Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Any ideas which language it is?
Something Germanic, but I have no idea what …
Is it Schweizerdeutsch (Swiss German)?
a dialect of german.. maybe swiss german, but I remember it as being a little more sing-song. I have friends who are bringing up their children trilingual in german, swiss german and english. He´s swiss, she´s german, they lived in the UK for 3 or 4 years.
Without question this is Germordic, also know as Nornanic, a mixed language that is part Danish and High German, carried by Swabian and Swiss immigrants to Denmark.
It’s definitely a dialect of German. It’s tone reminds me of Italian, so it could be Schweizerdeutsch, or maybe Slovenian.
Google gives no results for those keywords. Can you provide more information, perhaps a link?
@ “Dr. C.S. Lewis-Barrie, Ph.D.”
Without looking: It sounds like a cross between German and Italian.
Well, since Switzerland is between Germany and Italy, that could logically be it.
Tyrolian German? (The German spoken in northern Italy.)
Sound a lot like it’s a Swiss German dialect. It sounds like it’s relatively close to standard German, so it’s probably one of the northern dialects.
The answer is Swiss German (Schwytzerdütsch) and the recording comes from YouTube
Yes, it is Swiss German – but the speaker grew up either bilingually or acquired it as a second langague. And it contains a lot of swearing too!!
The sample also exhibits a relatively new phenomenon in that the dialect could hardly be located geographically but probably by way of sociolinguistic criteria. Swiss dialects are in fact difficult to understand under the unifying umbrella term of Swiss German – they are not distinct enough from other southern German varieties and among themselves are very heterogeneous.
The sample from YouTube sounds more like someone making fun of Swiss German.
I know no dialect of german. I wish i could learn Bavarian. I’m learning the song “Bayern des samma mia” to help me with it. Oh yeah does “schlömpe” mean bitch in german?
Samuel – this site has some useful phrases in Bavarian, with recordings.
Samuel: It is “Schlampe” in standard German, and basically, yes it does.
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