With more than 12 million speakers, Bavarian is the largest cohesive dialect region in German-speaking countries. Among the many Bavarian local dialects, Middle Bavarian is the main one. It’s known far beyond the “Weißwurst equator” and is also spoken by authentic Munich citizens.
An important characteristic of this dialect is that hard consonants such as p, t and k (Pech, Tag, Knecht) are weakened to b, d and g (Bèch, Dåg, Gnecht). Furthermore, Bavarian has 24 diphthongs, which must be a record: the standard German language has only “ei,” “eu” and “au.” For example, a Bavarian speaker says “i woas” instead of “ich weiß” (I know), “liab” instead of “lieb” (lovely) and “Bruada” instead of “Bruder” (brother).
As a “Zuagroaster” (new citizen), you can get the respect of the natives if you can say the word “Oachkatzlschwoaf” (squirrel tail) without making too many mistakes. If this doesn’t work too well at first, try a Bairisch für Anfänger (Bavarian for Beginners) course at the Volkshochschule (adult education center). You can get a taste of this in our little language course below. “Host mi?” (Got it?).
|The barrel’s tapped!||Ozapft is!|
|I’d like a Mass of beer!||I wui a Maß Bia!|
|I’ll have a shandy||I mächd a Radlermaß|
|I’m looking for a girl!||I suach a gscheits Madl!|
|Hands off my girl!||Glubbal weg vo meina Oidn!|
|I beg your pardon?||Wos hom’s gsogt?|
|You’re joking?||I glaab, du bisd debbad!?|
|Could you do me a favor?||Dua ma doch amoi an Gfoin|
|Can we be friends again?||Sammawiedaguad?|
|Shut up!||Hoids Mai!|
|My feet hurt||Mia dean d’Fiaß wä|
|He’s much too sensitive||Dea hod vui z’vui Gfui|
|Where’s the toilet paper?||Wou isn des Globabia?|
|You won again||Du hoast scho wieda gwunna|
|I love you||I hob di gean|
|I’d like to kiss you||I daad da gean a Bussel gem|
|No, I don’t want to||Naa, des mog i need|
|Keep in touch||Ria di hoid amoi|
|Are we all here?||Samma olle do?|
|Don’t talk rubbish||Vazäi need a so an Schmarrn|
|The bill please||I daad gean zoin|