Bavarian (Bairisch)

Bavarian is a continuum of Upper German varieties spoken by about 13 million people in Upper Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, and the Upper Palatinate in Germany, in most of Austria, and in South Tyrol in northern Italy. Bavarian is also spoken in the village of Samnaun in Graubünden in Switzerland, and in Sopron in Hungary.

Bavarian is mainly used as a spoken language and is rarely used in writing. Instead Standard German, which is known as Schriffdeutsch (written German), is used. There is no standard way of writing Bavarian and it is not taught in schools. There are, however, some written materials in the language, such as grammars, poetry and a translation of the Bible. Bavarian is also used in pop songs.

There are three main dialects of Bavarian:

  • Northern Bavarian (Oberpfälzisch - Upper Palatinian), which is spoken in the district of Wunsiedel in Upper Franconian in Germany
  • Central Bavarian (Donaubairisch - Danube/Danubian Bavarian), which is spoken in Munich, Upper Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, southern Upper Palatinate and in the Swabian district of Aichach-Friedberg in Germany; and in northern parts of the State of Salzburg, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, and Vienna in Austria
  • Southern Bavarian (Alpenbairisch - Alpine Bavarian), or ), which is spoken in Tyrol, Carinthia, Styria and southern parts of Salzburg and Burgenland in Austria, and in South Tyrol in northern Italy.

Northern Bavarian pronunciation

Bavarian pronunciation

Sample of Bavarian

Northern Bavarian

ɪç bɪn ɪn ʒdoːᵈl ɡɔŋə, ᶷn do βoən daːm drɪnə, ᶷn dao ɪz uəm və də mlʲ aː ɪz uəm troi̯t aːvɡʒit kβeːzd...

Standard German version

Ich bin in den Stadel gegangen, und da waren Tauben drinnen, und da ist oben von der Mühle auch ist oben Getreide aufgeschüttet gewesen...

English Translation

I went into the barn, and there were pigeons in it, and then, upstairs, there was grain heaped up as well, from the mill...

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Bavarian

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Information about Bavarian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavarian_language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Bavarian
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bairische_Dialekte
http://www.bayrisches-woerterbuch.de/aussprache.html
http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/bairisch/s-12464

Bavarian courses
http://www.bayrisch-lernen.de
http://www.bairische-sprache.at/Index/Remaraweng Boarisch.htm
http://www.elkeswelt.de/sprachschatz/bayerisch/

Bavarian dictionaries
http://www.bairisch.org
http://www.bayrisches-woerterbuch.de
http://www.deutsch-bairisch.de

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