phrase/joke translated as "I'll give it to you if we have it"?

Today, I entered a bakery here in Munich and asked for "zwei brezn, bitte." I do not remember the exact German reply I got, but it translates (according to the baker) to: I'll give it to you if we ...
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Ist das Verb „schaffen“ eine Beleidigung in Bayern?

Jemand aus Bayern hat mir gesagt, dass das Verb schaffen eine Bedeutung im Sinne von Sex mit jemandem haben habe, also wenn ich mit jemandem aus diesem Gebiet spreche, vermeide ich, dieses ...
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Can other verbs form contractions like "gemma"?

In Austrian and Bavarian speech it's common to use ma instead of wir, and what in Standard German would be gehen wir is often realized as gemma. Does this sort of contraction happen with any other ...
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How do they say "ich" in Bavaria(n)?

According to https://www.atlas-alltagssprache.de/runde-2/f25c/ the majority say "i", but according to https://coerll.utexas.edu/dib/pho.php?k=7 "isch" is Bavarian for "ich&...
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"Leider, leider, sogt Beschneider"

I walked past a chess game in Munich, where someone had just played a very bad move. An old gentleman exclaimed: Leider, leider, sogt Beschneider. It's probable that I misheard a bit. I suppose ...
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What does "kloane Hex" mean?

It can be seen as body tattoos or written on the cake hanging in the neck of pretty girls serving beer, for example at Oktoberfest. See pictures here. My guess would be that Hex refers to witch (Hexe)...
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Trilled r's in Die Moritat von Mackie Messer

Bertolt Brecht's performance of Die Moritat von Mackie Messer is sung with heavily trilled r's (see this YouTube video. I'd always put this down to Brecht having been born and raised in Augsburg deep ...
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Bavarian German pronunciation

I've been studying German for over a year now. I think I could pass a B2 exam. However, being in München, I would like to improve my understanding of the Bavarian dialect, mostly listening ...
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Welches Geschlecht hat "Zamperl"?

Für Nichtbayern, mit Zamperl bezeichnet man kleine Hunde. Es ist mir nur nicht gelungen herauszufinden, ob es "das Zamperl" oder "der Zamperl" heißt.
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What does Ozupftn mean?

The quotation below is copied verbatim from the closed-captioning of the latest episode1 of Tatort: Da spielt die Brass-Band und die Ozupftn spielen auch. It is possible that Ozupftn is a typo, or ...
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Why is the Ch in Chiemsee & Cham not [h] but [k]?

I know that Chemnitz is not pronounced [Hem-nits] but [Kem-nits] due to its Slavic etymology origin (Kamenitsa/Kamienitsa etc.) But if so, why isn't it then spelled Kemnitz? That brings me to my ...
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More on Ambiguous Diminutives

There is an interesting discussion going on about the word for rabbit, Kaninchen which looks like a diminutive but (probably) isn't. The question arose in that thread over whether there are other ...
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"Die Wassermänner hüpfen!" im Hochdeutschen?

Gibt es den Ausdruck "Die Wassermänner hüpfen!" im Hochdeutschen? Ich kenne den bayerischen Ausdruck "D'Wossamandln hupfan!", welcher benutzt wird um sehr starken Regen anzudeuten.
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Origin of the Bavarian "In oana dua" ("all the time")

First of all, I'm not sure if the question is appropriate here or if it should be posted in linguistics, but since Bavarian is listed as language under the "Dachsprache", I think it's appropriate. I ...
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Was wird in diesem Sketch auf Bairisch gesagt?

In dem Sketch "Klick Klick Hurra: Deutschlands Klickfabrik" von "Gute Arbeit Originals" geht es um eine Alm in Berchtesgaden auf der "biologische Klicks für YouTube" ...
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Funny train announcement in Bavarian dialect: What does it mean?

The below paragraph comes from the article “Lustige Geschichten, die Menschen in der Bahn erleben” in bento.de: Durchsage in gebrochenem Bayrisch in der Münchner U-Bahn: "So und jetz kemma dann ...
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Useful Languages for Tourists in Southern Bavaria?

How useful/usable is Standard German in southern Bavaria, outside of Munich? How useful/usable is English in southern Bavaria, outside of Munich?
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Why did the rulers of Austria and/or Bavaria not declare Austro-Bavarian a separate language back in the day?

This is more of a history question. But it's about the German language, so I hope this is on-topic here. Typically, the rulers of independent states try to declare their local speech a separate ...
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Pronunciation of "Ainpöckisch Bier"

While doing research on German beer, I came across the story that beer from Einbeck, Einbecksch or Einbeckisch Bier, came to be pronounced Ainpöckisch Bier in Bavaria in the 16th century, and this ...
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Simple past in spoken language

Despite I'm German, more precisely Bavarian, I have a question regarding the simple past. Here in Bavaria we use solely the present perfect ("Ich bin heute zur Schule gegangen"). Of course we've ...
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What are some noticeable differences between Standard German and Bavarian dialects? [closed]

Like noticeable grammatical, vocabulary, or pronunciation differences for example
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What's "Standarddeutsch" for "samma"?

This is from a Tatort TV series subtitle: Aber wenn du und ich da reingehen, dann samma ja nicht allein. What’s the “Standarddeutsch” equivalent of samma?
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Varianten der Ausdrücke „freilich" und „allerdings"

In Bayern verwendet man oft "freilich" in Antworten auf mehr oder weniger selbstverständliche Fragen: Sprichst du Bayerisch? Ja, freilich/ allerdings! Gibt es andere diesem Gebrauch ...
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Wie lautet dieser bairische Text auf Hochdeutsch?

Die Süddeutsche Zeitung berichtet unter der Überschrift »Firma sucht: für unsan Haufa: Oan(e) fias Biroh« von einer Stellenanzeige im Dialekt. Ich habe herzlich gelacht, aber nur die Hälfte verstanden....
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