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Bavarian tops list of best loved German dialects

The Local · 13 May 2009, 15:37

Published: 13 May 2009 15:37 GMT+02:00

The lilting southern Bayerisch German accent was favoured by 44 percent of those surveyed.

The mushy-sounding Palatine German, spoken in the Pfalz region, was the least-liked accent of the survey’s 14 general dialects.

Clipped and dry Plattdeutsch, or Low German, spoken in the northeast of the country, took second place. The brusque Berlin accent was third most popular, followed by the unmistakable Swabian dialect from the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

Some 62 percent of those polled agreed that dialects enrich the German language, though only 32 percent said that the countries myriad accent strains don’t cause communication problems – though more than half of these were younger than 30.

Though grumbling about other dialects may seem like a favorite German pastime, 78 percent of those polled said speaking a regional dialect was a “positive” thing and 54 percent said they’d like to see and hear these dialects on television too.

1. Bavarian, 44 percent

2. Low German, 32 percent

3. Berliner, 29 percent

4. Swabian, 25 percent

5. Saxonian, 20 percent

6. Rhine Franconian, 19 percent

7. Hessian, 16 percent

8. Ruhr German, 13 percent

9. Franconian, 12 percent

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10. Westphalian, 9 percent

11 Badisch, 9 percent

12. Palatine German, 7 percent

13. prefers no dialect, 4 percent

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