— introverts (via janesblueheaven)
German, Austrian and Swiss people can communicate with each other in German without any bigger problems. IF all fo them speak standard German. There’s Austrian standard German and Swiss standard German. Both are a little different from “German” standard German, but the differences aren’t big. It’s like talking to someone German who’s not from the same region in Germany: they always use a few words and expressions you don’t use.
It’s something completely different if you talk to dialect speakers. Swiss German is not a single language but a collection of dialects spoken in Switzerland.
I myself sometimes understand Swiss German well enough and sometimes I almost don’t understand anything at all. So it depends on where in Switzerland a speaker comes from and to what degree they speak Swiss German. The same goes for Austrian dialects but also German ones.
If someone German speaks a “hardcore” dialect form, soemone from a different region in Germany might not understand anything either.
Fun fact: sometimes dialect speakers on German TV are subtitled so that they’ll be understood nation-wide.
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