Last month I started telling you about the Hamburger and East Frisian dialects, this month it is another low German dialect, the Grafschafter Platt.
This post is possibly more of interest to myself than you, because I spent most of my childhood in Schüttorf, which belongs to the Grafschaft Bentheim and where they speak the Grafschafter Plattdeutsch ….. except I don’t speak it. I don’t even understand half of it. I can work out some of it, partly because it is close to Dutch which I can understand to an extent, but that’s it!
So, I’m actually quite excited writing about the Grafschafter Platt today!
First of all, the Grafschaft Bentheim (County of Bentheim) is in Niedersachen (Lower Saxony), right on the Dutch border. Three years ago I wrote a blog post about it, trying to persuade you readers to spend your holidays there. If you are tempted to go and want to impress the locals with your Plattdeutsch knowledge, you might want to download the Grafschafter Platt dictionary with a huge list of Pattdeutsch – Hochdeutsch words.
In order to get used to the dialect, watch some of the following videos and see how much you understand. I understand ……. (no, I’m not telling you ☺)
This video gives you a little insight into the Evangelical-Reformed Church, also known as the Schüttorfer Riese, the Schüttorf Giant, a church I have been in many times:
In this video you meet a proper ‘Stammtisch’ and a visit to a now empty cotton spinning factory.
This video gives you some information about the castle in Bad Bentheim:
And if you’d like to learn some Platt, check out the following video. It doesn’t teach you the Grafschafter Platt, but there are lots of similarities, and it’s a bit of fun to watch ☺