Boarisch: â€žS’ Boarische is a Grubbm vo Dialekt im Sidn vom daitschn SprÃ¥chraum.â€œ
Standard German: â€žDas Bairische ist eine Gruppe von Dialekten im SÃ¼den des deutschen Â Sprachraumes.â€œ
English:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œBavarian is a group of dialects in the south of the German speaking area.â€
What is Bavaria?
Bayern, or Bavaria, is a state of Germany, located in the southeast of Germany. It is the largest state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany. Bavaria is Germanyâ€™s second most populous state (after North Rhine-Westphalia) with almost 12.5 million inhabitants, more than any of the three sovereign states on its borders.
From a geographical point of view, Bavaria shares international borders with Austria, the Czech Republic as well as with Switzerland. Neighbouring states within Germany are Baden-Wurttemberg, Hesse, Thuringia and Saxony. The Bavarian Alps define the border with Austria.
The major cities in Bavaria are Munich (MÃ¼nchen), Nuremberg (NÃ¼rnberg), Augsburg, Regensburg, WÃ¼rzburg, Ingolstadt, FÃ¼rth and Erlangen.
Bavaria has long had one of the largest and healthiest economies of any region in Germany, or Europe for that matter. Its GDP in 2007 exceeded 434 billion Euros (about 600 bn US$). This makes Bavaria itself one of the largest economies in Europe and only 17 countries in the world have higher GDP. Some large companies headquartered in Bavaria include BMW, Siemens, Rohde & Schwarz, Audi, Munich Re, Allianz, Infineon, MAN, Wacker Chemie, Puma AG, and Adidas AG. Bavaria has a GDP per capita of over $48 000 US, meaning that if it were its own independent country it would rank 7th or 8th in the world.
Some features of the Bavarian culture and mentality are remarkably distinct from the rest of Germany. Three German dialects are spoken in Bavaria: Austro-Bavarian in Old Bavaria (South-East and East), Swabian German (an Alemannic German dialect) in the Bavarian part of Swabia (South West) and East Franconian German in Franconia (North).
The Boarisch dialect:
In contrast to many other varieties of German, Bavarian differs sufficiently from Standard German to make it difficult for native speakers to adopt standard pronunciation. All educated Bavarians and Austrians, however, can read, write and understand standard German but may have very little opportunity to speak it, especially in rural areas. In those regions Standard German is restricted to use as the language of writing and the media. It is therefore often referred to as “Schriftdeutsch” (written German) rather than the usual term “Hochdeutsch” (High German or Standard German).
Here are some examples to show you that the Bavarian Germans take pride in their dialect, having even Wikipedia on Boarisch:
1. Article about Munchen: http://bar.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%BCnchen
Please keep in mind that we did not post this article in order to scare you away. We just want our candidates to be prepared and to know that dialects can be a problem. If you speak well enough German you might not have any problems understanding a patient that speaks Boarisch.Â